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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.
Icelandic Horses, Best Food Books, Literary London, New Scrooge & More: Endnotes 04 December
Icelandic Horses, Best Food Books, Literary London, New Scrooge & More: Endnotes 04 December
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got illuminated manuscripts, the etymology of wuthering, amazing trompe l'oeil, a foodie comic, a Murakami playlist, and more.
Visit 1703 London and Be Dazzled by the Artifacts in 'The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne'
Visit 1703 London and Be Dazzled by the Artifacts in 'The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne'
Escape to 18th-century London and meet Cecily, our intrepid heroine who's curious about the world of botany and solving a murder in equal measure. Yes, she's a bit of a troublemaker, in the very best, charming way.
Snack Like a Peruvian with Crispy Andean Popcorn and a Smooth Pisco Sour
Snack Like a Peruvian with Crispy Andean Popcorn and a Smooth Pisco Sour
Forget corn chips and margaritas! We're about to upgrade your snack time with irresistibly crunchy-salty corn from Peru, washed down with a tangy, zingy pisco sour. This is snacking, Peruvian-style. Cheers to you!
SSoP Podcast Ep. 20 — Peru: Andes Adventures, Fusion Food, and Piles of Gold
SSoP Podcast Ep. 20 — Peru: Andes Adventures, Fusion Food, and Piles of Gold
With adorable alpacas, astonishing Inca ruins, and irresistible cuisine, Peru is a wonderland for travelers. In this episode, we dig into history and culture, then recommend great books for your armchair travel.
Colorado Wilderness, Foodie Books, Iranian Poetry, Automats & More: Endnotes 27 November
Colorado Wilderness, Foodie Books, Iranian Poetry, Automats & More: Endnotes 27 November
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got why Lagos might be a must-visit, a look at Mary Wollstonecraft, Russia's Road of Bones, the benefits of board games, and more.
Two Dramatically and Delightfully Different Stories to Celebrate Thanksgiving
Two Dramatically and Delightfully Different Stories to Celebrate Thanksgiving
Readers' choice: A charming story about the joy and disaster of family togetherness — or a spooky novel about Thanksgiving weekend in an empty dorm with a Ouija board and group of misfits. Both are tasty options.
Nigerian Jollof Rice and Fried Plantains Inspired by the Novel 'Butter Honey Pig Bread'
Nigerian Jollof Rice and Fried Plantains Inspired by the Novel 'Butter Honey Pig Bread'
Jollof rice is a delicious staple of Nigerian cuisine. Seasoned with tomatoes, red pepper, and chiles, it's simultaneously spicy, sweet, complex, and comforting — much like the heroines of 'Butter Honey Pig Bread.'
13 Instagrammers That Showcase the Food, Fashion, Fun, and Culture of Nigeria
13 Instagrammers That Showcase the Food, Fashion, Fun, and Culture of Nigeria
The energy of Nigeria is infectious and undeniable. It's a long way to travel IRL, but you can take a virtual trip to its street markets, fashion shows, and book clubs in Lagos and beyond via these stunning photos.
Dark Hedges, Flash Fiction, Victorian Slang, Bookshop Love & More: Endnotes 20 November
Dark Hedges, Flash Fiction, Victorian Slang, Bookshop Love & More: Endnotes 20 November
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a touching graphic novel, Peruvian soul food, classic cocktails, Irish libraries, posh locations from 'The Crown,' and more.
Visit 1899 NYC for an Unusual & Tender Immigrant Story in 'The Golem and the Jinni'
Visit 1899 NYC for an Unusual & Tender Immigrant Story in 'The Golem and the Jinni'
This weekend, escape to turn-of-the-century New York and meet two unlikely new friends: a Jewish golem from Poland and an Arab jin from Egypt. Their history divides them; their adventures will bring them together.
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