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Vietnamese Pho Bo Inspired by the Novel 'The Beauty of Humanity Movement'
Vietnamese Pho Bo Inspired by the Novel 'The Beauty of Humanity Movement'
Pho is Vietnam's national dish, a comforting bowl of spice-infused broth, rice noodles, beef, and fresh herbs that tastes like love. We recommend you simmer a pot of broth and take a virtual trip to Hanoi, Vietnam.
The Elegant, Playful, Environmentally Friendly VAC Library in Hanoi, Vietnam
The Elegant, Playful, Environmentally Friendly VAC Library in Hanoi, Vietnam
The VAC Library in Hanoi is a unique open-air structure that invites play along with learning. Solar-powered and self-sustaining, it's a modern (beautiful) example of how libraries can interact with the environment.
SSoP Podcast Episode 22 — Vietnam: Divided by War, Bonded by Family
SSoP Podcast Episode 22 — Vietnam: Divided by War, Bonded by Family
Warning: This show is going to inspire you to book tickets to Vietnam as soon as possible. Who could resist its stunning natural beauty, vibrant street food, fascinating history, and warm, friendly people? No one.
Burano Italy, Sea Shanties, Reading Pod, Austen's England & More: Endnotes 08 January
Burano Italy, Sea Shanties, Reading Pod, Austen's England & More: Endnotes 08 January
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the booksellers along the Seine, cafés around the world, Iranian poetry, 31 days of literary treats, wine label design, and more.
Solve a Murder in the English Countryside of West Sussex with Inspector Lynley
Solve a Murder in the English Countryside of West Sussex with Inspector Lynley
This weekend, take a bookish getaway to a British boarding school where tradition makes daily life far more fraught than final exams. (And way more murdery!) But, darling, the countryside and campus are lovely!
Everything You Need to Know About the Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading
Everything You Need to Know About the Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading
Here! This is where we'd like to teleport this afternoon to spend a few hours reading amidst the colorful bookshelves. Located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this library has been impersonating a magical portal since 1837.
Crime Fashion, Jollof Rice, Bridgerton Locales, Hogmanay & More: Endnotes 01 January
Crime Fashion, Jollof Rice, Bridgerton Locales, Hogmanay & More: Endnotes 01 January
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a challenging literary quiz, a daring photography feat, new Agatha Christie documentaries, Pierre Cardin's vision, and more.
Ring in the New Year at a Glamorous Costume Party with 'The Snow Ball'
Ring in the New Year at a Glamorous Costume Party with 'The Snow Ball'
This slim novel is a scintillating, titillating celebration of the breathlessness, devil-may-care sensibility, and desperate optimism of New Year's Eve. Put on a mile-high wig, grab a mask, and prepare to be seduced.
Our 11 Most Popular Blog Posts of the Notable Year That Was 2020
Our 11 Most Popular Blog Posts of the Notable Year That Was 2020
It's always enlightening to look back on the year that was to see which posts got the most reads and shares. As usual, the list of our top posts of 2020 is full of surprises: Edward Gorey! Devil's Bible! Manor Houses!
Two Beautiful Christmas Poems to Make Your Day Merry and Bright
Two Beautiful Christmas Poems to Make Your Day Merry and Bright
We're wearing red sweaters, drinking eggnog, eating cookies, and generally making merry because it not now, when?! And amidst all the noshing and noel-ing, we want to share two sweet poems that celebrate the season.
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.
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