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The notion that there is at least one book about any subject under the sun is given credence by a new release from STL’s Reedy Press:

“St. Louis Fire Stations.”



"St. Louis Fire Stations"

“St. Louis Fire Stations” (Photo by Reedy Press)


Released on Oct. 1 and anchored by some never-before-seen photos, the book details the stations of the city fire department from the early 1800s to some still in operation today.

Historical note: The St. Louis department is the second-oldest professional fire department in the U.S. It was formed out of volunteer units in 1857, four years after Cincinnati. 

Along with the photos, there are histories of the stations and information about the personnel who worked there and the types of equipment used.

The photos in the book also show some of the department’s more unique facilities, such as the Horse Hospital and the 1904 World’s Fair Fire Station.

The book was written by Robert Pauly, the department’s historian and curator of the St. Louis Fire Department Museum. Many newer photos come from Capt. Dennis J. Maag of the Mehlville Fire Protection District in St. Louis County.

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5 Reasons To Book A Bath Staycation While Lockdown Rules Still Allow It

From ELLE

For the last decade or two, with increasingly reasonable air travel, brilliant house swaps and inventive boutique hotels to be booked at first swipe, Instagram inspo and some of the best city guides ferreting out secret sources of joy and relatively undiscovered charm, travelling the world has become a widely undertaken and easy rite of passage.

Sadly, the pandemic has brought much of the above to its knees. Long haul travel has quickly become frightening and, in many cases, off-limits. Even short stints across the channel come with fresh disadvantages, such as the chance that the government’s Covid-19 rules will change while you’re abroad, throwing your return (and potential quarantine period) into question.

Luckily, necessity is the master of all invention. And like a phoenix rising from the ashes of our habitual trip across the world, staycationing around the UK has become a lifeline for those who can’t live without a dose of escapism. We’ve sought out the best glamping sites in the UK for getting back to nature, explored which of the sea front coastal cottages are worth booking ASAP, for those short on time, just looking for a night away to be completely pampered, we’ve identified some of London’s most luxurious hotels, and for the few who actually can’t leave their houses at all, we’ve even brought you the means for virtual tourism.

As we reach a new juncture in the course of the pandemic – a second lockdown, with some cities in particular closing their borders for a time, to limit the spread – our choices have once again narrowed. But while a few continue to welcome guests, we’re looking at which of the UK’s historical hotspots are worth booking a trip to right away.

While Leicester, Manchester and some places in the Midlands look

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Bryan Baeumler Talks Upcoming Season on Instagram, Explains How to Book a Stay at His Family’s Resort

A new season of Renovation Island is in the works. Bryan Baeumler took to Instagram on Sept. 13 to share an image of the crew hard at work filming episodes of his family’s HGTV series in the Bahamas. 

“We got the band back together,” the renovation expert and dad of four captioned the photo. 

Baeumler went on to respond to some fan comments on the post, sharing details about the upcoming season of Renovation Island and explaining how to book a stay at his family’s resort, the Caerula Mar Club. 

Bryan Baeumler says the new season ‘won’t be easy or boring’ 

RELATED: Do the Baeumlers Finish Their ‘Renovation Island’ Resort Restoration Project?

Renovation Island (which originally aired on HGTV Canada) was a ratings smash for HGTV, with more than 5 million viewers watching the season finale. Though a second season hasn’t been officially announced by the network, production is in progress on new episodes, Baeumler has revealed. We don’t know exactly when those episodes will air or what challenges the family will face this time around. But things will definitely be interesting, Baeumler assured one curious fan who wanted to know what the new episodes would focus on. 

“We don’t know yet…whatever happens, happens! But based [on] experience, I can guarantee you it won’t be easy or boring!” he replied. 

By the time of the Renovation Island season finale, Bryan and his wife Sarah Baeumler had weathered Hurricane Dorian and succeeded in opening their resort. But viewers haven’t seen how they responded to a disaster that happened shortly after they welcomed their first guests: the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It seems likely new episodes will touch on the challenges of running a resort during a global health crisis.    

The Baeumlers explain how to book a stay at Caerula Mar Club 

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The Photography Book Taking a Trip Around the World’s Most Charismatic Homes

Moshe Mayer’s striking modernist design for the Hôtel Ivoire in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.Photo courtesy of: Matthieu Salvaing

“With this book, I wanted to tell a story. The story of these incredible homes, their uniqueness, and their identity. Much like how a film brings to light, in certain angles, the soul of a place,” says Salvaing. “For example, with Villa Planchard, it seemed essential to me to showcase the strong personality of this residence, which was conceived and designed by Gio Ponti for a couple of art collectors. The place is a bit like a movie character, whose personality was forged from its history, its volumes, the light that crosses it…it was a soul and life I wanted to capture.”

The book’s cover features a living space at Villa Planchart, the color-filled home in Caracas, Venezuela that owners Anala and Armando Planchart commissioned from architect Gio Ponti.Photo courtesy of: Matthieu Salvaing 

The comparison to cinema is an apt one. One of the properties featured is just that—a set for Wong Kar-Wai’s period film 2046, for which the exacting Hong Kong director crafted a series of sumptuous ‘60s-inspired interiors. The aforementioned Portaluppi property, meanwhile, was famously the setting of Luca Guadagnino’s 2009 romance I Am Love. Then, there’s Dorothy Draper’s dazzling design for the Palácio Quitandinha in Rio, which looks every bit the ‘40s film set per her signature Hollywood Regency anti-minimalist approach. And the rest of the homes are cinematic simply in their essence—featuring rooms that have a story and a point of view.

A room inside the Hôtel Ivoire feels like a time capsule of the 1960s.Photo courtesy of: Matthieu Salvaing 

Salvaing’s career has taken him around the world, camera in tow, to capture homes for Vogue, Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, World of Interiors, and

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