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A collection of memorabilia, ephemera and other stuff that's associated with the rich literary heritage of Dublin makes the Dublin Writers Museum (Map pp82-3 872 2077 www .writersmuseum.com 18 North Parnell Sq adult child student 7 4.40 5.95 S 10am-5pm Mon-Sat Sep-May, to 6pm Jun-Aug, 11am-5pm Sun year-round) a compelling visit for anyone interested in the city's scribblers. Unfortunately, the museum draws the line in the 1970s, so there's nothing on the new generation of pen merchants. However, if you're interested in the letters, photographs, 1st editions and other bits and bobs of Beckett, Behan and the like, you won't be disappointed. While the museum concerns itself primarily with dead authors, next door at No 19, the Irish Writers' Centre provides a meeting and working place for their living successors.
The second half of the 20th century saw a raft of local writers gain popularity in Turkey. Many were socialists, communists or outspoken critics of the government, and spent long and repeated periods in jail. The most famous of these writers was poet and novelist Nazim Hikmet (1902-63). Internationally acclaimed for his poetry, Hikmet was in and out of Turkish jails for 30 years due to his alleged communist activity. Released in 1950 after a concerted lobbying effort by the Turkish and international intelligentsia, he left the country and died in exile. His masterwork is the five-volume collection of lyric and epic poetry entitled Human Landscapes from My Country. The most readily available English-language translation of his poems is Beyond the Walls Selected Poems. Aziz Nesin (1915-95) was perhaps the most prolific of all the Turkish political writers of the 20th century. A satirist, he published over 100 books and was jailed several times for his colourful indictments of the...
Long before I ever visited the Lake District, I had seen the distinctive landscape in Beatrix Potter's illustrated children's tales. Peter Pan, who lived in Kensington Gardens, made me curious about London. As I grew older, I read English novels and went to plays written by Shakespeare. If you're literary minded, you can track down several places in England associated with your favorite authors. Even if you stay in London for your entire trip, you can do some literary sleuthing. Blue plaques on London buildings identify the abodes of famous writers and artists. Some of England's most famous poets, novelists, and playwrights are buried or commemorated in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey (see Chapter 12).
Rye is like an old beautifully jeweled brooch worn at South-England's throat. So wrote Patric Dickinson, one of the many writers who have fallen under the spell of this remarkably beautiful coastal town in East Sussex. (See the Rye map on p. 233.) Henry James spent the last years of his life here, and E. F. Benson, author of Mapp and Lucia, was mayor. (Benson called the town Tilling in his novels.)
From medieval poets through Robert Burns to Irvine Welsh, writers in the three literary languages of Scotland - Scots, English and Gaelic - have created a body of literature expressing both their place in the European mainstream and the diversity within Scotland. In 1999 a new parliament was established in Scotland, three centuries after the dissolution of the last one. Political devolution follows three decades of ferment in which literature has reached new heights of success.
FRANCE HAS LONG SEDUCED AND INSPIRED WRITERS THE WORLD OVER. AT THE END OF 2006, FRANCE REPAID THEIR DEVOTION WITH HIGH HONORS, AWARDING ALL FRENCH LITERARY PRIZES TO FOREIGN AUTHORS AND REMINDING US OF THE NUMEROUS EXPATRIATE WRITERS WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO MAKE THEIR HOME IN FRANCE. In the 1920s, it seemed as if the cages of England and America had been unlocked writers flocked to Paris like so many ravenous birds. Modernist Gertrude Stein (famous for having said A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose ) had called Paris my home since before World War I. In the Paris salon she ran with companion Alice B. Toklas, newly arrived writers and artists met and mingled. Antibes was home to Graham Greene (The End of the Affair), Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange) and Lawrence Durrell (The Alexandria Quartet). Durrell left money to be awarded each year to the town's most promising young writer. Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett, friend of fellow Irish exile James Joyce, lived in Paris from 1937...
Leading contemporary Greek writers include Thanassis Valtinos, Rhea Galanaki, Ziranna Ziteli and Ersi Sotiropoulou, who wrote the acclaimed 1999 novel Zigzagging Through the Bitter Orange Trees as well as playwright Kostas Mourselas, whose novel Red-Dyed Hair was made into a popular TV series, and loanna Karystiani, who wrote the screenplay for Brides. Unfortunately very little contemporary work is translated in English. Writers making small inroads into foreign markets include Vangelis Hatziyiannidis, with his award-winning novel Four Walls, Alexis Stamatis with Bar Flaubert (2000), Apostolos Doxiadis (Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture 2000), Petros Markaris, whose crime noir novels delve into the Athens underbelly, and criminologist-cum-children's author Eugene Trivizas.
'Cornwall is a unique place, not just because of the natural landscape, but because of the people and our unique culture and heritage. I grew up here but, like many young people, moved away to study at university. I then spent several years working as a freelance writer in London, but I always wanted to move home. Cornwall gets in your blood - there's something about it that draws you back. So after years of umming and ahhing, I finally decided to just get on with it, move home and set up the magazine.'
52 Spanish literature began to come of age in the late 16th century as writers gravitated to the new capital, drawn by promises of royal patronage and endless material for stories as Madrid attracted a fascinating cast of characters eager for the glamour and opportunities that sur-a rounded the royal court. The Siglo de Oro (Golden Age) of Spanish writing was very much Madrid's century and luminaries, such as Cervantes, Quevedo and Lope de Vega (p44), were all Madrid celebrities. With the exception perhaps of the greatest of all Spanish poets, Seville-born Luis de G n-gora (1561-1627), the greatest Spanish writers of the age were either born or spent much of their time in the young capital. Francisco de Quevedo (1580-1645), whose parents served in the royal court, went in search of grittier vignettes of local life and spent much of his time in Madrid taverns scribbling some of the most biting, nasty and entertaining prose to come out of 17th-century Spain. His La Historia de la Vida...
Writers have found their way to Paris ever since that 16th-century hedonist Fran ois Rabelais forsook his monastic vows and hightailed it to the capital. The 1920s saw the greatest influx of outsiders, particularly Americans. Many assume it was Paris' reputation for liberal thought and relaxed morals that attracted the likes of Ernest Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound and so on, but that's just part of the story. Paris was cheap, particularly the Left Bank, and in France, unlike in Prohibi-tion-era America, you could drink alcohol to your heart's (or liver's) content. 1 James Joyce's flat Begin your tour at the Cardinal Lemoine metro station, where rue du Cardinal Lemoine meets rue Monge, 5e. Walk southwest along rue du Cardinal Lemoine, peering down the passageway at No 71, which may or may not be closed off. The Irish writer James Joyce (1882-1941) lived in the courtyard flat at the back marked 'E' when he first arrived in Paris in 1921, and it was here that he finished...
Has any country produced as many great and enduring writers as England has In a brief survey, it's impossible to even scratch the surface. The wonderful thing about London at least, if you love literature is that it figures in so many great works. All over the city, you encounter blue plaques on the fronts of buildings identifying what famous person lived there and when. Many of those famous residents were writers. Here are a few of my recommendations
Ul Szczepanska 1 mains 12-55zt S noon-midnight) A favourite haunt of writers and artists, this upstairs establishment is the eatery that time forgot, with its elaborate old-fashioned d cor featuring chandeliers, lace tablecloths, age-worn carpets and sepia portraits. The menu covers a range of Polish dishes, the most distinctive being the soups served within small bread loaves.
The censors of Francoist Spain ensured that literary growth in the country was somewhat stunted some outstanding writers emerged, but freedom of expression was limited and much of what was good in Spanish writing was penned by writers in exile. Since Spain's return to democracy in 1978 there has been a flowering of Spanish letters, and Madrid is at the heart of it. Although not a madrile o by birth, Camilo Jos Cela (1916-2002) wrote one of the most talked about novels on the city in the 1950s, La Colmena (The Beehive). This classic takes the reader into the heart of Madrid, the beehive of the title, in what is like a photo album filled with portraits of every kind of Madrid punter in those grey days. For some readers Cela's reputation has been tarnished by rumours of his closeness to Franco's regime. Cela was nonetheless a writer of the highest quality and took the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1989 and the most important Spanish literature prize, the Premio Cervantes, six years later....
Easily the largest cemetery in the 20 arrondissements that make up the oldest sections of Paris, Pere-Lachaise is a must-see for any student of history. Buried here are most of the dignitaries, scholars, musicians, artists, writers, politicians, and celebrities that have shaped French society since 1803, when the cemetery first opened. At first no one wanted to be buried so far away, so Napoleon transferred the remains of prominent people, such as the medieval lovers Ab lard and Heloise, to make it more desirable. This was the beginning of pilgrims coming to visit the graves of celebrated people. Hundreds of tourists arrive daily to seek out the final resting place of the famous and infamous singer Edith Piaf, composer Fr d ric Chopin, writer Honor de Balzac, along with prominent public figures and French military heroes. Also buried there are Modigliani, Delacroix, Sarah Bernhardt, Ingres and Corot, to name but a few. Jean Fran ois Champollion, who deciphered the Egyptian...
Between the wars, Paris became a magnet for writers and artists from all over. In the United States, Prohibition had passed in 1919, and nativism and isolationism dominated the political scene. Paris, by contrast, was fun, cheap (by American standards), and the art capital of the world. Americans came in droves F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry Miller, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Natalie Barney,
In 2001, two Arizona writers published a disconcertingly thick book detailing every known fatal accident within the canyon. Over the Edge Death in Grand Canyon (Puma Press, Flagstaff, 2001) not only tells captivating stories but serves as a handy reminder of what not to do in the park. (For starters, don't remove your hiking boots and run barefoot toward the river.) Below is a list of guidelines that will keep you from becoming a subject of Over the Edge Volume II.
In addition to the attractions listed below, several private companies offer escorted walking tours of Dublin. One of the best is the Jameson Literary Pub Crawl (& 01 670-5602) which visits pubs with connections to Joyce, Behan, Beckett, Kavanagh, and other Irish writers. Actors provide appropriate performances and commentary at the stops. The tour assembles at the Duke Pub, 9 Duke Street, off Grafton. Tickets go on sale at the pub at 7pm or buy them in advance at the Dublin Tourism office on Suffolk Street. (Tickets 10- 11 adults, 8- 8.20 students. In summer, tours start Mon-Sat 7 30pm, Sun noon winter tours are Thurs-Sun at 7 30pm, Sun noon.)
The Lake District's two most famous residents were the poet William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, who wrote and illustrated children's books. The landscape inspired both writers, and they used it in their work. Wordsworth composed his poetry outdoors, often in the area around Grasmere. Potter used Lakeland settings for her tales about Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck.
Al Covo VENETIAN SEAFOOD For years this lovely restaurant has been consistently (and deservingly) popular with American food writers, putting it on the short list of every food-loving American tourist. There are nights when it seems you hear nothing but English spoken here. But this has never compromised the dining at this warm and welcoming spot, where the preparation of superfresh fish and an excellent selection of moderately priced wines is as commendable today perhaps more so as it was in its nascent days of pre-trendiness. Much of the tourist-friendly atmosphere can be credited to the naturally hospitable Diane Rankin, the co-owner and dessert whiz who hails from Texas. She will eagerly talk you through a wondrous fish-studded menu. Her husband, Cesare Benelli, is known for his infallible talent in the kitchen. Together they share an admirable dedication to their charming gem of a restaurant the quality of an evening at Al Covo is tough to top in this town. Ristorante Corte...
Model Arts Centre (f Although this is a relatively new development in Sligo (it opened in 1991), it carries on the Yeatsean literary and artistic traditions. Housed in an 1850 Romanesque-style stone building that was originally a school, it offers nine rooms for touring shows and local exhibits by artists, sculptors, writers, and musicians. In the summer there are often poetry readings and arts lectures.
Even those not interested in strip shows usually pay a quick trip to the Reeperbahn just to see what the fuss is all about. You can certainly imagine writers like Charles Bukowski (Post Office, Tales of Ordinary Madness), Nelson Algren (Walk on the Wild Side) and Damon Runyon (Guys & Dolls) giving it the treatment. It has the seedy, lowlife quality needed.
Bloomsbury This district, a world within itself, is bound roughly by Euston Road to the north, Gower Street to the west, and Clerkenwell to the east. It is, among other things, the academic heart of London. You'll find the University of London, several other colleges, and many bookstores here. Writers like Virginia Woolf, who lived in the area (it figured in her novel Jacob's Room), have fanned the neighborhood's reputation as a place devoted to liberal thinking, arts, and sexual frankness. The novelist and her husband, Leonard, were unofficial leaders of a group of artists and writers known as the Bloomsbury Group. However, despite its student population, Bloomsbury is a fairly staid neighborhood. The heart of Bloomsbury is Russell Square, whose outlying streets are lined with moderately priced to expensive hotels and B&Bs. It's a noisy but central place to stay. Most visitors come to visit the British Museum, one of the world's greatest repositories of treasures from around the...
New York City has inspired writers for hundreds of years, and filmmakers since the invention of the form. You may gain another level of understanding of the city by reading or watching some of the following novels, non-fiction works, or films. Following in Woody Allen's footsteps are director Rob Reiner and writer Nora Ephron, the team who made When Harry Met Sally in 1989. It's a gorgeous cinematic tribute to New York. By the way, the famous I'll have what she's having scene was filmed in Katz's Delicatessen (see Chapter 10 for more on this famous deli).
Writers and artists drawn to Aix-en-Provence have long heralded this exquisite place, calling it the Queen of Sweet Provence and the Athens of Southern France. This cosmopolitan city, founded in 122 b.c., is distinguished by its sculptured fountains, its golden-hued mansions, its regal cours Mirabeau (and the town's main boulevard), and the winding streets of the old town. Its cafes are packed with students, and its markets overflow with colorful produce. These qualities are quintessentially Aix (pronounced simply as ex ). It's a town rich with discoveries every corner you turn, you see an intriguing shop, a new restaurant, and a gurgling fountain. Aix's favorite painter is Paul C zanne, who loved to paint the countryside around Aix and whose last studio is just outside town.
The programme encompasses everything from classical music to popular content, ethno, jazz, chansons, film music, musicals, operettas, swing and Slovenian musical legends. Beside musicians, the programme also features actors, dancers, poets and writers, folklore groups and the Society of the pan-roasted potato, which takes care of the popularization of this truly tasty food.
Writers have sung Sintra's praises ever since Portugal's national poet, Luis Vaz de Camoes, proclaimed its glory in Os Lusiadas (The Lusiads). Lord Byron called it glorious Eden when he and John Cam Hobhouse included Sintra in their 1809 grand tour. English romantics thrilled to its description in Byron's autobiographical Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.
Nicholas I was the first ruler to open the collection to the public. During a visit to Germany in 1838 he was impressed by the museums he saw in Munich - specifically, by the idea of buildings that were architectural masterpieces in themselves, designed specifically to house and preserve artistic masterpieces. He employed German architect Leo von Klenze and local boy Vasily Stasov to carry out such a project in the proximity of the Winter Palace. The result was the 'neo-Grecian' New Hermitage, adorned by statues and bas-relief depicting great artists, writers and other cultural figures. After 11 years of work, the museum was opened to the public in 1852.
Throughout the 20th century, many talented writers were faced with silence, exile or death, as a result of the imposing standards of the Soviet system. Many accounts of Soviet life were samizdat publications, secretly circulated among the literary community. The Soviet Union's most celebrated writers - the likes of Boris Pasternak, Mikhail Bulgakov and Andrei Bitov - were silenced in their own country, while their works received international acclaim. When Nikita Khrushchev came to power in 1953, he relaxed the most oppressive restrictions on artists and writers. As this so-called 'thaw' slowly set in, a group of young poets known as 'Akhmatova's Orphans' started to meet at her apartment to read and discuss their work. The star of the group was the fiercely talented Joseph Brodsky. Brodsky seemed to have no fear of the consequences of writing his mind. In 1964 he was tried for 'social parasitism' and exiled to the north of Russia. His sentence was shortened after concerted...
Rizzoli (Map pp256-7 02 864 61 071 Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II) Unbeatable range of translated works by Italian writers, and Italy-inspired travel literature, along with English- and French-language novels. Touring Club Italiano (Map pp256-7 02 535 99 71 Corso Italia 10) Outstanding range of guidebooks and walking maps.
Many other American writers have at some time made their homes in the Village. As early as the 19th century, it was New York's literary hub and a hot spot for salons and other intellectual gatherings. Both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art came into being here, albeit some 60 years apart. The 20th century saw Greenwich Village transformed from a bastion of old New York families to a bohemian enclave of struggling writers and artists. Though skyrocketing rents made the Village less accessible to aspiring artists after the late 1920s, it remained a mecca for creative people so much so that almost every building is a literary landmark. Today, the high cost of housing here means that most modern Villagers are upwardly mobile professionals. There still are, however, plenty of resident throwbacks to the '60s, latter-day bohemians with multiple body piercings, earnest NYU students, gawking tourists, funky shops, and great cafes that keep this one of the...
For the more culturally oriented, Finland has some 1,500 events throughout the year. From outdoor concerts to opera festivals, from art exhibitions to international film festivals, the offering caters for all tastes. Finnish composers, conductors, opera singers and film directors feature among internationally acknowledged names. Theatres stage plays by international as well as Finnish writers. Films are easy to follow in Finnish cinemas as they are played using the original soundtrack with local-language subtitles.
Gambler's Book Shop Here you can buy a book on any system ever devised to beat casino odds. Owner Edna Luckman carries more than 4,000 gambling-related titles, including many out-of-print books, computer software, and videotapes. She describes her store as a place where gamblers, writers, researchers, statisticians, and computer specialists can meet and exchange information. On request, knowledgeable clerks provide on-the-spot expert advice on handicapping the ponies and other aspects of sports betting. The store's motto is knowledge is protection. Open Monday through Saturday from 9am until 5pm closed Sunday. 630 S. 11th St. (just off Charleston Blvd.). & 800 522-1777 or 702 382-7555. www.gamblersbook.com. Gamblers General Store A gambler's paradise stocked with a massive book collection, both antique and current slot machines, gaming tables (blackjack, craps, and so on), roulette wheels, collectible chips, casino dice, classic Vegas photos, and a ton of gaming-related souvenirs....
Gambler's Book Shop Here you can buy a book on any system ever devised to beat casino odds. Owner Edna Luckman carries more than 4,000 gambling-related titles, including many out-of-print books, computer software, and videotapes. She describes her store as a place where gamblers, writers, researchers, statisticians, and computer specialists can meet and exchange information. On request, knowledgeable clerks provide on-the-spot expert advice on handicapping the ponies and other aspects of sports betting. The store's motto is knowledge is protection. Open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm, closed Sunday. 630 S. 11th St. (just off Charleston Blvd.). & 800 522-1777 or 702 382-7555. www.gamblersbook.com.
There are also some good sites on the Internet that specialize in providing cruise information rather than selling cruises. Two terrific sites that are dedicated to cruising in general (rather than linked with one line) are Cruisemates.com and Cruisecritic.com. On these sites, there are reviews by professional writers as well as ratings by cruise passengers, plus useful tips, frequent chat opportunities, and message boards. In addition, nearly all the cruise lines have their own sites, which are chock-full of information some even offer virtual tours of specific ships. You will find the website addresses for the various cruise companies in our cruise-line reviews in chapters 5 and 6.
A heavy drinker, nightly frequented a bar called the Golden Swan (more familiarly known as the Hell Hole or Bucket of Blood ) where the small park now stands. The bar was patronized by prostitutes, gangsters, longshoremen, anarchists, politicians, artists, and writers. O'Neill later used the bar as a setting for his play The Iceman Cometh, a script that was 12 years in the writing. Eccentric owner Tom Wallace, on whom O'Neill Original owner Lee Chumley was a radical labor sympathizer who held secret meetings of the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) on the premises. Chumley's has long been a writer's bar. Its walls are lined with book jackets of works by famous patrons who, over the years, have included Edna St. Vincent Millay (she once lived upstairs), John Steinbeck, Eugene O' Neill, e.e. cummings, Edna Ferber, John Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Theodore Dreiser, William Faulkner, Gregory Corso, Norman Mailer, William Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Lionel Trilling, Harvey...
Golden Era Building, erected around 1852 and named after the literary magazine, Golden Era, which was published here. Some of the young writers who worked on the magazine were known as The Bohemians they included Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and Bret Harte (who began as a typesetter here). Clemens and Harte were different in every way possible Clemens was a sloppy dresser but a quick-witted writer Harte was An active participant in the Beat movement, Ferlinghetti established his shop as a meeting place where writers and bibliophiles could (and still do) attend poetry readings and other events. A vibrant part of the literary scene, the well-stocked bookshop prides itself on its collection of art, poetry, and political paperbacks.
St-Paul's history can be traced back to the 6th century B.C., when a fortified enclosure was built here. The site came under Roman rule in 154 B.C. and prospered as a key stop on an east-west trading route. The castle on the top of the hill was built in the 12th century, as was the Romanesque church nearby. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the village became prosperous as a provincial capital and took on the look it retains today. In the 20th century, celebrities discovered St-Paul, and artists, writers, and filmmakers flocked to the village. Expensive hotels and restaurants soon followed. A short walk from the entrance to the village is the Fondation Maeght, one of the best modern art museums in France.
Slovenian is a very special language. But if you learn some Slovenian words and phrases, you will soon grow fond of it, but even more so, the Slovenians will become attached to you. They are convinced that their language is very difficult. What is actually exotic is the fact that a language exists spoken by just two million people, and that this is the language in which well-known writers (Drago Jancar) and poets (Tomaz Salamun) write.
Still partly owned by Russian Railways and the trade union of railway workers, the broadsheet had writers of the calibre of Mikhail Bugakov (author of The Master and Margarita) working for it in the 1920s and 1930s. In today's competitive media market, Gudok takes a populist approach to news coverage. You should be able to find it - only available in Cyrillic - on sale at stations across the country.
Housed in the south wing of the Shereme-tyev Palace (1750-55), this touching and fascinating literary museum celebrates the life and work of Anna Akhmatova. St Petersburg's most famous 20th-century poet lived here from 1924 until 1952, as this was the apartment of her common-law husband Nikolai Punin. The apartment is on the 2nd floor and is filled with mementos of the poet and correspondence with other writers. The atmosphere is peaceful and contemplative. It's also an interesting chance to see the interior of an (albeit atypical) apartment from the early to mid-20th century.
Polish literature has always been inextricably linked to the historical development of the country, as the political situation, particularly over the last two centuries, has not always favoured freedom of speech. Many writers were forced to emigrate, while those who remained were often obliged to publish their works in other countries. Poland boasts four winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature Henryk Sienkiewicz, Wladyslaw S. Reymont, Czeslaw Milosz and Wislawa Szymborska.
Miles Franklin (1879-1954) wrote My Brilliant Career (1901), considered the first authentic Australian novel. After coming out it caused a sensation, especially when it was revealed that Miles was a woman. Another gender bender was Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson, who worked under the pseudonym of Henry Handel Richardson and is now regarded as one of Australia's most important early-20th-century writers. Multi-award-winning Australian writers of international stature include Patrick White (the only Australian ever to have won the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1973), Thomas Keneally (Booker Prize-winner 1982) and Peter Carey (Booker Prize-winner 1988 and 2001), as well as Commonwealth Writers Award-winners David Malouf, Murray Bail, Alex Miller, Tim Win ton, Richard Flanagan and Kate Grenville. Other reliable reads include Neil Drinnan, Graeme Aitken, Peter Robb, Kate Jennings, Robert Dessaix and John Birmingham. For poetry look out for the The New South Wales (NSW) Premier's Awards...
Theatre's tattered flag is still kept flying, however, by the efforts of some excellent writers and companies. Brian Friel and Tom Murphy are the country's leading established playwrights neither is from Dublin although most of their work premieres here, often in the Gate Theatre. Rough Magic, one of the most successful independent companies of recent years, specialises in bringing new works to Ireland and new Irish writers to the stage, so the future may be very bright indeed for a bunch of new writers like Michael Collins, John Comiskey, Oonagh Kearney, Gina Moxley and Arthur Riordan. The present is also pretty shiny for the likes of Enda Walsh, author of Disco Pigs (1996) and Bedbound (2000), with the former made into a film starring Cillian Murphy. Mark O'Rowe, who presented an electrifying picture of gangland Dublin in his award-winning Howie the Rookie (1999) and followed it with Made in China (2001) and Crest all (2003), is one of the very hot names in the contemporary scene,...
Acclaimed and criticised throughout his life, Leonardo Sciascia is one of the most important Italian writers of the 20th century. He proudly claimed to have been the first Sicilian writer to directly tackle the contentious subject of the Mafia, in The Day of the Owl. It was a topic that fascinated and tormented him until the day he died. Although radically opposed to the activities of organised crime, he was sensitive to the paradoxical nature of Cosa Nostra, which he considered to be against Sicily yet an intangible part of its social and cultural fabric. Despite his political activities, Sciascia is still remembered as one of the best writers to have emerged from Sicily. His other great novels include A ciascuno ilsuo (To Each His Own 1966), and II consiglio d'egitto (The Council of Egypt) and Todo modo (One Way or Another), both published in 1974. His simple and direct approach to narrative marked him as one of the great stylists of the 20th century, while his often-black humour...
The local culture is alive in the traditional festivals and events which animate villages and towns. There are both religious and lay traditions, stemming from long long ago and perpetuated by young and old people ready to welcome guest tourists in the public squares. On the coast and in the valleys, in town and villages, each month of the year is an opportunity to evoke the past the history of medieval castles and their dwellers marquees and damsels the revolutionary and inflamed times of Napoleonic battles the peasant propitiatory rites of pagan origin the Christian calendar festivals, with huge bonfires and parades, when the precious wooden cases of the Confraternities, full of silver objects and tradition, are brought through the streets. There are also horse-races and sailing-races, an opportunity for supporting the different districts of each villages fighting for victory the carnival is celebrated with masks and parades the towns streets are covered with flowers, the old Fiat...
Getting acquainted with San Francisco through the work of authors and filmmakers will provide an extra dimension to your trip and perhaps some added excitement when you happen upon a location you recognize from a favorite cinematic moment or literary passage. San Francisco's own Chronicle Books publishes a great variety of material on the city, for children, cooks, art and architecture students, and readers of memoir and fiction. One of Chronicle's best books to stimulate your interest and curiosity is San Francisco Stories Great Writers on the City, edited by John Miller. This collection of short pieces covers the personal and the political as recalled by acclaimed authors including Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, Tom Wolfe, and Amy Tan. To find out about a smaller, more intimate city, check out Good Life in Hard Times San Francisco in the '20s
London has nurtured (and aggravated) so many famous heroes, aristos, artists, writers, musicians, scientists, and all-round superstars that every other street boasts somebody's former home. English Heritage (& 020 7973-3000 www. english-heritage.org.uk) marks significant spots with a blue plaque, and there are now almost 800 stuck up on walls all over the city at Jimi Hendrix's Mayfair lair, at Mahatma Gandhi's student digs in Fulham, in Noel Road, Islington, where playwright Joe Orton lived until his murder in 1967. Last year, composer Benjamin Britten got plaqued, at 173 Cromwell Rd., SW5, his student digs while he was at the Royal College of Music (1931-33). Usually, a blue plaque is all that's left to mark the past, but there are a few exceptions. Carlyle's House (jf The bearded gent on the front wall plaque is writer and historian Thomas Carlyle, who lived in this Queen Anne terrace house from 1834 until he died in 1881. Many famous friends visited the Sage of Chelsea here,...
The vastness of much American landscape militates against such a comfortable conjunction of habitation and nature, but some regions seem cast in the same mold. One of them, the southern Berkshires, in southwestern Massachusetts, caught the eye of wealthy Bostonians and New Yorkers at the end of the 19th century, and their presence brought painters, sculptors, writers, and musicians to the mountains. The result is a treasure-trove of nature and culture.
Located 29km (18 miles) northeast of Cheltenham, Broadway is a picture-perfect Cotswold village. Saxons first settled the village in the sixth century. In the 16th century, Broadway became an important stagecoach stop. During the Victorian age, Broadway's charm and tranquillity drew painters and writers. Today, visitors come to bask in the ambience of the golden-yellow stone buildings, which mostly date from the 16th century through Georgian times. Broadway doesn't have the kind of tourist attractions that Bourton-on-the-Water has, but day-trippers still pack the village during the summer tourist season. Visitors come here to stroll, shop, and have lunch or afternoon tea. High Street has so many upscale shops that you sometimes hear it called the Bond Street of the Cotswolds (a reference to London's chic shopping street).
The 12th-century historian Geoffrey of Monmouth - a notoriously unreliable scholar - was the first to lay down the basics of Arthur's biography, including his birth and death (c AD 500-42), as well as his genealogy, childhood and ascension to the throne. But Geoffrey almost certainly used a large dollop of Celtic myth to embellish his historical facts, and it's possible he just made much of it up for the sake of a good yarn (naughty chap). However the seed of Arthur's legend had been sewn later writers including Chr tien de Troyes and Thomas Mallory substantially embellished the story, and Mallory's epic poem Le Morte d'Arthur, published in the late 15th century, inspired later retellings including Tennyson's idylls of the King and TH White's The Once & Future King.
Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill Send ahead for a brochure, and you could work some learning into your vacation. A great many celebrated writers and artists from poet Alan Dugan to painter Edith Vonnegut emerge from their summer hideaways to offer courses, lectures, and exhibits at this bustling little complex, an 1880s horse barn with windmill (now home to the administrative offices). The roster changes slightly from year to year, but you can rest assured that the stellar instructors will be at the top of their form in this stimulating environment. The center also offers lots of children's workshops for artists age 7 and up. Castle Hill Evenings, which are 5 lectures and readings, take place Tuesdays in July and August at 8pm at the Wellfleet Library.
Every August, a mini-village of marquees is erected in the beautiful Georgian surroundings of Charlotte Square Gardens in the city centre. This temporary village plays host to two weeks of book-related events and talks by a variety of writers, from novelists and poets to those who specialize in cook books or children's fiction. Scottish authors are always well represented.
From the end of June to the beginning of October, visitors to West Point can take a ferry out to Constitution Island, nearly forgotten in the middle of the Hudson River 900 feet east of the military academy. The tiny island (287 acres) is home to the 1836 Warner mansion, the fully furnished Victorian home of the writers Susan and Anna Warner (Susan was the author of the million-selling Wide, Wide World), and Revolutionary War ruins of Fort Constitution (chains were floated across the Hudson here to delay advancing British troops). The sisters, who never married, lived on the island until their deaths (they are buried at West Point Cemetery). Costumed docents lead visitors on a most unexpected view of American history from the middle of one of its most historic rivers, and kids love it. Reservations are essential, as tours are limited to 40 ferries leave from the South Dock at West Point. Tours are given Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 25 to October 2, at 1pm and 2pm www....
Xlcheng District The western half of the city center is home to Zhong Nan Hai, the off-limits central government compound otherwise known as the new Forbidden City, Bei Hai Gongyuan, and Bai Ta Si (White Dagoba Temple). The Back Lakes (Shicha Hai) & Di'an Men This area, with its sublime public lakes and well-preserved hutong, is where the last fading ghosts of Old (pre-1949) Beijing reside. It's popular among writers,
When visitors and travel guide writers gush about Lijiang, they're really referring to its raison d'etre, the old town (gucheng), built over 800 years ago during the Southern Song dynasty. A delightful maze of twisting cobblestone streets and Naxi-style homes and shops, increasingly of the souvenir variety, the old town still affords glimpses of traditional Naxi life as residents go about their daily lives despite the staggering crowds and the increasingly commercial tenor of the whole place.
Horse lovers, poets, writers, photographers, yogis, Buddhist practitioners or plain old refugees of commercialism are all welcome at the Bunkhan Camp, a lovely ger camp set deep in the Khangai mountains. The camp, 42km south of Tsetserleg, is operated by an American couple, anthropologist Carroll Dunham and photographer Thomas Kelly, and their Mongolian partners Gerlee and Toroo.
discovered by artists, writers, and bon vivants, Hydra, like Mykonos, is not the place to go to experience traditional village life. The island has been declared a national monument and cars have been banished, which makes it blessedly quiet (although motorcycles are beginning to infiltrate the scene). One drawback There's almost no decent beach, but lots of places to swim off the rocks. Despite the hydrofoils that link Hydra with other islands and the mainland, the island manages
Polish Romantic poetry played an important role in keeping nationalist sentiment alive. The outstanding writers of that time, Adam Mickiewicz, Juliusz Slowacki and Zygmunt Krasinski, wrote outside Poland. To this day, their work forms the canon of patriotic literature, whose jewel in the crown is Mickiewicz's Pan Tadeusz, which is both a nostalgic evocation of the vanishing traditions of the nobility and a vision of the emergence of more modern social attitudes. Also notable at this time was the comedy writer Aleksander Fredro, whose works include Revenge (Zemsta) and Husband and Wife (Mqz i Zona). Another writer who holds a prominent place in the history of Polish Romantic literature is Cyprian Kamil Norwid, regarded as the precursor of modernism. Eliza Orzeszkowa (1840-1910) and Boleslaw Prus (1847-1912) are the principal figures in the next phase of the development of the Polish novel. Another major writer of this time was Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846-1916), best known in Poland for...
Patmos is mentioned only briefly by ancient writers (Thucydides, Strabo, Pliny the Elder, and Tacitus), and little is known of its ancient history. The island was settled by the Dorians and later by the Ionians. Ancient ruins on the island attest to the inhabitation of the island during the Hellenistic period, a time when Patmos, along with the islands of Lipsos and Leros, belonged to the territory controlled by Miletus. These islands served as buffer islands, guarding and protecting the city of Miletus. Inscriptions from the island provide evidence of a temple of Artemis and a gymnasium on the island. Information about Patmos during the Roman period is scarce. Christian tradition, based on Revelation 1 9, claims Patmos as the site where John was exiled at the end of the 1st century c.e. by the Roman emperor Domitian. Whereas the Roman historian Tacitus does name three other islands in the Aegean (Donusa, Gyarus, and Amorgus) as islands where the Romans exiled or banished political...
Crossing Broadway from the Jackson Square area and settling in. They quickly established restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and other businesses familiar to them from their homeland. The Beat Generation helped put North Beach on the map, with the likes of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg holding court in the area's cafes during the 1950s. Although most of the original Beat poets are gone, their spirit lives on in North Beach, which is still a haven for bohemian artists and writers. The neighborhood, thankfully, retains its Italian village feel it's a place where residents from all walks of life enjoy taking time for conversation over pastries and frothy cappuccinos. The building was demolished in 1959 but is fondly remembered for its historic importance as the power center of the city. Its tenants included artists and writers of all kinds, among them Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, Bret Harte, and Mark Twain. These men would gather nearly every day at the marble-floored, mahogany Bank Exchange...
The fortress is dominated by the Mosque of Mohammed Ali (Map p135). Modelled along classic Turkish lines, with domes upon domes upon domes, it took 18 years to build (183048), and its interior is all twinkling chandeliers and luridly striped stone. Perhaps the most evocative description of it is in Olivia Manning's The Levant Trilogy 'Above them Mohammed Ali's alabaster mosque, uniquely white in this sand-coloured city, sat with minarets pricked, like a fat, white, watchful cat'. Other writers have called it unimaginative and graceless and compared it to a toad. Beyond criticism, the mosque's patron lies in the marble tomb on the right as you enter. Note the glitzy clock in the central courtyard, a gift from King Louis-Philippe of France in thanks for the Pharaonic obelisk that adorns the Place
Poles are typically highly educated and highly cultured, with a firm grasp of their country's long and rich tradition in literature, poetry, performing arts, and film. The strong role of culture in everyday life is not surprising given the country's tragic history. For the 125 years, until 1918, that Poland ceased to exist as a country, it was quite literally a shared culture that held the people together. In modern times, it was this common cultural heritage that helped people to weather the Nazi and Soviet occupations, and to endure 40 years of Communist rule after World War II. Don't be surprised if your Polish hosts ask you if you've ever heard of this or that Polish romantic poet or postwar film director. And don't be surprised if they appear disappointed if you can't immediately come up with some insightful comment. Part of this disappointment is the feeling that if Polish history hadn't been so brutal, many of these writers and intellectuals would be as well known today as...
Known to the ancient Greek writers as Eumolpiade, the original settlement was invaded by Philip II of Macedon (father of Alexander the Great) in 342 B.C., who renamed it Philippopolis in honor of himself. Initially a frontier town, the city's strategic position on the Belgrade-Constantinople trade route ensured that it flourished under Roman rule (a period of which there is still ample proof, most notably the Roman theater, said to be the largest outside of Italy) but also that it would be invaded (and renamed) no fewer than six times.
Much has been made of research over the last two decades by Israeli historians (often called 'Post-Zionists'), who debunked the national myth that Israeli forces never cleared Palestinian populations from their villages. These historians even acknowledged atrocities by Israeli soldiers. Some 60,000 Arabs were expelled from Lydda and Ramla by Israeli soldiers, for example, while those in Nazareth, the city of Jesus' birth, were largely left undisturbed to avoid angering Western Christians. But the researchers didn't go as far as some of the pro-Palestinian writers who latched onto these 'New Historians' would have you believe.
Kenmare Bookshop This shop specializes in books on Ireland, particularly biographies and books by Irish writers, as well as maps and guides to the surrounding area. Offerings include ordinance survey maps, walking and specialist guides, and marine charts. There are also art cards and craft items relating to the Book of Kells. Shelbourne St., Kenmare, County Kerry. & 064 41578.
Geographically, Nova Scotia is very close to being an island. Between the New Brunswick towns of Port Elgin and Aulac, 15 miles apart at the end of the Cumberland Basin, and Amherst and the village of Tidnish facing them on the Nova Scotia side of the border, lies only the great Tantramar Marsh. It is the largest in the world, so vast that, except for the highway and a narrow road between Port Elgin and Tidnish Bridge, it forms an impenetrable barrier to the mainland. The marsh is an important waterfowl and bird sanctuary and breeding ground. The broad, gentle sweep of its grasses and the almost ethereal light that hovers over them has served as an inspiration to hundreds of Canadian poets and writers.
Exposure to the outside world, the Chinese are finding new forms of self-expression that were previously frowned upon by the communist authorities. Artists and writers are freeing themselves from earlier political restraints, contributing to a burgeoning literary and art scene that has been stifled for many years. Censorship is still common, though what defines something as 'taboo' or 'off limits' can be arbitrary.
No other figure in world literature is more closely connected with St Petersburg than Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-81). He was among the first writers to navigate the murky waters of the human subconscious, blending powerful prose with psychology, philosophy and spirituality. Born in Moscow, Dostoevsky moved to the imperial capital in 1838, aged 16, to begin his literary and journalistic career. Amidst the epic novels of Pushkin, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, an absurdist short-story writer like Nikolai Gogol (1809-52) sometimes gets lost in the annals of Russian literature. But his troubled genius created some of Russian literature's most memorable characters, including Akaki Akak-ievich, tragicomic hero of The Overcoat, and the brilliant Major Kovalyev, who chases his errant nose around St Petersburg in The Nose. Gogol came to St Petersburg from his native Ukraine in 1829, and wrote and lived here for a decade before spending his final years abroad. He was not impressed by the legendary...
The following days saw constant demonstrations by students, artists and writers, and in the end by most of the populace. Though news of the uprising was officially kept from many Czechoslovaks, demonstrations spread throughout the country, culminating in a rally of 750,000 people on Letna Hill in Prague. Leading dissidents, with Vaclav Havel at the forefront, formed the Anti-Communist Civic Forum that negotiated for the government's resignation on 3 December. A Government of National Understanding was formed, with the communists as minority members. Havel was elected president of the republic by the federal assembly on 29 December 1989, and Alexander Dubcek was elected speaker of the national assembly.
Copper and diamonds - that would be processed elsewhere. Railways and roads were designed to link the interior with coastal ports, not one African nation with its neighbour. Today, it is still easier to fly from Zambia to Britain or from Togo to France, than it is to travel east to west across the continent. For Frantz Fanon, that orientation formed the basis of a morale-sapping inferiority complex. 'What is often called the black soul is a white man's artefact,' he wrote. If true, it may explain why 70,000 of Africa's brightest head abroad each year to join the diaspora and why 40 of African savings are held outside the continent. Even today, despite determined attempts by writers such as Chinua Achebe and Ngugi Wa Thiongo to reestablish a proud African identity, Africans often seem more interested in the antics of their former colonial masters than in events across the border.
Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) put us on the map with her still-admired short stories set in New Zealand (though she spent most of her adult life in Europe). Among contemporary fiction writers, Keri Hulme won the prestigious Booker McConnell Prize for The Bone People in 1985 Janet Frame is famous for Owls Do Cry, An Angel at My Table, and several others Owen Marshall is perhaps our finest living short-story writer and the late Barry Crump is a legend of a completely unique, raw, backcountry style, having produced books like A Good Keen Man and Hang On a Minute Mate. Top Maori writers include Witi Ihi-maera, Patricia Grace, and Alan Duff. In addition, Maurice Gee, Maurice Shadbolt, Fiona Kidman, and Lauris Edmond all warrant attention.
Covent Garden's history is quite different from its present-day character it was a site of a convent (hence, 'covent') and its garden in the 13th centuiy, owned by Westminster Abbey, which became the property of John Russell, the first Earl of Bedford, in 1552. The area developed thanks to his descendants, who employed Inigo Jones to convert a vegetable field into a piazza in the 17th centuiy. He built the elegant Italian-style piazza, flanked by St Paul's Church to the west, and its tall terraced houses soon started to draw rich socialites who coveted the central living quarters. The bustling fruit and veg market - immortalised in My Fair Lady-dominated the piazza. London society, including writers such as Pepys, Fielding and Boswell, gathered here in the evenings looking for some action among the coffee houses, theatres, gambling dens and brothels. Lawlessness became commonplace, leading to the formation of a volunteer police force known as the Bow Street Runners (see Georgian...
The Gothic and grand Westminster Abbey is one of London's most important and venerable historic sites. The present abbey dates mostly from the 13th and 14th centuries, but a church has been on this site for more than a thousand years. Since 1066, when William the Conqueror became the first English monarch to be crowned here, every successive British sovereign save two (Edward V and Edward VIII) has sat on the Coronation Chair to receive the crown and scepter. In the Royal Chapels, you can see the tomb of Henry VII, with its delicate fan vaulting, and the tomb of Queen Elizabeth I, buried in the same vault as her Catholic half-sister, Mary I, and not far from her rival, Mary Queen of Scots. In Poets' Corner, some of England's greatest writers (including Chaucer, Dickens, and Thomas Hardy) are interred or memorialized. Other points of interest include the College Garden Cloisters Chapter House and Undercroft Museum, which contains the Pyx Chamber, with its display of church plate...
There are many novels and collections of short stories by Maori writers, and personal taste will govern your choices. How about approaching Maori writing regionally Read Patricia Grace (Potiki, Cousins, Dogside Story, Tu) around Wellington, and maybe Witi Ihimaera (Pounamu, Pounamu, The Matriarch, Bulibasha, The Whale Rider) on the North Island's East Coast. Keri Hulme (The Bone People, Stonefish) and the South Island go together like a mass of whitebait bound in a frying pan by a single egg (ie very well). Read Alan Duff (Once Were Warriors) anywhere, but only if you want to be saddened, even shocked. Definitely take James George (Hummingbird, Ocean Roads) with you to Auckland's West Coast beaches and Northland's Ninety Mile Beach. Paula Morris (Queen of Beauty, Hibiscus Coast, Trendy but Casual) and Kelly Ana Morey (Bloom, Grace is Gone) - hmm, Auckland and beyond If poetry appeals you can't go past the giant of Maori poetry in English, the late, lamented Hone Tuwhare (Deep River...
ViW f The French writer Stendhal, while visiting Florence, was so overwhelmed r f by the aesthetic beauty of the Renaissance and so exhausted by trying Vj y to see absolutely everything that he collapsed. Stendhal's case is an extreme one, perhaps, but he's not the last one to break down from too much Europe.
The life of Roscommon native Dr Douglas Hyde (1860-1949), poet, writer and first president of Ireland, is celebrated at the Douglas Hyde Interpretive Centre (Gairdfn an Craoibhfn 094-987 0016 Frenchpark admission free S 2-5pm Tue-Fri, 2-6pmSat&SunMay-Sep). Outside the political arena, Hyde cofounded the Gaelic League in 1893 and spent a lifetime gathering Gaelic poems and folklore that might otherwise have been lost forever.
In 1973, a stay at the Stanley Hotel helped inspire Stephen King to write The Shining. King was experiencing what must have been a rare case of writer's block when he heard about Trail Ridge Road the road that runs through Rocky Mountain National Park closing for the winter. An idea took root. In King's book, the haunted Overlook Hotel is a dead ringer for the Stanley. Parts of the original film version show Timberline Lodge in Oregon, but the made-for-TV remake was set at the Stanley Hotel, and King himself oversaw the production.
If you want to feel like an American expat, join Patricia Laplante-Collins at one of her wonderful dinner parties for Americans and Europeans (and the rest of the world) in a flat on the Ile St-Louis almost every Sunday. There is always a guest speaker, perhaps a writer, actor, or historian you name it, Patricia hosts them all. The wine flows freely, the food is often fabulous, and the conversation better. The evening usually begins at 7 30pm. Minimum donation per person 20 ( 23). Reservations necessary a few days in advance. 35 quai d'Anjou, 4e ( 01-43-26-12-88 parissoirees noos.fr). M tro St-Paul or Pont Neuf.
As late (relatively speaking) as 1846, San Francisco was a sparsely populated town, described by the writer and California historian Robert Ernest Cowan as the squalid little village. A mere two years later, this sleepy collection of shacks and saloons multiplied almost overnight into a thriving, lawless, still squalid, but much larger burg and nothing not rampant corruption, numerous fires, or hordes of unsuccessful miners could keep endless waves of people from arriving here by ship or other means to seek their fortunes.
The writer would still recognise something of the area's former raffishness, if not the squalor. Just west of the square, across the Griboedova Canal, is the flat (Map pp236-7 ill Kaznacheyskaya 7) where the peripatetic writer (he occupied around 20 residences in his 28-year stay in the city) wrote Crime and Punishment the route taken by the novel's antihero Raskolnikov to murder the old woman moneylender passed directly under the author's window. The old woman lived at flat 74, naberezhnaya kanala Griboedova 104 you can visit the hallway outside the flat (residents are quite used to it). Entering from the canal side, walk straight back to entrance No 5 (apartments 22-81) the flat's on the 3rd floor.
A graduate of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas who's lived in Vegas for 35 years, Anthony Zuiker worked for The Mirage as a graveyard-shift tram driver, bellboy, and ad writer before he was inspired to create CSI, currently the number-one-rated TV show in the country. Here are Zuiker's seven favorite Las Vegas flicks and what he thinks about them
Pop music in Romania is alive and well, pumped out on the nation's radios and on maxitaxi dusty cassette players. Radio stations have a tendency of playing the same few songs repeatedly through the day you may think the stations only have five CDs to choose from - and two of those are by tacky 1980s holdouts. Two of the most internationally-recognised Romanians are Michael Cretu, writer and producer for l .nigma and Sandra, and Gheorghe Zamfir, a pan-flautist whose wispy music often inspires groans.
Where you can purchase tickets to visit the Jewish Cemetery Str Szilagyi Istvan a couple of blocks south of the centre
Elie Wiesel, the Jewish writer and 1986 Nobel Peace Prize-winner who coined the term 'Holocaust', was born in (and later deported from) Sighet. Elie Wiesel's house is on the corner of Strs Dragoj Voda and Tudor Vladimirescu. His autobiography, La Nuit (The Night), was the first account ever published of the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps in WWII. On Str Gheorghe Doja is a monument to the victims of the Holocaust.
This is a region of river valleys, fields of olive, almond and citrus trees and magnificent ruins. Within the evocative stone-walled checkerboard lie a series of handsome towns Ragusa, Modica and Noto. Shattered by a devastating earthquake in 1693, they were rebuilt in the ornate and much-lauded Sicilian baroque style that lends the region a honey-coloured cohesion and collective beauty. Writer Gesu-aldo Bufalino described the southeast as an 'island within an island' and, certainly, this pocket of Sicily has a remote, genteel air - a legacy of its glorious Greek heritage.
This small museum is located in the house where Jozef Mehoffer (1854-1946), the leading Art Nouveau stained-glass artist, lived. It contains furnishings made by Mehoffer as well as examples of his artistic output, including the captivating Portrait of the Artist's Wife. The well-known artist and writer Stanislaw Wyspianski (1869-1907) also lived in the house.
First, I want to thank Elise Ford, an accomplished travel writer who brought me to Frommer's in the first place and has provided invaluable guidance ever since. I also want to thank my mother, Anna Mae Price my daughter, Julie, who continually helps me learn new things about Washington and, of course, Susan, who is always my most important collaborator.
Formerly the home of French actor writer Sacha Guitry, this Belle Epoque property boasts 25 rooms. The hotel is set high in a residential district, about a five-minute drive up from the center of town and within walking distance of the Chagall Museum. The interior retains its elegant details, including sculpted ceiling moldings and paneled walls. The commons rooms and guest rooms are furnished with antiques some units open onto terraces and distant sea views. An attractive garden is on the property.
Countryside elegance describes this tree-surrounded villa housing this hotel located by the entrance of Villa Adriana. The few guest rooms are very nicely appointed, with some antiques. Bathrooms are good-size and modern. Suite 14, with a splendid view over Hadrian's Villa, was where the writer Marguerite Yourcenar stayed for a while, perhaps getting ideas for her famous novel Memoirs of Hadrian. The restaurant is excellent (see review above).
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the author of DonQuijote, spent much of his adult life living in Madrid and, unsurprisingly, he chose the Barrio de las Letrasfor his home. A plaque (dating from 1834) above the door of Calle de Cervantes 2 announces that Spain's most famous writer lived and later died at this address in 1616. Sadly, the house was torn down in the early 19th century. When Cervantes died his body was interred around the corner at the Convento de San lldefonso de las Trinitarias (Calle de Lope de Vega 16), which is marked by another plaque. Still home to cloistered nuns, the convent is closed to the public, which saves the authorities' embarrassment at the fact that no-one really knows where in the convent the bones of Cervantes lie.
If you're travelling through Wales, it won't take you long to notice the country's most striking architectural asset castles. There are around 600 in all, giving Wales the dubious honour of being Europe's most densely fortified country. Most were built in medieval times, first by William the Conqueror, then by other Anglo-Norman kings, to keep a lid on the Welsh. In the late 13th century, Edward I built the spectacular castles at Caernarfon, Harlech, Conwy and Beaumaris - now jointly listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Other castles to see include Rhuddlan, Denbigh, Criccieth, Raglan, Pembroke, Kidwelly, Chepstow and Caerphilly. Great for visitors, of course, but a sore point for patriotic Welsh the writer Thomas Pennant called them 'the magnificent badge of our subjection'.
Built sometime around 1520 by writer and scholar Francisco Tostado, this house is noted for a beautiful double Gothic window above its door. Believed to be the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, it was designed in honor of Queen Isabela (a style called Isabelina ). The house was later occupied by Tostado's son, a poet who found himself on the wrong end of one of Drake's can-nonballs in 1586. It's now the home of the Museum of the Nineteenth Century Dominican Family, which will give you a glimpse into how wealthy Dominicans lived during the 1800s. (Open Mon-Sat, 9 am-4 pm RD 20.)
Shirley Fong-Torres, a local writer and personality, has been operating Chinatown food tours for 20 years. The three-and-a-half-hour walk manages to demystify the exotic rather irreverently. It includes running commentary about the history of this fascinating neighborhood and stops at an artist's studio, a one-room temple, a market, an herbal shop, and a tea company, where you're treated to a tasting. Shirley's company, Wok Wiz Chinatown Walking Tours & Cooking Center, 654 Commercial St., between Kearny and Montgomery streets ( 415-981-8989 www. wokwiz.com), schedules the tours daily at 10 a.m. They cost 40 for adults and 35 for kids under 11 (dim sum lunch included). The popular North Beach neighborhood reaches new heights of giddiness on Saturdays when food writer GraceAnn Walden (www.graceann walden.net) leads Mangia North Beach, a four-and-a-half-hour, 80 walking, eating, shopping, and history tour. GraceAnn and her followers traipse in and out of a deli, a chocolate shop, a...
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was a restless character. Raised in Edinburgh, he found the place unsuitable for his frail constitution. This, combined with his wanderlust, meant that he spent much of his life traveling and living outside his native Scotland. The author has been alternately hailed as Scotland's greatest writer and dismissed as nothing more than the creator of tall tales for children, though surely the former is more accurate. He was the son of Margaret and Thomas Stevenson, born into a family famed for its Scottish civil engineering projects, especially lighthouses. RLS was a sickly child and, as a young adult, something of disappointment to his father. After he allowed his son to bow out of engineering and the lucrative family business, Thomas made Robert attend law school, vowing that the devious and barren paths of literature were not suitable. RLS, undaunted, became a writer and a bit of rogue. One of his favorite bars still stands today Rutherford's on...
At this point the narrative of the Book of Acts shifts to the first-person plural, perhaps indicating that the writer now accompanies Paul in this phase of his work. (Some scholars believe that this style is a literary device typical of travel narratives.) This writer remains unidentified, but traditionally he has been identified as Luke, the beloved physician (Col 4 14). In any case, the writer describes the direct journey to Samothrace, apparently made in one day, where it was customary for ships to anchor for the night rather than risk a tricky and dangerous night voyage to the opposite coast. The winds must have been favorable for this trip, since the same return journey from Philippi to Troas on Paul's third missionary journey took five days instead of two (Acts 20 6).
Fiji will always have a special place in Mark's heart, as it was there he failed his first driving test. Mark is a features writer for Good Weekend magazine in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Melbourne Age. He began life in England, where he squandered every opportunity offered, before reinventing himself in Australia at the age of 26. He has travelled to more than 60 countries, and written travel stories for many newspapers and magazines including the Guardian and the Times. He was once an editor-in-chief of a group of men's magazines and - all too briefly - Harness Racing News. He is the author of Sex & Money - ostensibly about men's magazines - but actually about him. Mark lives in Sydney.
Travel writer Bill Bryson puts the point this way When you grow up in America you are inculcated from the earliest age with the belief no, the understanding that America is the richest and most poewrful nation on earth because God likes us best. It has the most perfect form of government, the most exciting sporting events, the tastiest food and amplest portions, the largest cars, most productive farms, the most devastating nuclear arsenal and the friendliest, most decent and most patriotic folks on earth. Countries just don't come any better. (1989, 270-71) There are obviously many exceptions to the preceding generalizations. The main exceptions are those Americans who have lived or at least traveled extensively in other countries and those who have in some other way had extensive experience with people from abroad. Many Americans will also make an exception for a foreigner who has demonstrated some skill, personality trait, or intellectual capability that commands respect. British...
Owner Amy Slate, known for arranging the best underwater weddings in the world, coined the resort's name when a huge moray eel crashed one of her lavish underwater ceremonies. A guest People Magazine writer titled a story about the event That's Amoray, and the name stuck.
And abundance of plants gives Sissinghurst a romance uniquely its own. The writer Vita Sackville-West and her diplomat husband, Sir Harold Nicolson, bought the ruined castle in 1930 and jointly created the gardens. Harold designed the various compartments or rooms of the garden, and Vita furnished them with plants, trees, and shrubs that provide color all year round. See Chapter 23 for more about Vita Sackville-West.
Our very own 'Oscars' are even more exclusive than the showbiz variety they dish out at Hollywood every year. We award them every two years to outstanding people and places involved in tourism. Here are our latest winners, described by judge and travel writer David Atkinson, author of the Lonely Planet Wales guide.
A dream of Manhattan, arising from the South China Sea. For succinctness, modern travel writer Pico Iyer's description of Hong Kong has yet to be bettered. From opium port to Cold War enclave to frenetic financial capital, Hong Kong has never been boring. This is the hedonistic engine room of cultural fusion East meets West in high style, and the results astonish and delight. Prepare to experience one of the most dramatic urban environments ever conceived.