Sofia by Instagram

I’m just at the tail end of a brief visit in Sofia, one of the few European capitals I haven’t seen before (one of my fave travel reasons). Sofia – apart from having such a lovely name – has been a pleasant surprise: wide open boulevards, varied and interesting architecture, nice cafes, and just a [...]

Silent Sunday: Hawa Mahal – Palace of Winds

The pink palace Hawa Mahal – Palace of Winds – in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb

A short post today. Just a note, really: One of the striking features of Croatia’s capital city is this bright and cheerful building on Marshal Tito Square in Zagreb’s Lower Town. This is one of five branches of the Croatian National Theatre, known as HNK Zagreb. When the building was officially opened in 1895, Franz-Joseph [...]

The Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape at Pergamon

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee is meeting in Doha these days, pondering which properties to add to its list of places that deserve special protection. As I hit ‘publish’, 22 new sites have been inscribed; the list now comprising a grand total of 1 001 sites. And I find myself becoming more and more of a [...]

Silent Sunday: Trou aux Cerfs volcano, Mauritius

The dormant volcano Trou aux Cerfs near Curepipe, Mauritius

Counting cats in Zanzibar

You’ll see many cats in Zanzibar; cats are everywhere. They won’t bother you, they won’t beg for scraps of food, they are not importunate. But then cats rarely are, are they… Instead, Zanzibari cats proved to be excellent motifs for the camera and very worthy subjects for our little Cats of the World series here [...]

Silent Sunday: Flowery facade in Gourdon, Alpes-Maritimes

Flowery facade in Gourdon France (Alpes-Maritimes)

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