Archive | Magic of Cities RSS feed for this section
IMG_E5964

Astana

What do you think of when you hear Kazakhstan? OK, let’s get it over with: Borat. If nothing else, Sacha Baron Cohen did place Kazakhstan on the map. Enormous flat steppes, once the secret home of Soviet gulags and a nuclear weapons testing zone. Also, once the secret home of the Soviet space programme: this […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
azerbaijani flag

11 things you’ll love about Baku

My initial impression of the Azerbaijani capital is that of a giant modernisation project, one where the old and the hyper contemporary vie for attention. The city actually feels a bit… undecided. Baku is a crossroads in every sense: between Europe and Asia, between conventional and modern, between traditional Middle Eastern culture and nouveau riche. […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Grandhotel Cosmopolis, lobby, with people

Grandhotel Cosmopolis: a concrete utopia

In Augsburg’s old town, Grandhotel Cosmopolis is perhaps the most curious hotel in all of Germany; certainly the most unusual I have seen. This particular Grand hotel, you see, functions not only as a hotel, but also as home for asylum seekers, as artists’ studios, open work-spaces, a venue for concerts, exhibitions and other artistic […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
26166411139_24cd30cb1b_b

11 things you’ll love about Belgrade

Once there was a country called Yugoslavia. It was a federation of six republics that existed through most of the 20th century. For much of that time, it was essentially held together by one man, Josip Broz Tito. Marshall Tito died in 1980. Soon after, one republic after another broke out of the federation, and […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
IMG_6958

De Koninck: Antwerp in a Bottle

As you may recall, we really like Antwerp here at Sophie’s World. So we just had to return! Earlier, we’ve talked about the city’s three World Heritage sites (three!). This time, I’ll tell you about an unusual Antwerp brewery. Sounds, well, not that exciting? That’s what I thought, too. In fact, when I learned we […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
IMG_2843

Things to do in Manchester if you’re not into football

So… imagine you are in Manchester. With a girlfriend – or boyfriend – who’s here for one thing and one thing only: footie! You, on the other hand, couldn’t care less for the Beautiful Game. You can’t even remember what the corner kick rule means, even though you’ve heard it a million times. Well then: […]

8 Comments Continue Reading →
11014870994_22afe638db

11 things you’ll love about Kraków

Welcome back to Poland. I’ve written about Gdansk and Warsaw earlier. Today, we’re heading south, to Krakow. Like Warsaw, Krakow’s Historic Centre is a World Heritage site, to be specially preserved for future generations. Here’s UNESCO’s take: The historic centre of Cracow, the former capital of Poland, is situated at the foot of the Royal […]

8 Comments Continue Reading →
css.php