The Gardens of Versailles at the Château de Versailles, approximately 12 miles southwest of Paris, France, is one of the most magnificent gardens I’ve ever visited. It’s an incredible 2,000-acre garden that was first built in 1624 but looks quite similar to how it would have nearly 400 years ago. We visited during our time in Paris as a day trip, and I was absolutely blown away by the complexity and sheer magnitude of these gorgeous gardens. Truly, I’ve never seen anything like it. I can’t even imagine how this space would have wowed visitors centuries ago who had little in the way of a frame of reference.
While in Berlin, we took a day trip to Potsdam, Germany, by train to see the complex of palaces and gardens. The Orangery Palace was by far my favorite palace within the Sanssouci Park complex. The architecture, the plants, the sculptures, the art collection, and the décor were all splendid, and I can’t wait to share the details of this place with you.
Today, I’m answering the common quesiton “What are UNESCO World Heritage Sites?” by outlining what they are, why they are important, and why you should add them to your travel itineraries whenever possible. There are currently 1,121 UNESCO Sites around the world, which means that you’ve probably visited or been very close to at least one if you’ve done any amount of traveling. Which heritage sites have you visited thus far?
When we found ourselves traveling to Washington on both personal business and work, I knew one of my top priorities whilst in the state was heading to Olympic National Park. This breathtaking National Park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is an incredible region due to the vastly varying topography and ecosystems. From rainforests, cascading waterfalls and mountain ranges to the glaciers atop Mt. Olympus, sprawling rocky or sandy beaches, and old growth forests with some of the tallest trees we’ve ever seen anywhere in the world, Olympic National Park is one of the most exciting, diverse, and and impressive national wonders in the world.
Edinburgh is one of my favorite cities in the world. There’s fantastic fine dining, great live music almost daily, a beautiful art scene, incredible architecture, impressive castles, a dynamic skyline, great hiking and sumptuous gardens all waiting to be explored. I hope this travel guide featuring the most luxurious spots in Edinburgh help discerning travelers make the most of their time in this incredible city full on wondrous adventures.
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London, England is the most biodiverse place on Earth, with more than 50,000 different species of living plants, more than 8 million pressed and preserved plants, and over a billion preserved seeds inside this beautiful, 250 year old former palace complex turned UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Home of Japan’s famous bowing deer, and a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nara, Japan is a wonderful place for visitors of all ages to explore Japanese culture, art, religion, cuisine, history, and so much more. This Nara Japan travel guide will give you all the advice, tips, and insight on how to plan a visit to Nara as either a day tip from Tokyo, Kyoto, or Osaka, and how to stay safe while feeding and enjoying being surrounded by more than 1,500 wild, yet mostly tame, Sika deer.
Nikko is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts hundreds of ornate temples, shrines, and pagodas, just two hours by train outside of Tokyo. Spend a weekend getting to know this Japanese mountain town and explore waterfalls, lakes, rivers, and more Japanese culture and history than most any other city in Japan! Here’s what you need to eat, see, and do in Nikko, along with my recommendations on where to stay, how to get around, and how to make the most of your visit to one of Japan’s most enchanting cities.