Austria, Ballet Thriller, Pronouncing Author Names, Corn Dogs & More: Endnotes 30 June

Austria, Ballet Thriller, Pronouncing Author Names, Corn Dogs & More: Endnotes 30 June

Friday, 30 June, 2023

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.


Colorful flowers! Rolling green hills! Snowy mountains! A blue, blue lake! It’s Zell am See in Austria. The village and its namesake lake were the place to see and be seen by the European aristocracy in the 19th century. Now the rest of us can enjoy the beautiful scenery while hiking, cycling, swimming, and taking in the view. To recreate the vista in the photo above, visit the Berggasthof Mitterberghof, a mountain inn overlooking the lake. Here are 11 Amazing Things to Do in Zell am See in Summer, a really fun (short) hype video, and a 20-minute walk through town.

  • You know those iconic, mid-century-modern signs that designate America’s National Forests? Here’s the story of the unsung hero ranger who designed them.

  • Only vaguely related: Name that tree!

  • Transport yourself to Puerto Rico with this simple, delicious recipe for a piña colada. According to lore, creating the perfect recipe took three months. But on 16 August 1954, Ramón ‘Monchito’ Marrero — bartender at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar — mixed up his new signature drink.

  • Melanie Hamrick is an American choreographer, former ballerina, life partner to Mick Jagger (!), and now the author of First Position, a romantic thriller set in the world of ballet. In this list, she recommends 6 enthralling reads that keep you guessing.

  • Enjoy this collection of graphic art from vintage high school yearbooks. ‘Visually speaking, the yearbooks in this collection loosely followed the predominant graphic design and illustration trends of the day… this meant editorial spreads and photo collages in the 1960s, psychedelia and grooviness in the 1970s, and rainbows, airbrush, graffiti, neon, and technology in the 1980s.’

  • Nothing says ‘summer in Texas’ like a corn dog at the State Fair. Here’s The Story of Fletcher’s, America’s ‘Original’ Corn Dog. If you’d like to find a corn dog close to you, the Taste Atlas lists the best corn dogs in the world.


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.

photograph of a table covered with vintage postcards of landmarks around the world
Photo courtesy of Becky Phan/Unsplash.

In this episode, we get excited about two books: 100 Places to See After You Die: A Travel Guide to the Afterlife by Ken Jennings and What the Dead Know: Learning about Life as a New York City Death Investigator by Barbara Butcher. Then Mel gets excited about postcards from around the world. [transcript]


Why not write a postcard or letter to a far-away friend?

Top image courtesy of auerimages/Shutterstock.

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