Hallstatt, Brontë Biopic, Depression-Era Travel, Cover Reveals & More: Endnotes 25 June

Hallstatt, Brontë Biopic, Depression-Era Travel, Cover Reveals & More: Endnotes 25 June

Friday, 25 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.


That’s the village of Hallstatt in Austria, perched on the shore of Hallstatt Lake. It has pretty much everything you could ask for in a fairy tale summer getaway: 16th-century Alpine houses, cafés with views overlooking the lake, boat rides on the lake, cobbled alleys, an ossuary, a salt mine, hiking trails, a waterfall, and a funicular railway to whisk you above the rooftops. {more}

  • Handy advice for your next dinner party: tips for proper etiquette at the dining table of a manor house.

  • This abandoned German ballroom would be the perfect venue for an off-kilter circus (or roller derby).

  • Sure, you’re probably on a first-name basis with Agatha (Christie), Dorothy (L. Sayers), and maybe even Dame Ngaio (Marsh). But have you read the sharp writing of Elizabeth Bowen?!

  • Prevailing opinion is that the 1937 film Ready, Willing, and Able is only a so-so musical. But everyone loves this tap-dancing scene on a giant typewriter.

  • This art nouveau house is truly fab.

  • A little-known facet of the New Deal is fascinating and left behind remarkable artifacts: The Rich, Weird, and Frustrating World of Depression-Era Travel Guides. ‘The American Guides were unusual not only for their shaggy opulence and Americana maximalism, but also for their source of funding: the federal government.’

  • Dialect coach Erik Singer is a tour guide to different accents across English-speaking North America.

  • A bedroom in a 16th-century bell tower?! Yes, please. (You need to see this abandoned church that was converted into a dreamy home.)

  • The highest railway in America — The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Colorado — is back on track. The ride up Pikes Peak, in newly-cushioned comfort, offers spectacular views. And the red train cars are so cute!

  • When art and sports collide… — a look at football, running, tennis, and croquet, captured in fine art.

  • Victoria Schwab revealed the cover of her upcoming novel Gallant; I can’t wait to read it: ‘The story of a girl haunted by ghouls and a garden wall and the thing that waits beyond in this standalone novel in the vein of Crimson Peak + Secret Garden.’

  • Also very excited about the cover reveal for Deanna Raybourn’s seventh (!) Veronica Speedwell adventure An Impossible Imposter.

May you find a new way to accomplish an old trick.

Top image courtesy of Creative Travel Projects/Shutterstock.

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