Olympic National Park

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park Olympic National Park is MASSIVE.  Located in the far northwest corner of the continental USA, it covers almost one million acres.  The biodiversity of this place is incredible.  All within this one park you can find coastal beaches, mountains topped by glaciers (the biggest being Mount Olympus which rises 7,965 feet), and…

View of Monks Mound hiding behind another mound

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Cahokia Mounds

Cahokia Mounds The Cahokia Mounds are all that remains of the largest pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico.  At its peak it is estimated up to 20,000 people lived here.  It was the largest known city to have existed in the United States until Philadelphia topped that population in the late 18th century.  It was the…

Auschwitz I 
Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Makes (You) Free)

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Auschwitz Birkenau

Auschwitz Birkenau The largest, and arguably most famous Nazi concentration/extermination camp system during World War II, Auschwitz today consists of two separate sites:  Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau.  An estimated 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, were starved, tortured, murdered, and cremated here between 1940 and 1945.  This systematic genocide was part of the Nazi “Final Solution”. …

Statue of Liberty

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty One of the most recognizable images in the world, her full name is “Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World”.  She was a gift to the United States from France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of our independence.  Edouard de Laboulaye originated the idea as a way to honor freedom and democracy in…

Historic Center of Warsaw

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Historic Center of Warsaw

Historic Center of Warsaw The Historic Center of Warsaw is interesting, because it’s mostly a reconstruction of the Historic Center of Warsaw.  Over 85% of the original city center was destroyed by Hitler’s Nazi troops during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944.  After the war, Poles reconstructed the city center to preserve Polish history and tradition. …

Historic Center of Krakow
With my mom in the middle of the square

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Historic Center of Krakow

Historic Center of Krakow Krakow used to be the capital of Poland, before it was moved to Warsaw.  When the Germans invaded during World War II, many citizens (especially the Jewish population) were sent to concentration camps and/or murdered.  The Germans also pillaged and destroyed many relics and monuments, but overall the city Krakow was…