Category Archives: Europe

My Kind of Recycling

During the last eight months, the trash collectors in the Çankaya District of Ankara, Turkey have rescued more than 5,000 books from the garbage. Thanks to their diligence, a lending library has been created in the townhall. The library is open … Continue reading

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Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide

For the last two decades, many pundits and self-appointed experts have predicted the imminent demise of printed books. Travel guidebooks were voted most likely to disappear. While there’s no doubt that the travel genre has been impacted by digital books, … Continue reading

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Russia Tourism Rebrands

A design team from ad agency Suprematika recently won an open competition to come up with an entirely new brand identity for Russia’s tourism board. They created a dynamic abstract design featuring bold geometric shapes and colors. The central graphic … Continue reading

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Chill at a Game of Thrones Hotel

Serious fans can now stay in an official Game of Thrones ice hotel. Located beyond the wall and above the Arctic Circle in Kittilä, Finland, the chill accommodations are the result of a collaboration between HBO Nordic and the Laplands … Continue reading

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Bibliotheques Dangereuses

For those of us who know and love Paris as visitors, the 18th arrondissement conjures images of the atmospheric, hilly streets of Montmartre or the grandeur of the Basilica of Sare-Coeur. The reality of the district is far from our … Continue reading

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What’s Your Endonym

An endonym is the name of a country, region, or geographic area as it’s known by the people who live there. These names may legally designated by a government or just commonly used terms. The clever endonym map of the … Continue reading

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Happy 200th Anniversary Frankenstein

This week marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s classic science fiction novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. The teenage author created the iconic tale after the poet Byron challenged her to come up with an original … Continue reading

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Tourist Scams

If you haven’t been the target of a tourist scam, you probably haven’t been paying attention. Whether you’re visiting New York City or Rome, you are likely to be targeted by con artists and thieves. The helpful infographic below covers … Continue reading

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Books and Bagels Berlin

In our ongoing bookstore tourism journey, today we’re taking a brief look at Shakespeare and Sons in Berlin. Owned and managed by Roman and Laurel Kratochvila. The shop has branches in trendy Prenzlauerberg and Friedrichshain. The proprietors got their start in the … Continue reading

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London to Cairo in 7 Days by Train

Throughout the 20th century European railway companies often incorporated route maps on their advertising posters. Due to size and design limitations, the cartographers involved in the map production often created distorted and geographically confusing maps. Still, the posters were attractive … Continue reading

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