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Nikko, Japan

On our first day in Nikko it rained, it was hot and humid, all in all quite unpleasant. But without that sticky weather, this picture would not have been possible. You can simply sense the heat and humidity.

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June night in Finland

Summer nights in Finland are quite spectacular.

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Summer in Helsinki

Summer is the most pleasant season to visit Helsinki, which is a city of nature, of brilliant clear colors, fresh air, and refreshing walks. The main cathedral (Tuomiokirkko) dominates the view of Helsinki with its pure white structure and green … Continue reading

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David Jackson, The Helper

The first case of the Helper involves a young girl, brutally butchered in a New York bookstore. The murderer has left a message on the victim’s body; it seems to be directed to Detective Callum Doyle, who is leading the … Continue reading

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Sweet as Cane, a debut novel from Stephanie McCoy

Sweet as Cane, Stephanie McCoy’s debut novel, is set in an insignificant small Southern town of North Carolina called Marrow. Not an easy place to grow up in. To quote Winkie Jr.: “You have to be very careful in this … Continue reading

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The divine voice of Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) in the heavenly setting of the Villa Bellosguardo in Tuscany

The Enrico Caruso museum that has recently been opened, only a few months ago, is hosted in Caruso’s magnificent Tuscan villa in the suburbs of Florence. The famous tenor chose the Villa Bellosguardo in Lastra a Signa together with his … Continue reading

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Ken Follett: Winter of the World

The second volume of Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy, Winter of the World, picks the story up where Fall of the Giants ended. The main characters are the same with the addition of a new generation of protagonists. The dark years … Continue reading

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