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Grab your backpacks and your hiking boots and get ready to go mountaineering, armchair style, for our July Quest Across the Alps. We are headed to the Alpine region of Europe which runs through 8 countries: Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia, and Switzerland. Whether you choose to take a guided or self guided tour through the region, go on a video quest for Alpine literature with Valere Staraselski, Ales Steger, Helena Janeczek, and Bernhard Aichner. Learn more with Literature of the Alpines, Eight books inspired by chilly Switzerland, Rick Steves Recommended Books and Movies of Switzerland and Austria, and NPR's This Trip Through the Alps is a Little Bumpy. Also travel in the footsteps of our author choices of the month with Umberto Eco and Simonetta Agnello Hornby.
Our Blossom Bookology flower of the month is Edelweiss which is the national flower of Austria and a national symbol for Switzerland of rugged purity. There are a number of directions to go for this month's challenge. Read one book per letter using either the title and/or the first or last name of the author. Yes, you can mix it up. You may read a book with the name of the flower, color of the flower in the title, or on the cover. Another possibility is a book which takes place in the time period or flower's country of origin or has some cultural significance and/or symbolism of the flower. The choices are unlimited.
Our Brit Trip is taking us to Fosse Way where we start in Cornwall. Located in the southwest corner of England it is surrounded by beaches and is one of the sunniest locations in England. Not surprisingly it also has a higher than average percentage of retired people as its population. It is also the setting of the English fairy tale Jack the Giant Killer.
Rabbit trails: St Michael’s Mount, Royal Albert Bridge by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, The house that inspired ‘Rebecca’, The Cornwall of Daphne du Maurier
Whether you are traipsing through the mountains or strolling the beaches, remember to stop and smell the flowers as we welcome in July and another new armchair travel adventure.
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