World at a Glance: The Memorial in the Engadin Valley

Thumbing through photos, I'm reminded of a little memorial I once saw in the Engadin Valley. On Piz Nair mountain just above St Moritz, I spotted a glass box in the distance. Practically pulled over, I was. By a strong impulse. Curiosity - and something else. There was no way I was not scrambling over to investigate.

2018-09-20T11:35:28+00:0026 March 2018|Idle musings, Switzerland|

World at a Glance: Temple of Heaven, Beijing tranquility

It’s early evening; the sun is slowly setting. As I wander through the gate in the bright red wall and into the park, I wonder: if I travel ever westwards, how fast will I have to go to see a perpetual sunset? A continuous magical [...]

2018-03-23T11:12:29+00:0023 March 2018|China, UNESCO World Heritage|

World at a Glance: Valencia’s ancient silk exchange, a temple to trade

As you wander through Valencia's lovely old city, you'll come across a flamboyantly fascinating building with delicious details: grotesque gargoyles and fantastical figures surrounding the main doors. Be sure to move in close, there's lots to look at. This is La Lonja de la Seda, [...]

2018-03-02T16:27:00+00:002 March 2018|Spain, UNESCO World Heritage|

World at a Glance: Heidelberg’s Student Prison

From its foundation in 1386 and until World War I, Heidelberg University had jurisdiction over unruly students. Depending on your misdemeanour, you could land a sentence of anything from 24 hours to 4 weeks in the Studentenkarzer (student lock-up). The most common offences? ... loud [...]

World at a Glance: Defenestration of Prague

'Defenestration,' he said, the stranger who came up to me as I leaned out the castle window. Or snuck up on me, rather. Silent as a panther he was. A tuxedo-clad panther, with grey eyes. Steel. Eerily magnetic. View from Prague Castle I must have [...]

2017-10-10T15:41:34+00:0022 August 2017|Czech Republic, Idle musings|

World at a Glance: Tropical Island in a Nazi Hangar

Just 60 km from Berlin, in the state of Brandenburg, is an indoor beach paradise located in one of the world’s largest buildings. On Cat’s school trip to visit concentration camps this summer, we stopped at Tropical Island for a completely different experience. Important to [...]

2017-02-06T16:26:37+00:008 February 2017|Germany, Travel with children|
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