Chichen Itza: the mouth of the water sorcerer’s well

Last week, I wrote about the 7 wonders of the world – ancient and new. The good people in the Yucatan have Chichen Itza, one of the seven new ones, so naturally I've heard lots about it lately. As I've listened to locals going on [...]

2019-11-13T08:38:54+00:0027 October 2019|Mexico, UNESCO World Heritage|

Vatnajökull: waterfalls, glaciers, fire and ice. (Day out Reykjavik)

I seem to be having a thing for glaciers lately and can't help but sharing it with you good folks. Luckily, I live in a part of the world where they abound; not only in Norway but in some of our neighbour countries as well. [...]

2019-10-16T14:32:24+01:0016 October 2019|Daytrip, Iceland, UNESCO World Heritage|

Augsburg: water, water everywhere

Whatever this potentially ominous sign means, water is everywhere in Augsburg and it has been systematically managed since the 14th century. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to go anywhere in Augsburg and not encounter the city's ingenious water operating system. There are medieval water towers, fountains, millwheels, hydroelectric power stations...

Stevns Klint and the end of the dinosaurs

For a tiny country, Denmark has had surprisingly many new sites added to the World Heritage list in later years. Some of them are a bit uninspiring, but here is one that IS interesting. https://www.instagram.com/p/tNk7LmvSKp/?taken-by=sophieofnorway As is the case for many UNESCO sites, this one [...]

Canterbury Cathedral and the badass bishop

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. [...]

World at a Glance: The beautiful library at Pannonhalma Abbey

Few things enchant me more than libraries. I've often thought I'd like to sleep over in one, especially in a delightfully dusty, old library. Sneak in around closing time, say, then hide until everyone is gone and stay overnight. Sleeping bag, head lamp and a [...]

2019-05-18T15:53:11+01:0011 March 2019|Hungary, UNESCO World Heritage|

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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