Sophie’s World Travel Inspiration Blog

World at a Glance: Freddie Mercury in Montreux

I like Montreux, I really do. In my civil servant days, I frequently attended committee meetings in Geneva, and would sometimes stay here, not minding the twice daily one-hour train journey. Wandering along Lake Geneva’s waterfront, you won’t be lost for stunning scenery to rest your weary eyes on. There are towering mountains, clusters of [...]

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Silent Sunday: African penguins in the water pipes at Simon’s Town

African penguins coming out of the water pipes in Simon’s Town, South Africa

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St Conan’s Kirk: a curious Scottish church

By Alexandra Redisch in Loch Awe St Conan’s Kirk must always have stunned visitors as it does me today. Although the church may look many centuries old, it was completed in 1930. The architect was Walter Campbell. Or architect… he had no formal training, but that didn’t stop him from creating this intriguing little kirk [...]

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Silent Sunday: Radcliffe Camera

The beautiful Radcliffe Camera, part of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library

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Geghard Monastery: carved from the mountain

Remember I wrote about the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral with the spectacular view of Mount Ararat? And a bit later, the monasteries at Haghpat and Sanahin? Armenia’s third world heritage site is Geghard Monastery with its scenic surrounding canyon, the Upper Azat Valley. As you may have noticed, all three of Armenia’s sites are churches, [...]

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Silent Sunday: Domes of the magnificent St Andrew’s Church in Kiev, Ukraine

The magnificent domes of the baroque Andriyvs’ka tserkva (St Andrew’s Church) in Kiev

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World at a Glance: Humayun’s Tomb

Like the Taj Mahal, Humayun’s tomb is a property worthy of special protection. And like the Taj Mahal, it’s a grave. And just as Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for his late, much-loved wife, this tomb was built by Humayun’s widow, Biga Begum, in memory of her late (and equally-loved, one must assume) [...]

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