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The Four Seasons Hotel in Baku: Graceful and luxurious

I arrive at the Four Seasons Baku on a scorching day in early July. It is so hot, entering the Beaux-Arts lobby is a relief in itself. Not only is it deliciously cool. It’s also beautiful, with marble floors, glittering chandeliers and a sweeping, grandiose staircase with wrought-iron railings. Comfortable chairs and sofas are scattered […]

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The Waterhead: A Boutique Hotel in the English Lake District

Do you keep up with World Heritage? If so, you will have noticed that the English Lake District was just added to the list this month. And deservedly so, in my not-so-humble opinion. We arrive in Ambleside on a lovely April day. I simply plugged Waterhead into the GPS, and after leaving Manchester airport behind, we […]

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Whimsical Giethoorn – a photo essay

Do you play Monopoly? Then, amongst the likes of Amsterdam, London and New York, you may have noticed Giethoorn. The tiny Dutch village managed to capture enough votes to win a place on the international edition of this most capitalist of board games. Idyllic little Giethoorn is known as the Venice of Northern Europe. Not […]

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Vienna to Graz via the Semmering Railway: A UNESCO Kinder Egg

Vienna to Graz is a 3-in-One Kinder Egg for World Heritage geeks – Vienna’s old town, Graz’ medieval centre, and the journey between the two on the Semmering Railway.

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The charms of England’s Lake District

It’s so easy, isn’t it… jump on the plane – and less than two hours later you’re in London, the city we Scandinavians know so very well. It’s practically a default weekend break. Lake District view through a smudgy steam train window – ‘What are you doing this weekend?’ – ‘Dunno, don’t have any plans.’ […]

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Things to do in Manchester if you’re not into football

So… imagine you are in Manchester. With a girlfriend – or boyfriend – who’s here for one thing and one thing only: footie! You, on the other hand, couldn’t care less for the Beautiful Game. You can’t even remember what the corner kick rule means, even though you’ve heard it a million times. Well then: […]

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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.

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