Before I firmly close the door on May and just in case you missed something really big (!), here’s a quick review of the past month’s top-five posts on Piran Café. Somewhat oddly these five, based upon stats alone, nearly parallel my personal top-five. That never happens.
5. (Mostly) Latin Quarter Bookstore Stroll – A series of photos taken in mid-April during an early afternoon walk around this Parisian neighborhood where it seemed that bookstores were everywhere. I also briefly touched upon subsidies and other assistance that local and federal governments provide to independent bookstore owners in France. For those interested in this topic, there’s a very informative related piece to ‘The Amazon Effect‘ published in The Nation a few days ago, ‘How Germany Keeps Amazon at Bay and Literary Culture Alive‘, with good background on how the book retail system works in Germany.
4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands (Pic de Jour) – This was the first Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge I decided to join. Only because I had the perfect pic. 😉
3. I’ll admit it. Titling a post ‘Dirty Love‘ was nothing more than a cheap stunt to whore for traffic. And it worked. But it is a very nice photo.
2. The Devil’s Sonata – A Piran Portrait in 19 Pics, Part 1. It took me more than five years to post a photo essay from Piran on a blog named Piran Café. Yup, I’m really quick that way.
1. Trains and Stations – A Fetish in Fifteen Photos. As an unrepentant lover of train travel I was especially pleased that this collection of photos of European trains and stations was not only the most visited, but the most retweeted and shared as well.
I began repumping a little more life into Piran Café about three months ago and it’s great to see that modest bit of effort resulting not only in more visits, but in some interesting interactions both on and off the blog. A big THANKS to you all.