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Book Recommendations

What’s on your bookshelf? What are you thinking of reading next? You’ll never guess where I got a great list of book recommendations recently: Perkin’s Restaurant in Bloomington, MN! Yes, Perkin’s, home of the American-Flag-Flown-as-Advertising-Billboard and Pigs in a Blanket. A couple dozen of us gathered in a back room of Perkin’s, set with tables […]

Library Visit Aborted: Not Seeing the Biblioteca Nacional de España

On our last full day in Madrid this past December, I headed to the Biblioteca Nacional de España (the National Library of Spain). My plan was to sit down with a book of poetry or a random selection from the shelves, to wander and get a sense of the place, to take a couple photos, […]

Which Way’s Up for Japan Tourism?

While we were on our way to Japan it was announced that Tokyo would host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Over the next six weeks, I tried to imagine how visitors from around the world would find touring around Japan. Specifically, outside the Tokyo Games and the special arrangements for press and athletes, will Japan […]

5 Reasons to Take a River Cruise with Scenic Cruises

I’m the person who wants to win a European Scenic River Cruise for two and not take my husband. There’s someone else I have in mind. My friend, Kit, is my age, 60. For several years she’s been suggesting–sometimes gently, sometimes urgently–that those of us in book group together ought to celebrate our sixtieth birthdays […]

Autumn Leaves in Japan Alps

We didn’t make it quite to the top of the mountain, but our hike in the eastern part of the Japan Alps was on a completely clear Sunday. We could see snow-covered peaks to the Northwest, big stands of birch trees with leaves already turned to yellow, a cold mountain stream stumbling over rocks, and […]

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