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world at a glance - 2/7 - Sophie’s World Travel Inspiration

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+01:0022 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 [...]

2018-11-05T15:56:22+00:008 February 2017|Germany, Travel with children|

World at a Glance: Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls in Iceland

If it weren't for Snorri Sturluson, we wouldn't know very much about the Vikings. The famous poet and sagateller was from Reykholt in Western Iceland. Appropriate then, that you'll find nature steeped in stories near his farm Snorrastofa. Hraunfossar (meaning lava falls) streams out of [...]

2016-11-21T19:29:58+00:0021 November 2016|Iceland|

World at a Glance: The Bellinzona castles

In my World Heritage quest, I've seen a lot of military architecture lately. Not something I thought I'd be particularly excited about, but I've found these sites surprisingly interesting, including the three Bellinzona castles. Quite a few of these engineering feats are now on my [...]

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