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Jessica Esa

Jess is the creator and editor of Books and Bao. She's passionate about the world, its literature, food, culture, and people. She enjoys sharing her travel tips with others and capturing those perfect moments.

The Perfect Bath Day Trip for Culture Lovers

Bath is one of the oldest cities in the UK. But, unlike many other ancient cities, it almost completely retains that unique historical beauty. A Bath day trip is enough to see this beauty for yourself, given Bath’s compact size and the fact that every street — long and narrow — is spilling over with …

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The 10 Best Independent Bath Bookshops, UK

As one of the oldest and most architecturally beautiful little cities in the UK. Bath is a favourite place to visit amongst bookworms and culture seekers. The city of Bath has a museum dedicated to Jane Austen (with a gift shop and tearoom), the historic Roman baths which gave the town its name, the magnificent …

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A Gothic Day Trip to Strawberry Hill: Home of Horace Walpole

Still standing two hundred years after Horace Walpole’s death, the gothic castle that the wildly eccentric author originally converted from two cottages stands to welcome guests to this day, thanks to a huge restoration project which took it from disrepair to its former glory. A pastiche of Walpole’s absurd imagination and the gothic places he …

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A Day Trip to Jane Austen’s House (& Chawton House)

A visit to Chawton in Alton, Hampshire is a perfect day out for Jane Austen fans. Chawton offers everything from a Jane Austen trail to follow, her own home, and an Austen themed tea-room, to the magnificent Chawton Estate owned by Austen’s brother (frequented by Austen herself often). Chawton is also a stone’s throw from …

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A Perfect Day Trip to Audley End Estate and GardensĀ 

Escape to this beautiful stately home and gardens within an hour of London for a change of scenery, a taste of regency Britain, and a tour of some incredible architecture. As well as being of the finest Jacobean homes in England, Audley End is also one of the most popular stately homes to visit in …

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15 Cultural and Historic Day Trips from London

If you’ve managed to exhaust the cultural hub that is London and are looking for an adventure that’s easy to reach and offers you even more cultural and historic activities then look no further than these easy day trips from London. Sure to satisfy any wanderer, whether they’re looking for a stroll around a quaint …

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8 Fantastic Asian Graphic Novels in Translation

Since reading Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, I’ve been a big fan of the graphic memoir. Using drawing as a medium to deliver a message isn’t a new concept but I’m so grateful for the slew of comics in the last couple of years that deal with the more difficult concepts in life. Essential Asian Graphic …

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11 Greek Cookbooks for Mouthwatering Greek & Cypriot Dishes

Discover hundreds of new dishes with these Greek, Turkish, and Cypriot recipes. With an emphasis on fresh ingredients and simple techniques, Greek food is undoubtedly incredibly popular the world over. However, when we consider Greek dishes, quite often only a few staples jump to mind fresh salads with feta and olives, hearty dishes such as …

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17 Best Asian Cookbooks for Delicious Home Cooking (2021)

Get ready to travel your way around the continent with your stomach and discover the best Asian cookbooks from Japan, to Korea, Vietnam, and India. Cookbooks are a huge passion of mine, there’s very little that will stop me dropping money on a new cookbook despite my wallet crying out at me. The history and …

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