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11 most popular Instagrams in June 2015

This month’s most popular Instagrams are from Northern Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Germany and Sweden, and include three World Heritage sites. Here we go: 11. Until last month, I hadn’t been in Antwerp in more than 20 years. What a wonderful city! One of its many features is the fabulous doors found around town. This one […]

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11 most popular Instagrams in May 2015

Here, better late than never, is our monthly Instagram feature.  As usual, I’ve linked to the photo on Instagram in the numbers. No less than five World Heritage sites are included this month, so let’s get on with it. Here are the 11 most popular ‘grams on Sophie’s World in May 2015. 11. This snapshot is from the Sunday […]

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Feeling weightless in a Tyrolean spa

As days are getting shorter and work busier than ever, I think back on an all-too-brief stay at Aquadome, Tyrol’s biggest and most creatively designed spa.

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Spas and spice in Bad Bleiberg

A few days away, just the two of you, sans kids – sounds good? Then Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Bleibergerhof might be the place for you.

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Family Fun in Carinthia

This summer, go to Nassfeld in Austria’s southernmost province, Carinthia. Then head up on Madritsche mountain for heaps of family fun.

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About Schnapps – the natural way

The Backer schnapps is all-natural, hand-made – in short, the good stuff. If further proof of quality is required, medals and awards abound.

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Gilded statue on Graben street in Vienna, Austria

Five Faves in Vienna

I’ve been in Vienna many times, but haven’t seen half as much of this beautiful city as I would have liked. Here are five faces.

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