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Blog posts of '2015' 'May'

The Antarctic Book of Cooking & Cleaning
What do you think about when you think about Antarctica? Penguins? Icebergs? Shackleton? If food was not the first thing to come to mind, writes Carol Devine, it should be the second. In 1996 Devine led several volunteer groups to Bellingshausen, a Russian research station in Antarctica, to conduct an environmental clean-up project in conjunction with the Russian Antarctic Expedition. One of the first people Devine hired was the chef Wendy Trusler. In collaboration once again, Devine and Trusler have produced a beautiful compendium detailing their experiences cooking and cleaning in polar realms.
An Interview with David Gessner
In his latest book, All the Wild That Remains, David Gessner follows in the footsteps of two great environmentalists, Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner, from Stegner's birthplace in Saskatchewan to the site of Abbey's pilgrimages to Arches. His homage to the West and to the two writers who celebrated and defended it inspires and entertains while asking important questions about our role in cultivating a meaningful relationship with the wild. Gessner agreed to discuss some of our own questions about the intersection of ecology and travel, of wandering and the wild.
Monument to Peter the Great
Assistant Editor Ashley Bergman Carlin describes a favorite spot she discovered in Moscow, though it took her several passes to see it.
  I probably looked at the giant statue before I saw it. Standing just over 320 feet tall (15 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty), it sits where the Moskva River meets the Vodootvodny Canal to the west of Moscow’s city center and can be seen from far away. The first time I registered the statue as I walked across the Bolshoy Kamenny Bridge, I saw only the top of it, noticing the mast and three furled sails. Squinting, I asked my husband, “Is that a ship?” then realized that I’d seen this mirage modestly listed on my city map as “Monument to Peter the Great.
Lonely Planet Make My Day Guides
Introducing Lonely Planet’s new Make My Day series, comprised of city guides designed for the traveler who wants to easily create custom itineraries. With a spiral binding and flip cards, each book offers more than 2,000 possible itineraries for each day -- morning, afternoon and evening. Just flip through to plan the perfect day. The profiles of each attraction are supplemented by nearby restaurants, bars and places of interest, and each book comes with a folded city map. The first cities made available this month include Paris,
Listen, Yankee, Why Cuba Matters
Serendipity was at play when Thomas Hayden started writing Listen, Yankee in 2013. While charting the tense, decades-long relationship between the United States and Cuba, he speculated that major changes were just around the corner. By the time the book went to publication, his prediction proved correct. A social activist, Hayden’s secondary goal was to “understand the long history of the sixties generation through the prism of the Cuban Revolution and the American response.
A Passion for Paris
In his new book A Passion for Paris David Downie explores why and how the City of Light is also the city of love. Weaving his own observations of Paris’ most alluring parks, atmospheric cafes and inspiring vistas with those of literary lights Victor Hugo, Georges Sand, Charles Baudelaire and other great Romantics, Downie embarks on an irreverent secular pilgrimage to the most romantic sites in Paris.
The Shwedagon of Yangon
Managing editor Jodie Vinson traveled to Yangon, Myanmar where she discovered a favorite spot in the golden glow of the Shwedagon Pagoda.

 

The Shwedagon of Yangon, Myanmar has been a favorite spot for over 2000 years, ever since eight strands of the Buddha’s hair were brought by merchants to King Okkalapa and enshrined beneath the a golden bell-shaped pagoda. Since 600BC the kings and queens of Burma have been adding gold and gems to the shrine, increasing their merit, as well as the merits of the Shwedagon as a destination that attracts travelers from around the world. Not only is the pagoda a place of pilgrimage and worship, the site is also a favorite place for locals to congregate for events ranging from pleasant picnics to political rallies.
The Edge of the World
In his new book The Edge of the World, Michael Pye illuminates the so-called Dark Ages of Northern Europe by showing how cultures evolved on the shores of the North Sea, from the terror of the Vikings to the golden age of cities. Pye profiles the saints and spies, pirates and philosophers, and artists and intellectuals who crossed the gray expanse stretching between Scandinavia and the British Isles, revealing the beginnings of modernity in Europe. The seas and waterways of Northern Europe were once as important a tool as the Internet is to today’s society – serving as a highway for communication and commerce, a sea of connectivity.