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smaller countries

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Official Government Links & Info
New Mexico covers 114,000 square miles {295,250 square kilometers}.
The state was admitted to the Union on 14 February {the 48th state}.
The popular name is 'Grand Canyon State'.
The state flower is the Saguaro Cactus Blossom; the state bird is the Cactus Wren.
The state animal is 'road kill'.

The European Union
My Europe Travel Guide site

A Few Important People
Gov. Janet Napolitano  [Flash only]

Railroads of Continental Europe

Reading Material, Other Media
browse travel books about Europe at Amazon

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Europe For Dummies book  "Europe For Dummies" [2011]
Wiley/For Dummies 6th edition 8½x5½ pb [1/2011] for $23.26

Great Britain / United Kingdom
'A Pocketful of Brits' Pages at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore
Authors of Britain Pages at Spirit of America Bookstore
the pubs of Britain
Compare Car Hire online auto rental booking site for U.K.
FRIXO live road traffic reports for Great Britain

A Few Important People
Gov. Janet Napolitano  [Flash only]

Nottingham City area [East Midlands, U.K.] Hotels
GOLD STAR: notable literary patrons: The Inklings of Oxford, which included C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien  The Eagle & Child Public House [est. 1650] in Oxford, England
Lamb and Flag Inn & Public House [est. circa 1695] in Oxford, England
H.P. Bulmers Cider [est. 1887] of Hereford
'Thomas Land' at Drayton Manor Theme Park [open 3/2008] in Staffordshire, England
City of York in Yorkshire, U.K.
Shambles Street district in City of York, Yorkshire
York Minster Cathedral [finished 1472] in York, U.K.
Tyneside Cinema newsreel theater [est. 1937] in Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.
National Media Museum [est. 1983] in Bradford, West Yorkshire, U.K.
Goodwood Festival of Speed [July 2013 = #20] in West Sussex, U.K.
Goodwood Historic Motorsport Revival Meeting [Sept 2013 = #16] in West Sussex, U.K.
Yorkshire Silent Film, Ltd. [est. 2015] in Leeds, U.K. - produces events year-round
Yorkshire Silent Film Festival [May 2018 = #3] in Leeds, U.K. - official website (expired 2017)Facebook
Leeds Grand Theatre [built 1878] West Yorkshire, U.K.
The Northern Ballet Company [est. 1969] in Leeds, West Yorkshire, U.K.
Royal Theatre [est. 1884] in Northampton, U.K.
West Yorkshire Playhouse [est. 1990] in Leeds, U.K.
Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England
'stay in Cornwall' travel site

Ealing Studios [est. 1931] in London, UK
Elstree Film & Television Studios [est. 1925]
Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden [est. 1995, purchased 2010] northwest of London, UK
Pinewood Studios [est. 1936] outside London, UK
Twickenham Film Studios [built in 1912] near London, UK

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England For Dummies book  "England For Dummies" [2002]
by Donald Olson

For Dummies 4th edition 8½x5½ pb [3/2008] out of print/used

Once Upon a Time in Great Britain Travel Guide book by Melanie Wentz  "Once Upon a Time In Great Britain: A Travel Guide To the Sights and Settings of Your Favorite Children's Stories" [2002]
by Melanie Wentz

Each chapter visits the literal geographic background for classics such as "Peter Rabbit", "Paddington Bear", "Alice In Wonderland", "Kidnapped", "The Secret Garden", "The Wind In The Willows", "Mary Poppins", "Peter Pan", and the "Harry Potter" books; read about the real chocolate factory that made such an impression on the young Roald Dahl, the cozy pub where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien introduced their friends to Narnia and hobbits, the real '100 Aker Wood' that helped A.A. Milne create "Winnie The Pooh", and the railway station where "Thomas the Tank Engine" lives.
Kindle Edition from St. Martin's/Macmillan [5/2014] for $7.99
St. Martin's Griffin 8¾x5 pb [8/2002] out of print/used

the London area

symbol for airport  London Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Shortstay accomodations (with Yotel)
Armadillo Cafe & Grill - breakfast in the style of Santa Fe, USA
Caviar House & Prunier
Apostrophe food boutique
Cafe Rouge - breakfasts in the French tradition

Scottish Cinemas and Theatres [est. 2001]
National Museums Scotland
'T in the Park' music festival [July 2012 = #19] in Scotland
Scottish Borders Historic Motoring Extravaganza [June 2014 = #42] in Scotland
Borders Vintage Automobile Club [est. 1895] in Scotland
Thirlestane Castle [built 13th century, rebuilt 1590] south of Edinburgh, Scotland
Milford Vintage Engineering, Ltd. [est. 2006] in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland
Association for Scottish Literary Studies [est. 1970]
National Library of Scotland [est. 1925]
The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema [March 2011 = #1] in Scotland

Welsh Racing Drivers Assn. [est. 1981] based in Swansea, Wales, U.K.
Pembrey Circuit, the home of Welsh Motorsport [open 1989] in South Wales, U.K.


eleven-day Jameson Dublin International Film Festival [Feb 2011 = #9] in Dublin, Ireland
Belfast Centre [Northern Ireland] Hotels
Templepatrick [County Antrim, Northern Ireland] Hotels
Whitefriar Grill restaurant [est. 9/2011], 16 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
GOLD STAR: notable literary patrons: Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde   Kennedy’s (Dublin, Ireland) http://www.kennedys.ie/

Railroads of Great Britain
Assn. of Train Operating Companies [est. 1993] of U.K.
National Railway Museum [est. 1968] in York, U.K.
National Railway Museum NE Branch [est. 2004] in Shildon, County Durham, U.K.
Beamish Open Air Museum of Northeast England
INFO: famous for being the filming location for the 1970 film 'The Railway Children'  Keighley and Worth Valley Railway [1867-1962, preserved 1968] in West Yorkshire, England

"Britain by BritRail 2008: Touring Britain by Train" [2008] by LaVerne Ferguson-Kosinski


regions include: Normandy and Brittany; the Loire & central France; Dordogne & southwest France; the south of France; the Alps to Alsace; the North, Burgundy & Champagne
Cinema of France Pages at Magic Lantern
Authors of France Pages at Spirit of America Bookstore
My French Film Festival [Jan 2012 = #2] online {for fee}
'Rendez-Vous With French Cinema' showcase [March 2012 = #17] in New York City
Golf Holidays in France
  Poilâne Boulangerie [est. 1932] - 3 locations in Paris, France
'Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Hotels' booking website
'Paris Montparnasse Hotels' booking website
'Paris Hotels' booking website
DigNgo Luxury Bicycle Tours of France & Italy
Musée Albert-Kahn [] located in suburban Boulogne-Billancourt, just west of Paris
Champs Elysees Film Festival [June 2015 = #4] in Paris, France
Barge Peoples Festival / Pardon National de la Batellerie [est. 1960 = June] at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, Yvelines, France
   La Rotonde (Paris, France) http://www.rotondemontparnasse.com/
   Les Deux Magots (Paris, France)http://www.lesdeuxmagots.fr/en/ambiances.php#/ambiances.php

skyline of Paris, France

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France For Dummies book   "France For Dummies" [2003] by Darwin Porter, Danforth Prince & Cheryl A. Pientka
For Dummies 4th edition 8½x5½ pb [5/2007] out of print/many used

"Paris For Dummies" [2011] by Joseph Alexiou
For Dummies 6th edition 8½x5½ pb [3/2011] for $17.99

Frommer's 25 Great Drives In France book  "Frommer's 25 Great Drives In France" [2011]
from British Auto Association

25 distinctive itineraries with full color maps and photographs
Frommer's 8¾x5¼ pb [2/2011] out of print/used
Dawn of the Belle Epoque book by Mary McAuliffe  "Dawn of The Belle Epoque (1870-1900): The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends" [2011] by Mary McAuliffe, PhD
personalities not in the book's title include Auguste Rodin, Marie Curie, and César Ritz
Kindle Edition from Rowman & Littlefield [5/2011] for $9.99
Rowman & Littlefield Publrs 8¾x6 pb [3/2014] for $19.93
Rowman & Littlefield Publrs 9x6 hardcover [6/2011] for $20.04
The Little Paris Bookshop novel by Nina George  "The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel" international bestseller [2013]
by Nina George, Translated by Simon Pare

Monsieur Perdu operates his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, and using his intuitive feel for the exact book that a reader needs, he mends broken hearts and souls. The only person that he can't seem to heal through literature is himself . . .
Kindle Edition from Broadway Books/Random House [6/2015] for $11.99
Broadway Books 8x5¼ pb [3/2016] for $12.80
Crown 8½x5¾ hardcover [6/2015] for $15.24
Twilight of the Belle Epoque book by Mary McAuliffe  "Twilight of The Belle Epoque (1900-1918): The Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and Their Friends Through The Great War" [2014]
by Mary McAuliffe, PhD
• personalities not in the book's title include Matisse, Debussy, Ravel, Jean Cocteau, Isadora Duncan, André Citroën, Paul Poiret, and François Coty
Kindle Edition from Rowman & Littlefield [3/2014] for $9.99
Rowman & Littlefield Publrs 9x6 pb [3/2017] for $14.89
Rowman & Littlefield Publrs 9¼x6¼ hardcover [3/2014] for $21.27
100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go book by Marcia DeSanctis  "100 Places In France Every Woman Should Go" [2014]
by Marcia DeSanctis

Kindle Edition from Travelers' Tales [11/2014] for $9.99
Travelers' Tales 7½x5½ pb [11/2014] for $16.81
When Paris Sizzled book by Mary McAuliffe  "When Paris Sizzled (1918-1928): The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and Their Friends" [2016] by Mary McAuliffe, PhD
personalities not in the book's title include Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, Picasso, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, Proust, André Citroën, Le Corbusier, Man Ray, Sylvia Beach, James Joyce, and 'the irrepressible Kiki of Montparnasse'
Kindle Edition from Rowman & Littlefield [9/2016] for $15.65
Rowman & Littlefield Publrs 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/2016] for $20.36
"The Little French/Breton Bistro: A Novel" [June 2017] by Nina George

Germany / Deutschland
Cinema of Germany Page at Magic Lantern
A.L.G.: Die Arbeitsgemeinschaft Literarischer Gesellschaften und Gedenkstätten [est. 1986] in Berlin
Autostadt/Automobile City [open 5/2000] in Wolfsburg, Germany
Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen / ZeitHaus [est. 1985] in Wolfsburg, Germany

night skyline of Berlin, Germany         night skyline of Frankfurt, Germany - looking west

Greek National Tourism Orgn. website
Hotel Keti on the island of Santorini in Greece
new Acropolis Museum opened 6/M9

the Parthenon Temple, atop the Acropolis of the City of Athens, Greece - constructed 447-432 BCE         the sunny isles of Greece


Italy / Italia
Cinema of Italy Pages at Magic Lantern
Access Italy Tours [est. 1984]
The City of Orvieto, Umbria, Italy
Italian Western Film Festival [May 2012 = #2?] in Orvieto, Italy
'Rome [Italy] Fiumicino Airport Hotels' booking website
'Verona [Italy] Hotels' booking website
GOLD STAR: notable literary patrons: John Keats, Charles Dickens, Henrik Ibsen, Hans Christian Andersen, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, Maria Zambrano   Antico Caffe Greco (Rome, Italy)http://www.anticocaffegreco.eu/

sunny day on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy        hillside village in Tuscany, Italy

The Polish Film Institute [est. 2005] in Warszawa

Spain / España + Portugal
City of Madrid, Spain official website {Spanish language}
Empresa Municipal Promoción de Madrid, Spain {multiple languages}
Cinema of Spain Page at Magic Lantern
GOLD STAR: notable literary patron: Ernest Hemingway   Cerveceria Alemana (Madrid, Spain) http://www.cerveceriaalemana.com/

CareerJet jobs {empregos} database in Portugal
oesteglobal.biz portugal


Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (Basel Transport Service) in Basel, Switzerland
founded in 1895, expanded to Germany in 2014, expanded to France in 2017 - making it the world's first trinational streetcar system


Official Travel Guide to Denmark
Hans Christian Anderson {Danish national hero} Bicentennial

Forssa Silent Movie Festival [Aug-Sept 2011 = #11] in Finland

Iceland & Greenland


Opera Ka"llaren restaurant [built 1895] www.OperaKallaren.SE

smaller countries
CZ = http://www.prague-hotel.co.uk/
CZ = historic http://www.hotelulipy.cz/ in South Bohemia
chain of fast food restaurants, Bageterie Boulevard , Czech Republic
CZ = http://www.prague.tv/ Prague's City Guide [est. 2001]
Hotels of Brasov, Romania booking site
multi-language Slovakia Tourism website

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