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Your favourite 9

I was about to write the traditional Best of post, but let’s change things up a bit. A picture paints a thousand words, so we’ll give Instagram some attention instead. Here, without further ado, is your faves, the best nine of 2017 Instas from Sophie’s World. It’s all about Europe this year; home, and near to […]

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What makes us human? Thoughts on prehistoric cave art.

Last summer, I spent time in Bordeaux and the surrounding wine districts with my mum and sister. A highlight in the area was the ancient cave art in the nearby Vézère Valley. There are many excellent caves to visit in the valley. Having studied archaeology, I have a penchant for prehistory, and if you too […]

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Christmas lights in Paris

Christmas markets have just exploded the last years, have you noticed? They’re everywhere! It’s no longer just an ancient German/Central European custom. These days, every city, every town and every little village seem to organise these festive affairs during Advent. Some Christmas markets last from late November until well into January. Others are brief one weekend […]

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Silent Sunday: Sound of Music wedding venue, Mondsee

Sound of Music wedding venue: the cloister church in Mondsee, Austria – where Maria and Captain von Trapp were married.

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One day in Antwerp – a snapshot

One of the most famous novels in Norway is called Gift (meaning Poison. Oddly, it also means ‘married’). It was written in 1883 by Alexander Kielland and is a deeply critical social commentary on the educational system. Cramming and memorising was the order of the day, and not necessarily topics relevant to real life. Students […]

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The Messel Pit: Our Cradle

Messel Pit Entrance strictly forbidden Mortal danger That’s what it says, the sign on the metal gates in front of me, the gate leading to the Messel Pit. The sign is bright yellow – yellow for danger. Locked steel gates with a jagged edge on top; there’s no escaping the message. Luckily for me, I’m here […]

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Travelling through time

This weekend I’m out and about exploring Germany. UNESCO Germany has very kindly invited me on a journey through history; one with great time leaps at either end. If you’d like, you can follow along on the #joingermantradition social wall. With jobs and kids and whatnot, I have a window of a mere four days to […]

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