In Praise of Spontaneous Travel

I am writing this in Warsaw, Poland. That in and of itself isn’t that impressive. Many people visit Poland every year. What makes this special is that up until a few days ago, I had no idea I was going to be in Poland. In fact, until yesterday, I had no idea I was going …

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The Historic Centre of Warsaw

From the World Heritage inscription: Warsaw was deliberately annihilated in 1944 as a repression of the Polish resistance to the German occupation. The capital city was reduced to ruins with the intention of obliterating the centuries-old tradition of Polish statehood. The rebuilding of the historic city, 85% of which was destroyed, was the result of …

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Antigua, Guatemala

From the World Heritage inscription: Antigua Guatemala is an outstanding example of preserved colonial architecture and of cultural value. The religious, private and government buildings bear exceptional testimony to the Spanish colonial architecture in Antigua. Built 1,500 m above sea level in an earthquake-prone region, Antigua, the capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala, was founded …

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This Week In Travel – Episode 133

This week’s guest is Ralph Velasco, Photographer and Photo Tour Leader from RalphVelasco.com Subscribe on Apple Podcasts This Week’s News: Travel Writer Booted Off a United Airlines Flight for Taking a Picture of His Seat Farting on planes – let it rip say experts An Idaho man accused of uttering a racial slur and slapping …

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Tikal National Park

From the World Heritage inscription: Together with Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve, Maya is the most important reserve in the country, because of its archaeological and bio/ecological interest. Rivers, lakes, swamps and flooding savannas are important for biodiversity and for migratory birds. The reserve contains the largest area of tropical rainforest in Guatemala and …

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Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua

From the World Heritage inscription: The ruins of Quirigua retain an impressive series of stelae and sculpted calendars, partially deciphered, which constitute a remarkable and unique source of the history of the social, political and economic events of the Mayan civilization. The zoomorphic and anthropomorphic sculptures are among the most attractive pre-Columbian works known. Quirigua …

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Maya Site of Copan

From the World Heritage inscription: Copán with its temples, plazas, and terraces, comprises a type of architectural complex among the most characteristic of the Mayan civilization. The lengthy inscription on the Hieroglyphic Stairway Plaza is of considerable historical significance The Mayan city of Copán as it exists today is composed of a main complex of …

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