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 [...]

Wildlife in Norway’s Dovrefjell National Park and how to see them safely

As you travel between Oslo and Trondheim, you'll want to stop a few times. A short hike is just the ticket - good to move a bit, and at Hjerkinn you can also have a look at a very cool portal. Not a portal to [...]

World at a Glance: Kate Moss in Oslo

Do you recognise her? Just like stumbling upon Frank Zappa in Vilnius, bumping into Kate Moss in Oslo is equally unexpected. But here she is, bikini-clad and larger than life. Kind of in your face - and a bit of a contortionist, our Kate. A [...]

Melaka and memories of travelling with children

Can't travel. Still. (Where is that damn vaccine?) So again, I've been digging through travel memories old and older, that I've yet to write about here on Sophie's World. Fortunately, there's a lot of those. When Ali was 4, she and I took our first [...]

Canterbury Cathedral and the badass bishop (Day out London)

Saint Thomas of Canterbury Today, we’re going to talk about Thomas Becket. And I don't mean that dude on Sniper, but the original one, Saint Thomas of Canterbury. Our Thomas Becket came long before the US Marines – and was, frankly, more of a badass. [...]

Naval Port of Karlskrona

Present-day Sweden has about 10 mill inhabitants, just over 1% of Europe's population. But back in the 17th and 18th centuries, this little country was an empire, ruling a rather large part of Europe. Around the Baltic, you can still see markers of the Swedish [...]

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