Diana Lawrenson

— Writer —

Diana Lawrenson Pages to Places Blog

Welcome to my blog that takes you from pages to places. Come and discover some quirky, little-known, or loose-but-relevant links from books to places around the world. You might even like to add a book suggestion of your own to the topic.

28 February 2017 | England, London, The Strand

TEA AND READING

Chinese tea setUntil reading Tea: the drink that changed the world by Laura C. Martin I drank tea every day and didn’t really think about it. But this book and others like it have opened my eyes to issues surrounding tea’s arrival in the West: Read More »

30 January 2017 | Australia, Melbourne

THE OLDEST FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY IN AUSTRALIA: MELBOURNE

State Library VictoriaAlthough Sydney and Hobart were settled decades before Melbourne, the State Library of Victoria was the first free public library in Australia. It opened in 1856. Read More »

30 December 2016 | England, Winchester

THIS CITY’S BUILT FOR WALKING: WINCHESTER

 

Hospital of St Cross, WinchesterWinchester is rich with pages of history and novels from the Iron Age to Jane Austen. William the Conqueror began Read More »

30 November 2016 | Santa Barbara, USA

BECAUSE OF A BOOK GROUP: LOTUSLAND

Cactus bloom, Lotusland, Santa BarbaraTwice my book group has had expatriate Americans as temporary members, each for several years. Read More »

30 October 2016 | Chelsea, England

THE CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN – DOCTORS’ EDEN

Chelsea physic Harden

Dr Seuss wasn’t a doctor, although a US medical school is named after him and his wife. Drs No, Dolittle,  Read More »

30 September 2016 | Cairo, Egypt

CAIRO, THE UNEXPECTED.

River Nile, CairoCairo wasn’t the least what I’d expected. Read More »

30 August 2016 | England, London

FROM A BOBBY TO A BROOM CUPBOARD

Britain's Smallest Police StationIt’s occupied one of London’s most well-known spots for almost two hundred years, yet you may never have noticed it. Think Mr Plod or Adam Dalgliesh or  Read More »

30 July 2016 | Côte d'Azur, France

REMEMBERING THE RIVIERA

Nice, FranceUntil Bastille Day this year my memories of the Côte d’Azur – the French Riviera – were unsullied: an azure coast, sun, Nice airport with its apt kerbside parking sign Kiss and Fly, Read More »

30 June 2016 | England, Pooh Bridge, Sussex

WINNIE THE POOH: SUSSEX

Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh CornerA few weeks ago Winnie the Pooh staged a comeback to celebrate both his and the Queen’s 90th birthdays. While Britain fluttered with Union Jacks and honoured Queen Elizabeth with bonfires, street and pub parties, Winnie the Pooh’s brand new story Read More »

16 June 2016 | Italy, Venice

VENICE: CITY OF LIFE BOATS

Venice. Gondola in a canalIt wasn’t The Merchant of Venice that made me want to see the city of canals, nor the way so many people spoke glowingly of their time there. It was Read More »