On Valentine’s Day I wrote a top 5 ‘Museums I Love’ post. I promised I’d do the same with heritage places so here it is. Again, this is entirely my personal opinion.
5. Tower of London, London – http://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/
The first time I visited the Tower I was about ten years old. I still remember how excited I was to walk through the site and learn as much as I possibly could. Fast forward six years. Sixteen year old me was just as excited to see the Tower again and for this reason it’s my number 5. Side note, it has an amazing cafe inside that cooks really good home-style food. It also has a great gift shop. This was a tough choice because I really like all the Historic Palaces in England. Later this year on the Open Palace Programme I hope to learn more about these fantastic sites!
4. Historic Center of Warsaw, Poland
I love a good historic city center. The one in Warsaw, Poland is one of the best. Containing a collection of stunning buildings it’s clear a lot of work and love has gone in to maintaining its charm over the years. I highly recommend joining a tour of the area to really appreciate the history. The one I took was: http://orangeumbrella.pl/.
3. Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau – http://www.bauhaus-dessau.de/en/index.html
For those of you unaware, the Bauhaus movement in the 1920s-1930s had three central locations: Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin. In Dessau you can visit the famous Bauhaus teaching building and see the ‘masters’ houses’. One particularly famous resident was Wassily Kandinsky. In Weimar, there is a fantastic museum that explains the movement. Both have a wide array of Bauhaus furniture and are devoted to showcasing the Bauhaus style.
2. Chichen-Itza, Yucatan, Mexico – http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/483
There were so many amazing archaeological heritage sites in Mexico. As we progressed throughout the country we saw how the pyramid styles etc differed and developed. This all culminated in Chichen-Itza. It is truly a magnificent site. You gain a sense of the power of the Mayans and how their cities were organized. The pyramid in the center is the highlight of the site.
1. Yosemite/Grand Canyon/Everglades
I just couldn’t decide what to make number 1 so I cheated and made it a three-way tie. When you see the candidates you’ll hopefully understand. Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Everglades truly showcase the beauty of the American landscape. They are all so unique yet equally stunning. The mountains and lakes of Yosemite, the expansiveness of the Grand Canyon, and the unassuming beauty of the Everglades are all worth seeing. I truly cannot describe the beauty of these locations and even the photographs do not do them justice. They do, however, provide a taste.