Monthly Archives: June 2010

Readers’ Choice: Top Ten Train Trips

Here’s an unofficial readers’ top ten European train trips and a few extra journeys too. Glacier Express—Switzerland Bernina Express—Switzerland-Italy Cinque Terre—Italy Swiss Cog railways: Rigi,Pilatus,Jungfrau,Rothorn,Lauterbrunnen Lucerne to Interlaken—Switzerland Myrdal-Flåm—Norway Vienna to Venice—Austria-Italy Munich to Innsbruck—Germany-Austria Scottish Highlands—UK Zurich to Vienna—Switzerland-Austria … Continue reading

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Alone In Berlin…Again

Topography of Terror Museum Earlier this month, I posted a short review of Hans Fallada’s riveting saga Alone In Berlin (Every Man Dies Alone) which generated some interesting comments and emails. One of these led me back to my travel … Continue reading

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Reader Rail Favorites

Readers have been weighing-in on their top European rail routes. Here are a few favorites:   The Inlandsbanan is one of Scandinavia’s most scenic railways. Beginning at Kristinehamn in the south and terminating in Gällivare in the north, the route travels … Continue reading

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America’s Book Town

Photographer Valerie Jardin recently visited Stillwater, Minnesota, “The First Book Town in North America”, and sent us this marvelous photo essay. You can see more of Valerie’s fine work on her website or her blog.  Located less than 30 minutes … Continue reading

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Europe: the Glories of the Rails

Railway to Heaven  Next month’s issue of National Geographic Traveler has two charming, short articles on the joys of European rail travel that have me longing for the days when I could spend the Summer on the rails with a … Continue reading

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Edinburgh By The Book

The hugely popular Edinburgh Book Festival has unveiled its 2010 program. The annual bibliophilic love fest is being held in the beautiful Charlotte Square Gardens from August 14th through the 30th and is expected to draw more tha 250,000 visitors. … Continue reading

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What Do Canadians Do After Hockey Season ?

The following post is courtesy of Susan Moore from Vancouver Island, British Columbia.    The picturesque town of Sidney-by-the-Sea is Canada’s only Book Town. Situated on the beautiful Saanich Peninsula, at the southern tip of Vancouver Island just twenty minutes … Continue reading

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Pushing the Envelope in Poland

Art gallery owners in Poznan, Poland are facing jail-time over an enormous banner outside of their gallery advertising an upcoming show titled “Abnormal Nudes”. The huge poster features a nude Minnie Mouse sprawled under a giant Nazi swastika. The banner … Continue reading

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Nordic Noir

Philadelphia author Joe Queenan recently visited Sweden for the BBC World Service and recorded a fascinating podcast on the phenomenon of Scandinavian crime fiction. Queenan explores the social stressors that are making the Nordic region such fecund ground for popular … Continue reading

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Book Town Bredevoort

Bredevoort Boekenstad started in 1993 as a private initiative to bring the historic centre back to life. Now it has over 30 antiquarian & second-hand bookshops, art galleries and studios. Bredevoort Booktown has been honoured with many national and international awards. … Continue reading

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