Ottawa’s picturesque Rideau Canal

Here I go again, starting one thing and ending up with quite another. Working on a blog post about China’s Grand Canal, I begin thinking about other canals I’ve been on. Or along. Or above, or beside. There are quite a few. At the same [...]

Iguazu Falls: Simply mind-blowing

I love waterfalls; it's my favourite feature of nature. I also love rainbows. We all do, don't we? However, I feel I can make it a special claim, since my youngest daughter’s middle name is Hóng, meaning rainbow in the Hakka language. Rainbow over Iguazu [...]

2020-07-25T12:19:25+01:0025 July 2020|Argentina, Brazil, UNESCO World Heritage|

Philadelphia: The crack’d bell and the newborn country (Day out New York)

See this bell? We'll come back to it soon. But first, the building in the background. Independence Hall: where the US Declaration of Independence was signed, and later, the US Constitution. This building then, is where the first steps towards democracy in the USA were taken. [...]

World at a Glance: El Morro, overlooking the Caribbean Sea

When you enter Santiago de Cuba, the first thing you'll see may very well be San Pedro de la Roca, or El Morro, as the locals call it. On a morro, a promontory, above Santiago, it was constructed to protect the harbour of Cuba's second [...]

2020-07-31T21:47:02+01:0019 May 2020|Cuba, UNESCO World Heritage|

Cenotes: the bewitching underground world of the Mayas

We're not quite ready to leave Mexico yet here on Sophie's World. Today, we'll go for a swim, in a spring deep below ground, sunlight shining from high above. And we'll dive through enchanted caves in the jungle. (Well, you are. I'll stay in the [...]

In transit: At least I didn’t lose Kevin

O'Hare, 28 October 2019 Not exactly my commute: Dashing through the... airport Sprinting through O’Hare like Kevin’s mom, all offspring accounted for (not here), only to discover I’ve lost the ability to read printed boarding cards - and have an entire hour to kill. So [...]

2020-01-21T09:51:28+00:0028 October 2019|Illinois, Real-time|

Chichen Itza: the mouth of the water sorcerer’s well

Last week, I wrote about the 7 wonders of the world – ancient and new. The good people in the Yucatan have Chichen Itza, one of the seven new ones, so naturally I've heard lots about it lately. As I've listened to locals going on [...]

2020-07-01T20:51:01+01:0027 October 2019|Mexico, UNESCO World Heritage|
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