Every Tuesday it’s Travel Talk on Twitter! Follow the #TTOT hashtag to see what all the commotion and Tweets are about! There are two sessions to join, one at 9:30am GMT and the other at 9:30pm GMT.
Here’s the round-up of this week’s #TTOT:
Q1 via economy_carhire: Suggest your top 3 Unmissable World Heritage Sites
CareerBrkSecret: Of those I’ve seen: Iguazu Falls in Argentina/Brazil, Easter Island in Chile, Galapagos in Ecuador
GFexplorers: 1) Ancient Cairo, Egypt 2) Great Barrier Reef, Australia 3) The Mountain railways of India (quite an experience!)
umarket: Bukhara (Uzbekistan), Petra (Jordan) and Cappadocia (Turkey)
beforeiam35: Angkor Wat, Machu Picchu and Underground River (Philippines)
marksmayo: Samarkand (Uzbekistan), Drakensberg (South Africa) and Wieliczka Salt Mine (Poland) – also one of the original 12 Unesco sites!
BudgetTraveller: Taj Mahal is breathtaking. Hair on neck stands up everytime I see it
|The iconic Taj Mahal|
Q2 via christinahegele: Nominate a NATURAL World Heritage Site that isn’t already one
journeytom: I probably would nominate somewhere in Slovenia perhaps Bohinj or Bled, definitely beautiful enough to be a heritage site
- kpouwer: The whole of Yangshou.. The limestone karst give Halong Bay a run for their money anyday!
- BryanCSnider: Route 66 should be a heritage site. It played a huge part in American automotive history
MzansiGirl: The whole of Cape Town – its so naturally beautiful
- LewisLCHOLIDAYS: English beauty at its best! Isle of Purbeck for the World Heritage List!
- poohstraveler: Easy – Taroko Gorge in #Taiwan
MalloryOnTravel: The whole of the Antarctic
- aysproject: El Valle de la Luna (Moon’s Valley) in La Paz, Bolivia
- middleseatview: Surprised not to see Rocky Mountain National Park (in the US) on this list
- FunJoel: Botswana’s Okavango Delta — the largest inland river delta in the world!
Q3 via hjortur: Do you think any destination has been spoiled by becoming a World Heritage Site? Why?
traveldudes: The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. They don’t care about protecting it, they just care about the profit
foodieintl: Pompei. It’s covered in garbage, collapsing and crumbling
- LifeOutofaSuitc: The Taj Mahal – too many people
- StayAdventurous: Chichen Itza, now you can’t climb the pyramid
- nomadicjoy: Vatican City. It doesn’t need protection OR more tourist money then it already rakes in
- chandalier: Great Wall of China is getting very commercial
- bpmojo: Yes definitely… Machu Picchu and Angkor Wat come to mind…
|A rare moment of emptiness in Machu Picchu|
Q4 via christinahegele: Is there a World Heritage Site you think doesn’t deserve its status?
NicoleTravelBug: In my opinion the Statue of Liberty and the Sydney Opera House don’t deserve UNESCO status… sorry!
Roopunzel: ALOT of the mountains listed are like huh? I mean, ok but its a bloody mountain!
amandaelsewhere: WHAT IS THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA DOING ON THE UNESCO LIST!!?!? ::shakes fist angrily::
Himalfootsteps: The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – I love Botanic Gardens, but that one is just plain boring, seen many much better ones
World2Discover: Personally, I don’t understand why Brasilia is on the list. It was not that amazing to me, but maybe I missed its magic
MiddleSeatView: Also, although I love it, downtown Bridgetown, Barbados is a tourist trap, not a WHS
toddwassel: As long as it fulfills the criteria I’m happy for as much heritage to be protected as possible
Q5 via landlopers: Have a favorite World Heritage Site? Let’s see it!
|connvoyage: Venice, Italy|
|MalloryOnTravel: Þingvellir National Park, Iceland|
|umarket: Bukhara, Uzbekistan|
|chippy2u: Great Barrier Reef, Australia|
|BudgetTraveller: Edinburgh Castle, Scotland|
|AlexBerger: Iguazu Falls|
|traveldudes: Petra, Jordan|
|redhunttravel: Easter Island (Rapa Nui)|
And there you have it, “World Heritage Sites”!
Have YOU got anything to add to the World Heritage Sites travel discussion?
© Connie Hum 2011