Boyana Church

From the Boyana Church World Heritage inscription: Located on the outskirts of Sofia, Boyana Church consists of three buildings. The eastern church was built in the 10th century, then enlarged at the beginning of the 13th century by Sebastocrator Kaloyan, who ordered a second two-story building to be erected next to it. The frescoes in …

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Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania

From the Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania World Heritage inscription: The Transylvanian villages with fortified churches provide a vivid picture of the cultural landscape of southern Transylvania. They are characterized by the specific land-use system, settlement pattern, and organization of the family farmstead units preserved since the late Middle Ages, dominated by their fortified …

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Historic Centre of Sighisoara

From the Historic Centre of Sighisoara World Heritage inscription: Sighisoara, an example of a small fortified city in the border region between the Latin-oriented culture of central Europe and the Byzantine-Orthodox culture of south-eastern Europe, is an outstanding testimony to the fast-disappearing culture of the Transylvanian Saxons. The city, which lies in the heart of …

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Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue

From the Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue World Heritage inscription: This site has the remains of monuments such as the Roman city of Aquincum and the Gothic castle of Buda, which have had a considerable influence on the architecture of various periods. It is one of …

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Old City of Berne

From the Old City of Berne World Heritage inscription: Founded in the 12th century on a hill site surrounded by the Aare River, Berne developed over the centuries in line with an exceptionally coherent planning concept. The buildings in the Old City, dating from a variety of periods, include 15th-century arcades and 16th-century fountains. Most …

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July 2011 Question & Answers

Time once again to dip into the mailbag here from the Canary Islands…. Dru Stefan Stone asks: Are you all self-financed or how are you able to sustain your extensive travels? While I believe I’ve read it is a combination, is it because of your blog that you have been contacted by different entities? For …

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This Week in Travel – Episode 89

This week’s guest is Trey Ratcliff of Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it again this week. I raced to my hotel in La Gomera only to find it didn’t have the internet in the room and it was also in a 3G dead zone so I couldn’t use my MiFi. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts