Røros Mining Town – and a childhood inspiration

Remember Pippi Longstocking? Mischievous, fun-loving, freckled little redhead, about 9 years old, who lived in a big, ramshackle villa all by herself. Strong in every sense, she could lift her own horse. Generous, unpredictable, thoughtful, philosophical, living completely by her own rules. I loved watching [...]

2021-10-21T18:54:05+01:0020 October 2021|Norway, UNESCO World Heritage|

Dordrecht: 11 things you’ll love about this island city

Writing about the fabulously Gothic Villa Augustus made me think of Dordrecht itself. It really is a lovely city, with plenty to discover. Also, it has been a while since I've written a city post, so here you go. Let's start with a Dordrecht cat. [...]

2021-09-28T16:46:21+01:0028 September 2021|11 things, Magic of Cities, Netherlands|

World at a Glance: Noravank (Day out Yerevan)

Thought you had seen enough Armenian monasteries here on the blog, did ya? Nope nope nope: here's yet another. One different from the rest, located in a gorge with tall red cliffs. On the road to Noravank - and past the mysterious Nakchivan In this [...]

2021-09-14T12:04:26+01:0014 September 2021|Armenia, Daytrip|

Road tripping in the Arctic: North Cape

Norway’s Hurtigruten (Coastal Express) passes through the most stunning scenery as it voyages from Bergen to Kirkenes, next door to Russia’s Kola Peninsula. The entire round trip takes 11 days and is a leisurely way to see the ruggedly beautiful skerries. My mission this morning, [...]

2021-09-07T15:37:06+01:007 September 2021|Norway, Road trips|

Poland road trip 2021: responsible travel in the corona era

Preface Another year with COVID-19, another year with a powerful need to spread the wings and go. Anywhere! All but essential foreign travel is discouraged. That has been the mantra here in Norway for the last 18 months. Seems like forever. It has been a [...]

2021-09-10T13:49:19+01:0031 August 2021|Poland, Road trips, UNESCO World Heritage|

World at a Glance: The Holy Sands of Worms

The city of Worms is first and foremost famous (though perhaps infamous is a more apt description) for a formal assembly in 1521, known as the Diet of Worms. Called by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, one Martin Luther was summoned to defend his views [...]

2021-08-04T17:18:35+01:004 August 2021|Germany, UNESCO World Heritage|
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