Thick layers of salt help form a rare and unusual type of selenite crystals, found nowhere else in the world but here on the Great Salt Plains in Oklahoma. You can dig for crystals between April and October.
This small fishing village declared itself the Republic of Hout Bay in the 1980s, with a flag, passport and anthem. Today, only the passport remains. If you’re in Cape Town, I recommend a stop at the charming harbour.
Welcome to World at a Glance, yet another infrequent series here on Sophie’s World. These are intended to be short posts, with a photo that is either curious or evocative, that gave me pause; pause to think, laugh, cry, wonder… Let’s begin with curious. Frank Zappa in Vilnius What is Frank Zappa doing in Vilnius? [...]
By Catarina Redisch in Aswan, Egypt Aswan is a city on the Nile, and very interesting, especially if you like extremes. Did you know that Aswan is one of the driest places on earth? Aswan High Dam If you like extremes, you’ll really like the Aswan High Dam, one of the greatest engineering projects of [...]
A road trip in the Faroe Islands is a treat, with awe-inspiring vistas or colourful little villages whichever way you turn. Around a bend in the road, this is what you might see: … or this: We’re on Sheep Islands, so you will also see this: On the island of Eysturey, you’ll pass by Eiði. [...]
At 68° north, a fair distance above the Arctic Circle, is Sortland, Norway’s Blue Town. Sortland is the capital of the Vesterålen Archipelago; less famous, perhaps, than its neighbour to the south, the Lofoten Islands, yet just as stunning. But why is Sortland blue?
A highlight during a recent visit in Vilnius was the quirky micro-nation Republic of Užupis, an artists’ colony that declared its independence in 1997.
Akbar wanted Fatehpur Sikri to be the most beautiful city ever built. But style won over substance; no easy access to water. The city was soon abandoned.