Category Archives: Europe

Faroe Islands Closed For Maintenance

During the past year, it’s been impossible to read a travel magazine or blog without being told that the Faroe Islands is the next in place to visit for travelers who want to get off of the tourist trail. Of course, this … Continue reading

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But What Happens To The Books

When I read about the death of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld the other day, my first thought was “what happens to his books?”. To be honest, I don’t know much about the German tycoon other than the reports from a … Continue reading

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Travel Thursday

 

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Bookseller to love today

Michele Gentile is the owner and manager of a bookstore/café in the small southern Italian town of Polla near Salerno. For many years, Gentile has been quietly using a community-minded system called libri sospeso or suspended books in his Ex Libris Bookshop. … Continue reading

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Fancy a Pint ?

Way back in the 20th century I spent considerable time visiting London. While I was there I occasionally popped into the random pub to quench my thirst with a pint or two of real ale. As a foreigner, it was … Continue reading

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Misteriosi d’Italia

I recently stumbled upon a marvelous new book of stories and illustrations exploring magical places, spooky folklore, mysterious legends, and unexplained phenomena in Italy. The Atlas of Mysterious Places of Italy was a joint project of illustrator Francesco Bongiorni and writer Massimo … Continue reading

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Space Invaders

Science fiction satire isn’t a new phenomena. The War of the Wenuses by Charles L. Graves and Edward V. Lucas is a parody of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds published in 1898. The story chronicles an invasion by gorgeous Venusian women who … Continue reading

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There are places I remember

The magazine Vanity Fair commissioned the wonderful 12-minute video tour below of places mentioned in Beatles’ songs. The video trip from Liverpool to Moscow is a treat for Beatles fans even with some errors and misinterpretations.

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Visit the Library Planet

Library Planet is a new crowdsourced online travel guide for libraries around the world. Created by Danish librarians Marie Engberg Eiriksson and Christian Lauersen, who proclaim their mission to make library tourism easier and to share enthusiasm for visiting libraries. The … Continue reading

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Britain In Pictures

The books  in the 1940s Britain in Pictures series were designed to boost morale during World War II, but perhaps also record the British way of life in case the Germans completed their European campaign by successfully crossing the English Channel. The … Continue reading

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