World at a Glance: The Holy Sands of Worms

The city of Worms is first and foremost famous (though perhaps infamous is a more apt description) for a formal assembly in 1521, known as the Diet of Worms. Called by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, one Martin Luther was summoned to defend his views [...]

2021-08-04T17:18:35+01:004 August 2021|Germany, UNESCO World Heritage|

7 wonders of the classical world: Temple of Artemis Lost

Ephesus is an interesting place to wander and explore; it comprises sights visible - and invisible. My favourite feature at Ephesus is not visible It no longer exists. At least not in the physical world. But it lives in the imagination. The Temple of Artemis [...]

2021-08-04T17:20:02+01:0031 July 2021|No more, Turkey, UNESCO World Heritage|

Maritime Greenwich: where time begins

Greenwich is a lovely little village. Village? But isn't it in London, you ask? Well, yes. But isn't London really a collection of little villages? At least, that's how it feels. Greenwich has that village feel. Perhaps strengthened because you have to cross the river [...]

2021-09-02T13:37:01+01:0023 July 2021|England, UNESCO World Heritage|

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 [...]

This one time in Norway (2.9 billion years ago)

Remember our little road trip across the Hardangervidda Plateau to see the new foot bridge across Vøringsfossen waterfall last summer? Well, Cat and I enjoyed the journey and the landscape so much, we decided to cross the plateau again. Returning from a quick visit to [...]

Favourite Fjällbacka, by Instagram (mostly)

I have a few favourite places around the world. Or maybe not so few. But they include this little village just 12 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland, where we lived when Cat was a baby, back in 2003. And this other little village in [...]

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