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Pushkin and Pelmeni at the Literary Cafe in St. Petersburg, Russia
Pushkin and Pelmeni at the Literary Cafe in St. Petersburg, Russia
What do Pushkin, cholera, duels, Tchaikovsky, dumplings, caviar, and sugar-dusted confections have in common? A butter-yellow building with a storied history on the corner of a busy intersection in St. Petersburg.
SSoP Podcast Episode 08 — Russia: Revolution, Hope, and Vodka
SSoP Podcast Episode 08 — Russia: Revolution, Hope, and Vodka
From its landscape and architecture to revolutions and historical figures, everything about Russia seems larger-than-life. In this episode, we discuss five great reads that transported us to Russia, past and present.
Giant Pandas, Why Read Fiction, Earl Grey, Magical Treehouses & More: Endnotes 13 March
Giant Pandas, Why Read Fiction, Earl Grey, Magical Treehouses & More: Endnotes 13 March
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got bawdy royal scandals, inspiring travel journals, a journey on the Silk Road, how to get away with (fictional) murder, and more.
It's Moxie, Mayhem, and Murder in Victorian London with 'A Murderous Relation'
It's Moxie, Mayhem, and Murder in Victorian London with 'A Murderous Relation'
London, 1888. So posh, polite, and perilous. Go undercover with Veronica Speedwell and her partner Stoker as they try to avert royal embarrassment, dodge flying bullets, thwart Jack the Ripper, and flirt up a storm.
6 Books That Will Transport You to the Deserts and Medinas of Morocco
6 Books That Will Transport You to the Deserts and Medinas of Morocco
Have you ever daydreamed about riding a camel across the Sahara with the wind in your hair? Or strolling through the market in the old town of Marrakech? These six books will take you there asap, no passport required.
Milan Canals, 1-Sheet Zines, Mobile Libraries, Map Secrets & More: Endnotes 06 March
Milan Canals, 1-Sheet Zines, Mobile Libraries, Map Secrets & More: Endnotes 06 March
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got intrepid heroines of classic lit, oral storytelling around the world, overhead bin rage, grocery store tourism, and more.
Gaze on the Arno and Visit the Italian Countryside with the novel 'A Room with a View'
Gaze on the Arno and Visit the Italian Countryside with the novel 'A Room with a View'
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to the warm sunshine and stunning sights of Florence with Lucy Honeychurch, a heroine who would take the world by storm, if she could only get out of her 19th-century muddle.
Moroccan El Minzah Orange Salad Inspired by the Novel 'Tangerine'
Moroccan El Minzah Orange Salad Inspired by the Novel 'Tangerine'
This colorful salad combines sweet oranges, cool fennel and mint, and salty olives for a taste that's bold and a little exotic. It's a tribute to 'Tangerine,' a taut noir thriller set in 1950s Tangier, Morocco.
The Intricate Design and Moroccan Tradition of Henna Tattoos
The Intricate Design and Moroccan Tradition of Henna Tattoos
For centuries, women have been adorning their bodies with delicate, colorful henna tattoos to mark significant events in their lives. We take a look at the origin of this art and share tips for you to try it yourself.
SSoP Podcast Episode 07 — Morocco: Couscous, Camels, and the Kasbah
SSoP Podcast Episode 07 — Morocco: Couscous, Camels, and the Kasbah
The breathtaking scenery and raucous markets of Morocco can seem like something conjured from a dream. In this episode, we share the books that transported us to this special place and talk Moroccan food with MarocMama.
Tea in Lit, International Lipreading, Drawing Room Drama & More: Endnotes 28 February
Tea in Lit, International Lipreading, Drawing Room Drama & More: Endnotes 28 February
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the history of the drawing room, the scoop on jet lag, underwater photography, books Erik Larson loves, Taco Bell poetry, and more.
Explore the Tropical Jungle and Try Not to Get Chomped with 'Jurassic Park'
Explore the Tropical Jungle and Try Not to Get Chomped with 'Jurassic Park'
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to the lush landscape of Costa Rica: glorious sunshine, azure-blue water, and dazzling foliage. Pay no attention to the many ravenous, angry dinosaurs roaming the jungle.
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