Blog posts tagged with 'kindly contributed by'

Topkapi, Istanbul
Kindly contributed by Jason Goodwin, author of Lords of the Horizon and the Ottoman Empire Series, now numbering four.
Following an excursion to Venice, Istanbul’s old rival, in The Bellini Card, Yashim flings himself back into the heart of the Ottoman enterprise in An Evil Eye, where much of the action takes place in the imperial harem at Topkapi palace.
Ura, Bhutan
Kindly contributed by Lisa Napoli, author of Radio Shangri-La.
“Here's a photo of me in the magical village of Ura with local kids behind the new library, built in an old farmhouse last year. Ura hosts a Matsutake Mushroom festival; the delicacy grows there in abundance. I'm working to raise money so that READGlobal can build a similar library in the district of Mongar ( has some more details and pictures). Kezang Choden of took this photo last fall and next to me on the right is my friend Pema Lhamo, who accompanied me.
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
Kindly contributed by Michael Seltzer, fan and friend of Longitude
A week ago, a two-page ad in the New York Times Book Review proclaimed the arrival of the 12th book in Alexander McCall Smith’s endearing series, No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. As one of his legion of fans, I quickly devoured all 213 pages— and I was not disappointed. Mma Precious Ramotswe and Mma Grace Makutsi return in full strength. The book’s title refers to the latter’s upcoming wedding to the well-heeled Phuti Radiphuti (“Phuti”). All the other key players return: Mma Ramostwe’s faithful husband; Mr. J.L.B.
Sansepolcro, Tuscany
Kindly Contributed By Frances Mayes Author of Every Day In Tuscany Frances MayesWhen I’m at home in Tuscany and the mood strikes for a gita, a little trip, I often say, “Let’s go over to Sansepolcro.”  This flat and livable town was, of course, home to Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca and his work still hangs in the Museo Civico.  The Resurrection of Christ is one of the most profound works of art on earth.  Reason enough for a pilgrimage but the town itself is a joy.  It’s one of those places where you walk around and think I could live here.
Bay of Isles, South Georgia
Kindly Contributed by Nigel Sitwell, publisher of the Ocean Explorer maps.
Antarctica is one of the world's most exciting and unspoiled wilderness areas, with a range of memorable places to visit. But my favorite spot is not in Antarctica itself but on the coast of South Georgia. This large island is north of 60 degrees South, and thus outside the political realm of the Antarctic Treaty, but it does lie within the biological realm encompassed by the Antarctic Convergence. South Georgia is blessed with majestic scenery and a surprising variety of wildlife and plants.
Sulawesi, Indonesia

The Darwinian Tourist, Viewing the World through Evolutionary Eyes (SCI291, $34.95)

Lucky dog! Popular professor of ecology Chris Wills gets paid to do research in places like Sulawesi (see below), Madagascar's Ranomafana National Park and the rainforests in Borneo, all included in this illustrated account of ecological adventures and the richness of an evolutionary perspective. Sulawesi, Indonesia
Torgersen Island, Antarctica
Fen MontaigneKindly Contributed by Fen Montaigne Author of Fraser's Penguins.  Torgersen Island, which is customarily visited by expedition ships visiting the U.S. Palmer Station, is a bustling place during the day. Two of the largest remaining Adelie penguin colonies in the region are on the north side of Torgersen, and lines of adult Adelies shuttle to and from the sea as they scramble to feed their rapidly growing chicks.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island
Joshua Slocum
Kindly Contributed By Geoffrey Wolff
Author of The Hard Way Around
"My family kept our 30-foot cutter, the Blackwing, on a mooring off the east coast of Conanicut Island. Jamestown, Rhode Island faces Newport, a couple of miles across Narragansett Bay from that legendary har bor where Joshua Slocum anchored after his pioneering solo circumnavigation of the world ended on June 27, 1898 after 46,000 miles — three years, two months and two days. It was on a June afternoon ninety years later that — sailing solo from Block Island — I tried to imagine what he must have felt bringing his adventure to an end.
Happy Mother's Day

Cooking with Italian Grandmothers

Let the stories, recipes and love of the nonnas inspire your own Happy Mother's Day. Jessica Theroux's culinary celebration, as much travelogue as cookbook, brings together recipes, anecdotes and photographs of 12 Italian grandmothers she met over a year in Italy, including Armida pictured below. With a map, essay, interview and (this is the best part) authentic recipes by each grandmother, from the perfect panna cotta to classic meat lasagna. Yum.
Sarzana, Liguria