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Riding the Rails from Keighley to Haworth on a Vintage Steam Train
Riding the Rails from Keighley to Haworth on a Vintage Steam Train
The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is a heritage railway that runs through Brontë country from Keighley to Haworth to Oxenhope, passing through lush, green countryside under the watchful eye of sweet-faced sheep.
Treat Yourself to a Virtual Ride Aboard Some of the World's Most Luxurious Trains
Treat Yourself to a Virtual Ride Aboard Some of the World's Most Luxurious Trains
Train travel is the best travel, and these luxury trains prove it! From Canada to Japan, Europe to Peru, and beyond, here are some of the poshest cars on the rails, chugging through the world's most beautiful scenery.
SSoP Podcast: A Mini-Episode to Wish You Holiday Cheer and a Happy New Year
SSoP Podcast: A Mini-Episode to Wish You Holiday Cheer and a Happy New Year
In this mini-episode, we talk about traditions from around the world that we've added to our own holiday celebrations, including cookies, pubs, potato salad, and the Icelandic Book Flood, then we share a Yule poem.
Finnish Reindeer, US-vs-UK Covers, a New Phryne Fisher & More: Endnotes 18 December
Finnish Reindeer, US-vs-UK Covers, a New Phryne Fisher & More: Endnotes 18 December
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got an Orient Express pop-up exhibit, a new museum podcast, Hercule Poirot's Christmas, 13 unusual holiday traditions, and more.
Romp Through Russian Folklore and History with a Fiery Heroine in 'Deathless'
Romp Through Russian Folklore and History with a Fiery Heroine in 'Deathless'
This beautifully odd novel is not a holiday story, but it's perfect for this time of year. A mashup of Russian folklore, fantasy, and history, it features a cast of unforgettable characters led by our heroine Marya.
Homemade English Muffins Inspired by the Novel 'The Dining Car'
Homemade English Muffins Inspired by the Novel 'The Dining Car'
Forget everything you know about English muffins. These homemade muffins are yeasty, light, and riddled with oh-so-irresistible nooks and crannies. And bonus: They're super-easy to make. Break out the butter and jam!
SSoP Podcast Ep. 21 — Trains: Better Than Planes and Cars. Fight Me.
SSoP Podcast Ep. 21 — Trains: Better Than Planes and Cars. Fight Me.
All aboard for a fascinating virtual journey on train tracks. In this episode, we explore train history and proclaim trains the best mode of transportation, then we share books we love that put us right on the rails.
Bergen Norway, Reading Beowulf, Krampus, Gingerbread & More: Endnotes 11 December
Bergen Norway, Reading Beowulf, Krampus, Gingerbread & More: Endnotes 11 December
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the Bermuda Triangle legend, favorite dishes and desserts from around the world, the homes in Sherlock's mysteries, and more.
Meet the Dignified and Heartbroken Hero of the Novel 'Last Night at the Lobster'
Meet the Dignified and Heartbroken Hero of the Novel 'Last Night at the Lobster'
It's just four days until Christmas, and it's Manny's last night working at the Red Lobster that's the center of his life. This quiet story is vast in its emotional scope and sense of place — sweet, sad, and dignified.
Peruvian Lomo Saltado Inspired by the Memoir 'Turn Right at Machu Picchu'
Peruvian Lomo Saltado Inspired by the Memoir 'Turn Right at Machu Picchu'
The stir-fry dish known as Lomo Saltado is the perfect representation of Peru's fusion cuisine where East meets West, a flavorful, savory recipe that combines Peruvian chile peppers and pisco with Chinese soy sauce.
It's the 2020 Strong Sense of Place 'Get Merry' Christmas Goodies Post
It's the 2020 Strong Sense of Place 'Get Merry' Christmas Goodies Post
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring... except the book lovers hoping to find a comfy chair, a cozy and compelling read, a cup of hot cocoa, and a plate of cookies.
8 Instagrammers That Capture the Mystical Beauty and Luscious Food of Peru
8 Instagrammers That Capture the Mystical Beauty and Luscious Food of Peru
Feast your eyes on Peru's colorful, vibrant fusion cuisine and the mind-boggling beauty of its scenery. From Pacific beaches to the tippy-top of the Andean mountains, Peru is a destination to fuel your imagination.
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