Diana Lawrenson

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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.

30 May 2018 | Australia, Kakadu

KAKADU CALLING

‘No closer,’said the Aboriginal guide, not taking his eyes off it as it watched us menacingly Read More »

30 April 2018 | Bonn, Germany

REMEMBERING BOOKS IN MAY

Bonn Market SquareIt was only when I looked down I saw the difference.  Read More »

30 March 2018 | Austria, Salzburg

A SAINT, A SON AND SWEETS

The fair has been held annually for some 700 years and by chance weSalzburg arrived in Salzburg when celebrations for St Rupert’s Day were in full swing. Read More »

28 February 2018 | Bletchley Park, England

CODE BREAKERS

Britain was aflutter with flags celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday, but at Bletchley Park a few miles north of London, only a single one flew high on a pole.

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30 January 2018 | Bolzano, Italy

DEATH IN THE ALPS

Museum of Archaeology, Bolzano

South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

Since his accidental discovery in 1991, newspapers and journals have carried reports about him, the Italian-Austrian border has been re-surveyed to determine his ownership, scientists continue to investigate him, and a Museum of Archaeology has been established to house him. Read More »

30 December 2017 | Australia, Coldstream, Victoria

SINGER OF NOTE

 Nellie Melba's cottageThere’s always been an air of mystery about it. The landmark people whiz past on their way to visit Healesville Sanctuary or the Yarra Valley vineyards in Victoria.

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30 November 2017 | Buda, Budapest, Hungary

THE HOSPITAL IN THE ROCK

Horsehair BlanketThe bus departed from the Pest side of the Danube, crossed the Chain Bridge and zig-zagged up Castle Hill on the Buda side. Since I spoke no Hungarian to ask directions, I hoped I’d recognise the stop for Read More »

30 October 2017 | Hungary, Pest, Budapest

THROUGH MAGDA SZABO’S DOOR: Pest

House of Parliament, HungaryA visit to Budapest this year provided a small glimpse of the horrifying and repressive times Magda Szabo, the much-lauded Hungarian novelist, lived through. Read More »

30 August 2017 | USA, Washington

ASHES TO BEAUTY: LARGEST LIBRARY IN THE WORLD

Library of CongressIt might be a cathedral of marble pillars and vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows and glinting gold. Or perhaps an art gallery adorned with murals and mosaics, statues and busts. But no. This is Read More »

29 July 2017 | Niagara Falls, North America

THE MESMERISING FALLS: NIAGARA

Niagara FallsFrom a distance it looked like a plume of thick smoke. Perhaps it was a fire – after all, it was the middle of summer. But no, it was Read More »