Dec 23 2010

Last minute gift ideas from The Boston Globe

Published by at 11:51 am under General

The Boston Globe’s Travel section featured a range of gift ideas for the traveller last Sunday:

photo by Christopher Klein, The Boston Globe

THE GLOBE CORNER BOOKSTORE
Harvard Square is New England’s international crossroads, which makes it the perfect home for this Cambridge store. Travel junkies can easily spend  hours browsing the world inside this globetrotter’s nirvana. What makes the store such a gem is its comprehensive geographic scope and diverse selection. Sure, the shelves are full of such staples as Fodor’s and Lonely Planet guidebooks, but they stand spine to spine with specialty titles covering everything from London architecture to Pakistani birds to Czech beer. You can find histories of the Panama Canal, tomes on Middle East geopolitics, and novels by Steinbeck and Joyce. Driving, hiking, or biking anywhere in the world? There are scores of road, topographic, and city maps from Alaska to the Cotswolds to Tehran. The store doesn’t just cater to jet-setters; there’s an entire section devoted to Boston. Armchair travelers will discover compelling travelogues, international cookbooks, CD courses for mastering new languages, and globes and wall maps for interior decoration. If everything inside catches your eye, why not buy it all? The owners recently put the store up for sale.  90 Mt. Auburn St., 617-497-6277, www.globecorner.comChristopher Klein

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