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The Moon Come to Earth by Philip Graham. "Still, I’m happy just to be here. I love Lisbon.I don’t know why I love Lisbon"

Miguel Torga, Portuguese writer.

Poet Fernando António Nogueira Pêssoa was born in Lisbon, Portugal.

Fernando Pessoa : The Poetry Foundation

Moorish Castle, Sintra, Portugal

Moorish tower of Palacio Nacional de Pena in Sintra, a Magic Castle - Lisbon, Portugal

Alfama, a hillside neighborhood in Lisbon.

ALFAMA District, Lisbon

A volunteer fills up boxes with fruit and vegetables at the "Fruta Feia" (Ugly Fruit) in Lisbon

Roaming and Reading: Richard Zimler's Lisbon

Kerri recommends reading "Band of Angels" by Robert Penn Warren. It was made into a movie starring Clark Gable and Sidney Poitier.

Band of Angels (1957)

Frances Mayes's new memoir "Under Magnolia" about growing up in the South.

Author Frances Mayes on growing up in the South

Kerri recommends Toby Wilkinson's The Nile.

Roaming and Reading: Toby Wilkinson's Nile

Travels with Casey

Joe Cinque's Consolation, A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law

Cloud Street - Tim Winton

Cloudstreet: A Novel by Tim Winton -

The Brindabella Ranges that surround Canberra

View from Mount Ainslie, Canberra

Mount Ainslie - Canberra - Australia

Captain Cook Monument, Canberra

Jims-Life-Log | A blog of interesting stuff in Jim's life

36 hours in Canberra from the NYT.

36 Hours in Canberra, Australia

Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, Australia

Roaming and Reading in Australia: Kerri picked "The Light Between Oceans" by first-time novelist M.L. Stedman. The book is set on an island off the western coast of Australia after World War I and follows the life of a lighthouse-keeper and his wife when a long-desired child comes into their lives.

Roaming and Reading: Canberra, Australia

Kerri recommends "A Death in Brazil" by Peter Robb for those traveling to Brazil. Description of the book from Bloomsbury Press: "Delving into Brazil's baroque past, Peter Robb writes about its history of slavery and the richly multicultural but disturbed society that was left in its wake when the practice was abolished in the late nineteenth century."

A Death in Brazil

Kerri recommends reading The Lost City of Z by David Grann if you are traveling to Brazil.

Travel literature review: The Lost City of Z - Lonely Planet

Kevin Raub recommended the Pantanal.

Pantanal, South America

Kevin Raub recommends going to Bonito.

Mentioned on the air: "It seems like every culture with a coastline has their version of a seafood stew. The French have bouillabaise, the Portuguese bacalhoada, New England “chowdah” and San Francisco cioppino. In Brazil, they make moqueca (pronounced “mo-KEH-kah”), a stew made with fish, onions, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, and in the northern state of Bahia, coconut milk."

Moqueca – Brazilian Fish Stew

For this week's Roaming and Reading, we're traveling to Brazil, just in time for the World Cup. Kevin Raub is co-author of Lonely Planet's Brazil Guide and author of the Brazil section of Lonely Planet's South America on a Shoestring.

Roaming and Reading: Brazil

The Wonders of Life on Earth inspired listener Ben to travel to the Galapagos Islands.

William Smith's map that "changed the world."

The Geological Society

The story of the map that kicked off the science of geology and how it changed how we saw the world.

The Map That Changed The World | Simon Winchester

J.J. Connolly book admired by Rudy Maxa.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

On a bright and blustery morning in February, I stepped out my front door and walked until I reached the north bank of the River Liffey, where I crossed a bridge and stopped in front of a dark gaunt house on Usher’s Island. The house stood a little back from the street, as though in quiet reproach of its surroundings, the only Georgian redbrick in a row of humbler buildings facing the river...

100 Years After Dubliners, James Joyce’s Dublin—and Mine

James Joyce's Dublin

Roaming and Reading: James Joyce and Maya Angelou

Mompós, Colombia, the town that time forgot

Mompós, Colombia, the town that time forgot

La Albarrada is the avenue that runs along the river, the prettiest section, of Mompos.

Travel writer Nicholas Gill takes us to Gabriel García Márquez's Mompós, Columbia

A Remote Colombia City That Really Does Exist

the famous cafè Florian in Venice | photo from The world's best cultural destinations at

The world's best cultural destinations - Telegraph

Tomb of Shakespeare, Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK Shakespeare's tomb lies in the chancel, a privileged position bestowed upon him when he became a lay rector in 1605. Alongside his grave are those of his widow Anne and other members of his family

Everywhere: Photos: Tomb of Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Globe in London undertaking a worldwide tour of "Hamlet." They plan to bring the play to every country in honor of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birthday.

Roaming and Reading: The worldwide 'Hamlet' tour

"Walk down Seventh Avenue in Ybor City (now a section of Tampa, Florida) and feel yourself transported to a place in another time. Brick streets are lined with sidewalks of hexagonal concrete pavers and old-fashioned, cast-iron street lamps."

Ybor City: Cigar Capital of the World

The Hotel Ponce de Leon opened January 10, 1888.

An extensive Native American village in the middle of downtown Miami...likely one of the most significant prehistoric sites in the United States. The archaeologists...have so far painstakingly dug up eight large circles comprised of uniformly carved holes in the native limestone that they believe to be foundation holes for Tequesta Indian dwellings dating as far back as 2,000 years.

Diana Abu-Jaber's "Birds of Paradise" is set in Miami. She is not a Florida native, but thinks that she was meant to live here all here life.

Diana Abu-Jaber : Official Web site : Birds of Paradise

Kerri suggest you explore Tampa and Florida through Dennis Lehane's "Live by Night."

Doug Lansky recommends checking TimeOut for listings of events outside of the city center. Find a county fair to visit.

When Kerri spoke to Doug Lansky about Paris, her book pick was Joan DeJean's "How Paris Became Paris."

Roaming and Reading: Joan DeJean's Paris

5 books that will transport you to Paris.

5 books that will transport you to Paris

Our guest for our segment on Seville was Abigail King. Her site, Inside the Travel Lab, has beautiful photographs of the city.

The Christmas holiday season in Seville lasts into January. From the Exploresville page: "Like many countries the shopping period is starting earlier and earlier every year. Most people give their gifts on January 6th instead of December 25th, pushing the mad rush of buying into the new year. New Year's, the Día de la Inmaculada Concepción and the Día de Santos Inocentes are other days where you'll see some holiday activity or just a little joking around."

"Just inside the Cathedral door of Seville’s massive cathedral stands a monument to Christopher Columbus. His tomb is held aloft by four allegorical figures representing the four kingdoms of Spain during Columbus’ life, Castille, Aragon, Navara and Leon."

Tomb of Christopher Columbus

Convento de San Leandro: " Many nuns in the convents of Sevilla earn their living selling sweets and confections. Their recipes come from the times of the Romans and Moors, which they have preserved over the ages."

From the NYT's 36 Hours in Seville: "SEVILLE is easily Spain's most flamboyant city. As a former Moorish capital, its streets are awash in a sultry jumble of Christian-Muslim architecture, with many grand buildings in need of a fresh coat of paint."

Chris Stewart's "Driving Over Lemons" is the book that Kerri mentioned during our segment on Seville. It's a very funny memoir by a former drummer for Genesis.

Driving Over Lemons « Driving Over Lemons

Kerri mentioned "The Surrendered" by Chang-Rae Lee during Cheryl Strayed's segment about Laos. Strayed says you can still find reverberations of the Vietnam War, which the Laotians call the American War. Kerri says Lee's the novel shows how a war can affect generations of a family.

Cheryl Strayed though of "The Spirit Catched You and You Fall Down" while she traveled in Laos. It is about a Hmong family's experiences in the Vietnam War and with the American medical system.

Stunning scenery around Vieng Xai, where you can visit caves that people hid in during the bombings of Laos during the Vietnam War.

The caves of Vieng Xai, Laos | The Laos blog

Kao Kalia Yang's "The Latehomecomer." 'The daughter of Hmong immigrants to Minnesota, Yang was born in a Thai refugee camp, Ban Vinai, in 1980. Her family came to Minnesota when she was seven. In her book, "The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir," Yang recounts her family's journey from Laos to Minnesota — from her parents' first encounter and unceremonious marriage in the jungles of Laos, to their harrowing escape into Thailand, and subsequent relocation to Minnesota.'

Cheryl Strayed in Condé Nast Traveler writing about Laos: "We’d been traveling for five weeks by then, but sitting in that ramshackle restaurant as the light faded across the landscape of river and mountains, pantomiming a request for another plate of the dish we’d just devoured but didn’t know the name of, I felt vindicated in my decision to keep Laos on our itinerary. "

Rudy Maxa recommended this rowing school: La Scuola Remiera Casteo | Venice’s rowing school offers lessons in navigating the city’s famous waterways. Isola di S.Elena n°1; 011-39-0415-207-223; remieracasteo@lib...

Travel Diary | Hidden Venice

Rudy Maxa recommends visiting the Badoer-Giustiniani Chapel in Venice. Great works of art without the crowds.

Travel Diary | Hidden Venice: Castello Orientale: "This working-class district on the far eastern tip of the city — a maze of streets and squares nestled in between the Biennale gardens and the Arsenale — has always distinguished itself for being impermeable to the trappings of mass tourism."

Travel Diary | Hidden Venice

Venezia - Venezia, Veneto

Mystery writer Donna Leon talking to Kerri Miller.

A canal in Venice shot by Kerri Miller right before she interviewed Donna Leon.

Venezia - Venezia, Veneto