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A Town called Speyer – #JoinGermanTradition

From Maulbronn, I’ve now travelled 60 kilometres in distance, and another century back in time. I’m in the little town of Speyer on the River Rhine. My guide for the morning asks if I have a fear of heights. We’re about to head up a whole lot of stairs to the top of the world’s largest […]

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Silent Sunday: Elevador da Glória, a Lisbon funicular

Elevador da Glória, linking the areas Baixa and Bairro Alto in Lisbon, Portugal. This Lisbon funicular has been in operation since 1885.

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Insider Guide to Marrakech

Friends! This week, we have a guest blogger here on Sophie’s World. Marrakech in high on my wish list; maybe it’s on yours, as well? Local girl, Amanda Ponzio-Mouttaki of Maroc Mama, gives us the lowdown on the fascinating North African city in this Marrakech insider guide. Read on. Eleven years ago, when I first landed in […]

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Silent Retro Sunday: Biking by the Bay, Dominica 1995

Biking by the Bay, Dominica 1995

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Maulbronn Monastery Complex

It’s difficult to appreciate just how powerful monasteries were in the Middle Ages. Here at Maulbronn, for example, the abbey owned land all the way up to Speyer – today, a one-hour drive away (or two, if your SatNav isn’t cooperating; speaking from experience here). But… a monastery, nevertheless. Plenty of those about. What makes […]

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Silent Sunday: Rock temple at Abu Simbel, Nubia in Egypt

Rock Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel, Nubia in Egypt. Ramses was also known as Userma’atre Setepenre in Ancient Egyptian and Ozymandias in Greek.

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Travelling through time #joingermantradition

This weekend I’m out and about exploring Germany. UNESCO Germany has very kindly invited me on a journey through history; one with great time leaps at either end. If you’d like, you can follow along on the #joingermantradition social wall. With jobs and kids and whatnot, I have a window of a mere four days to […]

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