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Japanese Rakan, Emotion Words, American Diners, Drone Photos & More: Endnotes 23 September
Japanese Rakan, Emotion Words, American Diners, Drone Photos & More: Endnotes 23 September
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got photos of a lonely Icelandic island, recommended historical fiction, travel journaling, Kabul's oldest restaurant, and more.
11 Books Featuring Secret Passages, Hidden Rooms, and Mysterious Tunnels
11 Books Featuring Secret Passages, Hidden Rooms, and Mysterious Tunnels
In real life, dark secrets and potentially perilous passageways might best be avoided. But on the page, is anything more delicious than the tingle up the back of the neck that says an adventure is about to begin?
Enjoy a Little Mischief with 'Poem for a Hidden Passage' by Catherine Pierce
Enjoy a Little Mischief with 'Poem for a Hidden Passage' by Catherine Pierce
Thank goodness for an active imagination and a well-stocked library, or many of us might actually wander — in real life — down that shadowy corridor or into a secret passage that leads... who knows where. Dare you!
Barcelona, Mystery Islands, Perfect Tea, Travel Stories & More: Endnotes 16 September
Barcelona, Mystery Islands, Perfect Tea, Travel Stories & More: Endnotes 16 September
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a lyrical ode to book buying, how to be a regular, choose-your-own-adventure books, 19th-century French postcards, and more.
SSoP Episode 43 — Secret Passages: Down the Rabbit Hole
SSoP Episode 43 — Secret Passages: Down the Rabbit Hole
Would you rather... lean on a bookcase, then feel it swivel you into a previously unknown secret room — or pry open a small hidden door, grab a brass candelabra, and step into a secret passage to who knows where?
Piccolomini Library, Malta, Miss Marple, European Castles & More: Endnotes 09 September
Piccolomini Library, Malta, Miss Marple, European Castles & More: Endnotes 09 September
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the best book adaptations, a travel persona quiz, tasty restaurants in government buildings, a Victorian scrapbook, and more.
Big Cedar Lake, Vintage Cookbooks, Beautiful Oases, Goreyesque Names & More: Endnotes 02 September
Big Cedar Lake, Vintage Cookbooks, Beautiful Oases, Goreyesque Names & More: Endnotes 02 September
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a stellar bakery in Madrid, pairing tea and classic British novels, a magical dragon boat, the dogs of Kars, Turkey, and more.
5 Great Books Set in Canada's Atlantic Provinces That We Love
5 Great Books Set in Canada's Atlantic Provinces That We Love
Take a virtual trip to Canada's eastern shores with these amazing books, including two gripping family sagas, a memoir about the world's most uncooperative boat, a noirish mystery story, and a funny novel about death.
SSoP Episode 42 — Atlantic Canada: For There Blow Some Cold Nor'westers on the Banks of Newfoundland
SSoP Episode 42 — Atlantic Canada: For There Blow Some Cold Nor'westers on the Banks of Newfoundland
Pull on your Wellies and batten down the hatches for a virtual trip to the rough and romantic coast of Atlantic Canada, a land of salty sailors and other hardy folk who know the value of a good yarn and a hot cuppa.
Emperor Guan, Three Pines Newsletter, Lighthouses, Library Museums & More: Endnotes 26 August
Emperor Guan, Three Pines Newsletter, Lighthouses, Library Museums & More: Endnotes 26 August
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Keanu Reeves & The Devil in the White City, books we pretend to have read, visiting Slovenia, summery polar bears, and more.
The Cats of Istanbul: Street-wise and Sweeter Than Honey
The Cats of Istanbul: Street-wise and Sweeter Than Honey
Cats are some of the most accomplished laze-abouts on the planet, and Istanbul, Turkey — with its cat-friendly residents and long, lazy days of sunshine — is a feline paradise. Say merhaba to the cats of Istanbul.
Ice Cream, Literary Destinations, Ask a Pilot, Nat'l Book Fest & More: Endnotes 19 August
Ice Cream, Literary Destinations, Ask a Pilot, Nat'l Book Fest & More: Endnotes 19 August
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the most beautiful museum restrooms, a charming comic about tea, a dragon attack quiz, an essay by Andrew Sean Greer, and more.
7 Great Books Set in Turkey That We Love
7 Great Books Set in Turkey That We Love
Take a virtual trip to Turkey with these unputdownable books, including an Ottoman-era murder mystery, a moving autobio graphic novel, two Istanbul-set thrillers, a WWII espionage novel, and a sweeping adventure tale.
SSoP Podcast Episode 41 — Turkey: It's Turkish Delight on a Moonlit Night
SSoP Podcast Episode 41 — Turkey: It's Turkish Delight on a Moonlit Night
It's been said that the best way to embark on a trip through Turkey is to arrive by sea in Istanbul. We believe it! Give us all the Bosphorous sunsets, baklava, the strong Turkish coffee, and bustling Grand Bazaar.
Montenegro, Wedding Thrillers, New Orient Express, Cussing History & More: Endnotes 12 August
Montenegro, Wedding Thrillers, New Orient Express, Cussing History & More: Endnotes 12 August
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a 20-year book club, the history of amusement parks, best US bookstores, national park restaurants, travel posters, and more.
Hawaiian Spam Musubi Inspired by Michael Crichton's Adventure-Thriller 'Micro'
Hawaiian Spam Musubi Inspired by Michael Crichton's Adventure-Thriller 'Micro'
The star of a Hawaiian luau is kalua pork, and that is 100% justified. But when you're heading to the beach or feeling peckish, you need Spam musubi, a portable snack that's salty-sweet-crispy-chewy and irresistible.
Rio, Gothic Heroines, London Breakfast, Library Poems, Bio Comics & More: Endnotes 05 August
Rio, Gothic Heroines, London Breakfast, Library Poems, Bio Comics & More: Endnotes 05 August
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got an over-the-top reading journal, underrated European cities, the romance of Elinor Glyn, uncanny Daphne du Maurier, and more.
6 Great Books Set in Hawaii That We Love
6 Great Books Set in Hawaii That We Love
Take a virtual trip to Hawaii with a snarky history, a stunning short story collection, a family saga, a white-knuckle hunt for giant waves, and two techno-thrillers that make the most of Hawaii's flora and fauna.
SSoP Podcast Episode 40 — Hawaii: Bring a Bottle of Gin for Pele
SSoP Podcast Episode 40 — Hawaii: Bring a Bottle of Gin for Pele
There's a lot to love about the 50th state. You can start with palm trees galore, soft sand beaches (more than 100!), lush hiking trails, and volcanoes you can climb. Plus dreamy island music and luau-worthy cuisine.
Lake Bled, Street Grammar, Hopepunk, Iconic Meals, Bookwallet & More: Endnotes 29 July
Lake Bled, Street Grammar, Hopepunk, Iconic Meals, Bookwallet & More: Endnotes 29 July
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got playful European travel maps, the Egg Mayo Protection Association, an emergency champagne phone, awesome book lists, and more.
The Best Art and Design Newsletters to Deliver Beauty and Smarts to Your Inbox
The Best Art and Design Newsletters to Deliver Beauty and Smarts to Your Inbox
There's no denying that seeing original artworks with your own eyes is a powerful experience. But there are so many amazing things to see! We're grateful for these sites that bring inspiring art to our desktops.
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