Posts Tagged ‘UNESCO’

village of Positano

Recently I received this lovely card of Positano from dear Ilaria, Italy. It’s on in Costiera Amalfitana, which is an UNESCO WHS of Italy.

Ilaria lives not far from there, but there is only one road to access, which often full of traffic in the holiday seasons. Although an important tourist destination nowadays, Positano was a relatively poor fishing village during the first half of the 20th century. It began to attract large numbers of tourists in the 1950s.

Ilaria  told me the colorful houses and hotels are separated by narrow little streets with winding stairways that connect the town.  Hummm, a typical seaside village of southern Europe in my mind.

I also find out an interesting novel about the village, it’s Finding Positano, a love story, by William James. How enjoyable if I could sit in the sunshine of Positano reading this novel.

Kakadu National Park in Australia

Yesterday I received a postcard of Kakadu from Phillipa, Australia, via private swap. And lovely koala stamp.

Thank you.

This is one of my favorite type of postcard to receive, as it’s a national park as well as an UNESCO  Word Hertitage Site. And I really love the stunning view with green color.

Kakadu is in the Northern Territory of Australia, 171km southeast of Darwin. It’s the size of  Slovenia(Wow) and the Ranger Uranium Mine, one of the most productive Uranium mines in the world, is contained within the park.

The name Kakadu comes from the mispronunciation of ‘Gagadju’ which is the name of an Aboriginal language spoken in the northern part of the Park.

I don’t realize its danger untill Phillipa told me that there are many saltwater crocodiles. Then I remembered the TV program Man vs Wild, Bear Grylls once explored his advanture in Northern Territory of Australia, where he said it’s one of the most dangerous places in world. He encoutered many many freshwater crocodiles there. And it’s Kakadu! Actually there are two species of crocodile occur in Kakadu: the Freshwater Crocodile (Crocodylus johnstonii) and the Estuarine, or Saltwater Crocodile (C. porosus). Both of them are protected by law.

That’s Kakadu, danger hides under its gorgeous outside.