Mardi Gras World: where the magic happens

Have you ever wanted to experience Mardi Gras? Me, too. As it happened, however, life (i.e. other travel plans) meant we would be in New Orleans 10 days too late. As with most things in Louisiana, Mardi Gras came with the French settlers. Records from as far back as the early 1700s describe masked balls […]

Easter traditions in Norway

  Easter 1911 Spring is finally in the air up here in the northern world, although it looks like snow will be on the ground for a few more days at least, to the delight of most. Easter, you see, means a 10-day-vacation – we’re in the middle of it right now – and skiing […]

A spring morning in Munich with kids

I’ve been meaning to write a practical post on travelling with children, focusing on long inter-continental flights especially. It’s on my to-do list, has been for a while. And I will write it. But not today. However, I’ll share one of my tips now: wear them out. Worn-out kids, you see, fall asleep. Simple really. […]

The old bridge in Mostar

This week’s #frifotos* theme is symbols. What first popped into my mind was Stari Most. I think the old bridge in Mostar is one of the most powerful symbols there is: of multiculturalism, of how people of different religions can co-exist, how reconciliation can actually work. There’s a Middle Eastern flavour to Mostar. No surprise, […]

World at a Glance: Frank Zappa in Vilnius

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? […]

A Perfect Day in Oslo

Today, I’m joining the 100 cities to homeswap before you die-initiative and I’ll let you in on how to spend a perfect day in Oslo. (For more information on the project, click on the link at the end of the article.) It’s not easy. That’s not because there’s a shortage of things to enjoy, quite […]

New Orleans streetcar

New Orleans streetcars have plied the city’s streets for almost two centuries, originally horse-drawn. Couldn’t have been easy being a horse in those days.