Palais Garnier, Halloween Reads, Sleepy Hollow Tour, Witch Podcast & More: Endnotes 14 October

Palais Garnier, Halloween Reads, Sleepy Hollow Tour, Witch Podcast & More: Endnotes 14 October

Friday, 14 October, 2022

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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If you’re thinking the candlelit space above would be perfect for a Gothic encounter, you’re right. It’s the grand staircase in the Palais Garnier — known colloquially as the Paris opera house — and it’s the setting for Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera (and subsequent swoony musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber). Designed by French architect Charles Garnier, the Palais has been described as both ‘unquestionably a masterpiece of the first rank’ and ‘a décor of the grave.’ Perhaps that last one isn’t such a bad thing? Gothic opulence tinged with melancholy is pretty much perfect for this time of year. Should you find yourself in Paris with 90 minutes of free time, you can enjoy a self-guided tour of the Palais or take the Mysteries of the Palais Garnier tour with a guide after the building is officially closed for the day. (Bonjour M. Fantôme!) Can’t get there in person? Here are more photos, a video walk-through, a fun recap of its history, and a very over-the-top wedding on the grand staircase.

 
 
 
 
 
 

New Episode of The Library of Lost Time

In each mini-podcast episode, we discuss two books at the top of our TBR, then share a fun book- or travel-related distraction. Get all the episodes and books galore here.

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The Covehead Harbour Lighthouse on PEI. Photo courtesy of Tobias Negele/Unsplash.

In this episode, we get excited about two new books: The Sleeping Car Porter by Suzette Mary and Such Sharp Teeth by Rachel Harrison. Then Dave explains why we should all book a trip asap to Prince Edward Island to explore The Island Walk.

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