Bringing the world home: Books, the Algerian edition

Spring of 2020: days, weeks, months (we'll stop there) dominated by a vicious virus. The spring of corona. 'If the mountaine will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will goe to the mountaine', said Francis Bacon nearly 400 years ago. 'We can't travel the world. But [...]

Plantin-Moretus publishing house: a 16th century amazon.com.

In Belgium's second city, you’ll find the Plantin-Moretus Museum, a fascinating 16th century printing shop, publishing house and residence. Antwerp, then a city of 100 000 residents, was one of Europe's leading cities for printing and typography, with 140 bookshops, printers and publishers. Among these, Christophe Plantin was [...]

World at a Glance: The Memorial in the Engadin Valley

Thumbing through photos, I'm reminded of a little memorial I once saw in the Engadin Valley. On Piz Nair mountain just above St Moritz, I spotted a glass box in the distance. Practically pulled over, I was. By a strong impulse. Curiosity - and something else. There was no way I was not scrambling over to investigate.

2019-12-16T13:35:57+00:0026 March 2018|Idle musings, Switzerland|

Altkunkendorf: Ancient beech forest and a hypnotic village

Trees! In my search for world heritage, the important places on the planet, those worthy of special protection for the future, I sometimes find myself in somewhat curious situations. This time, I am looking for trees. Beech trees, to be specific. Fagus sylvatica. Of course, [...]

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