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On Writing, Art, and Carving Your Own Bear

The other night, I stayed up way too late reading Jonathan Franzen’s The Discomfort Zone, a book I devoured and savored at once. Devoured: I wanted to stuff myself silly. Savored: I wanted to nibble each nuance and make it last because I loved each small flavor and the way they ingeniously worked together to create something much, much more filling. When I finally closed the book, it was after 2 AM. And I spent the rest of the mostly sleepless night mired in something close to despair. Much as ...
Tags: Travel, Art, Books, Writing, Boston, Competition, Jonathan Franzen, On The Road, Road Trip, Richard Price, Speaking, Jim, James Wood, Franzen, Harvard s Museum of Comparative Zoology, Personal History

Fathom Founders’ New Book, “Travel Anywhere (And Avoid Being a Tourist)”

The new book acts as a manual for modern travelers By Jeralyn Gerba and Pavia Rosati—the duo behind the popular travel website Fathom—Travel Anywhere (and Avoid Being a Tourist) is a 192-page guide to exploring places without interrupting them. Gerba and Rosati started Fathom in 2011 to make the wonderful places they’d been to or wished to visit more accessible through intimate storytelling, product tips …
Tags: Travel, Books, Design, Interviews, Adventure, Tourism, Travel Guides, Fathom

Gardening can help you be healthier

If you’re one of those people who’s always postponing your gym sessions, now you may actually be able to postpone them indefinitely. According to a new study conducted by researchers around the world, “leisure time physical activity” can actually be a great substitute to the dreaded leg day, or an hour on the treadmill. “Leisure time physical activity” can include a wide range of activities, like gardening, dancing, and even just going for a walk. Compared to a sedentary lifestyle, doing thes...
Tags: Travel, Wellness, Gardening, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, All, National Health Interview Surveys

This might be the world’s only library of unpublished manuscripts: Vancouver’s Brautigan Library honors a Northwest literary icon

If art mimics life, then the Brautigan Library -- named after Northwest literary icon Richard Brautigan -- feels like a graveyard haunted by the ghosts of books never published, but whose existence is the direct result of the very human desire to tell stories and leave legacies. This, is both the inspiration, and result, of Brautigan's unique view of the world.
Tags: Travel, Books, News, Entertainment, Life, Vancouver, Northwest, Richard Brautigan, Brautigan, Brautigan Library

Seaside Adventures in Sydney

G’day friends! I was in Sydney, Australia in January with my brother and we had an amazing time! It was my second visit to this vibrant city and I got to explore some areas I didn’t see my first time around. Sydney is so full of life with so much to do and see and eat and plenty of water views, great beaches, and good eats! My brother Nate and I haven’t traveled together in over a decade due to family and work obligations, and time had flown by way too fast, so we decided to visit our ex pat Aus...
Tags: Travel, Crafts, Usa, Australia, Sydney, Kansas City, Opera House, Bondi Beach, Harbour, Bondi, Quay, Sydney Australia, Royal Botanic Gardens, Nate, Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay

Should You Still Buy a Guidebook for Europe? Yes.

I’ll be the first to point out this irony: I started EuroCheapo, a budget travel website, back in 2001, and yet I still love traveling around Europe with a guidebook. Furthermore, I’m conveying this information to you — on a website. Ironies aside, I believe that when it comes to trip guidance, there’s room for everything. Websites, like the one you’re reading right now, are a fabulous platform for trip planning. You can “get educated” about the logistics, find the best deals (especially for hot...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Books, London, Berlin, Atlanta, Rome, United States, Paris, Italy, Athens, Tripadvisor, Lisbon, Louvre, Rick Steves

Eye Prefer Paris Book of the Month April 2019: A Year in Paris by John Baxter

I am always happy when the prolific John Baxter has new book because it’s always a treat. Like going to Poilaine, knowing you will get the best bread, John consistently delivers a delightful book.   A Year in Paris: Season by Season in the City of Light is the about the importance of the seasons of Paris, including the tastes, sights, traditions and subtleties. Baxter also explores in depth the renaming of the months of the year by and playwright Philippe-Francois-Nazaire Fabre after the ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Books, Paris, John, Baxter, John Baxter, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Eye Prefer Paris Book of the Month, Poilaine, Philippe Francois Nazaire Fabre

Wuthering Heights house is for sale

You might have used SparkNotes for Wuthering Heights in high school, but if you’re in the market for a charming house in the English countryside, you should give Emily Brontë’s only novel another read. Ponden Hall, the mid-16th century home that is said to have inspired the classic novel by Emily Brontë, is now for sale. Located in West Yorkshire, the property was the site of many visits from the Brontë sisters in the 19th century. Now, the 5,000-square-foot building serves as an award-winnin...
Tags: Travel, Books, England, West Yorkshire, Shakespeare, All, Emily Bronte, Anne Brontë, Bronte, Wuthering Heights, Ponden Hall, Ponden Reservoir

My Italian Father and His Garden...

If you're Italian or grew up Italian American with strong Italian traditions than that would mean someone in your family has an Italian garden. The garden that you grew up knowing with tons of tomato plants, eggplant, basil, zucchini, (from which you got your zucchini flowers to make fritelle) and so on.. what didn't the Italian garden have? In my case, you were the kid who went to school bragging about your father's garden and how you ate fresh vegetables or how you made tomato sauce...
Tags: Travel, Gardening, Italian American, margaret Fontana, Growing Up Italian-American, Italian American Garden, Making Fritelle, Making Sauce

Solo travel for women is about freedom, in every sense of the word

Solo travel is on the rise, especially among women, but Rosita Boland has always found it the most adventurous and rewarding way to see the worldFor years, decades in fact, I’ve puzzled over the knee-jerk response most people have when I tell them I (mostly) travel alone.“You’re so brave.” Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Books, Adventure Travel, International Women's Day, Travel Writing, Travelling Solo, Literary Trips, Rosita Boland

Four Passionate Italian Women Artists

Win a pre-publication bound galley of LA PASSIONE from Goodreads! Click to enter the raffle. The giveaway ends March 13. Italy’s dazzling pantheon of artistic geniuses seems a man’s world. Yet as I discovered in researching my upcoming book, a few women with singular passion defied all obstacles and created important works of art. As a way of celebrating International Women’s Day, here are four artists whose stories I recount in LA PASSIONE: How Italy Seduced the World: Plautilla Nelli (1524-...
Tags: Travel, Art, Books, England, Education, Spain, Culture, Italy, Florence, Greenwich, Christ, Palermo, Genoa, Bologna, Caravaggio, ROSSI

Michelangelo in Rome: His Frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and Beyond

Michelangelo Buonarotti is most associated with Rome because of his masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel. But his work is all over the capital and it is well worth the effort to seek it out. The post Michelangelo in Rome: His Frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and Beyond appeared first on Italofile.
Tags: Travel, Art, Books, Rome, Vatican City, Tours, Arts And Culture, Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel, Capitoline Hill, Featured Articles, Churches And Basilicas, Michelangelo Buonarotti

Michelangelo in Rome

A life isn’t enough time to see all the treasures of Rome. So it goes without saying that three days in the Italian capital will leave you wanting more. But one way that you can structure a Rome itinerary that takes in the city’s greatest monuments and its lesser known gems is to follow in the footsteps of Italy’s greatest artists. Master Renaissance painter, sculptor, and architect Michelangelo is an obvious artist with which to begin. Michelangelo Buonarotti (born 6 March 1475, d...
Tags: Travel, Books, Rome, Italy, Vatican, Vatican City, Florence, Tours, Christ, Piazza, Arts And Culture, Peter, Diocletian, Minerva, Virgin Mary, Michelangelo

Invitation to Tea: A Revolutionary Song

On February 5th, 2019’s Lunar New Year day, several free over-the-air channels broadcasted CCTV (China Central Television)’s Spring Festival Gala live. Watching four hours of sporadically inscrutable spectacles–made possible by armies of performers and surrealistic computer-generated imageries (CGI)–is really a fun way to celebrate the New Year; even for those who speak not a word of Mandarin. While being ferried across a gigantic fountain, two famous personalities–one actor and one actress–sa...
Tags: Travel, Tea, China, History, Red Army, Stalin, Mao, Soviet Union, Mao Zedong, Hunan Province, Lunar New Year, Jiangxi Province, People 's Liberation Army, CCTV China Central Television, JingGang Mountains, Drink Red Homeland

10 amazing ancient ruins in Britain with great views

Britain is dotted with wild and atmospheric prehistoric settlements. We pick 10 with beautiful views from a new guide, Wild Ruins BCFrom the vantage point of this cliff fort, there are clear views over Cape Cornwall to where the Channel and the Atlantic meet. On a stormy day this is a truly wild place, as the coastal winds batter the shoreline. Kenidjack is a multivallate fort, which means it has more than one rampart. Most of the southern end of the fortifications has been lost to erosion but m...
Tags: Travel, Books, Atlantic, Britain, Heritage, Day trips, Top 10s, Cultural Trips, Short breaks, Walking Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Cornish, Parks and Green Spaces, History books, Cape Cornwall, Kenidjack

Carnival time in Québec, Canada

The author of Chocolat finds fun, folk music and echoes of her past at Québec City’s winter festival and ventures into the province to find its spiritual heartI arrive on the wind of the carnival. A rather unexpected wind, causing chaos throughout the city, and bringing with it the worst snowstorm of the winter. Over 30 inches of snow has fallen on Québec overnight, and it looks like an etching dating from some more primitive time, when wolves would cross the frozen rivers and prowl between the ...
Tags: Travel, Books, Heritage, Yorkshire, Food And Drink, City Breaks, Cultural Trips, Literary Trips, North And Central America Holidays, Winter Sports Holidays, Canada Holidays, Quebec City, New World, Joanne Harris, Quebec Canada

Adventure travel book of the year: a canoe odyssey in the Yukon

In this extract from Kings of the Yukon, a winner in the 2019 Stanford Travel Writing Awards, Adam Weymouth ‘sheds the city’ for the stillness of natureI leave Teslin after three days. It is early June. Out on Teslin Lake it is hot, too hot to paddle, too hot to think. I float and drift and loaf. A loon is out there somewhere, warbling through its crazy cries. I sing dumb songs. I scare the ducks for something to do, like a small boy. Trucks rumble far off, out along the highway. All along the s...
Tags: Travel, Books, Environment, Wildlife, Wildlife Holidays, Adventure Travel, Travel Writing, North And Central America Holidays, Canada Holidays, Canoeing And Kayaking Holidays, Teslin, Adam Weymouth, Teslin Lake

Long Distance Flight Necessities

Last week I spent a eight days on a whirlwind trip to Australia and the flight is a long one, it’s just under 15 hours from LA to Sydney! For international or long distance flights I have my routine down to maximize rest and comfort. For my fellow travelers, today I’m sharing the kit of supplies I carry with me whenever I’m off to see the world and visit a new country.   watercolor world map by art prints vicky I often take red eye flights and the plane flies through the night arriving in the mo...
Tags: Travel, Crafts, Australia, La, Sydney, Vicks VapoRub, Out + About

Best books to inspire travel

Traveling can be a life-changing experience. When we are exposed to different cultures, our perceptions of ourselves and the world changes, and we become better citizens. Overcoming the challenges we face on the road can make us more resilient and adaptable. The list of amazing byproducts could go on. Luckily, for those of us who aren’t currently out on an adventure, reading about travel can be as transformative as travel itself. Books help articulate for us how traveling instills a sense of ...
Tags: Travel, Silk Road, Books, London, Jerusalem, Denmark, Canterbury, All, HARRIS, Kigali, Russell, Annie Dillard, Courtemanche, Motorcycle Maintenance, Helen Russell, Books To Read

DIY Mini Passport Book + Free Printable

Here’s a very special Mini Passport Book, which you can print out and assemble with the kids for your learning journey when you travel! We have never travelled overseas as a family and so my daughter hasn’t had a chance to use her real passport yet. So I decided to make a pretend one for her! This fun pretend passport can be used by your children for local travels or even in a classroom as a learning tool. Whether you go on a road trip, by car or by plane, you might need a thing or two to keep t...
Tags: Travel, Crafts, Slideshow, Vacation, Paper Crafts, Stamping, POB, Kids Crafts, Fun With Paper, Blue Letter Sized

Review of Sagarika Ghose’s book, “Why I am a Liberal”

Sagarika has put in her heart and soul into an excellent book that I strongly commend to every Indian. The book is an engaging attempt to educate a country that has understood liberty only imperfectly through sporadic literary flourishes but has never really grown out of its feudal mai-baap mindset towards government. Gurcharan Das’s India […]
Tags: Travel, Books, India, Liberty, Sagarika Ghose, Sagarika, Gurcharan Das

Quotes and extracts from Sagarika Ghose’s “Why I Am a Liberal: A Manifesto for Indians Who Believe in Individual Freedom”

I’m making notes here, which will inform my book review: SAGARIKA’S UNDERSTANDING OF LIBERALISM “The argument of this essay is in favour of social and economic liberalism in the belief that the two cannot be segregated” “The liberal, as we have been emphasizing, argues for a limited government—a limited role for the state—for the primacy […]
Tags: Travel, Books, Sagarika Ghose

KY eats – Long Wah Tea House dimsum, Macao

When in Macao or Hong Kong, one of the meals you shouldn’t leave out is dimsum. After all, every other dimsum places back in Malaysia called themselves some “XX Hong Kong dimsum”, wait, they don’t call it Macao dimsum… well anyway! Long Wah Tea House, Macao Long Wah Tea House is one of the more established dim sum restaurants in Macao, the restaurant is located in a corner shop on the first floor at the Northern side of the peninsular, pretty close to China border. Unlike most restaurants in Ma...
Tags: Travel, Tea, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Macau, Macao, Eats, Pork-ribs, Dimsum, Beef Tripe, Sycookies, Outside Malaysia, Long Wah, Long Wah Tea House, Long Wah Tea House Macao Long Wah Tea House

How the Months Got Their Names in the Italian Language

I mesi  The months  The original Roman year had ten named months, beginning with Martius, named for Mars, god of war. This was the month when the mighty Roman legions resumed their battles to conquer and rule the known world. It was also the time when farmers began working the fields and preparing for planting.  The other months were:  *Aprilis (April), dedicated to the goddess of love Aphrodite (Venus)  *Maius (May), for Maia, the goddess of new plantings (who also gave her name to il maial...
Tags: Travel, Books, History, Rome, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Calendar, Language, Italy, Mars, Italian Expressions, Junius, Julius Caesar, Augustus, Numa Pompilius, Julian

Inspiration, Travel, and Stories

It is a time for making plans, for making resolutions, for setting goals — and for seeking inspiration for doing all those things. As you are doing that, we are here to help out with stories of places you want to return to, places you have not yet been, and ways to enjoy travel even if this is a season that finds you staying close to home base. Enjoy these stories for travel inspiration: If...Read the whole entry... »          Related Stories Inspiration, Travel, and Stories - EnclosureSaint An...
Tags: Travel, Books, Music, Adventure, History, Architecture, Travel Inspiration, Theater, New Years Resolutions, Resolutions, Travel Stories, Kerry Projects, Kochi, Food And Travel, Travel Goals

10 of the best creative retreats in the UK and Europe

Want to sit quietly with your paints or handicrafts, burst into song, or use kung fu or dance to get moving? We pick holidays for nourishing your inner makerTao’s, a meditation centre on a hill overlooking the sea on the island of Paros, hosts a dance retreat each September. The style of dance is “open floor movement”, which is said to boost creativity and help people “refresh, recuperate, recharge and rejoice”. It is suitable for anyone who wants to move, regardless of age or experience. The sc...
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, UK, Life and style, Meditation, Health & wellbeing, Craft, Top 10s, Learning Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Europe Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Christiana

Away with words: an Arvon fiction-writing retreat in Devon

Expert tuition, camaraderie and walks in the rain – plus a healthy lack of wifi and mobile coverage – leave our writer buzzing with creativity and short story ideasDespite the glowering weather, the 1½-mile walk from my creative writing retreat at the 16th-century manor house of Totleigh Barton is invigorating. The remote west Devon landscape is heavy with winter; it’s stark and elemental but also evocative and, most importantly, thought-provoking. Being in the wilds gives me the time and space ...
Tags: Travel, Books, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Creative writing, Devon, Learning Holidays, Rest And Relaxation, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Devon Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Totleigh Barton

DIY: Travel Inspired Art with Photoshop Elements

I’m just putting the finishing touches on my new office, and I wanted some original art on the walls. As you know I looooove to travel and I always take a lot of pictures when I’m someplace new! Last year I visited Oahu for a week and also had weekend getaway in Maya Riviera, Mexico. I love exotic botanicals so much so I took several pictures on my trips. To remind myself of these beautiful places, I turned them into original artwork for my office using Photoshop Elements. If you’re unfamiliar ...
Tags: Travel, Art, Crafts, Diy, Mexico, Oahu, Kailua, Brush Tool, Kinkos, Craft + Art Projects, Maya Riviera Mexico, Polygonal Lasso Tool

Off the chart: the big comeback of paper maps

As Stanfords travel bookshop moves into new London premises after 118 years, its cartographer explains how the ability to tailor-make any map is keeping their magic aliveWhen I was living in Yemen during the 1980s, someone gave me a battered old map. Information was scarce then, and accurate maps were extremely hard to come by. So departing expatriates tended to pass on any treasures to new arrivals. As he did so, my benefactor paused. “Be careful,” he said, “You don’t want to get caught with th...
Tags: Travel, Books, Maps, Technology, London, Travel websites, Yemen, Adventure Travel, Mapping technologies, London Martin, Martin Greenaway, Long Acre, Mercer Walk

Take the long view: Chile revisited

In three trips over 25 years, writer Sara Wheeler has discovered as much about this South American country as she has about herselfWhen I first went to Chile 30 years ago, I interviewed a television weatherman. Every evening after the six o’clock news, this fellow had to say : “Tomorrow it will be very hot in the north, pleasantly warm in the middle, and perishing at the bottom.”What a shape. That was what attracted me to this long, thin country. Could a Chilean woman at the top possibly have an...
Tags: Travel, Books, Life and style, Chile, Travel Guides, Travel Writing, South America Holidays, Chile Holidays, Cape Horn, Sara Wheeler

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