World at a Glance: The place where the gods were created – and high heels

What does Teotihuacan have to do with stilettos? Nothing, really… except I’m reminded of several local women standing on top of the Pyramid of the Moon alongside me, in their impossibly high heels, looking out on the Avenue of the Dead. I can’t help but wonder what the women of ancient Teotihuacan would think, looking […]

The 13 best of 2013

Delving into Google Analytics has become a fun little exercise this time of year. As always, I’m a bit baffled at which articles do well, and yet again, some of the older articles do very well. From this, I can draw two conclusions about readers of Sophie’s World: You’re interested in places off the beaten […]

Amsterdam in December

A short post today, with just a few images of Amsterdam in December. The shops are brimming with Christmassy cheer… … baubles, toys and fancy bags. And colours. Bright, warm colours inviting you in from the cold. I like Amsterdam in winter. Bikes are out in all kinds of weather, of course… The Canals of […]

San Remo by Instagram (mostly)

Hearing the name San Remo, I’m reminded of my teens. Not that I was ever there then; what I remember is reading about it in the weekly mags, specifically about the glamorous princesses of Monaco going to San Remo for shopping. Sometimes I’m surprised how the impressions from childhood – or, I suppose, teenagehood, remain […]

Imizamo Yethu: Life in a township

During a visit in South Africa earlier this year, I visited Imizamo Yethu, a township in Hout Bay Valley, a seaside suburb of Cape Town. I was first in South Africa in 1993, just months before Nelson Mandela was sworn in as president. At that time, by chance, I met a man who ran tours […]

Tbilisi to Yerevan

Today’s post is about bread and circuses – or, at least, bread and religion – which perhaps isn’t that different. While I pondered whether to travel from Tbilisi to Yerevan via train or marshrutka (minibusses with threadbare tyres found all over the Caucasus), I stumbled over a brochure from Envoy, an Armenian tour company. Among […]

World at a Glance: Old Town Corfu

Ah Greece! Looking out my window this grey November afternoon, with the heat not properly working yet in my new office …sigh. One can always dream. ‘Hang on’, you ask… ‘that photo above, where is the azure Aegean sea? The white-washed houses with blue domes? The absurdly photogenic felines stretching in the noonday sun? In […]

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