The heaviest newspaper ever printed was the September 14, 1987 edition of the New York Times. It was 1,612 pages and weighed over 12 pounds. (For context, that’s about the same as one and a half gallons of milk).
Astronomy alert! A total lunar eclipse is happening tonight. For those reading from the Americas and Australia, pay special attention, because if the weather is clear you should make plans to check it out! A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon, Earth, and Sun are in near-perfect alignment. In other words, the Earth gets directly between the Sun and the Moon, blocking [...]
April 13-19 is National Library Week! Along with going to your local library and picking up some new reading material, it’s a lovely week to get out there and do some things that bring literature to life. We’ve posted before about The Hunger Games, The Great Gatsby, Percy Jackson, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Eat, Pray Love. Here are a few other activities to go along with your favorite works of wordcraft.
- A Literary Walking Tour of Greenwich Village. Retrace the footsteps of brilliant poet Dylan Thomas (you know, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light”?) in the beloved Manhattan neighborhood where he worked, performed, and ultimately drank himself to death.
- Nude, Lewd and Crude: An Evening Tour of North Beach. The heart of the Beat movement in San Francisco was here, where Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and more made history with the written word!
- The Beyond Good and Evil Tour and A Walk Through Midnight are both tours of Savannah inspired by Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a true tale of murder that bewitched the literary world.
- Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind Tour. See Atlanta and celebrate the South’s most famous work of fiction with an intimate examination of the author’s life.
- Lexington & Concord Group Sightseeing Tour. The political ideas behind our nation were largely conceived in Massachusetts, and our literary ideas follow suit: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson are some of the cornerstones of American letters.
If you’re visiting New Orleans, you’ll almost certainly be dropping by the famed French Quarter, so do yourself a favor and venture into the next neighborhood to the east, the Marigny (MARE-ih-nee). You’ll be rewarded with fewer crowds and a laid-back bohemian atmosphere. The main draw here for music, drinks and food is Frenchmen street — imagine a less-commercial, less-touristy Bourbon Street of yesteryear — but don’t hesitate to venture beyond it and immerse yourself in a vibrant neighborhood of quaint Creole cottages.
- Maurepas Foods. Order the grits! Or, if you’re just looking for drinks, enjoy some of the best cocktails around with a lovely crowd of regulars.
- d.b.a. A wide selection of beers on tap, and live music every night. What’s not to like?
- New Orleans Cake Café and Bakery. This slightly misleading name may lead you to overlook one of the top spots in town for a hearty sit-down breakfast. Omelettes, shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy and much more! And yes, they sell cakes as well.
- Mimi’s. Perhaps the best place to dine with a group of friends, Mimi’s is known for its tapas, but the steak is worth the trip as well.
- Who Dat Coffee Café. A quiet place away from the tourists to recharge and mingle with the locals.
Now that spring is finally here, it's time to get out there and breathe in the fresh air! Environmentally conscious travelers are happy to discover that every year, there are more and more ways to sightsee without contributing to pollution, thanks to the growing popularity...
If you’re visiting San Diego and want to branch out from popular tourist areas like the Gaslamp, head up to Hillcrest, which abuts Balboa Park on the northwest. It’s a delightfully walkable neighborhood packed with cafés, shops and cute Craftsman cottages.
- The Wiggly Bridge. Not afraid of heights? Brave the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge, a wobbly span over a lovely canyon. A fun secret, and one of the best photo ops in San Diego!
- Urban Mo’s Bar & Grill. Since Hillcrest is the most tolerant and inclusive San Diego neighborhood, you can’t overlook this LGBT-friendly bar. People of any orientation will enjoy the colorful decor, open-air seating and bottomless mimosas for brunch.
- Bronx Pizza. Even visiting NYCers praise this joint’s authentic slices and great deals.
- Hillcrest Food Walking Tour. Stroll in the sunshine, sample the local eats and learn all about the neighborhood from a friendly guide.
- Filter. With an eclectic hodgepodge of furniture (and clientele to match), the atmosphere takes center stage at this coffeehouse.
- Hillcrest Brewing Company. They’ve squeezed as much innuendo into their menu as possible, and the flavor of the beer measures up to the sassy attitude. Fill up a growler and take it home!
Our friends at El Monte RV put together a great road trip itinerary for the Sunshine State!
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