Visit 1,000-year-old Mexican city online and in a museum; Erin Blakemore; Washington Post

Mexico – Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

The pyramids and plazas of Teotihuacan were part of a powerful urban center.

More than a thousand years ago, Teotihuacan was one of Meso­america’s most powerful urban centers.

Now it’s one of the world’s most important archaeological sites, its pyramids and plazas just as impressive as they must have been then.

Teotihuacan’s time as the ancient Americas’ most densely populated city is long gone, but the city’s splendor is still alive at San Francisco’s de Young Museum, which is hosting a major exhibition on the ancient city.

“Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire” takes visitors through recent archaeological discoveries, including a sculpture-packed tunnel that provides clues to the city’s significance. It also delves into the history and culture of what was once North America’s most majestic city. (It lies about 25 miles from Mexico City.)

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Japan to publicize testimony denying that Koreans were forced to work ‘under harsh conditions’ at UNESCO-listed ‘Battleship Island’; The Japan Times

Japan – Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining

Japan plans to make public some testimony denying that Koreans were forced to work under harsh conditions during World War II at what is now a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, government sources have said.

The controversial move could draw an angry rebuke from Seoul, which maintains that Korean workers were forced to toil in the Hashima Coal Mine off Nagasaki, on what is now known as Gunkanjima (“Battleship Island”), when the Korean Peninsula was under Japanese colonial rule between 1910 and 1945.

When the island was listed as a World Cultural Heritage site in 2015, Tokyo promised Seoul it would exhibit the history of Koreans forced to work there. Japan may continue to collect more testimony, potentially including acknowledgements of forced labor.

 

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The world’s top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites revealed; Travel at 60

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Poland – Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945)

Which of these wonders have you visited?

The top rated UNESCO sites in the world

If it weren’t for groups like the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the importance of cultural monuments may have been lost. But travellers continue to visit these internationally recognised World Heritage Sites, all the while helping to preserve and protect them for future generations. These are the top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites according to travellers who have rated the them on TripAdvisor. Which of these wonders have you visited?

1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Each year, this historic canal becomes the world’s largest skating rink; Anna Hider; Road Tripper

Canada – Rideau Canal

Canada’s Rideau Canal is over 125 miles of peaceful, scenic waterways, used primarily for boating. Historically, it was used for transport, but these days, it’s mostly pleasure boating. It’s the oldest continually operated canal system on the continent, and is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it a great place to spend a calm afternoon on the water– tons of landmarks line the route. But the historic canal, opened originally in 1832, isn’t just useful for boats; even though the locks shut once winter sets in, the waterway is put to good use… as the world’s largest ice skating rink.

Each January, a 4.8 mile-long section of the canal is cleared away and frozen over– turning it into the massive skating rink. To put that in perspective, it’s roughly the size of 90 Olympic hockey rinks.

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5 advantages of living in Mexico; International Living

Mexico – Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco

INTERNATIONAL LIVING is the website that helps you to to explore the extraordinary places around the world where you can afford to kick back and enjoy life in your “golden years”. This is what they have to say about “Living in Mexico”…

About three times the size of Texas, Mexico is a vast territory. But although many think they know Mexico, they’re missing out on many aspects that make it such a great place to live for expats.

1. It’s easy to get residence in Mexico or live there without one

It’s said there are 2 million U.S. expats living in Mexico. And one of the main reasons is that the Mexican government makes it easy for foreigners to stay for extended periods.

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6 Spectacular Sights of Brittany, France; Travelettes

France – Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay

From Mont Saint-Michel to the turquoise waters of St Malo, this travel guide for Brittany in France tell you where to go, where to stay and what to eat!

There’s a reason France is one of the most visited countries in the world. From the romantic architecture of Paris, to the beautiful beaches of the Riviera, or the fabulous food & wine of Bordeaux, France has a cultural vibe that can suit even the harshest critic’s taste. But what if you could have it ALL in one region of France? We’ll let you in on a little secret! In northwest France lies the region of Brittany. A 3.5 hour car ride from Paris, Brittany is buzzing with a magnificent coastal landscape, the best seafood in the world, beautiful beaches and some of the quaintest, most picturesque villages France has to offer.

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Mummy Discovered in Ancient Tombs in Egypt; Nariman El-Mofty; National Geographic

Egypt – Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

The final resting places of two ancient officials contain colorful grave goods, an elaborate mural, and linen-wrapped human remains.

Egyptian officials today announced the discovery and excavation of two tombs found in the necropolis of Dra’ Abu el-Naga in Luxor. The tombs, dated to the 18th Dynasty (1550-1292 B.C.) belonged to officials who likely served here at the ancient capital of Thebes, now a UNESCO world heritage site.

The tombs were surveyed and numbered by German Egyptologist Friederike Kampp-Seyfried in the 1990s. At the time, the tomb known as Kampp 161 was never opened, while the tomb identified as Kampp 150 was only excavated to its entrance. The tombs were recently re-discovered and excavated by Egyptian archaeologists.

The names of the officials buried in the tombs remains unknown, as no inscriptions bearing the names of the tombs’ occupants have yet been found.

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7 Incredible travel experiences in Peru that will enrich your life; Wanderlust

Peru – Sacred City of Caral-Supe

Peru is rich in unforgettable experiences; from exploring rainbow-coloured mountains and ancient cities to witnessing the flight of the mighty Andean condor…

1: Soak up the colours of the Rainbow Mountain

“Is that real?” is a common question from anyone seeing photos of Peru’s Rainbow Mountain for the first time. That’s understandable, given that the colourful stripes across the mountain look like they’ve been painted by a giant with a box of paints.

Mother Nature, or, as they say in Peru, Pachamama is responsible, though, the coloured stripes caused by geological activity, different combinations of minerals and oxidation, and weathering.

Many peaks in the Ausangate mountains, 100 kilometres from Cusco, are richly coloured, but Rainbow Mountain, otherwise known as Vinicunca, is the best known, not least due to it’s Instagrammable appearance, a massive slab of striped rock, from red and pink to lavender and turquoise.

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Readers’ Choice winners: These are your holiday favorites; USA Today

Canada – Rideau Canal

These winners bring loads of holiday cheer.

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and halls across America are decked in holiday finery. Whether you’re toe-tapping to holiday tunes on Spotify or pining for summer, the holidays are upon us.

To celebrate the season, 10Best set out to find the most holly, jolly holiday experiences in North America – parades, theme park events, skating rinks, department stores, zoo lights and places to ring in 2018. We asked our readers to vote for their favorites, and the results are in.

Click on each category below to see the full list of winners:

Best Ice Skating Rink: Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa

Throughout North America, the winter season offers the opportunity for travelers to swap flip-flops for ice skates and glide across the frozen water. The historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, snakes its way through the Canadian capital.

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A sacred Japanese island juggles secrecy and survival; Jonathan Kaiman; LA Times

Japan – Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region

Okinoshima is a sacred island in the Sea of Japan, shrouded in mystery and strewn with ancient treasures.

For centuries, the island was forbidden to all but about 200 men, who could wade ashore only one day a year after “purifying” themselves, naked, in the freezing sea. Women were banned. Photographs were banned. Even talking about a visit to the island was long verboten.

Then, in July, after a years-long lobbying effort by Japanese officials, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared Okinoshima a World Heritage site, placing it alongside more than 1,000 high-profile attractions, including the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of China.

The designation alarmed the keepers of Okinoshima’s tradition, and raised questions about how communities keep traditions intact — and secrets secret — in the modern world.

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