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 [...]

High coast/Kvarken Archipelago: the Swedish side

I'm in Sweden today. That is, not today, in the corona summer of 2020, but in the summer of 2015. You see, I've finally dug out my notes on this transnational natural world heritage site, and this is what I wrote 5 years ago. -------------------------------------- [...]

World at a Glance: The route to Santiago in France

Camino de Santiago, the holy pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, comprises two different properties on the World Heritage list. I have an intention (admittedly, a somewhat vague one) about walking part of the route some day. So how long is the entire route? That [...]

2020-08-05T20:57:05+01:0031 July 2020|France, UNESCO World Heritage|

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 [...]

Philadelphia: The crack’d bell and the newborn country

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. [...]

Transfixed in Turkmenistan: The Gates of Hell and Other Eccentric Encounters

Hello hello, good people, and welcome to another episode of wild and wacky Turkmen tales. We can't travel at the moment, but we can reminisce, and invite you along for the ride here in Sophie's World. Why yes, that IS a burning gas crater behind us. [...]