Traveling Brew: Historic Places and Sacred Spaces, Jewels of the World

Looking at ongoing conservation work and how the pandemic may shape future approaches to tourism and protection of precious sites. The COVID-19 pandemic brought travel and tourism to a halt around the world. As some countries begin to reopen, many are still dealing not only with continued spread of the disease, but the loss of[…]

Traveling Brew: Sip and Learn at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books in Philadelphia

His uncle’s home was a place where Hill was provided with a good meal and was educated, protected and valued. Marc Lamont Hill, a noted author, social commentator and professor, opened a coffee shop and bookstore in his uncle’s name in 2017 Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books. From The Philadelphia Tribune on its opening: The[…]

Common Ground: Community-Based Tourism and Indigenous Cultures

Sustaining indigenous communities while experiencing another culture and another way of being. By David TuckerTour Guide in Ecuador Introduction The Achuar in the Ecuadorian Amazon invite small groups of visitors into a cultural immersion of their land and traditions so as to inspire a shift in the modern world’s habit of consumption that drives the[…]

The Grand Tour: Tourism and Cultural Appropriation in Early Modern Europe

The advent of popular guide did much to popularize these trips and the elite considered travel to such centers as necessary rites of passage. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction The Grand Tour was the 17th- and 18th-century custom of a traditional trip through Europe undertaken by upper-class young European men of sufficient means and rank (typically accompanied by a chaperone,[…]

Over Hill, Over Dale: Travel in Classical Antiquity

The first instances of long-distance travel in the broader Mediterranean world occurred in what are today Egypt and Iraq. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction Travel in classical antiquity over long distances was a specialised undertaking. Most travel was done in the interest of warfare, diplomacy, general state building, or trade. Social motivations for travel[…]

Bean Press: Singapore’s Traditional Coffee Roasters May Soon Disappear

The aging masters of kopi are desperate for the next generation to take up their craft. By Rachel Phua Inside an aging industrial park, a nutty, sweet aroma wafts through the air. Smoke billows out of one particular shophouse in a row of red-brick, one-story factories. Inside, four men clad in polo shirts, hair nets, masks,[…]

Traveling Brew: Hitting Up Third Wave Coffee Spots in Houston

Where to go for high quality and artisan coffee in Houston, Texas. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate If you’re looking for a nice place to relax, have great coffee over conversation, and enjoy the ambience of a “third wave” coffee shop and the best beans in Houston, here is a list of what others[…]

Traveling Brew: Famous News and Literary Coffeehouses around the World

You’ll appreciate the literary significance of these 15 famous cafes. Overview Some of the most famous novels and literary moments of all time were written and inspired by cafes in Europe. From the American ex-pat writers in Paris to Henrik Ibsen’s continental travels, cafes were a place to work while socializing, building stories, and of[…]

Traveling Brew: Seven of the Best Coffeehouses in Bryan-College Station

The shops to power you through the daily study grind. By Paige CrockerWriterSpoon University If you’re like most students, you need coffee to survive. The Bryan-College Station area has a wide variety of coffee shops. We’ve looked at every coffee shop around and picked the best brew, food, and study spaces just for y’all. Whether[…]

Roast Review: Literature and News at Café Central in Vienna since 1876

Some of the worlds’ greatest writers, poets, and philosophers have gotten together in Vienna’s most attractive coffeehouse. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate A revolutionary (Trotsky), a psychoanalyst (Freud), several writers and poets (including Polgar, Zweig and Altenberg) and an architect (Loos) walked into a café. What sounds like the start of a joke was an[…]

Iconic Cars in the 20th Century

In the time span of human history, automobiles have not been around for a very long time. It was about 136 years ago, in 1885, when Karl Benz invented the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, the world’s first-ever production automobile. However, cars only began worldwide production in the early 20th century, and even just a century ago, you[…]

How to Decompress This Summer

Waiting for summer often seems to take a lifetime. Once the winter holiday season is over, you’re left with the slow months of January to April to get through before the warmer weather rolls around. Once summer does arrive, you deserve to spend some time decompressing. Here are some ideas for how to do that.[…]

Oceans, Seas, and Rivers: Maritime Travel and Exploration in the Ancient World

The first true ocean-going boats were invented by the Austronesian peoples. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction Maritime history dates back thousands of years. In ancient maritime history,[1] evidence of maritime trade between civilizations dates back at least two millennia.[2] The first prehistoric boats are presumed to have been dugout canoes which were developed independently by various stone age populations.[…]

Traveling Brew: Literary Coffee Shops around the World

Here are seven great literary cafes from around the globe. By Nicholas Parker Introduction Writers and coffee go together like espresso and steamed milk. Everywhere you look, there’s a writer plugging away on their laptop in a cafe, usually with a steaming cup of joe by their side. Caffeine stimulates the brain and increases productivity—something I know because[…]

Away We Go

Whether for business or pleasure, travel is a favorite pastime for Americans of all ages. Research shows that both domestic and foreign travel are on the rise, with Americans showing the most enthusiasm for travel within the United States. Whether journeying to lands unknown at home or abroad, Americans are hitting the road in greater[…]

Women on the River and the Railway in Victorian England

The impact of the early railway was registered as both exciting and horrifyingly destructive by Victorian writers. The opening of the first direct railway line from London to the Kent coast in 1862 challenged traditional dichotomies between town and country, and contributed to a growing nostalgia associated with the river. Fin-de-siècle writers used the apparent[…]