World at a Glance: Kate Moss in Oslo

Do you recognise her? Just like stumbling upon Frank Zappa in Vilnius, bumping into Kate Moss in Oslo is equally unexpected. But here she is, bikini-clad and larger than life. Kind of in your face - and a bit of a contortionist, our Kate. A [...]

World at a Glance: The Cotton Palace at Pamukkale

It's January 2021, the januariest of them all. Final day of January, but still... It's long this month. It's cold, it's dark. Most noticeable this year, it's quiet. Quiet as the world after the apocalypse!Give me the opposite, please. A bright, sunny day on a [...]

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|

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|

World at a Glance: The beautiful library at Pannonhalma Abbey (Day out Budapest)

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 [...]

2020-08-27T13:23:57+01:0011 March 2019|Daytrip, Hungary, UNESCO World Heritage|

World at a Glance: Lake Bled (Day out Ljubljana)

The postcard pretty baroque church on tiny, lovely Bled Island is probably the best known image of Slovenia. If you could zoom out, you'd first see the stunning Lake Bled (Blejsko jezero in Slovene), then the little villages along its shores, then the green fields [...]

2020-08-27T13:25:04+01:0030 December 2018|Art and architecture, Daytrip, Islands, Slovenia|

World at a Glance: Trippy Trogir (Day out Split)

Croatia's Dalmatian coast is a treasure trove of quaint little villages, many within an hour or two from the hub, Split. Closest of all is perhaps Trogir, just half an hour away. Trogir is on an island, connected to the mainland by little bridges, and is [...]

2020-08-27T13:25:35+01:0011 November 2018|Croatia, Daytrip, UNESCO World Heritage|
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