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Bewitching Kotor Bay

On our way from Dubrovnik to Cetinje, the old royal capital of Montenegro, we passed through a pretty town surrounded by an even prettier bay. So fetching was this stretch of coastline, we hopped off for a closer look: this was Kotor Bay. The town of Kotor has been settled since ancient times, as part [...]

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Monday Memory: Butrint

At the southernmost end of Albania, near the Greek border, and just a short hop across the Adriatic from the Greek island of Corfu, is Butrint, one of the country’s two world heritage sites. Like Carthage, Butrint is an archaeological site. Butrint was known as Bouthrōtón by the Greeks and as Buthrotum by the Romans. [...]

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Museumsinsel (Museum Island, Berlin)

Museum Island Berlin – or Museumsinsel – is one of my top spots in the German capital – such a wonderful location and so much history in one place. Five major museums are here: Altes Museum (Old Museum), Neues Museum (New Museum), Alte Nationalgallerie (Old National Gallery), Bode Museum and Pergamon Museum. All are right [...]

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Monday Memory: A day at the lake in Beijing

In 2002, Alex and I went to China to bring home our new daughter/sister. While waiting for all the paperwork to be finalised, we passed the time, about a week all in all, having a closer look at Beijing and surrounds. Luckily Cat was – and still is – an easy-going child. On the other [...]

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Swedish Heritage Sunday: Hanseatic Visby, Gotland

This is the 6th and final part of Swedish Heritage Sunday, a weekly series here on Sophie’s World this winter. For the last chapter, I’ve a real treat for you. Read on. Gotland – it’s all about Pippi Longstocking. And horses. Or, at least, if you have a young daughter, that’s what she will tell [...]

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Brussels by Instagram

I’ve been in Brussels at least 50 times, mostly for work, but sometimes purely for play. After finishing uni, I hung about Brussels for ages, partly because I wasn’t ready to begin a proper job right away, and partly because that’s where everyone was in those days. Later, when I did get around to finding [...]

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Swedish Heritage Sunday: Falun Mining Area

Falun mining area… sounds a bit gloomy, doesn’t it? Imagine working 67 metres underground all day, crawling through dark, narrow passageways, soot in the face, and simple living conditions, to say the least. Yes, there is indeed that. Or rather, was. Falun copper mine closed the mine shafts in 1992, after being in operation for [...]

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