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 August 2018 | Austria, Durnstein

A LEGEND AND APRICOTS

On a rocky hill above the Austrian mediaeval town of Dürnstein on the River Danube is the crumbling ruin of a castle. A castle where pages of history and a romantic legend are entwined. The castle where Read More »

30 July 2018 | France, Saint Remy

SEEING

Market, Saint RemyIt’s one of those quirky things: when you visit a place where the sun apparently shines 300 days a year, it rains the few hours you’re there. Despite it being summer, we joined Read More »

30 June 2018 | Cornwall, England

LOSING BEES AND FINDING GARDENS

BeeIn Cornwall almost thirty years ago, beneath some 80 hectares (200 acres) of tangled bramble thickets, a garden was discovered. Read More »

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 »