Background reading: Europe

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Heading to Europe? Here’s a handy list of background reading: 300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson “[This] mesmerizing novel transports readers to a sunny Portuguese town with a shadowy past—where two women, decades apart, are drawn into a dark game of truth and lies that still haunts the shifting sea marshes.” [Portugal] The Alchemist […]


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Unbelievable. We finally seem to have made a virtual breakthrough with Leroy’s youngest sister, Stephanie. Perhaps it was all the postcards Solange and Leroy have sent her over the last few months, or maybe we just wore her down with our endless travel stories. She and her 10-year-old son Valentin agreed to meet us at […]


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Albania, Albania, with your 500,000 cold war bunkers, your Accursed Mountains named for a fairy tale, your beautiful beaches and tiny villages with houses painted lime green, aquamarine, peach and lavender, your dusty, potholed roads and your proud stoicism: I think you’re a secret treasure. After WW2, Albania became a Stalinist state, isolated from the […]