In Vegas, brunch is as important a part of the weekend’s entertainment as the day clubs, shows, hotels, and gambling. And finding the best breakfast in Las Vegas serves a couple of important functions: You can regard it as a recuperative treatment for the prior night’s hijinks, or a head start into whatever you’re getting up to later in the day. Either way, the best brunches contain both the important elements of great food, of course, and great people watching. Add in a boozy element or rosé-all-day menu add-on, and you’ve reached the Vegas brunch trifecta.
As a town, Hay-on-Wye’s roots can be traced back nearly a thousand years. As a book town, this rural settlement of 1,900 people, located 60 miles due north of Cardiff as the crow flies, and straddling the perforated edge separating England and Wales, first appeared on most maps in 1961.
This is when Richard Booth, a local academic and antiquarian, founded what is believed to be planet Earth’s first book town. In the decades since, additional book towns have sprouted up in far corners of the globe, idyllic utopias capable of providing book lovers with not only destinations worth visiting but also, the most efficient and economical ways to add to their ever-growing TBR piles!
By definition, a book town “is a small, preferably rural, town or village in which secondhand and antiquarian bookshops are concentrated.”
In some special cases, such as in Fjærland, Norway, the villages themselves are ghost towns save for the thousands and thousands of used books living within. Here are ten of the most evocative, historic, and intoxicating book towns, from India to upstate New York, places where the smell of paper is every bit as fragrant as the wildflowers sprouting around the corner or the saltwater lapping up on shore nearby.
International travelers may prioritize visits to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre when they visit France. But French residents have other ideas.
Border restrictions during the pandemic largely gave locals the chance to explore their country without foreign tourists, which in 2019 numbered some 90 million.
The French did not squander the opportunity. More than two-thirds of French residents traveled in 2021, with 84% of France’s metropolitan residents choosing to stay within the country, according to the French tourism marketing research firm Raffour Interactif.
As the desire for nature and outdoor activities grew during the pandemic, several areas emerged as top destinations among local travelers, said Maud Bailly, the CEO of southern Europe for the multinational hospitality company Accor, which has more than 1,600 hotels in France.
Domestic travelers were drawn to the coasts of Brittany — or Bretagne in French — because of the “the sea [and] the wideness of the landscape,” she said. The northwest province is home to charming seaside towns, such as Cancale and the walled port city of Saint-Malo, famous for its gastronomy and history.