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Silent Sunday: First snow Norway

First snow of the season, looking out my kitchen window in Norway

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Wandering through Speicherstadt, Hamburg’s cool warehouse district – #UNESCOHamburg

Germany’s newest UNESCO World Heritage site is in Hamburg. As you walk along the city’s harbour, passing the futuristic architecture in Hafen City on the way, you’ll notice a row of Gothic redbrick buildings just across the canal. That’s Speicherstadt, the old warehouse district. Speicherstadt is located on an island. Getting here – and wandering […]

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Julebord: a month-long pre-Christmas food fest

It’s that time of year again: the julebord season. The month before Christmas is a somewhat gluttonous period here in Norway. It probably is in your country as well, but your menu might be a bit different. Up here at the edge of the world, we eat… rotten fish. And torched, smoked whole sheep’s head, […]

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Dialogue in the Dark: blind in Hamburg – #UnescoHamburg

I’m about to become blind, so this is the only photo you’ll find in this post. And it’s appropriately blurry. I’m at the enigmatically named Dialog im Dunkeln – Dialogue in the Dark – about to have one of the more eye-opening (no pun intended) experiences I’ve had in a long time. I’m with six other people – three […]

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Rhine Valley highlights, eats and sleeps

Thinking about visiting the Rhine Valley? There’s a long, winding river, delightful villages, cliffs with mythical maidens and more castles than anywhere else in the world. And that’s just a few Rhine Valley highlights. You can take a hotel boat, aka river cruise ship, up (or down) the river. Or you can rent a car and be […]

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Silent Sunday: Blue and green Latvia from above

Blue and green: Latvia from above

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World at a Glance: Roman Frontiers in Germania #JoinGermanTradition

Reconstructed Roman frontier fort and pleasant setting for a forest restaurant Driving along the Rhine Valley a few weeks ago, I kept seeing signs for the Limes Route. What was this? A quick search on my phone told me this route followed the ancient Roman borders in Germania. I had a lot to cover in […]

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