Amelia Earhart captured the hearts of the nation after becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1928. And her disappearance on an around-the-world flight in 1937 is an enduring mystery.Based on ten years of research, East to the Dawn provides a richly textured portrait of Earhart in all her complexity. It’s the perfect complement to the October 2009 movie Amelia, starring Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, and Ewan McGregor.
Paul Theroux's round-Britain travelogue is funny, perceptive and, said the Sunday Times, 'best avoided by patriots with high blood pressure . . . 'After eleven years living as an American in London, Paul Theroux set out to travel clockwise round the coast and find out what Britain and the British are really like. It was 1982, the summer of the Falklands War and the royal baby, and the ideal time, he found, to surprise the British into talking about themselves. The result is absolutely riveting reading. 'Few of us have seen the entirety of the coast and I for one am grateful to Mr Theroux for making my journey unnecessary. He describes it all brilliantly and honestly' - Anthony Burgess in the Observer. 'Filled with history, insights, landscape, epiphanies, meditations, celebrations and laments' - The New York Times.
Carol Drinkwater's "The Olive Farm" told the lyrical tale of her real-life romance with partner Michel and an abandoned Provencal olive farm which they fell in love with and bought - a double love story, recounting with wit, warmth and detail the couple's attempts to bring their dreams to life. "The Olive Season" begins with their realisation of another dream, a tropical island wedding. Returning to France, they find ever-reliable Arab gardener Quashia is leaving to marry off his youngest son. It is a bad blow. To gain the coveted AOC rating, Carol needs to plant a further 250 olive trees. Now, pregnant and often unassisted, she will have to do the bulk of the farm work. She struggles to find a water diviner to check for sources on the property. Then there is the matter of locating an elusive beekeeper who she hopes will place hives on the land in exchange for honey. As the harvest season approaches, dramatic tensions cast dark shadows over the olive farm. "The Olive Season" entices readers back into Carol and Michel's vibrant Mediterranean world.
These travel diaries capture the essence and exuberance of the young legend, Che Guevara. In January 1952, Che set out from Buenos Aires to explore South America on an ancient Norton motorcycle. He encounters an extraordinary range of people-from native Indians to copper miners, lepers and tourists-experiencing hardships and adventures that informed much of his later life.
Gandhi Did Not Survive Even Six Months After India Gained Independence. Yet No Other Indian In The Twentieth Century Has Had The Kind Of Impact On India S Destiny That He Had. In More Ways Than One, Gandhi Defined India S Political, Social, Cultural And Moral Imagination. In His Last Years, And Certainly After His Assassination On 30 January 1948, India Set Itself On A Course Which Was Different From Gandhi S Vision. Bernard Imhasly, Anthropologist, Journalist And Writer, Journeys From Imphal To Cyberabad And Bangalore, And From Champaran To Porbandar, Looking At A New India Keeping Gandhi S Ideas And Values In Mind. He Finds A Society Where Gandhi Is Alive But His Virulence Is Missing, A Polity Which Worships Him But Easily Forgets His Guiding Principles, And A Morality Which Thrives On Oppression Rather Than On The Search For Truth, A Principle Gandhi Held Paramount. While Many Of His Interlocutors Decry Gandhi, There Are A Surprising Number Of People For Whom He Remains A Yardstick Of Their Life And Work. Goodbye To Gandhi?: Travels In The New India Examines How The Choices That India Made As An Independent Nation Have Shaped The Country S Politics, Its Culture And Its People. While India Acquires A New-Found Confidence And Optimism In Its Economic Future, Bernard Imhasly, In His Engaging Travels Through Current-Day India, Listening For Echoes Of Gandhi S Voice, Finds A Cacophony Of Voices Alluring, Exciting And Sometimes Exasperating.
Mccarthy's Bar: A Journey Of Discovery In Ireland (A Lir Book)
Pete McCarthy's tale of his hilarious trip around Ireland has gained thousands of fans all over the world. Pete was born in Warrington to an Irish mother and an English father and spent happy summer holidays in Cork. Years later, reflecting on the many places he has visited as a travel broadcaster, Pete admits that he feels more at home in Ireland than anywhere. To find out whether this is due to rose-coloured spectacles or to a deeper tie with the country of his ancestors, Pete sets off on a trip around Ireland and discovers that it has changed in surprising ways. Firstly obeying the rule 'never pass a pub with your name on it', he encounters McCarthy's bars up and down the land, and meets English hippies, German musicians, married priests and many others. A funny, affectionate look at one of the most popular countries in the world.
'An unremitting powerhouse of a novel that marks the arrival of a major new talent. Trainspotting is a loosely knotted string of jagged, dislocated tales that lay bare the hearts of darkness of the junkies, wide-boys and psychos who ride in the down escalator of opportunity in the nation's capital. Loud with laughter in the dark, this novel is the real McCoy. If you haven't heard of Irvine Welsh before-don't worry, you will' The Herald
Michael Palin's epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean, but this was perhaps the greatest challenge yet: to cross the vast and merciless Sahara desert.As the journey unfolds, the Sahara reveals not the emptiness of endless sand dunes, but a huge and diverse range of cultures and landscapes and a long history of commerce and conquest stretching from the time of the ancient Egyptians to the oil-rich Islamic republics of today.On his way, he encounters dangers such as camel stew, being run over by the Paris-Dakar rally and Dakar nightlife, as well as returning to the original spot where THE LIFE OF BRIAN was fimed.This is travel writing at its very best.
Paperback edition of a British author's account of his travels in Australia, first published by Hamish Hamilton in 1987 and made into a TV series. Includes a map. Entertaining ... real insights ... this is a book about exotic Australia the fringes, the deserts, the opal mines, the Aborigines, and the North Queensland rednecks' (Guardian). The author's other works include 'Coming From Behind' (1983), 'Peeping Tom' (1984) and 'Roots Schmoots' (1993). He has lived and worked in Australia and is married to an Australian.
"The stars shimmer like spilled handfuls of glitter. The day is beginningto rise with a faint mist. As I turn my head, ghostly halos, auras of light,appear and disappear ... The silence is truly awesome. Not a bird, not a whisper of wind, not a breath of life. Only the two of us, a most implausible pair, standing shoulder to shoulder gazing upon an awakening heaven"Returning to their home after an extended absence Carol and herhusband Michel are looking forward to summer together on the farm. Ashocking blow leaves Carol alone and the future is uncertain. Feeling isolated and with no olives to harvest, Carol ventures beyond the farm to explore other aspects of Provencal life - from hunting to bee-keeping, the ancient language to the ever-present demands of family and friends. And ultimately, Provence's generous diversity - and Carol's own persistence in sharing it with those she loves - paves a path to joy.
In 1920, Nora Waln arrived in China and was welcomed into the innermost daily life of the Lin family as a "daughter in affection". It had been her dream to see China, but to be accepted into this family so intimately was amazing to Nora. This evocative, brilliant memoir, published 13 years after her return to the West, became a bestseller alongside those of Pearl Buck, Alice Tisdale Hobart, and Grace Seton Thompson.
This guide covers the city of San Francisco taking in all the important sites before moving on to the rest of the Peninsula. Key features include: reviews of restaurants and accommodation in every price range; discussion of the city's history, from Gold Rush beginnings through the Summer of Love to today's gay scene; and detailed neighbourhood and transport maps.
Never feel like a stranger in France again!When should you mention a person's family name in a greeting? Should you pay immediately when you are served in a caf? Wearing what item of clothing will instantly reveal you as a tourist? All these answers and more can be found in When in France, Do As the French Do, a fun and intriguing book that teaches you about France's culture, language, and people.It features 120 intriguing multiple-choice questions that are cross-referenced to fascinating articles on pop culture, customs, behavior, history, consumer trends, literature, tourist sights, business, language, and more. Also included are key terms and useful expressions, informative charts, and websites for further reference.
The Rough Guide to Canada 5 (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
Thoroughly revised and updated, the fifth edition of the Rough Guide to Canada covers this vast and geographically diverse country in impressive detail. There are insightful accounts of every Canadian city, from vibrant Montreal to laid back Vancouver, and vivid descriptions of Canada's varied landscapes, from the magnificent Rocky Mountains and the stormy coasts of the Maritimes to the northern Arctic reaches. Throughout there is practical advice on skiing, whale-watching, kayaking, hiking and a host of other outdoor pursuits. Thousands of listings recommend the best accommodation options, restaurants, bars and clubs in every price range.
When J. R. Daeschner first heard about 'shin kicking' he was intrigued. As an American who had lived in Britain for some time, he thought he knew a thing or two about the country. But he'd never come across this centuries- old 'sport', which had to be one of the most painful and infuriating ever invented. J. R. had to find out more, and soon discovered that Britain has dozens, if not hundreds, of similar acts of lunacy enshrined as traditions; strange-named events such as cheese rolling, gurning, bog snorkelling- TRUE BRITS is a funny and fascinating trek around Britain, following J. R. as he meets some of the great British eccentrics who involve themselves in a host of bizarre pastimes which include hurling themselves down a grassy cliff in pursuit of a cheese, coating themselves in prickly green burrs, hanging toast on trees and prancing around with reindeer antlers on their heads. In an attempt to understand why seemingly ordinary people do such extraordinarily strange things, J. R. talks to countless characters, watches them in action, and even participates in many of the events himself- encountering plenty of occupational hazards along the way.
Musician Bob Geldof first visited Africa in 1984. The following year, Live Aid inspired a generation to raise millions for the starving in Africa. More than 20 years on, passion undiminished, Geldof returns to what he calls the Luminous Continent. This is his personal diary. Unflinchingly honest, and stunningly illustrated with his own photographs, Geldof in Africapaints a unique picture of this extraordinary and beautiful land.
The Rough Guide to Los Angeles is the definitive handbook to the USA’s second biggest city. Now in its fourth edition, the guide is jam-packed with up-to-date listings of hundreds of the city’s restaurants, bars and hotels, as well as reviews of all the best clubs, shops, cinemas, and live music venues. Along with a thorough look at LA’s top tourist areas, from Hollywood and Beverly Hills to Santa Monica and Disneyland, the guide also takes time to explore less well-known but no less deserving destinations, from Downtown’s burgeoning arts district to Santa Catalina Island off the coast. There are chapters that look at LA’s colourful background, from the landmark architecture and local history, to the rise of the Hollywood film industry. The guide comes complete with plenty of maps to help you plan your trip to this free-spirited metropolis.
What would happen if you took some of Britain's best writing talent, put them on a plane and flew them to one of the most extraordinary and inaccessible places on the planet?What would happen if you took Irvine Welsh from the streets of Edinburgh and showed him a remote, dangerous village in Africa?What would happen if you flew Alex Garland into one of the world's most hazardous war zones?And how would Tony Hawks react if you dragged him away from his tennis and asked him to write a song with a Sudanese tribesman?With Victoria Glendinning, Andrew O'Hagan, Giles Foden and WF Deedes, these writers have experienced for themselves one of the most beautiful and yet troubled lands in the world The Sudan.This remarkable collection of short stories and evocative travel writing is their response -as diverse and unpredictable as the country itself.
International travel now takes place on an unprecedented scale, both for business and pleasure. With exotic places ever more accessible to everyone, it is increasingly important for travelers to be informed about the health problems they may encounter abroad. Travellers' Health: How to Stay Healthy Abroad provides indispensable advice for all those planning and undertaking journeys anywhere in the world.
A northerner in exile, stateless and confused, hearing rumors of Harvey Nichols in Leeds and Maseratis in Wilmslow, the author goes in search of The North. Delving into his own past, it is a riotously funny journey in search of where the cliches end and the truth begins. He travels from Wigan Pier to Blackpool Tower, the Bigg Market in Newcastle to the daffodil-laden Lake District in search of his own Northern Soul, encountering along the way an exotic cast of characters while he battles with his own identity.
Setting off from Ireland, Pete McCarthy takes us on a wonderful journey around the weird and wonderful Irish communities of the world. In his own inimitable style, Pete recounts his adventures and escapades as, in Morocco he meets the head of Clan McCarthy, and then goes on to visit the renowned Irish peoples of New York. He journeys to the southern hemisphere and then back again to the United States before ending up in a small town called McCarthy in Alaska. Will he encounter enough McCarthy's Bars, as he continues to obey the eighth rule of travel: 'never pass a pub with your name on it'? This is a funny, affectionate look at the Irish communties of the world.
"Time Out" London for Londoners (Time Out London for Londoners: The Ultimate Handbook to Living R)
The source book for anyone who lives in London or who thinks they might like to try life in the capital. Borough by borough, "Time Out" takes you through the London that tourists don't see. Each area is dissected, by way of facts and figures (council tax, transport, schools, house prices, rents and so on) and by amenities (parks, markets, sports facilities, arts venues, play areas). We reveal whether an area is good for families or singles, whether culture or sport takes precedence, if an area is safe or simply dull, and whether the area is on the way up or past its peak. The best restaurants, bars and shops will be featured, from local delis and cafes to buzzing restaurants and chi-chi boutiques; and crammed with recreational ideas: from Sunday afternoon walks to entertaining friends and relatives during their stay. With colour maps and photos, and pages of essential phone numbers and websites, this will be a must-have London resource.
There's more to life than cars. Jeremy Clarkson knows this. There is, after all a whole world out there just waiting to be discovered. So, before, he gets on to torque steer and active suspension, he takes time to consider: the madness of Galapagos tortoises; the similarities between Jeremy Paxman and AC/DC's bass guitarist; the problems and perils of being English; God's dumbest creation. Then there are the the cars: whether it's the poxiest little runabout or an exotic, firebreathing supercar, no one does cars like Clarkson. Unmoved by mechanics' claims and unimpressed by press junkets, he approaches anything on four wheels without fear or favour. What emerges from the ashes is rarely pretty. But always very, very funny.
As befits any true scion of the Irish literary tradition, Brendan Lehane spins a good yarn. 'Places to stay are plentiful but distant,' he writes of the Sperrin Mountains - a distinct improvement on the 1930s when the naturalist Robert Praeger and a colleague 'had to share a five-foot bed, both of them over six foot, with their feet sticking out of the window, in the only cottage with rooms to hire. In the morning hens were roosting on their toes'. He has plenty of other tales, drawn from folklore and fact, and an abiding love of the unchanged Irish countryside which informs every paragraph of this witty and readable book. Wild places still exist in abundance in Ireland. As he nicely points out, you can climb a mountain, bathe in the sea, watch thousands of birds co-existing on off-shore stacks, fish for salmon with a good chance of catching one and hear the dusk calls of the corncrake at a river's mouth all in a day. Wild Ireland offers something different from the general run of guide-books. It takes you far beyond Dublin and the other popular tourist destinations such as Cork, Galway and County Kerry, spiriting you away to the remotest sea cliffs, secret valleys and mountain lakes, in Northern Ireland as well as the Republic. If you want to be an armchair traveller, Wild Ireland will entertain and entrance you for hours with word pictures and colour photographs. If you like the sound of a place, look in the accompanying fact-pack and you will find everything you need to plan a journey, arrange a fishing holiday, fix up accommodation or work out the stages for a long-distance walk. Specially drawn maps will enable you to find all the author's favourite spots. In this edition the fact-packs have been packed with more facts than ever: more telephone and fax numbers, more contact names and more outdoor activities together with e-mail and web-site addresses, in short everything necessary to bring this popular and successful guide-book fully up to date.
Together Haiti and the Dominican Republic form the island of Hispaniola. With easy cross border travel, this guide is aimed at both the independent traveller and the adventurous package tourist, providing all the necessary practical information.
South Pacific expert and founder of Southpacific.org, David Stanley, knows the best way to vacation in Tahiti from navigating the streets of Papeete and browsing the Papeete market, to visiting the Arahoho Blowhole on the Northeast Coast of the island and snorkelling off the island of Moorea. Bruce includes unique trip ideas like Romantic Tahiti and Best of French Polynesia. Packed with information on dining, transportation, and accommodations, Moon Tahiti has lots of options for a range of travel budgets. Every Moon guidebook includes recommendations for must-see sights and many regional, area and city-centred maps. Complete with details on the best beaches and most romantic spots Moon Tahiti gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
This guide to Mexico City includes expanded coverage of lesser-known neighborhoods, and features unique local restaurants and an updated nightlife section that includes more bars and cantinas. Expect to gain cultural insights and hear intriguing local lore, explore the city's Aztec ruins, the French-built Paseo de la Reforma, Latin dance clubs, and more. Color photos, illustrations, maps.
In this warm and very funny memoir about growing up in Kenya, where the author’s family transplanted themselves in the 1970s, there are tales of lions in the school playground; being chased by a herd of elephants; and being mugged by baboons.
Fi Glover is a bit of a traveller. She loves hotels, air stewardesses and fluffy towelling robes, but above all, she loves radio. She started to wonder about all the places she'd ended up in, all the radio DJs she'd listened to, the way a new radio station made her feel at home and yet gave her the fastest insight into an alien city or community. She decided to take a journey around the world collecting hotel freebies and DJs - from the charismatic Rose who guided Montserrat through the tragedy of their volcanic eruption to Dr Laura, who talks the dysfunctional of New York through their psychotic days. From Somerset to Beirut, Las Vegas to Vienna, Travels With My Radio is a wonderfully funny and strangely moving quest to find the perfect radio station.
'I, Danny Wallace, being of sound mind and body, do hereby write this manifesto for my life. I swear I will be more open to opportunity. I swear I will live my life taking every available chance. I will say Yes to every favour, request, suggestion and invitation. I Will Swear To Say Yes Where Once I Would Say No.' Danny Wallace had been staying in. Far too much. Having been dumped by his girlfriend, he really wasn't doing the young, free and single thing very well. Instead he was avoiding people. Texting them Instead of calling them. Calling them Instead of meeting them. That is until that one fateful date when a mystery man on a late-night bus told him to 'Say Yes more'. These three simple words changed Danny's life forever.Yes Man is the story of what happened when Danny decided to say Yes to everything, in order to make his life more interesting. And boy, did it get more interesting.
Travellers are discovering that there's more to Central America than Costa Rica and are expanding their travel plans to include a wider range of countries. This new guide goes in-depth not only on popular Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Belize but also on El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Fodor's balanced coverage of this region, which includes hotel and restaurants in all price ranges, provides this new wave of travellers just the kind of information they need to discover Central America's teeming ecoforests, its evocative ancient ruins, and its spectacular beaches. Before you leave for Central America be sure to pack your Fodor's guide to make certain you don't miss a thing.
it will come as no surprise to anyone that Jeremy Clarkson loves machines. But it's not just any old bucket of bolts, cogs and bearings that puts that rings his bell. in fact, he's scoured the length and breadth of the land, plunged into oceans and taken to the skies in search of those rare machines with that elusive certain something. And along the way he's discovered: The safest place to be in the event of nuclear war; who would win if Superman, James Bond and The Terminator had a fight; the stupidest person he's ever met; what an old Cornish institution called Arthur has to do with 0898 chat lines; and how Jean Claude Van Damme might get eaten by a lion . . . in i Know You Got Soul, Jeremy Clarkson tells the stories of the geniuses, innovators and crackpots who put the ghost in the machine. From Brunel's SS Great Britain to the awesome Blackbird spy plane and from the woeful - but inspiring - Graf Zeppelin to Han Solo's Millennium Falcon, they were built by people who love them - and we can't help but love them in return.
Paperback edition of a collection of the Australian-born author and critic's travel writing published in the London 'Observer' during the period 1976 to 1983. Countries and cities which receive the witty and satiric James treatment include Sydney, New York, Rome, Paris, Jerusalem, Russia and Japan. First published by Jonathan Cape in 1984.
Fly Europe is a practical, easy-to-use guidebook that provides information on 80 budget airline destinations in one volume. Many of the cities the budget airlines fly to are not traditional tourist destinations and are therefore not covered by individual city guidebooks; equally, tourists may or may not need ot want a full-length, overly detailed city guidebook just for a short break. This book aims to help readers make an informed choice about the best destination to choose; then, once that choice is made and the flights are booked, they will have at their fingertips all the information they need to enjoy a short break in that city. Each city section provides details on transport to and around the city, what to see there and why, accommodation (from budget to luxury hotels), eating out, nightlife and shopping, and a useful map of the city center.
Jeremy Clarkson is the second-best motoring writer in Britain. For twenty years, he's been driving cars, writing about them and occasionally voicing his opinions about them on the BBC's Top Gear. No one in the business is taller. Here, he's collected his best car columns and stories in which he waxes lyrical on topics as useful and diverse as: bull; the perils of bicycle ownership bull; why Australians - not Brits - need bull bars bull; why soon only geriatrics will be driving BMW's bull; the difficulty of deciding on the best car for your wedding bull; why Jesus's dad would have owned a Nissan Bluebird bull; and why it is bus lanes that cause traffic jams Irreverent, damn funny and offensive to almost everyone, this is writing with its foot to the floor, the brake lines cut and the speed limit smashed to smithereens. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
A traveller's history of New Zealand and the South Pacific islands
A Traveller's History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands gives the curious tourist not only a modern day portrait of New Zealand and the far flung islands, their political systems and economic diversity, but also a look at the early settling of this massive area which covers about a fifth of whole surface of the earth. When European navigators first sailed into the region they were astonished at the exotic shared culture and language of the natives, separated in some cases by terrifying stretches of open ocean. The story of the peopling of the South Pacific Islands and NZ is one of the world's great epics and John H. Chambers vividly conveys these islands' histories in this book.'An excellent series of brief histories' New York Times
This guide aims to bring a fresh, contemporary perspective to Singapore. Features include: insiders' accounts of all aspects of the city, from its traditional Chinese, Malay and Indian enclaves to the colonial remnants and modern high-rise skyline; coverage of the island's parks, nature reserves, temples and beaches; critical appraisals of accommodation, from the humblest hotels to the venerable Raffles; a guide to the best of Singapore's cuisine, ranging from lunchtime snacks at hawker stalls to exquisite Chinese banquets; reviews of the island's top bars and nightspots; a guide to bargain-hunting in the famous Orchard Road shopping malls; and walking tours with 23 maps.
Raised by eccentric grandparents at Annesgrove, an Irish stately home, Diana Duff grew up surrounded by family ghosts, banshees and buried treasure. At 18, Diana entered the glamorous world of 1950s Kenya, becoming a stand-in for Grace Kelly before embarking on a career as a nurse. After marrying a young officer in the Colonial Service, Diana spent her nights shivering and alone, gun in hand, as the Mau Mau rebellion threatened to engulf her. Moving to Tanganyika, Diana went on to found the first inter-racial nursery school in East Africa before a transfer saw the family shifting to South Africa in the 1960s at the height of apartheid.
Omfattende rejsehåndbog til brug for individuelle rejsende på Cuba. Indeholder afsnit om bl.a. kultur, historie, geografi, klima, flora og fauna, kunst, religion, sprog, økonomi, befolkningsforhold og regering samt en mængde fakta af betydning for den rejsende. Med mange kort
Travellers Belgium, 4th (Travellers - Thomas Cook)
This title includes: expert advice, tracking down the best sights and experiences; detailed background on people, geography, culture and history; clear and accurate mapping for orientation at country, region and city levels; suggested walks and tours to somewhere a little different, including a tour along the River Meuse; impartial and dependable sleeping, eating and entertainment listings; and comprehensive coverage of the best of the region including: Brussels, Flanders, Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, and Wallonia.
Don't Go There!: The Travel Detective's Essential Guide to the Must-Miss Places of the World
We've all suffered through bad vacations: tourist traps, endless lines, rundown hotels, and the worst airports on earth. Before you book your next trip, get all of the facts--that "idyllic" beachfront hotel could really be one of the world's hellholes.In this follow-up to hisNew York Timesbestseller,The Complete Travel Detective Bible, Peter Greenberg shares his experiences and hard-won knowledge of where not to go and why, so you can make sure your big vacation isn't to a dismal destination.From dangerous roads, crime-ridden cities, and countries overrun with disease to depressing destinations, polluted beaches, and place that (literally) stink, the ultimate travel expert leaves no stone unturned, no garbage heap unexplored, to list the locations you should forget even exist.Backed up by information he has been compiling for years, Greenberg unapologetically exposes misrepresented resorts, corrupt countries, and cringe-worthy cruise ships so that travelers can confidently pack their bags and avoid vacation tragedy.
The Complete Travel Detective Bible: The Consummate Insider Tells You What You Need to Know in an Increasingly Complex World!
This ultimate "physician’s desk reference" for travelers addresses the questions, anxieties, concerns, and desire for essential information that are common to seasoned and novice travelers alike. Peter Greenberg, best-selling author, trusted Today show travel editor, and the man that writer Paul Theroux calls "the liberator and defender of the traveling public," offers an encyclopedic look at every aspect of the travel process, both domestically and internationally, from the true definition of travel terms to in-depth explanations of how things really work. Do you want to know which airline seats are the best and worst? How you can vacation in a lighthouse, a monastery, or even a converted prison? Which countries require you to get visas before you visit? Or won’t let you in even if you have a passport? Which airlines are the worst "bumping" offenders? How you can avoid hidden fees? The Complete Travel Detective Bible offers up answers to these questions and much more. Everything is cross-referenced and each chapter is filled with useful charts, lists, and diagrams, making for an easily accessible format. Greenberg, who has been to more than 146 countries, is an expert without equal at outplaying the travel industry at its own games, securing the best fares, accommodations, and service at the lowest possible prices. He shares every one of these hard-won, ingenious insider secrets in this book, making The Complete Travel Detective Bible the ultimate word on travel today.
Who but Rick Steves can tell travelers the best way to visit Etruscan caves in Central Italy's hill towns, shop for cheeses in Avignon's open-air market, or catch an accordion performance on Amsterdam's city streets? With Rick Steves’ Best of Europe, travelers can experience the best of everything Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland have to offer—economically and hassle-free. Completely revised and updated, this guide includes, opinionated coverage of both famous and lesser-known sights, friendly places to eat and sleep, suggested day plans, walking tours and trip itineraries, and clear instructions for smooth travel anywhere by car, train, or foot. America’s #1 authority on travel to Europe, Rick’s time-tested recommendations for safe and enjoyable travel in Europe have been used by millions of Americans in search of their own unique European travel experience.
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
Would you be surprised that road rage can be good for society? Or that most crashes happen on sunny, dry days? That our minds can trick us into thinking the next lane is moving faster? Or that you can gauge a nation’s driving behavior by its levels of corruption? These are only a few of the remarkable dynamics that Tom Vanderbilt explores in this fascinating tour through the mysteries of the road. Based on exhaustive research and interviews with driving experts and traffic officials around the globe, Traffic gets under the hood of the everyday activity of driving to uncover the surprisingly complex web of physical, psychological, and technical factors that explain how traffic works, why we drive the way we do, and what our driving says about us. Vanderbilt examines the perceptual limits and cognitive underpinnings that make us worse drivers than we think we are. He demonstrates why plans to protect pedestrians from cars often lead to more accidents. He shows how roundabouts, which can feel dangerous and chaotic, actually make roads safer—and reduce traffic in the bargain. He uncovers who is more likely to honk at whom, and why. He explains why traffic jams form, outlines the unintended consequences of our quest for safety, and even identifies the most common mistake drivers make in parking lots.The car has long been a central part of American life; whether we see it as a symbol of freedom or a symptom of sprawl, we define ourselves by what and how we drive. As Vanderbilt shows, driving is a provocatively revealing prism for examining how our minds work and the ways in which we interact with one another. Ultimately, Traffic is about more than driving: it’s about human nature. This book will change the way we see ourselves and the world around us. And who knows? It may even make us better drivers.
Taking the fire that destroyed the Fenice theatre in 1996 as his starting point, John Berendt creates a unique and unforgettable portrait of Venice and its extraordinary inhabitants. Beneath the exquisite facade of the world's most beautiful historic city, scandal, corruption and venality are rampant, and John Berendt is a master at seeking them out. Ezra Pound and his mistress, Olga; poet Mario Stefani; the Rat Man of Treviso; or Mario Moro self-styled carabiniere, fireman, soldier or airman, depending on the day of the week. With his background in journalism, Berendt is perfectly poised to gain access to private and unapproachable people, and persuade them to talk frankly to him. The result is mischievous, witty, compelling - and destined to be the non-fiction succes d'estime of the year.