Ghost Empire is a rare treasure - an utterly captivating blend of the historical and the contemporary, realised by a master storyteller. In 2014, Richard Fidler and his son Joe made a journey to Istanbul. Fired by Richard's passion for the rich history of the dazzling Byzantine Empire - centred around the legendary Constantinople - we are swept into some of the most extraordinary tales in history. The clash of civilisations, the fall of empires, the rise of Christianity, revenge, lust, murder.
"Great story of long decline"
Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold, and the sun nearly always shines.
"It's OK but --------------------"
Twenty years ago Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation’s heart and became the best-selling travel book ever and was voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey around Britain to see what has changed.
On October 6, 1973, Ted Simon knew there was no going back. He loaded up his 500cc Triumph Tiger in the pouring rain and said good-bye to London. Over four years he rode 64,000 miles round the world. Breakdowns, revolutions, war, a spell in prison, and a Californian commune were all part of his experience, which was colored variously by utter despair and unimaginable joy. He was treated as a spy, a god, a welcome stranger and a curiosity
"A must read"
This memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia Child embraced so wholeheartedly. Above all, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became.
Aside from love, few actvities seem to promise us as much happiness as going traveling: taking off for somewhere else, somewhere far from home, a place with more interesting weather, customs, and landscapes. But although we are inundated with advice on where to travel, few people seem to talk about why we should go and how we can become more fulfilled by doing so.
Believing that a good, interesting life is marked by quality, not quantity, John Steinbeck took note of his itchy feet and prepared to travel. He was accompanied by his French poodle, Charley, diplomat and watchdog, across the states of America from Maine to California. Moving through woods and forests, dirt tracks and highways to large cities and wildernesses, Steinbeck observed America and the Americans with a humorous and sometimes sceptical eye.
Where's the Next Shelter? is the true story of three travelers on the Appalachian Trail, a 2,000-mile hike that stretches from Georgia to Maine, told from the perspective of Gary Sizer, a seasoned backpacker and former marine who quickly finds himself humbled by the endeavor. If you long for the horizon or to sleep under the stars, then come along for the hike of a lifetime. All you have to do is take the first step.
In Sam’s second book, Under Asian Skies, you'll find yourself immersed in an enchanting mix of drama, majesty, laughter, mystery, love, and his usual disasters. Sometimes a traveller's plans simply don't work out as intended, but for Sam every mishap is the beginning of a unique adventure; silver linings do exist. You'll travel on a journey across the vastness of Australia, through the twists and turns of New Zealand, and on up into the exotic lands of Southeast Asia.
After backpacking her way around India, Sarah Macdonald decides she hates the country with a passion. When a beggar at the airport reads her palm and insists she will one day return, and for love, she screams "Never!" and gives the country, and him, the finger.
"Thoroughly enjoyable !"
In The Old Ways, Robert Macfarlane sets off from his Cambridge home to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drove-roads, and sea paths that form part of a vast network of routes crisscrossing the British landscape and its waters, and connecting them to the continents beyond. The result is an immersive, enthralling exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt old paths, of the stories our tracks keep and tell, of pilgrimage and ritual, and of song lines and their singers. Above all this is a book about people and place.
In April 2008, Jon Faine and his son Jack closed the door on their Melbourne home and, leaving jobs, studies, family and friends, took six months and went overland to London in their trusty 4-wheel-drive. This intelligent and funny recount of the countries they visited, people they met, and trouble they got into, is also the story of a tender father-son relationship.
"What an adventure!"
Paul Theroux has spent 50 years crossing the globe, adventuring in the exotic, seeking the rich history and folklore of the far away. Now, for the first time, in his 10th travel book, Theroux explores a piece of America - the Deep South.
A chronicle of life on the resplendent island. Adele Barker and her son, Noah, settled into the central highlands of Sri Lanka for an 18-month sojourn, immersing themselves in the customs, cultures, and landscapes of the island: its elephants, birds, and monkeys; its hot curries and sweet mangoes; the cacophony of its markets; the resonant evening chants from its temples. When, having returned home to Tucson, Barker awakes on December 26, 2004, to see televised images of the island's southern shore disappearing into the ocean, she decides she must go back.
This third volume in David Attenborough's "Early Years" trilogy recounts his expedition to Australia in search of more rare species.
As with the previous two titles, Zoo Quest for a Dragon and Quest in Paradise, it is read by Attenborough and provides an educative and entertaining account of his adventures.
A Northerner in exile, Stuart Maconie goes on a journey in search of the North, attempting to discover where the clichés end and the truth begins. He travels from Wigan Pier to Blackpool Tower and Newcastle's Bigg Market to the Lake District to find his own Northern Soul, encountering along the way an exotic cast of chippy Scousers, pie-eating woollybacks, topless Geordies, mad-for-it Mancs, Yorkshire nationalists and brothers in southern exile.
A Buddhist monk takes up arms to resist the Chinese invasion of Tibet - then spends the rest of his life trying to atone for the violence by hand printing the best prayer flags in India. A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her best friend ritually starve herself to death. Nine people, nine lives; each one taking a different religious path, each one an unforgettable story. William Dalrymple delves deep into the heart of a nation torn between the relentless onslaught of modernity and the ancient traditions that endure to this day.
American-born Paul Theroux had lived in England for 11 years when he realized he'd explored dozens of exotic locations without discovering anything about his adopted home. So, with a knapsack on his back, he set out to explore by walking and by short train trips. The result is a witty, observant and often acerbic look at an ever eccentric assortments of Brits in all shapes and sizes.
Building on the success of The Yarn Whisperer, Clara Parkes' rich personal essays invite listeners and devoted crafters on excursions to be savored, from a guide who quickly comes to feel like a trusted confidante. In Knitlandia, she takes listeners along on 17 of her most memorable journeys across the globe over the last 15 years, with stories spanning from the fjords of Iceland to a cozy yarn shop in Paris' 13th arrondissement.
Written and read by best-selling Australian author and much-loved actor William McInnes, this is a story about our love affair with holidays. It's about going away and staying at home. It's about the relaxing times you had as a kid, escapes you have with your children and the stories you hear from your friends. It can be about a romantic sunset, the spare seat at breakfast being taken by an attractive stranger, a miraculous airline upgrade....
From living in a van on the streets of San Diego, to growing chocolate with indigenous tribes in Central America, to teaching in the Middle East and volunteering in Africa, best-selling author Gregory V. Diehl has followed a worldly and unconventional path through life. Leaving his California home as a teenager, he fully immersed himself, living and working, in 45 countries across the globe - all by age 28.
All the basics for beginning cruise travelers as well veteran cruisers. Great tips on when to find the best bargains, how to stay safe and come back alive.
Discovering St. George Island is like traveling back in time to before Florida's Gulf Coast beaches became commercialized with giant condos and hotels. This book will help you prepare for and get the most out of a vacation on St. George Island. Information and descriptions in this book are based as much as possible on personal experience.
Discover the best tasting and most fun restaurants, food trucks, and foodie spots! The Rocking Anand Food Guide is for those joints that you won't necessarily find on tourist lists.
This guide will be your passport to the most up to day and relevant advice on where to go, what to see, what to do Kiev! I want you to really absorb Kiev at its fullest. With the help of this guide I promise your Kiev trip will be one you will remember with nostalgia and a big grin!
Ibn e Insha, real name Sher Muhammad Khan, born June 15, 1927, died on January 11, 1978, was a Leftist Urdu poet, humorist, travelogue writer, and columnist. He is regarded as one of the best humorists in Urdu. His writing has a distinctive diction laced with language reminiscent of Amir Khusro in its use of words and construction. He was associated with several governmental services including Radio Pakistan, Ministry of Culture, and National Book Centre of Pakistan.
Here are details on the best places to stay in the Virgin Islands, often little-known except by celebrities and the wealthiest travelers. Necker Island, Virgin Gorda, Guana Island, St. Croix, St. Thomas and more islands are covered here.
Visiting Ireland on a budget? I know how you feel. I put this book together for all my fellow budget backpackers out there. Using this travel guide will make your travel to the Emerald Isle more fun, organized and cost effective.
Visiting Ireland on a budget? I know how you feel. I put this book together for all my fellow budget backpackers out there. Using this travel guide will make your travel to the Emerald Isle more fun, organized and cost-effective.
The best guide for free and discounted food, accommodations, museums, sightseeing, outdoor activities, attractions, events, music, theater and rides. This is the best guide for freebies and discounts available in one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the world: Singapore. It is also one of the most expensive. So, if you need to stretch your budget and get the most out of this wonderful city, this book is for you.
This book chronicles the second, third and fourth years of these adventures, including the day-to-day life of a teacher at The American School of Kinshasa from 2007-2009 who deals with a marginal infrastructure while facing the everyday challenges of living in a war-torn third-world country, and has some great adventures in South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and Zanzibar.
This three book bundle includes Ireland: A Backpackers Travel Guide and also two books of Irish jokes.
What's it like to be both blind and gay? How does romance work for those who, despite this double disorientation from the mainstream, are certain of their sexual identity? To find out, Michael Lowenthal signs up for the Rainbow Bear Valentine's Cruise and joins a group of blind gay men, along with their human and canine companions, for a weeklong Mexican sail on the Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas.
What's the dance club of the moment, the best place for a drink, the most romantic choice? You'll find all that information you need in this ultimate Istanbul nightlife guide based on the recommendations of thousands of local night crawlers.
This book contains 21 tips on how you can travel and see new places without having to spend much money. You'll learn about reducing the cost of food, transportation, lodging, and more. Some of the tips you may like while others you may not like. Just look at each tip objectively and choose the ones that you feel are right for your particular travel situation.
Visiting Ireland on a budget? I know how you feel. I put this book together for all my fellow budget backpackers out there. Using this guide book will make your travel to the Emerald Isle more fun, organized and cost-effective. Discover the best hostels, budget hotels, places of interest and where to party!
Everyone would love to see the country, visit unique places and travel the open highways. However, planning a road trip can be a big undertaking and knowing where to start can be overwhelming. Start at Zero Beginner's Guides provide you with the basic information to get started and begin planning ahead, so that your next road trip vacation can be fun, relaxing and enjoyable.
An exciting, fun and humorous family adventure vacation story. A wild and challenging raft trip my children and I took through the River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.
Maui: Ten Ways to Enjoy the Best Food, Beaches and Locations While on Vacation shows you how you can enjoy the best of Maui with the most up-to-date information. What if you could plan the best vacation possible to Maui? What if you could have an incredible vacation in Maui with a few simple steps? Imagine waking up in Maui with the best guide possible to enjoy the best food, beaches, and locations while on vacation in paradise.
In Best Places to Retire: The Top 15 Affordable Towns for Retirement in Asia , you'll learn about the most ideal places to retire in the many regions of Asia. There's no mistake why Asia is such a highly desired retirement location with its lower cost of living and beautiful sights. With its diverse cultures and seemingly boundless list of things to do, Asia is a perfect place to consider retiring.