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World Heritage Sites and Me

30 May

On our recent New Mexico trip, we drove to the Taos Pueblo, which is a Unesco World Heritage site. As we stood in the rain and looked at it, I wondered a couple of things.

First, why did this pueblo get picked over the Acoma Pueblo? In my opinion, there needs to be a recount.

Second, how many World Heritage sites have I visited?Unesco

I cannot answer the first question, but I can dang sure answer the second one. Here is the list by country.


Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison


Cologne Cathedral

Upper Middle Rhine Valley

Holy See

Vatican City


Historic Center of Rome, the Property of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and Sao Paulo Fuori le Mura

Venice and its Lagoon


City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications


Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza


Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam Inside the Singelgracht


Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church

Tower of London

United States of America

Mesa Verde National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Independence Hall

Kluane/Wrangell-St. Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek

Redwood National and State Parks

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Statue od Liberty

Yosemite National Park

Chaco Culture

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

Taos Pueblo

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park




10 Apr

As Douglas MacArthur once said, “I have returned!” Although he was returning to the Philippines during World War II, I have returned to Tennessee from an excursion into parts unknown – the same place that a lot of masked wrestlers came from.

As happens a lot when someone is gone for a length of time. I came back to some alterations – not in my real life but in my blog life (which are quickly merging).

As I flew home, I couldn’t wait to open up the Surrounded by Imbeciles portal and see what I have been missing. Imagine my surprise to see a big red/yellow/orange map on a new look Site Stats page. It is a really cool addition, and it was interesting to see not only how many people have been looking in but also where they are located when they look. All this time, I have been thinking that people in a few states have been checking out the blog. In actuality, these blogs go all over the world. Imagine that! It makes me realize how big and impactful the Internet really is. Thank you, fellow Tennessean Al Gore! I know, an old joke that I have used before.

I know you blogging folks have probably been playing around with your maps. I just got into mine and found some interesting stuff. Obviously, the United States sits at the top by a wide margin. I write about the things I know, and most of that is in the United States. It makes me wonder what someone in Gabon thinks about some of my references.

Completing the top five are Australia, Canada, Indonesia and the United Kingdom. Other ones that I find interesting are Jordan, Barbados (because it’s a great island), Turkey, the Russian Federation (I wonder if Putin feels as if he is surrounded by imbeciles.), Malta, Bangladesh and Costa Rica (because, well, I just wanted to mention Costa Rica).

Anyway, I just wanted to get back into blogging mode after some time off and thank WordPress for their cool map. I always say that people should be able to read a map. That bitchy woman who gives you directions from the dashboard just isn’t the same as Rand McNally. I only wish that they could break down the states as well. Although, they may have done that, and I just haven’t figured it out yet. At any rate, it is good to be back in the blog world.