World at a Glance: The route to Santiago in France

Camino de Santiago, the holy pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, comprises two different properties on the World Heritage list. I have an intention (admittedly, a somewhat vague one) about walking part of the route some day. So how long is the entire route? That [...]

2020-08-05T20:57:05+01:0031 July 2020|France, UNESCO World Heritage|

Iguazu Falls: Simply mind-blowing

I love waterfalls; it's my favourite feature of nature. I also love rainbows. We all do, don't we? However, I feel I can make it a special claim, since my youngest daughter’s middle name is Hóng, meaning rainbow in the Hakka language. Rainbow over Iguazu [...]

2020-07-25T12:19:25+01:0025 July 2020|Argentina, Brazil, UNESCO World Heritage|

Philadelphia: The crack’d bell and the newborn country (Day out New York)

See this bell? We'll come back to it soon. But first, the building in the background. Independence Hall: where the US Declaration of Independence was signed, and later, the US Constitution. This building then, is where the first steps towards democracy in the USA were taken. [...]

Transfixed in Turkmenistan: The Gates of Hell and Other Eccentric Encounters

Hello hello, good people, and welcome to another episode of wild and wacky Turkmen tales. We can't travel at the moment, but we can reminisce, and invite you along for the ride here in Sophie's World. Why yes, that IS a burning gas crater behind us. [...]

World at a Glance: El Morro, overlooking the Caribbean Sea

When you enter Santiago de Cuba, the first thing you'll see may very well be San Pedro de la Roca, or El Morro, as the locals call it. On a morro, a promontory, above Santiago, it was constructed to protect the harbour of Cuba's second [...]

2020-07-31T21:47:02+01:0019 May 2020|Cuba, UNESCO World Heritage|

Bringing the world home: Photos, the puzzle edition

Hey there, folks! Travelling is still off limits for most of us, so 2020 will be the year of bringing the world to us. Mohammed and the mountain, remember? We've already talked about books and food. Today, I thought we'd play with puzzles. And UNESCO [...]

Ancient Nessebar and Bulgaria’s southern Black Sea coast

I've always thought the Black Sea has an exotic ring to it. Dramatic events have unfolded here: Gorbachev losing his job while holidaying in Sochi in August 1991, The Yalta Conference during World War II, Dracula arriving in Varna in a coffin on his way [...]

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