Neolithic Orkney: let your imagination run wild

I'm frequently asked which is my favourite world heritage site. My reply always used to be that there are so, so many. Then I went to the Orkney Islands. And discovered there was one that stands out, after all; the one that speaks the most profoundly [...]

2018-10-15T17:23:05+00:0015 October 2018|Orkneys, UNESCO World Heritage|

Riga: a harvest festival, a Soviet memorial, a hundred years

1918! A monumental year. World War I ended, empires broke up, national borders were rearranged, political orders changed dramatically, and new countries appeared. One of these was Latvia. The little Baltic country declared its independence from Russia on 18 November 1918, just one week after the [...]

Where to eat in Denmark’s Aarhus region: 2 great restaurants

You may have noticed I don't often write about food here on Sophie's World. That's for good reason. I'm rather picky - there's lots I don't care for (most meats, for example - and most Norwegian Christmas staples, adored by just about everyone else). Furthermore, I [...]

2018-09-19T08:16:02+00:0016 September 2018|Denmark, Food and drink|

The Norwegian who went up a hill and came down a… hill

You will excuse the somewhat flippant title of this post, won't you, Denmark? The slogan 'It's lovely to be Norwegian in Denmark' has been around for nearly 30 years. And there's no doubt about it: it is indeed lovely. But you don't really do mountains, [...]

2018-09-18T13:23:35+00:0012 September 2018|Denmark, Hikes and walks|

Day Out Split: Hvar Island and Stari Grad

My little quest to see world heritage - places that deserve special protection for future generations - has provided some truly amazing experiences I’d never even have considered otherwise. 10 days ago, I was in central Croatia to explore four of them. However, I seemed [...]

2018-09-14T17:55:30+00:004 September 2018|Croatia, Daytrip, Islands, UNESCO World Heritage|
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