Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan with G Adventures: a trip review

"Welcome to Kazakhstan!" Those were the first words I heard in Central Asia - spoken with a big smile at passport control in Almaty airport, just seconds before midnight on the last day of June. Central Asia, what made me choose such an odd destination, [...]

2019-05-15T16:57:25+01:0024 November 2016|Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Quirky corners, Reviews|

Carlingford: colours, craic and leprechauns

Dublin and Belfast: two capitals, two countries. Although that might not be the case in the future, if some of the predictions in the aftermath of last week's dramatic Brexit will come to pass. The EU will feature a bit further along in this story, [...]

Chong Changtune Live Eco-museum: A Day at the Spa

As you may remember, I've decided to say yes to everything... well, at least most things. Here's the second episode in the sporadic series Sophie tries new things. Subtitle: Steam bath in a chicken coop. Outdoors. In 40° C. In a word: Awesome!

12 Instagrams of Pyongyang

You know I like to visit the world's curious places. Here on Sophie's World we've presented a few cities and regions by Instagram - many of them a wee bit off the beaten track, such as Sofia, San Remo, Dar es Salaam, Tbilisi or Arctic [...]

The Witch of Kilkenny

It’s raining out, a wet, chilly June day, typical in Ireland, I’m told. To escape the weather, I’ve popped in to Kyteler’s Inn in Kilkenny, to the cavernous cellar. Kyteler’s Inn has been a lively, merry place since its first owner bandied about here 700 years [...]

2015-09-08T12:29:07+01:009 September 2015|Ireland, Quirky corners, Travel through time|

World at a Glance: Grimeton Radio Station, world heritage with global reach

Spot the mast behind the building? It's incredibly tall, completely dwarfing the trees around it.   Tomorrow - Friday 13 February 2015 - is World Radio Day; what better time to tell you about Grimeton Radio Station, one of the more curious UNESCO [...]

Coxen’s Hole

Ah, Roatan. You probably think of sandy beaches, Caribbean waters blue as blue could be, scuba diving and snorkelling on the gorgeous Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. And you'd be right. Then there's wildlife: iguanas the size of dogs, birds of every imaginable colour, dolphins, sharks, macaws [...]

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