The 12 best of 2012, your faves on Sophie’s World

Last year, I went through Google Analytics to see what you liked best on Sophie’s World in 2011. Best of 2012 seemed a natural follow-up. Surprisingly, no less than three favourites from 2011 continue to be on the top 10 list. Let’s get right down to it.

Here are your 12 best of 2012:

12. Pyramiden, an Arctic ghost town

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Google tells me this suddenly abandoned Russian coal mining community in Svalbard piqued your interest.

11. Urbino, a secret Italian hilltop town

Urbino, Italy

This little town in Le Marche, less well-known than its sister hilltop towns in Tuscany and Umbria, caught your eye, too!

10. Dubai airport Terminal 2

Think Dubai airport resembles a glittering, luxurious shopping mall? Well, it does. Except Terminal 2. This is where flights leave for the world’s ‘bad’ places, like Baghdad and Kabul, and the unknown places, like Kish.I really enjoyed writing this short article and love that you still find it, like it, and spread it around.

9. The Devil’s Wedding and Tallinn’s Cats

This little article about some of the many legends in the Estonian capital grabbed your attention (hint: top left window). Tallinn is my favourite Baltic capital, not least because of all the mystery and lore.

8. Dubai shopping


More Dubai. This futuristic gulf state continues to fascinate – especially the outrageous shopping malls.

7. The stairs of Girona

View from the cathedral

A few weeks before heading to Girona, I published this article on all the fabulous stairways I discovered on my last visit. I suspect many of the views came from fellow travel bloggers heading for the TBEX conference. Still…

6. Autumn leaves in Kew Gardens

The Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

This was last year’s favourite article here at Sophie’s World and continues to be very popular. What can I say: Kew is beatiful. Autumn is beautiful. Juliette Greco’s version of Les Feuilles Mortes is besutiful… Hope I’ve inspired some of you to stop by this little-known UNESCO World Heritage site next time you’re in London.

5. Friedrich Hundertwasser and his toilet

The little snippet about the eccentric Austrian architect and his quirky public toilet in New Zealand makes the top 10 list yet again.

4. The Hollywood Gang Hideaway

Hotel Los Flamingos, Acapulco, Mexico

You liked this pink, kitsch hotel in the hills above Acapulco. So did I. In fact, it might be my favourite feature of this Pacific city.

3. Sunrise at Taj Mahal

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Taj Mahal: not much to say about this über-romantic architectural masterpiece. I love it. And so do you.

2. What to do in Kiev

St Michael, Kiev

I think it’s wonderful that so many of you keep coming back to read about the capital of Ukraine, about politics and shiny golden domes.

1. Ancient Street Art in the Arctic

Rock art, Alta

You like street art. And you like the Arctic. Or perhaps it’s the combination. These Stone Age rock carvings were your absolute faves here on Sophie’s World in 2012. I like that.

Happy New Year, my lovelies.

Come on 2013: Let’s dance!



13 Responses to “The 12 best of 2012, your faves on Sophie’s World”

  1. Ana O 4 January 2013 2055 #

    Great roundup, Sophie! Happy New Year!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2013 1019 #

      Thanks 🙂

  2. ItalianNotes 5 January 2013 1309 #

    All wonderful post. And there’s even a few I have missed in the course of the year. Happy blogging through 2013:)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2013 1020 #

      Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. Vera Marie Badertscher 6 January 2013 1930 #

    Thanks for the roundup. I was particularly entranced to see the one on Urbino, since I missed it the first time, and it was a favorite of ours in Italy. But it is such fun to be reminded, or re-introduced to these terrific articles. Happy New Year and happy travels.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2013 1020 #

      Isn’t Urbino interesting? Loved having the place almost to myself.

  4. Steve 8 January 2013 0639 #

    These are great posts Sophie, but quite a few of my favorite posts didn’t seem to make the list. I guess I’ll have to do a better job of sharing this year. Looking forward to doing it!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2013 1021 #

      You’re a dear, Steve 🙂

  5. D.J. - The World of Deej 8 January 2013 1359 #

    Great year Sophie…great to reminisce on a couple of these posts that I remember well. Hard to forget that sunrise at the Taj Mahal.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2013 1021 #


  6. Andrea 10 January 2013 1729 #

    Happy New Year, Sophie! What a fantastic year – you always see the most interesting places

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2013 1021 #

      You don’t do so bad yourselves, you two 🙂

  7. InsideJourneys 12 January 2013 0435 #

    These are certainly the best of 2012. Can’t wait to see where you travel in 2013.

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