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Blog posts tagged with 'A FAVORITE SPOT'

Empire's Crossroads
Kindly contributed by Ben Coates, who was born in Hertfordshire, England and currently lives in Rotterdam where he works for an international charity. His first book Why the Dutch are Different: Into the Hidden Heart of the Netherlands is published by Nicholas Brealey Publishing.
  The Netherlands is a country often defined by clichés: a place where windmills turn gently in the breeze, bicycles rattle over ancient cobbled streets and slender townhouses line quaysides like books along a shelf.
Europe at Your Convenience
Kindly contributed by Duncan J.D. Smith, with photographs from his ‘Only In’ Guides, which celebrate the unique locations and hidden corners of Europe’s great cities.
  In 2015 I wrote and published Only in London, the 10th volume in my series of ‘Only In’ Guides. It seemed a good time to reflect on the books and the many intriguing journeys their creation had entailed. Eccentric museums, secret gardens, abandoned graveyards and idiosyncratic shops are all recurring themes. This is because they not only offer quirky history but also their off-the-beaten track location usually guarantees a sense of discovery. But there is another recurrent theme that has only recently been pointed out to me. “Most of your books contain toilets!” a friend told me – and he’s absolutely right.
Trinidad, Cuba
Kindly contributed by Michal McClure, whose photography book Cuba Awakening focuses on the close relationship between Cuba and the Soviet Union. McClure includes over 50 photographs (Henri Cartier-Bresson, Burt Glinn, Perfecto Romero, Seymour Raskin and more) that compare life in Soviet Russia with life in Fidel Castro's Cuba.
  If you are visiting Cuba, I hope you see this city with its Spanish colonial architecture and people living in a time of many years ago. Cubans love colors and with Trinidad they have created one of the most colorful towns I have seen in the world.
Naples, Italy
Kindly contributed by Bonnie Alberts, who presents this amuse-bouche from the award winning Napoli Unplugged Guide to Naples. This new guide to one of the oldest cities in Western Europe shines a light on an under explored city, Naples, Italy. Written by longtime expat Bonnie and fellow authors Barbara Zaragoza and Penny Ewles-Bergeron, who love to wax lyrical about their adoptive city, the Napoli Unplugged Guide will make you feel you’re seeing Naples through the eyes of your best friends.
A Quiet Refuge in the Heart of Rangoon
Kindly contributed by Rena Pederson, author of The Burma Spring, Aung San Suu Kyi and the Struggle for the Soul of a Nation. The award-winning journalist delivers an inspiring biography of the charismatic Aung San Suu Kyi, whose life and work served as inspiration for Burma's first steps toward democracy. Drawing on exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release from a 15-year house arrest, Pederson sheds new light on the hardships Suu Kyi and her people endured in their ongoing struggle for liberty.
  Burma -- renamed Myanmar by military rulers -- is a beguiling corner of the world.
The Galapagos Islands
Kindly contributed by Marylee Stephenson, whose guidebook The Galapagos Islands and Ecuador is out in a fully revised third edition that includes a new chapter on Ecuador. Subtitled "Your Essential Handbook for Exploring Darwin's Enchanted Islands," her practical guide to the archipelago features 100 color photos and coverage of popular visitor sites.
  I’ve been visiting the Galapagos since 1981—with my tenth and latest trip just over a year ago. So much has changed—much for the good, but challenges remain.
Jack London State Park
Kindly contributed by Terri Peterson Smith, author of Off the Beaten Page and a writer after our own hearts. Her excellent guide to literary sites across the U.S. is ideal for book clubs and small groups looking to plan a trip around their favorite books. The thoroughly researched book includes practical advice for planning stress-free group travel, recommended reading, essays describing each destination's literary heritage and suggested three-day itineraries curated around popular and classic literature. You can learn more at www.offthebeatenpagetravel.com.
  I developed a serious crush on a guy during my last vacation.
Rowan Oak, Oxford, Mississippi
Kindly contributed by Margaret Eby. In her inspired new book South Toward Home, Eby explores the haunts of the Deep South literary giants, peeking into liquor cabinets, digging into literature-inspiring cuisine and visiting Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Her journeys focus on enduring writers William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, Barry Hannah, Harper Lee, Truman Capote, Harry Crews and Flannery O'Connor, and her prose will inspire many a literary pilgrim to journey to their own favorite literary spot.
North Yungas Road, Bolivia
Kindly contributed by writer, producer and traveler J. Ryan Stradal. His debut novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest follows the life of Eva Thorvald from birth to ascent as a celebrity chef through the eyes of the people in her life, a range of quirky characters representative of the great Midwest. Largely set in Minnesota, the book detours through Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota.
  I have never been a thrill-seeker. My idea of an exciting vacation is a boutique winery tour, languishing at a sidewalk cafe or several quiet hours inside a museum. I like my caravans calm and my voices low.
Parc La Fontaine, Montreal
Assistant Editor Ben Hankey describes a favorite moment in a favorite spot discovered in the lovely Parc La Fontaine, Montreal, Quebec.
  We came into Parc La Fontaine completely exhausted, each of us on a battered bike share cycle climbing from the main drag of Montreal’s Gay Village (imagine a bustling shopping district with innumerable strands of pink Christmas bulbs overhead), huffing and puffing onto Le-Plateau-Mont-Royal. The terrain evened, our muscles relaxed, the wheels turned more effortlessly and we stationed our bikes between the boulevard’s French mansard roofs and a thick canopy of old-growth ash trees. It was a Saturday evening and we were headed through the iconic park on the way to the restaurants of Duluth Street.