Blog posts tagged with 'A FAVORITE SPOT'

The Albayzin, Granada
Kindly contributed by Steven Nightingale, a Nevada native who moved to Granada and who takes readers back to the city's medieval zenith in his new book Granada, A Pomengranate in the Hand of God.
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In the spring of 2002 my wife and I traveled with our 11-month old daughter through southern Spain, in search of a city to live. After visiting Cordoba and Sevilla, we wandered into Granada. Across a narrow gorge from the Alhambra—the finest Moorish palace in the world—we found the Albayzín, a medieval neighborhood designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Within an hour of our arrival, we had decided to move in.
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Kindly contributed by writer and blogger Sasha Martin, who set out on a 195-week trip around the world -- without leaving her kitchen. Her culinary journey is captured in her new book Life from Scratch. Determined to cook (and eat!) a meal from every country in the world, Martin makes peace with her past through the prism of world cultures and cuisine. As she cooks, Martin writes not only about the meals but of the memories they evoke. Martin’s favorite spot is her kitchen in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but she shares how her recipes were inspired by travel and can, in turn, inspire the reader to travel beyond the kitchen to explore the origins of international cuisine.
Sri Lanka
Kindly contributed by Romesh Gunesekera whose stories, set in his native Sri Lanka, are steeped in the spirit of place. In his early collection Monkfish Moon a diverse set of characters ask the question, "what's happened?" as Gunesekera forces them (and us) to deal with the reality of a nation embroiled in Tamil-Sinhala strife. His slim novel Reef tells the haunting story of modern Sri Lanka through the eyes of a servant and his oblivious master.
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Kindly contributed by Nayomi Munaweera, whose debut novel Island of a Thousand Mirrors alternates between the stories of two young women on either side of the Sri Lankan Civil War between the Tamil and Sinhala people, exploring human struggle through a re-imagining of Sri Lanka's 1983 revolution. When the brutal conflict erupts on the island paradise, the jasmine-scented air mixes with the smell of gasoline, wealthy families flee for California and youths stay and fight. Amidst all the turmoil and trouble, Munaweera delivers a passionate portrait of place. Winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize for Asia, Munaweera's work has been compared to that of her countryman
The Qinling Mountains
Copyright: Thomas Marent
Kindly contributed by photographer and biologist Thomas Marent, whose new book Like Us presents 130 primate species, from the unmistakably large Congolese mountain gorilla to the tiniest primate, the mouse lemur. Marent captures the primates' personalities, drawing us closer to our nearest relatives.
The Red Sea
Kindly contributed by photographer Jeffrey Rotman, whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Life, Time and The New York Times Magazine. In his recent book, The Last Fisherman, Rotman's remarkable portraiture brings us face-to-face with increasingly fragile ocean ecosystems and the effects of illegal fishing and overfishing.
  I packed my rucksack, sleeping bag, and photography gear, and crossed the ocean to reach the Red Sea. Pictures of tropical reefs were well known to me by that time, but I looked at them contemptuously. They were unbearably easy to shoot, unbearably beautiful in their composition.
Cape Bird, Antarctica

Kindly contributed by the celebrated photographer Camille Seaman, who has built her career on majestic portraiture. Over a 10-year period, Seaman traveled to the poles to document the rapidly changing face of the polar regions. Her new collection Melting Away, a masterful series of 75 photos presented alongside accompanying essays, shows climate change at work.

Pinta Island
Kindly contributed by Henry Nicholls, author of several books on conservation. Nicholls relates the rich and curious history of the giant panda, from its scientific discovery in 1869 to potent symbol of conservation, in his book The Way of the Panda. In Lonesome George, he shows the marvels of evolution, the nature of the Galapagos Islands and the challenges of conservation through the tale of a single species, in this case the lone tortoise from the Island of Pinta. In his most recent book, 
Paramaribo, Suriname
Kindly contributed by Carrie Gibson, author of the new book Empire's Crossroads, a scholarly, readable history of the entire Caribbean from Cuba to Haiti, Jamaica to Trinidad. Gibson begins in 1492 and ends in the 20th century, covering five centuries with panache.
The Wachau Valley
Kindly contributed by Nick Hunt, author of Walking the Woods and the Water. In 1933 Patrick Leigh Fermor walked across Europe, from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. Forty years later he would record the trip in his famous trilogy, beginning with A Time of Gifts. Now readers can return to his route through the travels of Nick Hunt, who began his own "great trudge" in 2011, walking in the footsteps of Fermor through eight countries and capturing a modern day version of the unexpected hospitality and exhilarating freedom of the open road.