Swedish Heritage Sunday: Tanum rock carvings

Rock carvings are prolific in Scandinavia. Our prehistoric forebears must have been particularly eager to express themselves. You’ll find them everyhwhere, and often very well preserved. In fact, there’s a large moose carving not far from my home, next to a playground. But two of the petroglyph sites are apparently more interesting than the rest. […]

Hammerfest: the northernmost city in the world

“Reindeers have the right-of-way,” they grunted, these two, as they crossed the road in front of me, forcing me to hit the brakes hard enough for the seat belt to really fasten. They then proceeded to attack someone’s front yard. No need to trim bushes here. Driving into Hammerfest on a sunny September afternoon, I immediately took […]

Swedish Heritage Sunday: Hovgården

In the west, the word Viking usually brings to mind Norsemen heading west and leaving their marks on Ireland and England, such as the city of York, once known as Jorvik, a very Norwegian name indeed. They colonised Iceland and Greenland, and were even the first Europeans to discover North America. The Swedish Vikings are […]

Swedish Heritage Sunday: Engelsberg Ironworks

Continuing my UNESCO road trip in Sweden last August, here’s one heritage site I had never heard of until the day before I was there. Love that. Engelsberg Ironworks, or Engelsberg Bruk in Swedish, is one of the industrial heritage sites. Unlike Røros in Norway, Ironbridge in England, or, for that matter, Falun just north […]

Sir Walter Scott Monument in Edinburgh

The #FriFotos* theme this week is shapes. As per usual, I close my eyes and focus on the first thing that pops up. This time, it’s the fabulously Gothic Scott monument in Edinburgh. Wandering along Princes’ Street, Edinburgh’s main thoroughfare, you can’t help but gaze upon this grandiose structure (or bump into it, if you […]

Swedish Heritage Sunday: Drottningholm Palace

During the holidays in August, I had time to kill while Cat was off on one of her many riding camps. What better than to indulge in yet another solo road trip? Travelling is so easy in summer. There I was, driving along, and before I knew it, it was 10pm. But it didn’t matter; […]

2013: A photo journey

Dear reader, I’m allowing myself one more indulgent post at the end of the year – last one this year, I promise 😉 Hoping to inspire a touch of wanderlust, here’s a little photo journey of 2013. January: Britain, South Africa, Denmark   2013 began with a quick stop in London, one of my favourite […]

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