Monthly Archives: January 2013

The 12 Most Difficult To Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Posted by on January 16, 2013

East Rennell is one of the more difficult to visit World Heritage Sites

East Rennell is one of the more difficult to visit World Heritage Sites

As you have probably noticed, I have a fetish for visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Having visited 190 at the time of writing, I often am asked if I plan on visiting all of them.

The answer is “no” and I’m not even sure it is possible. As of 2013 there are 962 UNESCO World Heritage sites and about 1-2 dozen are added every year. It would be difficult to keep up with the new entries on the list, let alone making a dent in the 900+ already listed.

The most I know of that any one person has visited is Bill Altaffer who has been traveling for over 60 years and claims to have visited visited 808. Iain Jackson of Scottland has visited 691 world heritage sites. He has been visiting them since the 1980’s and claims that his unvisited list is now larger than it was in the 80’s just because they keep making so many.

Even extreme travelers like Jorge Sanches and Charles Velay haven’t been to more than 350 apice.

Many World Heritage Sites are easy to visit (Statue of Liberty, Paris, Rome, Westminster Abbey). However, some are extremely difficult to visit and require a determined effort to get there. There are several sites I’ve attempted to reach but failed (I’m looking at you Archaeological Sites of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn in Oman).

It would probably take a lifetime of travel and millions of dollars to seriously attempt to visit every single one on Earth.

Even if you had the time and money, however, you’d still probably fail in your quest because some UNESCO sites are almost impossible to reach.

Photo Essay : The Art of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

Posted by on January 12, 2013

As amazing as the landscape and wildlife of Haida Gwaii are, the artwork created by the talented Haida artists is just as impressive. For decades the Haida art was surpressed by the Canadian government. In the 1960’s however, the government loosened controls on Haida culture and the result of the Haida Renaissance. Artists such has Bill Reid became world renowned and his work can be seen today at the Vancouver Airport and on the Canadian $20 bill.

Today Haida artists have continued their work promoting Haida culture around the world. While in Haida Gwaii I had the pleasure of meeting Haida artist Christian White, who’s work is featured in this photo essay. As one of the top Haida artists in the world, his work can command into the 6-figures.

I found Haida artwork to be come of the most beautiful and compelling creations I’ve seen in North America. During my travels I seldom buy artwork, but I would seriously consider adding a Haida piece to my home (if I had one).

The Food Travelers Handbook

Posted by on January 11, 2013

Food Travelers HandbookI am not a foodie.

I wish I was a foodie in the same way that I wish I could play piano or speak Italian, but I am not.

I believe I could exist quite happily like Robocop on nothing more than a rudimentary baby food like paste to keep my organic systems functioning, provided that the paste was nacho cheese or ranch flavored.

That is why you don’t see many posts about food on my blog. I eat lots of local foods, but I don’t get into the how and why of the ingredients and production.

Thankfully I have my own personal foodie: Jodi Ettenberg. I’ve met Jodi on three different continents. She’s true, unabashed food lover and I have personally let Jodi handle my food decisions many times.