Tag Archives: UNESCO World Heritage

Warsaw scenes

Are you curious about Europe’s not-quite-so-famous capitals? If so, may I suggest Warsaw? Poland’s capital is an excellent city to wander and explore, especially in spring and summer. Here are a few Warsaw scenes. Warsaw suffered heavily during World War II, with almost the entire city demolished and the population mostly decimated, either because they [...]

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Lavaux, Swiss wine country

When you think of wine, Switzerland is perhaps not the first country that pops into your mind, is it? Yet, wine bottles from as early as the 2nd century BC has been found here, so historians know wine has been produced in this land-locked mountainous country since Roman times, at least. The country’s largest continuous [...]

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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 [...]

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Aachen Cathedral and Charlemagne’s BMI

In Aachen Cathedral lies the body of Pater Europae. And who might he be, this Father of Europe, you ask? When I was an exchange student in the USA, someone once mentioned Charlemagne, a famous emperor of Europe. ‘What?’ I thought at the time. A European emperor I had never heard of? Well, turns out [...]

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World at a Glance: Appearances can be deceptive in Regensburg

One day, many years ago, aimlessly wandering about the beautiful German city of Regensburg, I stumbled over this odd sculpture. From the front, it looks like a pious priest, praying for the geese, perhaps – or preaching to them. Ah, but don’t be deceived by that friendly first impression. Walk around the statue. Have a [...]

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Day out London: Blenheim Palace

If you’re in London – or in the Cotswolds, one of my favourite parts of England, I recommend an outing to the little town of Woodstock and Blenheim Palace. The palace represents the early stages of the English Romantic movement – an architectural style characterised by closeness to nature. I love the medieval towers, and [...]

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Coco de Mer: a sexy nut in paradise

Here at Sophie’s World, we love exploring the world’s curious places. Today, I thought I’d share a different kind of curiosity Alex and I encountered in the Seychelles some years ago, a botanical curiosity. On the island of Praslin is a beautiful nature reserve called Vallée de Mai (May Valley). Not only is this valley [...]

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