(World) Heritage

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.

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Aigues Mortes. This is not worldheritage…

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…

Eating a giant stuffed potato with Shira in Germany.

Eating a giant stuffed potato with Shira in Germany.

Boatsman Maarten, who showed us Amsterdam from the water his way...

Boatsman Maarten, who showed us Amsterdam from the water his way…

L'Amer - the superb restaurant in Guadeloupe where we dined several times.

L’Amer – the superb restaurant in Guadeloupe where we dined several times.

A beachside bbq in Guadeloupe.

A beachside bbq in Guadeloupe.

Eating the best pizza in the Dorsoduro Quarter of Venice.

Eating the best pizza in the Dorsoduro Quarter of Venice.

Raclette Savoyarde in the French Alpes.

Raclette Savoyarde in the French Alpes.

A typical Russian platter at the Finnish-Russian border.

A typical Russian platter at the Finnish-Russian border.

Cocq-au-vin in French Normandy.

Cocq-au-vin in French Normandy.

Lovely breakfast spot in Tel Aviv. LOVE the Israeli breakfast :-)

Lovely breakfast spot in Tel Aviv. LOVE the Israeli breakfast :-)

The bomb - ice cream parlour in Tel Aviv.

The bomb – ice at an cream parlour in Tel Aviv.

Eating humus alongside the Via Dolorosa - Jerusalem.

Eating humus alongside the Via Dolorosa – Jerusalem.

Roasted lamb in Israel.

Roasted lamb in Israel, shared with people who changed my view on this beautiful country forever.

Moussa, our Egyptian chamber boy who taught us more about Egypt than all the guides on our excursions.

Moussa, our Egyptian chamber boy who taught us more about Egypt than all the guides on our excursions.

Dancing the night away in a village in Senegal.

Dancing the night away in a village in Senegal.

-A.-

 

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