Train Travel, Books as Rihanna, Czech Melancholy & More: Endnotes 18 October

Train Travel, Books as Rihanna, Czech Melancholy & More: Endnotes 18 October

Friday, 18 October, 2019

Every Friday, we celebrate the weekend — and all the reading and relaxing and daydreaming time ahead — with Melissa's favorite book- and travel-related links of the week. Why work when you can read fun stuff?!

This post is part of our Endnotes series.

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That snazzy black-and-red train up there is crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Glenfinnan, Inverness-shire, Scotland. The viaduct overlooks Loch Shiel which is rumored to be the secret location of the Black Lake near Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.

rihanna in a black leather dress with the cover of the starless sea
Photo courtesy of Electric Lit
  • Science! The smell of old books is decoded by Smithsonian Magazine.

  • Bookish podcast of the week: On BBC In Our Time, host Melvyn Bragg brings his mellifluous voice and sharp mind to a conversation about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

  • Travel podcast of the week: The hosts of Flight of Fancy make the case for why train travel is the best way to see a country.

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Wishing you a weekend filled with just the kind of adventures you like. What are you up to? Share in comments.

Top image courtesy of Jack Anstey.

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