Life Is An Open Book

The art of brick sculpture goes back to ancient Babylonia. It has fallen out of favor in modern days, but the work “Life Is An Open Book” by the American sculptor Brad Spenser is a wonderful example of the form. Situated in a public park called The Green in Charlotte, North Carolina, the piece a just one example of literary themed art works in the square.


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A Really Long Walk

Coldingham Bay, Scotland

Long term readers of Travel Between The Pages are likely aware that I am unabashedly a Britophile. So, of course I was gobsmacked when I stumbled upon “The Perimeter” which is a photography project by Quintin Lake based on walking 11,000km around the coast of Britain in sections. The journey started on April 17, 2015 and was completed on September 15, 2020.  Lake took hundreds of stunning photographs along the way. He is still working on the project and plans on having all of the photos edited by the end of 2022. The long walk is complete, but photographs from Lake’s journey are now being uploaded to the website. This wonderful set of images truly captures the diverse beauty of Britain’s coastal communities and the breadth of landscape they contain.

St Monans Auls Kirk, Fife, Scotland

Take a look at The Perimeter and consider supporting the project by purchasing a print or two.

Museum of Transport, Glasgow


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A Human Being Is A Moment

Existential Comics is a webcomic about philosophy created by Corey Mohler, a software engineer in Portland, Oregon. Mohler created the comic in December 2013 in an attempt to help popularize philosophy through comedy. 

You can help support Corey at Patreon.

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Yet Another Iceland Story

If you are a regular visitor to Travel Between The Pages, you are well aware of my 40+ year love affair with Iceland. So here’s yet another post about Icelandic tourism. OutHorse Your Email is a very clever tourism campaign by Iceland that recruits their beautiful horses to respond to work emails so visitors can relax, disconnect, and enjoy all the incredible sights that the country has to offer. Tourists can even choose one of three horses to answer their email. Litla Stjarna Frá Hvítarholti is a chestnut colored horse who “types fast but might take a nap”; Hrímnir Frá Hvammi is a white horse who is “assertive. efficient.” and has “shiny hair”; Hekla Frá Þorkellshóli is a brown horse who is “friendly” and “trained in corporate buzzwords”.

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What Kind of Days Are These


Adrienne Rich

There’s a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows
near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted
who disappeared into those shadows.
I’ve walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don’t be fooled
this isn’t a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here,
our country moving closer to its own truth and dread,
its own ways of making people disappear.
I won’t tell you where the place is, the dark mesh of the woods
meeting the unmarked strip of light—
ghost-ridden crossroads, leafmold paradise:
I know already who wants to buy it, sell it, make it disappear.
And I won’t tell you where it is, so why do I tell you
anything? Because you still listen, because in times like these
to have you listen at all, it’s necessary
to talk about trees.
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A Memorial Centennial

Way back in the antedeluvian days of the last century, I spent quite a bit of time in Washington D.C.. So much so that I eventually wrote a travel guidebook for budget travelers to the U.S. capital. During my book research I survey DC visitors and discovered that a clear majority of them named the Lincoln Memorial as their favorite historical site. Personally, I have always felt that the memorial to America’s greatest President is extraordinarily moving. This month the United States marks the centennial of the Lincoln Memorial. This monument to our 16th President was dedicated on Memorial Day (then Decoration Day) in 1922 and its one hundred year birthday falls on Memorial Day this year. The Lincoln Memorial is visited by millions every year in Washington, D.C., and has been the site for many memorable speeches and events over time.

On May 30, 1922, approximately 50,000 people gathered around the base of the memorial and some along the Reflecting Pool. Three main speakers addressed the crowd, and were broadcast to as many as 2 million over the radio: Chief Justice William Howard Taft, President Warren G. Harding and Dr. Robert Russa Moton, principal of the Tuskegee Institute. Dr. Moton delivered the keynote address for the dedication. Ironically they spoke to a segregated crowd about the discrimination African Americans continued to face.

In attendance that day amongst the crowds were veterans of the U. S. Civil War from the North and the South, as well as Lincoln’s eldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln. For this month’s celebration the National Park Service, will hold a ceremony “Building on Lincoln’s Vision of Unity and Equality” at the Lincoln Memorial to highlight the full range of meaning behind the Lincoln Memorial, from its original meaning as a memorial to Lincoln’s life and contribution as savior of the Union to becoming a symbol of civil rights. Participants will include Lincoln historian Harold HolzerDr. Edna Greene Medford, noted Lincoln scholar from Howard University; Dr. Charlotte Morris, president of Tuskegee University; and actor Steven Lang of AvatarGettysburg and Gods and Generals fame. The ceremony will also include musical accompaniment from the United States Marine Quintet and singer/actress Felicia Curry, who recently played Marian Anderson at the Ford’s Theatre production of My Lord, What a Night.


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Feline Friday


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Behind The Scenes

The exterior of the Thomas Fisher Library offers little clue to the extraordinary treasures inside. Now we can take a ten-minute, behind-the-scenes tour through the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto, Canada, where we can discover a First Folio, the first handwritten draft of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, rare manuscripts, Leonard Cohen’s notebooks, and items from its extensive Alice in Wonderland collection. NB: If the video below fails to launch, please visit out home page.


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Google Maps Proves We Are Living In A Simulation

I don’t know about you, but I seem to use Google Maps almost daily. It’s hard to imagine traveling without it any more. Now Google Maps is adding a novel way to navigate cities in the form of highly detailed digital models that look like 3D films. Here’s how “Immersive View” is described by Google’s VP of Maps on the Google Blog:

Thanks to advances in computer vision and AI that allow us to fuse together billions of Street View and aerial images to create a rich, digital model of the world — we’re introducing a whole new way to explore with Maps. With our new immersive view, you’ll be able to experience what a neighborhood, landmark, restaurant or popular venue is like — and even feel like you’re right there before you ever set foot inside. So whether you’re traveling somewhere new or scoping out hidden local gems, immersive view will help you make the most informed decisions before you go.

The first cities to get the simulation view will be Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco, and Tokyo. Check it out in the very cool short video below:

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Bookstore Tourism: Log Cabin Edition

I have not had the pleasure of book browsing at the Cottage Book Shop, but thanks to TBTP reader Gwen S. I’m happy to share it with you. The bookstore is located in the heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Glen Arbor, Michigan. Glen Arbor, nestled in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, boasts the world’s largest moving sand dune, 77, 000 acres with 64 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and South and North Manitou Islands. There are pristine lakes, rivers, wetlands, forests, and vintage farmlands. In 2011 it was voted the “Most Beautiful Place in America.”

The charming book shop is situated in a historic log cabin that was originally a family home. Today the Cottage Book Shop is a quaint home for a well curated selection of books. They specialize in fiction, children’s books, and local interest titles.


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