Sydney Opera House: an urban sculpture in a remarkable waterscape

As you know, we like the curious and unusual here in Sophie’s World. We like places that tell a story. Today, as I’m sitting on the roof of Oslo Opera House, I’m inspired to write a little something about that other opera house, on the [...]

A Postcard to Dorrigo

Driving from Armidale to Coff's Harbour with my oldest daughter some years ago, I spot a sign for Dorrigo. The name sounds familiar. But why? We're at the other end of the world, after all. In Australia. And not Sydney or Melbourne, but inland Australia. [...]

World at a Glance: Auckland’s Sky Tower and therapy

We've visited the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere twice: the first time was just Alex and I, during a short one-week first-time jaunt to the land of the long, white cloud. Our next visit to the Sky Tower Auckland was four years later, while [...]

2020-07-11T16:30:11+01:0017 February 2014|New Zealand, Oceania with kids|

World at a Glance: The Stonehenge of Tonga (Day out Nukualofa)

Did you think stone henges was a phenomenon limited to Europe? Think again. The Ha'amonga 'a Maui trilithon might be much smaller than the remarkable site at Salisbury Plain, but legends and mysteries surround this Tonga stonehenge as well. How were these heavy coral lime [...]

2020-08-27T13:14:45+01:0029 January 2014|Daytrip, Islands, Mini countries, Tonga|

Government Gardens, Rotorua (Day out Auckland)

A quick post today, inspired by this week's #frifotos* theme: gardens. Pictured above is Government Gardens in Rotorua. Again, it seems I'm drawn back to New Zealand, our second home country. My inner self must be telling me it's time to visit. Now, to persuade [...]

Blue Mountains (Day out Sydney)

I love the Blue Mountains. It's the first place I ever saw kangaroos in the wild. And no matter how many Aussies might consider these marsupials a pest, I think they're absolutely beautiful and one of the features that make Australia special. Just a short [...]

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