Our travelwebsite started with buying a book about UNESCO Worldheritage. Before that point, we had travelled a lot, and in the mean time saw a lot of those worldheritage sites. Since then, we try to see as much of them while we travel. It’s an angle we really like, because it’s different than most travelwebsites. It’s also quite fun to ‘collect’ worldheritagesites as we go. How many can we see throughout all our travels? The count rests at 60 for the moment, but more will follow soon :-)
But what is heritage to us, actually? Is it always the UNESCO sites? No. They are often beautiful, and I have yet to find one that I wouldn’t have put on the list myself. But, I often see spots that I think should belong there; like Aigues Mortes for instance. This ancient walled city is not listed – go figure. It all depends on who hands in a dossier, I suppose.
It got me thinking about what heritage is to us. The UNESCO sites are great places to visit, and they show a mark that mankind has put on this earth throughout history. They are relevant for understanding how a country, city, population used to be. But they are just a part of what makes our travels something to remember. They are a visual part. But the things that often touch us the most are not these sights to see. It’s the people we come across. And it’s the food we taste. It’s what those countries, cities and populations are today. A brief trip down that memory lane…