Neusiedlersee/Lake Fertő

At the border between Austria and Hungary you'll find a lake with tall reeds and soil excellent for wine growing. That's Neusiedlersee. Or Fertő tó, depending on which side of the border you're on. Austrian wine growing country with Neusiedlersee on the horizon As both [...]

2018-02-06T22:42:57+00:006 February 2018|Austria, Hungary, UNESCO World Heritage|

Café Gerbeaud: Sumptuous sweets and magical mood in Budapest

On Vörösmarty Square in Pest, Gerbeaud has been around since 1858. Some say it's touristy and over-priced. Me, I adore the atmosphere of another era in this Budapest cafe: high ceilings with plaster rosettes and crystal chandeliers, silk wall papers, solid brass-footed tables, and heavy velvet [...]

11 most popular Instagrams in May 2015

Here, better late than never, is our monthly Instagram feature.  As usual, I've linked to the photo on Instagram in the numbers. No less than five World Heritage sites are included this month, so let's get on with it. Here are the 11 most popular 'grams on Sophie's World [...]

Stories of flying

Recently, a friend of mine was on a plane hit by lightning. Seemed scary enough, but the pilot had quickly explained very calmly that it was nothing to worry about. A bit later the plane landed safely. Most of my stories of flying have been [...]

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