Budapest, Historical Lit, Victorian Piers, Piranesi Book Club & More: Endnotes 11 June

Budapest, Historical Lit, Victorian Piers, Piranesi Book Club & More: Endnotes 11 June

Friday, 11 June, 2021

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 is the achingly beautiful skyline of Budapest at sunset. Specifically, it’s the view from the hilly Buda side of the Danube, looking across to the architecture of Pest. The domed Neo-Classical building with two bell towers is St. Stephen’s Basilica, which (in)famously displays the mummified hand (called the ‘Holy Right) of St. Stephen (István), the country’s founding king-saint. The bell towers house six bells: five small ones in the north tower and the Great St. Stephen bell in the south. It’s the biggest bell in all of Hungary (!) and is rung just twice a year: at 5:00 pm on 20 August (to commemorate the day it was consecrated) and at midnight on New Year’s Eve. {more}

  • Where are my historical fiction fans? You want to see the shortlist for the 2021 Walter Scott Prize. (I am 100% here for The Mirror & the Light.)

  • What it was like to fly Concorde in the 1970s. ‘The atmosphere in the cabin was one of an exclusive club, and it was because these were the people who controlled the world, controlled the world’s finance and the world’s trade. It was such an incredibly unique experience, and you were going faster than rifle bullets, twice the speed of sound. It was just a fabulous time.’

  • You definitely want to read about the library in South Korea that was inspired by the human brain.

  • This spoof on regency romances is a delight:

 black and white vintage image of a victorian seaside pier

 

Why not indulge in something endearingly ridiculous this week?!

Top image courtesy of Marco Meyer/Unsplash.

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