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Fort Jesus Michael Novins

In August 2016, I flew from Zanzibar to Mombasa, where I stayed at the Castle Royal Hotel, which dates from 1909 and is centrally located between the Moi Avenue tusks and Mombasa Old Town. Along with a guide from Diani Tours (http://www.dianisafaris-kenya.com), I walked from my hotel to the historic spice market (one of the most photogenic in East Africa) and then through the Old Town, where I visited the White House (which served as the first U.

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Ancient villages of Northern Syria Michael Novins

I visited Syria largely by public transportation in May 2009. After taking a bus from Palmyra to Aleppo, with a stop in Homs, I checked into the Baron Hotel, the oldest hotel in Syria, where I stayed in room 203, the same room where Agatha Christie wrote the first part of "Murder on the Orient Express." Mr. Walid, the Baron's renowned manager, organized a car and driver for a day trip to several nearby sites, including Serjilla and al-Bara (and its Tombeaux pyramidaux), two of the Ancient Villages of Northern Syria.

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Lamu Old Town Michael Novins

In August 2016, I flew on Airkenya Express from Nairobi to Lamu. I ignored at my peril the admonishment on Airkenya's ticket to only travel with soft-sided luggage. Airkenya apparently runs an ancillary business selling soft-sided luggage to tourists as they immediately offered to sell me a duffel bag, in which I repacked my belongings, and they stowed my hard-sided suitcase until my return. (I ended up donating the Airkenya-branded duffel bag later in my trip to the guide who accompanied me during my visit to Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, so it was money well spent.

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Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino Michael Novins

In February 2011, I took the bus from Loreto to San Ignacio, where I spent two nights at Ignacio Springs (www.ignaciosprings.com) and visited the two nearby UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On my first full day, I traveled to San Ignacio Lagoon, the only undeveloped nursery and breeding ground of the Pacific gray whale and part of the Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino UNESCO World Heritage Site (http://www.

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Komodo National Park Michael Novins

I flew from Jakarta, where I spent the month of November 1997 on business, to Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo on Flores. I had not made any prior arrangements, but was met at the airport by several fishermen and hired one to take me to Komodo Island, one of the three islands that form Komodo National Park. I stayed at the ranger station at Loh Liang, which has bungalows and a restaurant, and the rangers organized a hike to the Banugulung viewing area, an hour from Loh Liang.

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Michael Novins's Lists

  1. Aachen Cathedral
  2. Aapravasi Ghat
  3. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  4. Abbey of St Gall
  5. Acropolis
  6. Agra Fort
  7. Agrigento
  8. Ajanta Caves
  9. Aksum
  10. Al Ain
  11. Alcala de Henares
  12. Aleppo
  13. Altamira Cave
  14. Ambohimanga
  15. Amiens Cathedral
  16. Amphitheater of El Jem
  17. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  18. Ancient Kyoto
  19. Ancient Merv
  20. Ancient Nara
  21. Ancient Thebes
  22. Ancient villages of Northern Syria
  23. Angkor
  24. Angra do Heroismo
  25. Anjar
  26. Antigua Guatemala
  27. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  28. Anuradhapura
  29. Arab-Norman Palermo
  30. Aranjuez
  31. Arles
  32. Asturian Monuments
  33. Atapuerca
  34. Auschwitz Birkenau
  35. Australian Convict Sites
  36. Avila
  37. Ayutthaya
  38. Baalbek
  39. Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery
  40. Bahá’i Holy Places
  41. Banska Stiavnica
  42. Baroque Churches
  43. Bauhaus Sites
  44. Beemster Polder
  45. Belem
  46. Belfries
  47. Bellinzone
  48. Berat and Gjirokastra
  49. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  50. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  51. Bethlehem
  52. Biblical Tells
  53. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  54. Blenheim Palace
  55. Borobudur
  56. Botanical Garden, Padua
  57. Brazilian Atlantic Islands
  58. Bridgetown
  59. Brimstone Hill Fortress
  60. Brugge
  61. Budapest
  62. Bukhara
  63. Burgos Cathedral
  64. Butrint
  65. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  66. Byblos
  67. Caceres
  68. Cahokia Mounds
  69. Calakmul
  70. Camino Real
  71. Campeche
  72. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  73. Canterbury
  74. Cape Floral Region
  75. Carlsbad Caverns
  76. Cartagena
  77. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  78. Central Highlands
  79. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  80. Cesky Krumlov
  81. Chaco Culture
  82. Champagne
  83. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  84. Chartres Cathedral
  85. Chichen-Itza
  86. Chitwan National Park
  87. Choirokoitia
  88. Cidade Velha
  89. City of Bath
  90. City of Luxembourg
  91. Classical Weimar
  92. Cologne Cathedral
  93. Colonia del Sacramento
  94. Copan
  95. Cordoba
  96. Corfu
  97. Crac des Chevaliers
  98. Cracow
  99. Cuenca
  100. Cuzco
  101. Damascus
  102. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  103. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  104. Djémila
  105. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  106. Dougga/Thugga
  107. Drottningholm
  108. Dubrovnik
  109. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  110. Edinburgh
  111. El Escurial
  112. El Tajin
  113. Elephanta Caves
  114. Ellora Caves
  115. Ephesus
  116. Epidaurus
  117. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  118. Everglades
  119. Evora
  120. Fagus Factory
  121. Fasil Ghebbi
  122. Fatehpur Sikri
  123. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  124. Flemish Béguinages
  125. Florence
  126. Fontainebleau
  127. Fort Jesus
  128. Fortifications of Vauban
  129. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  130. Forts and Castles Gold Coast
  131. Fossil Hominid Sites
  132. Galapagos Islands
  133. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  134. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  135. Genbaku Dome
  136. Genoa
  137. Glacier parks
  138. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  139. Gondwana Rainforests
  140. Göreme NP
  141. Granada
  142. Grand Canyon
  143. Grand Place, Brussels
  144. Grand Pré
  145. Grand-Bassam
  146. Graz
  147. Great Barrier Reef
  148. Great Smoky Mountains
  149. Great Wall
  150. Greater Blue Mountains
  151. Gros Morne National Park
  152. Guanajuato
  153. Gulf of California
  154. Gusuku of Ryukyu
  155. Harar
  156. Hawaii Volcanoes
  157. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  158. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  159. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  160. Himeji-jo
  161. Hiraizumi
  162. Historic Cairo
  163. Historic Jeddah
  164. Holasovice
  165. Holy Trinity Column
  166. Hospicio Cabañas
  167. Humayun's Tomb
  168. Iguazu National Park
  169. Ilulissat Icefjord
  170. Imperial Palace
  171. Imperial Tombs
  172. Incense Route of the Negev
  173. Independence Hall
  174. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  175. iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  176. Istanbul
  177. Itsukushima Shrine
  178. Jantar Mantar
  179. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  180. Jongmyo Shrine
  181. Joya de Ceren
  182. Kakadu National Park
  183. Kandy
  184. Kasbah of Algiers
  185. Kathmandu Valley
  186. Kenya Lake System
  187. Kew Gardens
  188. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  189. Kiev
  190. Komodo National Park
  191. Kotor
  192. Kremlin and Red Square
  193. Kronborg Castle
  194. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  195. Kuk
  196. Kutna Hora
  197. L'Anse aux Meadows
  198. L'viv
  199. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  200. La Fortaleza
  201. La Lonja de la Seda
  202. Lagoons of New Caledonia
  203. Lalibela
  204. Lamu Old Town
  205. Laurisilva of Madeira
  206. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  207. Le Morne
  208. León Cathedral
  209. Leptis Magna
  210. Levuka
  211. Lima
  212. Litomysl Castle
  213. Liverpool
  214. Lopé-Okanda
  215. Lord Howe Island
  216. Luang Prabang
  217. Lübeck
  218. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  219. Luther Memorials
  220. Lyon
  221. Macao
  222. Machu Picchu
  223. Mahabalipuram
  224. Maloti Drakensberg
  225. Mammoth Cave
  226. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  227. Maritime Greenwich
  228. Masada
  229. Matera
  230. Maulbronn Monastery
  231. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  232. Mazagan
  233. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  234. Medina of Essaouira
  235. Medina of Fez
  236. Medina of Marrakesh
  237. Medina of Sousse
  238. Medina of Tunis
  239. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  240. Meknes
  241. Mérida
  242. Mesa Verde
  243. Messel Pit
  244. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  245. Mijikenda Kaya Forests
  246. Mir Castle
  247. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  248. Monastery of Geghard
  249. Monticello
  250. Morelia
  251. Morne Trois Pitons
  252. Mostar
  253. Mount Carmel Caves
  254. Mount Etna
  255. Mtskheta
  256. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  257. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  258. Mycenae and Tiryns
  259. Namib Sand Sea
  260. Nan Madol
  261. Naples
  262. Necropolis of Bet She'arim
  263. Neolithic Orkney
  264. Nesvizh
  265. Ngorongoro
  266. Nisa
  267. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  268. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  269. Ohrid Region
  270. Okavango Delta
  271. Old City of Acre
  272. Old City of Berne
  273. Old City of Jerusalem
  274. Old Havana
  275. Old Town Lunenburg
  276. Old Town of Galle
  277. Olinda
  278. Olympic National Park
  279. Oporto
  280. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  281. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  282. Palenque
  283. Palmeral of Elche
  284. Palmyra
  285. Panamá
  286. Paphos
  287. Paramaribo
  288. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  289. Petra
  290. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  291. Pitons Management Area
  292. Pitons of Reunion
  293. Poblet Monastery
  294. Polonnaruva
  295. Pompei
  296. Pont du Gard
  297. Popocatepetl monasteries
  298. Potosi
  299. Potsdam
  300. Poverty Point
  301. Prague
  302. Prambanan
  303. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  304. Provins
  305. Puebla
  306. Pyramids (Memphis)
  307. Qal'at al-Bahrain
  308. Québec
  309. Querétaro
  310. Quirigua
  311. Quito
  312. Qutb Minar
  313. Rainforests of the Atsinanana
  314. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  315. Rapa Nui
  316. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
  317. Redwood
  318. Reims
  319. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  320. Rhodes
  321. Rideau Canal
  322. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  323. Riga
  324. Rila Monastery
  325. Rio de Janeiro
  326. Robben Island
  327. Rock Islands
  328. Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco
  329. Roman Walls of Lugo
  330. Rome
  331. Roskilde Cathedral
  332. Royal Exhibition Building
  333. Royal Joseon Tombs
  334. Royal Palaces of Abomey
  335. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  336. Ruins of León Viejo
  337. São Francisco Square
  338. Sabratha
  339. Saint Catherine Area
  340. Salamanca
  341. Salvador de Bahia
  342. Salzburg
  343. Samarkand
  344. San Antonio Missions
  345. San Cristobal de La Laguna
  346. San Marino and Mount Titano
  347. San Miguel de Allende
  348. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  349. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  350. Santiago de Compostela
  351. Santo Domingo
  352. Schokland
  353. Schönbrunn
  354. Segovia
  355. Selimiye Mosque
  356. Semmering Railway
  357. Serengeti
  358. Seville
  359. Sian Ka'an
  360. Sigiriya
  361. Simien National Park
  362. Sintra
  363. Site of Carthage
  364. Skocjan Caves
  365. Skogskyrkogarden
  366. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  367. Speyer Cathedral
  368. St. George, Bermuda
  369. St. Petersburg
  370. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  371. Statue of Liberty
  372. Stoclet House
  373. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  374. Stonehenge
  375. Stralsund and Wismar
  376. Studenica Monastery
  377. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  378. Sucre
  379. Summer Palace
  380. Sundarbans National Park
  381. Sydney Opera House
  382. Syracuse
  383. Taj Mahal
  384. Tallinn
  385. Taos Pueblo
  386. Tarraco
  387. Tasmanian Wilderness
  388. Te Wahipounamu
  389. Teide National Park
  390. Telc
  391. Temple of Heaven
  392. Teotihuacan
  393. Tequila
  394. The trulli of Alberobello
  395. Thingvellir
  396. Tikal National Park
  397. Timgad
  398. Tipasa
  399. Tiwanaku
  400. Tiya
  401. Tlacotalpan
  402. Toledo
  403. Tower of Hercules
  404. Tower of London
  405. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  406. Trebic
  407. Trier
  408. Tugendhat Villa
  409. Turaif Quarter
  410. Uluru
  411. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  412. Uxmal
  413. Val di Noto
  414. Vallée de Mai
  415. Valletta
  416. Vatican City
  417. Venice and its Lagoon
  418. Verona
  419. Versailles
  420. Vicenza
  421. Victoria Falls
  422. Vienna
  423. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  424. Villa d'Este
  425. Villa Romana del Casale
  426. Vilnius
  427. Vizcaya Bridge
  428. Völklingen Ironworks
  429. Volubilis
  430. Vredefort Dome
  431. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  432. Wadi Al-Hitan
  433. Walled City of Baku
  434. Warsaw
  435. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  436. Westminster
  437. Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino
  438. White City of Tel-Aviv
  439. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  440. Willemstad
  441. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  442. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  443. Xochicalco
  444. Yagul and Mitla
  445. Yellowstone
  446. Yosemite National Park
  447. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  448. Zacatecas
  1. Acropolis
  2. Agra Fort
  3. Agrigento
  4. Ajanta Caves
  5. Aldabra Atoll
  6. Aleppo
  7. Altamira Cave
  8. Amiens Cathedral
  9. Amphitheater of El Jem
  10. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  11. Ancient Kyoto
  12. Ancient Thebes
  13. Ancient villages of Northern Syria
  14. Angkor
  15. Antigua Guatemala
  16. Auschwitz Birkenau
  17. Baalbek
  18. Bethlehem
  19. Borobudur
  20. Brazilian Atlantic Islands
  21. Brugge
  22. Budapest
  23. Bukhara
  24. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  25. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  26. Canterbury
  27. Cape Floral Region
  28. Cartagena
  29. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  30. Cesky Krumlov
  31. Chartres Cathedral
  32. Chichen-Itza
  33. Churches and Convents of Goa
  34. City of Bath
  35. Cliff of Bandiagara
  36. Cologne Cathedral
  37. Colonia del Sacramento
  38. Crac des Chevaliers
  39. Cracow
  40. Cuzco
  41. Damascus
  42. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  43. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  44. Djenné
  45. Dubrovnik
  46. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  47. Edinburgh
  48. El Tajin
  49. Ellora Caves
  50. Ephesus
  51. Everglades
  52. Florence
  53. Fontainebleau
  54. Fujisan
  55. Galapagos Islands
  56. Genbaku Dome
  57. Giant's Causeway
  58. Göreme NP
  59. Granada
  60. Grand Canyon
  61. Grand Place, Brussels
  62. Great Barrier Reef
  63. Great Wall
  64. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  65. Guanajuato
  66. Ha Long Bay
  67. Hawaii Volcanoes
  68. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  69. Himeji-jo
  70. Historic Cairo
  71. Iguazu National Park
  72. Ilulissat Icefjord
  73. Imperial Palace
  74. Island of Saint-Louis
  75. Istanbul
  76. Kakadu National Park
  77. Kathmandu Valley
  78. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  79. Kilimanjaro National Park
  80. Komodo National Park
  81. Kremlin and Red Square
  82. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  83. Lake Baikal
  84. Lake Malawi
  85. Lalibela
  86. Leptis Magna
  87. Lima
  88. Longmen Grottoes
  89. Lower Valley of the Awash
  90. Luang Prabang
  91. Machu Picchu
  92. Mahabalipuram
  93. Maritime Greenwich
  94. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  95. Medina of Fez
  96. Medina of Marrakesh
  97. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  98. Melaka and George Town
  99. Mérida
  100. Meroe
  101. Mesa Verde
  102. Meteora
  103. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  104. Mogao Caves
  105. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  106. Mont-Saint-Michel
  107. Monticello
  108. Mountain Railways of India
  109. Namib Sand Sea
  110. Naples
  111. Nasca Lines
  112. Nemrut Dag
  113. Ngorongoro
  114. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  115. Okavango Delta
  116. Old City of Jerusalem
  117. Old Havana
  118. Old Town of Galle
  119. Ouro Preto
  120. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  121. Palenque
  122. Palmyra
  123. Panamá
  124. Pantanal
  125. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  126. Peninsula Valdes
  127. Persepolis
  128. Petra
  129. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  130. Pompei
  131. Pont du Gard
  132. Potala Palace
  133. Prague
  134. Pyramids (Memphis)
  135. Quito
  136. Qutb Minar
  137. Rapa Nui
  138. Redwood
  139. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  140. Rila Monastery
  141. Rio de Janeiro
  142. Rock Islands
  143. Rome
  144. Sabratha
  145. Sagarmatha National Park
  146. Saint Catherine Area
  147. Salvador de Bahia
  148. Samarkand
  149. Sana'a
  150. Schönbrunn
  151. Segovia
  152. Selimiye Mosque
  153. Serengeti
  154. Seville
  155. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  156. Siena
  157. Sigiriya
  158. Socotra Archipelago
  159. St. Petersburg
  160. Statue of Liberty
  161. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  162. Stonehenge
  163. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  164. Sub-Antarctic Islands
  165. Sucre
  166. Sydney Opera House
  167. Taj Mahal
  168. Tasmanian Wilderness
  169. Temple of Heaven
  170. Teotihuacan
  171. The trulli of Alberobello
  172. Three parallel rivers of Yunnan
  173. Tikal National Park
  174. Timgad
  175. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  176. Tsingy de Bemaraha
  177. Uluru
  178. Vatican City
  179. Venice and its Lagoon
  180. Versailles
  181. Victoria Falls
  182. Vienna
  183. Villa Romana del Casale
  184. Virunga National Park
  185. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  186. Volubilis
  187. West Norwegian Fjords
  188. Westminster
  189. Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino
  190. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  191. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  192. Yellowstone

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