When our imaginations need a boost, we take a quick virtual trip to somewhere in the world — a bookshop filled with gilt-edged volumes, a manor house on a rolling green hill, a Gothic spire piercing the sky, a Victorian-era circus, or into works of art — via these Instagram accounts.
Some focus on travel, others on books. And some are produced by artists or archivists who share unexpected images that inspire and inform. We hope you find some new favorites among our feed.
Pastel colors, symmetry, and an endearing sense of whimsy, this account features destinations that capture the atmosphere of a Wes Anderson film in still images.
Photographer Matt Emmett shares his photos of historic architecture and beautiful ruins, celebrating the ‘palpable history’ structures no longer populated by people.
Our favorite guide to the world’s weird and wonderful sights, Atlas Obscura shares images of unusual natural landmarks, art, architecture, and food around the globe.
This is a curated collection of black-and-white photos of curiosities from the past: a celebration of offbeat people and places lost to time. Sometimes silly, often eerie, always amazing.
If you like to gaze upon images of lovely bookstores and libraries around the world, this is the account for you. So many beautiful bookshelves and antique globes!
These two related accounts have a decidedly pretty aesthetic and are devoted to travel photos and bookshops that look like they were conjured by a good-spirited witch.
More libraries and bookshops around the world — because there’s no such thing as too many photos of libraries and bookshops.
This magazine has been celebrating all things British since 1897 (!), and its Instagram account is a steady stream of manor houses, cute wildlife, and idyllic landscapes.
This account showcases destinations around the world — both natural and manmade — with truly stunning travel photography.
As you probably guessed from the name, this is the place to enjoy compelling photos of buildings abandoned to time.
This Czech Instagrammer shares photos of world and Czech history with a glamorous and poignant angle.
You know we have a soft spot for the circus (listen to our podcast about the circus), so we love this account that shares vintage photos of sideshow and circus stars.
The work of artist Jon Carling is so delicate and precise in its execution — and the stories told in his images seem inspired by fairy tales in his imagination.
If we’re talking about elegant and precise ink work, we must include the master: Edward Gorey.
And we are on Instagram at @strongsenseof, sharing travel photos, mini book reviews, and other things that delight us every day. Follow us there!
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