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|

World at a Glance: Petroglyphs in Tamgaly Gorge (Day out Almaty)

As this goes to publish, flight schedules on point, I’ll be ambling about the airport in Constantinople (something about that name…), Central Asia bound yet again, and I was reminded I still haven’t told you about the rock carvings in Kazakhstan’s Tamgaly Gorge. Now, Tajikistan [...]

World at a Glance: Flemish béguinages, a 13th century women’s movement

A béguinage, what is that? Well, let's begin with a béguine (come on, that was funny...) A béguine is, or rather was, a woman who dedicated her life to her god - but didn't necessarily want to take a vow, or withdraw from the world. [...]

2018-11-11T10:46:03+00:006 June 2018|Belgium, UNESCO World Heritage|
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