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Blenheim Palace

Birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is one of Britain’s finest stately homes. It’s surrounded by landscaped parkland, the handiwork of Capability Brown, and elegant formal gardens which make it an ideal place to explore on a sunny day. A triumph of romantic architecture, the palace is a World Heritage Site.

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The Giant’s Causeway in Antrim, Ireland is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption about 50-60 million years ago. As the lava cooled, it contracted; the size of the columns is primarily determined by the speed of cooling. The tallest are about 40 ft high, & the solidified lava in the cliffs is 90 ft thick in places. Most columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven or eight sides.  A UNESCO World Heritage site.

Ha Long Bay | ©Boetz  (Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam)

Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site’s outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest [1].

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Caral-Supe, one of the great cradles of civilization. It arose near when the more famous ones in China and Mesopotamia did, around 2600 BCE. Caral-Supe, on the coast of modern-day Peru, grew thanks to the abundance of the sea. In this it was unique – other “cradles” were based on newly invented agiculture. Caral-Supe had monuments of stone. It had a writing system made of textiles. It did not have ceramics. Or decorations of any kind. I suppose it’s hard to invent something like drawing if no one has ever thought of it before.

Hadrian’s Wall Trust to close within six months as funding evaporates

The trust set up to manage Hadrian’s Wall is to close in six months after funding dried up, leaving support for the World Heritage Site “uncertain”.

Hadrian’s Wall Trust revealed it is to close this week, with a series of organisations scrabbling to put funding in place to ensure one of Britain’s most famous monuments can be adequately maintained in the long term.

Linda Tuttiett, chief executive of the Trust, said: “We hope and pray resources can be found to keep the heritage site safe” after confirming that funding cuts had forced the trustees to close the seven-year-old organisation.

“The future is uncertain. Everyone is committed to finding a solution, but it has still not been finalized and nobody has got any money.” Read more.

Today is Columbus Day, but forget that shit and take a minute (or two) to learn about L’anse aux Meadows. Located at the northernmost tip of Newfoundland in Canada, this World Heritage Site is the only known Viking settlement to be found in North America. Estimated to have been established around 1000 AD, 500 years before Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue, it is definite proof of pre-Columbian trans-oceanic Norse exploration and contact with the Americas. The eight simple buildings made of sod and wood, either homes or workshops for iron making and boat repair, might possibly be Leif Ericson's Vinland, a place immortalized in Viking sagas as a distant outpost. Vinland was not a specific place but a larger area. L'anse aux Meadows most likely served as an exploration base and winter camp for southward expeditions in Greater Vinland. No one knows if it was bad weather, lack of food, or attacks by native peoples that led the Norse inhabitants to abandon this village, but it’s a shame they did. Canada, and possibly the United States, could be full of tall, hot Scandinavian men. That sounds pretty cool. (Actually there are over a million Canadians of Scandinavian descent, but 4% of the population is, like, nothing when it totally could be 100%!!!)*

*This post is not condoning the genocide of the native people in the slightest. My apologies to littleangrytiger or anyone else who took it the wrong way. That wasn’t my intention. I can’t help it if I like to shop at IKEA and eat Swedish meatballs.

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