Helsinki

By Richard West Given that 2015 was the warmest year on record and my wife and I are experiencing our third consecutive wimpy winter in Amsterdam—no frozen canals, no Ice Station Zebra temps, no snow or ice—we decided to find the serious fourth season: winter you can wrap yourself in,

By Monique Burns Exploring the Baltic led me first to Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city, the world’s second-largest port and one of the planet’s liveliest cultural centers.  Then it was on to the Polish capital of Warsaw, once devastated by World War II and the Holocaust, now one of Europe’s greenest

By Richard West In Scandinavia, unlike America,  independent English-language bookshops do not seem to be going the way of the last Tasmanian, the Dodo, the final passenger pigeon, politicians with a conscience.  Amidst every major city there’s a truffling of stores selling new and second-hand books, offering reading clubs, appearances