The World Cup is exactly one month away, and this means that soon South Africa, and all of its beauty and problems, will once again take center stage on the international playing field. I was there about a year ago, and it was my first time on the Continent. Before this trip, I had been [...]
Entries Tagged as 'Recommended sights'
May 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Betty, Novelty, Recommended sights
May 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Betty, Recommended sights
Big Sky Country. I was there this past weekend, and it’s true. The sky didn’t disappoint. If you’ve never been to Montana, their state slogan could fall a bit flat. But the moment you arrive, it really does appear as if the sky is larger, more luminous, than anywhere you’ve been before.
May 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Lia, Favorite Bookstores, Recommended sights, Shop talk, Urban archipelagos
What’s a sign of a fantastic bookstore? How about these three elements: Books piled high on square wooden tables, just calling out to you to browse. An owner on-site, recommending books with careful consideration. An enticing front door and window display (and extra points if it’s the perfect shade of red): Welcome to the Red [...]
April 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Novelty, Recommended sights, Transportation bliss, Urban archipelagos
I had a fabulous long-weekend trip to New York. Recently, I overheard some Seattleites discussing how they hated New York–the crowds, the noise, the general dirtiness you feel in your hair and on your shoes at the end of the day. So here’s my passionate defense of the city as an awesome place for travelers to enjoy, and [...]
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March 20th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Novelty, Recommended sights
Last night, I saw The Runaways, and I can’t stop thinking about a few things: Los Angeles Glam rock Knee-high sparkly silver platform boots–and how it could possibly be that I don’t have a pair The movie was a better-than-average bio pic (which is a low bar), but mostly, the visuals are what will stay [...]
March 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Lia, Favorite Bookstores, Recommended sights
Best bookstore slogan ever: Books you don’t need in a place you can’t find. Back when I was a starving student, I’d camp out in the coffee shop of the Book Mill, located in Montague, Mass. During one particularly broke period, I would longingly visit a book I wanted on a regular basis. The owner [...]
March 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Favorite Bookstores, Novelty, Recommended sights
Our destination: the brooding, beautiful, lush mountains and beaches of the north Oregon Coast, including my favorite town of Manzanita. If you have a weekend or so to spend, these are the area’s best beaches, cafes, and places to visit, including a bookstore and–not kidding–a nearby dump.
February 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Favorite Bookstores, Obsessed with the Dutch, Recommended sights, Shop talk
For pure charm within the heart of Amsterdam, I love this corner pictured above, complete with the Athenaeum Boekhandel. That store strikes me as slightly quirkier than the Selexyz branch nearby–it’s chock full of amazing art books, postmodernist musings, and novels by an embarrassing number of authors I’ve never heard of.
February 6th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Novelty, Recommended sights, Shop talk, Slightly unnatural love of luggage and bags
I have been obsessively thinking about Oahu, and only partially because of Tuesday’s brilliant Lost premier (and all the show-related Lost sights I like). It’s also because of the great souvies I picked up at a place called Muumuu Heaven, including this tote bag.
February 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Lia, Celeb spotting, Recommended sights
While there are exhaustive “Lost” lists online, I’m not going to recommend you to to a bank or bus stop just because Kate had a robbery there–it’s still just a bus stop or bank. These places are worth seeing for their own sightseeing value. Except for Liliha–which felt so much like a locals place that I was intimidated to take photos–all the following recommendations are in the photo gallery below.