Blogs in July 2024

Midnight at the Pera Palace 16th July 2024

At midnight, December 31, 1925, citizens of the newly proclaimed Turkish Republic celebrated the New Year. For the first time ever, they had agreed to use a nationally unified calendar and clock.   Yet in Istanbul—an ancient crossroads and...

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The New Tourist: Waking Up to the Power and Perils of Travel 13th July 2024

A brilliantly evocative, surprising, and page-turning exploration of how tourism has shaped the world, for better and for worse—essential reading for anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the implications of their wanderlust. Through deep and perceptive dispatches from...

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Miami 11th July 2024

This is a surprising portrait of the pastel city, a masterly study of Cuban immigration and exile, and a sly account of vile moments in the Cold War. Miami may be the sunniest place in America but this is...

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Amuse Bouche: How to Eat Your Way Around France 27th June 2024

What makes a real salade niçoise? What type of cheese is officially France’s stinkiest? Why does the sandy carrot have such a superior flavour? And who exactly are the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Giant Omelette? Leading expert...

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Wabi Sabi 22nd April 2024

Wabi sabi (“wah-bi sah-bi”) is a captivating concept from Japanese aesthetics, which helps us to see beauty in imperfection, appreciate simplicity and accept the transient nature of all things. With roots in zen and the way of tea, the...

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