Off to Northern England!

This week, we’re exploring the hills and dales of the Lake District and the urban milieu of Manchester here on Sophie’s World. Follow along on #LuxLakeDistrict and #BestofMCR.

Day out Gdansk: The Malbork Murder

If you happen to be floating down the tranquil river Wisla, head off at the little branch called the Nogat, and you’ll come to a Gothic fairytale fortress and some intriguing Malbork Castle history, murder included! Disembark on the opposite bank, and this imposing 13th century fortified monastery is all you’ll see. The view is […]

11 things you’ll love about Kraków

Welcome back to Poland. I’ve written about Gdansk and Warsaw earlier. Today, we’re heading south, to Krakow. Like Warsaw, Krakow’s Historic Centre is a World Heritage site, to be specially preserved for future generations. Here’s UNESCO’s take: The historic centre of Cracow, the former capital of Poland, is situated at the foot of the Royal […]

World at a Glance: Tropical Island in a Nazi Hangar

Just 60 km from Berlin, in the state of Brandenburg, is an indoor beach paradise located in one of the world’s largest buildings. On Cat’s school trip to visit concentration camps this summer, we stopped at Tropical Island for a completely different experience. Important to balance the challenging with lighter things, especially with kids. Tropical […]

A look inside North Korea

Come with me on an extraordinary journey to a very curious corner of the world. Let’s step inside North Korea for a look at Pyongyang and the fabled DMZ.

7 things 2016 taught me

What to make of this year? It has certainly taken up a lot of space, as years go. It has been loud and ponderous, with higher highs and lower lows. For me, 2016 has been frustratingly soul-sucking, but also exciting and surprising. Heartache and inspiration. Certainly transformative. (And I don’t throw words like that around […]

Bergen: Gingerbread town 2016 in photos

By Alexandra Redisch in Bergen At the old Sentralbadet (public swimming pool) in Bergen, you will no longer find the smell of chlorine, but rather the scent of gingerbread – and Christmas itself. This is the site of the largest gingerbread town in the world. Schools, kindergardens and students (and everyone else who wants to, […]

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