World at a Glance: Lake Bled (Day out Ljubljana)

The postcard pretty baroque church on tiny, lovely Bled Island is probably the best known image of Slovenia. If you could zoom out, you'd first see the stunning Lake Bled (Blejsko jezero in Slovene), then the little villages along its shores, then the green fields [...]

2019-01-01T14:17:36+00:0030 December 2018|Art and architecture, Daytrip, Islands, Slovenia|

World at a Glance: Trippy Trogir (Day out Split)

Croatia's Dalmatian coast is a treasure trove of quaint little villages, many within an hour or two from the hub, Split. Closest of all is perhaps Trogir, just half an hour away. Trogir is on an island, connected to the mainland by little bridges, and is [...]

2018-11-16T12:59:31+00:0011 November 2018|Croatia, Daytrip, UNESCO World Heritage|

Whimsical Wismar (Day out Hamburg)

The powerful Hanseatic League has been mentioned frequently on this blog, and we've covered several Hansa cities: Hamburg, Bremen and Lübeck in Germany; Torun, Gdansk and Krakow in Poland; Tallinn and Riga in the Baltic countries. In neighbouring Sweden, there's Stockholm and enchanting Visby. In Belgium, there's Bruges and Antwerp. Finally, there's lively London and beguiling Bergen. And there are [...]

2018-11-07T08:25:49+00:006 November 2018|Daytrip, Germany, UNESCO World Heritage|

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|

Day out Zurich: Surprising St. Gallen

St Gallen was one of the first foreign cities I visited. 15 years old and not a care in the world. Also, more interested in shopping than nature and architecture. Naturally, I missed most of what this Swiss gem has to offer. Now, decades later, [...]

2018-10-25T13:44:05+00:0031 August 2018|Daytrip, Switzerland, UNESCO World Heritage|

Yet another day out Beirut: Byblos, the world’s oldest city?

Is ancient Byblos the world's oldest continually inhabited city? Others make the same claim: Damascus and Aleppo in neighbouring Syria, and Jericho in Palestine, also in the general vicinity. Byblos was founded 7 000 years ago. Some say 9 000, some say 10 800. Either [...]

2018-08-17T06:05:56+00:006 July 2018|Daytrip, Lebanon, UNESCO World Heritage|
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