Much as I like Boots’n'All – and that very cool Tibetan temple in the heading, I needed a more flexible blog. As of 1 January 2010, Sophie’s World has moved here. The posts here will be exported to the new blog little by little.
I’m drawn to the desert. So much that I sometimes wonder whether I was meant to live in it. In one way, the desert is the complete opposite of the snow and ice of home – the temperature and the relationship with the sun. In another way, the landscapes are the same: forceful, sometimes brutal, and magically beautiful.
So my first photo of 2010 is not wintry Norway, but the deserts of the United Arab Emirates. I saw plenty of desert sands last year – with and without the kids. More is to come in 2010; both Lebanon and Libya are on the agenda.
Where are you going this year?
Happy 2010 everyone – and happy travels!
PS This post is part of Delicious Baby’s weekly PhotoFriday blog. Check it out.
Last Friday, I wrote a guest post for the wonderful Europe a la Carte blog about Vienna’s Christmas markets. In the article I listed a few of the markets. I haven’t seen them all yet – and the one at Spittelberg features high on my to-see list. It looks very cosy there in the narrow alleys.
Vienna is always elegant, but especially during advent. I adore the Christkindlmarkt in front of Rathausplatz (City Hall). It’s so colourful and lively. It’s also full of children, because City Hall hosts a fabulous children’s workshop, the Christkindl Werkstatt. With rosy cheeks, all flush with excitement, they run inside to make wonderful homemade Christmas pressies and to have heaps of fun.
Europe a la Carte: Christmas Markets in Vienna
Oslo may be the world’s most expensive city, but it is possible to enjoy this beautiful Scandinavian capital on a budget – even free. Have a look at NileGuide’s Family-friendly Oslo – on a budget.
Oslo Opera House
With small children, it’s good to have travel plans for the neighbourhood, in my case Europe. Returning from our stay in New Zealand in 2003, I set a target to visit all the countries in Europe. Nearly there; only lacking Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Although their European-ness is dubious – or at least contested – I’ll include them. Apart from those three, I’m done.
31 October 2003 (my birthday), I also set these 31 European goals and enjoy ticking them off:
- Sail the Mediterranean
Hike the Alps in Liechtenstein(Sep 2006) See the old walled city of Dubrovnik(Sep 2004)
- Hike the Tatra Mountains – Zakopane/Poprad
Visit Moldova (Chisinau, Orhei Vechul)(Jun 2008) Stay in a private flat in Transdniester(Jun 2008) Visit Macedonia (Skopje)(Apr 2008) Visit Kosovo (Pristina)(Apr 2008) Visit Montenegro (Kotor, Budva, Cetinje)(Oct 2004) Visit Bosnia-Hercegovina (Mostar, Medugorje, Srpska)(Sep/Oct 2004, Aug 2008)