ABBEY'S CHOICE DECEMBER 2016 ----- The award-winning chronicler of life in Paris reveals the secrets of his home quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Pres.
A unique blend of history, memoir, and sightseeing essentials, Saint-Germain-des-Pres is a captivating narrative guidebook to one of Paris's iconic quarters by John Baxter, bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World.
Occupying less than a square mile along Paris's Left Bank, Saint-Germain-des-Pres, originally an independent village centered around the medieval abbey that lends the quarter its name, has for centuries been home to rebels of all stripes. Within its boundaries, the French Revolution was plotted, the guillotine invented, and in 1968 students revolted and clashed with police. Philosopher Descartes is buried here (sans skull), while Sartre, Camus, and de Beauvoir birthed existentialism around the tables of the legendary Cafe de Flore. Saint-Germain sheltered and inspired such artistic rebels as Picasso, Rimbaud, Hemingway, and scores of jazz musicians. Today, the neighborhood, with its cobblestone streets, iconic cafes, and unique shopping destinations, is one of Paris's premier tourist attractions. And yet it retains its rebel soul - if you know where to look.
In this first book in his Great Parisian Neighborhoods series, Baxter, an expat who has called Saint-Germain home for more than two decades, guides readers on an off-the-beaten-path journey through the quarter's history, landmarks, and delights.
'Talking to you in English', he said, 'is like touching you with gloves.' A language barrier is no match for love. New Yorker journalist Lauren Collins discovers this first-hand when, in her early thirties, she moves to London and falls for Olivier, a Frenchman. As their relationship begins to grow, Lauren senses that there are things she doesn't understand about Olivier, having never spoken to him in his mother tongue. (Does 'I love you' even mean the same thing as 'je t'aime'?) And when they move to French-speaking Geneva, Lauren suddenly finds herself no longer able to talk to the local handymen or shop owners, let alone her husband's parents. Fearful of one day finding herself unable to communicate with her own children, Lauren decides to learn French. Along the way, she faces a series of challenges, from awkward role-playing games at her Swiss language school, to accidentally telling her mother-in-law that she's given birth to a coffee machine. But there are also unexpected pleasures: the delights of learning French words that have no English equivalent and the joys of winning her first argument against Olivier in his native tongue. A funny, thoughtful memoir, When in French considers how language shapes our lives, from how we think, to how we fall in love, and what happens when two languages, and two very different cultures, collide.
This book answers the perennial question of every travel addict: where is the best place to visit during every season of the year?
In a visually engaging style using a combination of infographics and insights from Lonely Planet's expert authors, the book resolves travel dilemmas for every sort of trip and presents inspiring ideas for the best places to go.
Includes up to 30 recommendations - from wilderness adventures to city breaks - for every month of the year.
With Lonely Planet's stylishly illustrated How to Pack for Any Trip, learn to up your packing game. Take the pain out of packing by using our cut-out-and-keep lists. Teach the kids to pack and learn how to edit your own capsule wardrobe. Make your tech work harder by choosing apps that will pack for you. Find luggage that's a true soulmate for your travel style that will be in it for the long haul. Even take comfort and inspiration in stories of packing mishaps and luggage pioneers from days gone by.
Are you a stylish city weekender wanting to look your best while on the go, a streamlined business traveller looking for even more efficient carry-on packing techniques, a tipping-the-scales travelling family preparing for any kind of meltdown or an adventuring adrenaline junkie needing necessary kit supplies? Headed for a beach break, a jungle trek, a 48-hour jaunt or a six-month expedition? Preparing for sweltering heat or subzero conditions?
No matter what type of traveller you are or what kind of trip you're planning, the various tailored packing lists, tips, techniques and advice in this book will help you unleash the packing pro within and keep your luggage light and organised.
* comprehensive packing lists
* tried-and-tested packing methods
* advice for choosing luggage
* how-to illustrations
* kit ideas for every type of trip
Packing light is once again la mode. As the author Antoine de Saint-Exup©ry once said: 'He who would travel happily, must travel light.' When it comes to your suitcase, less really is more, leaving you light on your feet and free to immerse yourself in local culture and nature without being weighed down. However, regarded as an art, a science, or even a necessary evil, packing is a task all travellers must tackle before their journey even begins, yet not many of us, do it well or approach it with any sense of pleasure.
Let us fix that! Step away from that mountainous pile of clothing, get up off that suitcase you're trying to squash shut, and allow this book to unclutter your path to luggage liberation. Indeed, packing light can take more time and strategy. Happily, this guide will teach you the skills to decide what is absolutely necessary and what can be done without.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes is arguably the UK's greatest polar explorer and adventurer, whose never-say-die approach to life has enabled him to endure conditions most of us could never handle. His many successes of exploring the vastness of the icy southern hemisphere, and the polar ice cap, as well as scientifically monitoring how the human body copes in such extreme conditions has pushed him to the forefront of his field. Equally he has taken on several challenges purely for raising vast amounts of money, such as scaling Mount Everest. These adventures were thrillingly captured in his bestselling narrative memoir Cold. Colder is the fully illustrated edition of Fiennes' memoirs, compete with personal photographs, maps and diary notes of his adventures. New narrative is supported with personal photography from his many polar expeditions. Detailed maps showcasing his routes across the various landscapes he has traversed, as well as extended captions provide perfect analysis of what he has achieved. Colder is the perfect coffee table guide to understanding how great his achievements are in the history of man's exploration of extreme Earth.
Determined dogs from around the world travel vast distances and overcome unbelievable odds. Meet Bonnie, the kelpie-blue heeler cross, who led her owner to safety through one of the deadliest bushfires in Australia's history; Penny, a Hungarian vizsla, who was dognapped and found 3800 miles from where she was taken; and Inka, the friendly bull-mastiff cross, who made her way back to her owner after ten years, and just in time for Christmas. From heartwarming tales of canine loyalty to mysterious cases of dogs turning up thousands of miles away, these are the incredible true stories of how sixteen remarkable dogs found their way home.
In 1933, the eighteen year old Patrick Leigh Fermor set out in a pair of hobnailed boots to chance and charm his way across Europe, like a tramp, a pilgrim or a wandering scholar. The books he later wrote about this walk, A Time of Gifts, Between the Woods and the Water, and the posthumous The Broken Road are a half-remembered, half-reimagined journey through cultures now extinct, landscapes irrevocably altered by the traumas of the twentieth century. Aged eighteen, Nick Hunt read A Time of Gifts and dreamed of following in Fermor's footsteps. In 2011 he began his own great trudge - on foot all the way to Istanbul. He walked across Europe through eight countries, following two major rivers and crossing three mountain ranges. Using Fermor's books as his only travel guide, he trekked some 2,500 miles through Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. His aim? To have an old-fashioned adventure. To slow down and linger in a world where we pass by so much, so fast. To discover for himself what remained of hospitality, kindness to strangers, freedom, wildness, adventure, the mysterious, the unknown, the deeper currents of myth and story that still flow beneath Europe's surface.
A dizzying, fast-paced tour of Latin America provides one of the Spanish-speaking world's most outstanding writers with the occasion for an experimental travelogue somewhere between personal diary and critical essay. Lamenting not having more time to get to know each of the 19 countries he visits after winning the Premio Alfaguara, Andres Neuman concludes that world travel consists mostly of 'not seeing'. Turning the fleeting nature of his trip into a creative and critical advantage, he writes a work that is whimsical and fun, poetic and aphoristic.
Machu Picchu, the Acropolis, the Great Rift Valley: these are some of the most beautiful, mysterious and awe-inspiring places on the planet. Award-winning travel writer Aaron Millar reveals the greatest wonders of the world and the insider secrets on how to see them. From where to catch the perfect sunrise over the Grand Canyon to how to swim up to the very edge of the Victoria Falls, this is a road map for discovering the greatest experiences of your life. There are wonders of our future too: the Large Hadron Collider, the most complicated machine ever built; the International Space Station, the greatest international peacetime collaboration in history; the Rio Carnival, the biggest party on the planet. The 50 Greatest Wonders of the World reminds us how fantastically inspiring our planet really is, and how we're a part of it.
This beautiful volume of soundscape compositions, images and words from Philip Samartzis is an invitation to share in a remarkable journey of enquiry. Antarctica is a paradox of the sublime and prosaic: with its vast expanses of ice, snow and mountains - and traces of human habitation, from weathered huts to abandoned machinery. Samartzis travelled south with the Australian Antarctic Division on several occasions and his recordings of the unique sounds of Antarctica have been used to create soundscape compositions which are meticulously realised on three CDs of the music included in this book.
In 1991, Monisha Rajesh's family uprooted from Sheffield to Madras in the hope of making India their home. Two years later, fed up with soap-eating rats, severed human heads and the creepy colonel across the road, they returned to England with a bitter taste in their mouths. Two decades on, she turns to a map of the Indian Railways and takes a page out of Jules Verne's classic tale, embarking on an adventure around India in 80 trains, covering 40,000km - the circumference of the Earth. She hopes that 80 train journeys up, down and across India will lift the veil on a country that has become a stranger to her. Along the way, Monisha discovers that the Indian Railways - featuring luxury trains, toy trains, Mumbai's infamous commuter trains, and even a hospital on wheels - have more than a few stories to tell, not to mention a colourful cast of characters. And with a self-confessed 'militant devout atheist' in tow, her personal journey around a country built on religion isn't quite what she bargained for...
The Best Travel Writing, Volume 11 is the latest in the annual Travelers' Tales series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing — from Nobel Prize winners to emerging new writers. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisines and cultures. Includes winners from the annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Writing.
Introduction by Rolf Potts
In The Best Travel Writing, Volume 11, readers will:
Piece together the puzzle of life in rural Cambodia
Reawaken the joy of travel on a bus ride through Mexico
Reexamine war memories with former soldiers in Vietnam
Learn the ropes and the art of sailing with a "good captain" on the Pacific
Find a true soul sister in the highlands of Ecuador
Follow Vincent van Gogh's footsteps in France
Survive (or not) a home invasion in Brazil...and much more
Foreword by Levison Wood, bestselling author of Walking the Nile. A comprehensive, fascinating and inspiring gallery of the great adventures that changed our world. Throughout history there have been brave men and women who dared to go where few had gone before. They broke new ground by drawing on incredible reserves of courage, fortitude and intelligence in the face of terrible adversity. Their endeavours changed the world and inspired generations. Spanning several centuries and united by the common theme of the resilience of the human spirit, this is the ultimate collection of the stories of the intrepid explorers who forged new frontiers across land, sea, skies and space. 50 incredible journeys including; * Tenzing and Hillary's conquest of Everest * Neil Armstrong's giant leap * Christopher Columbus' new world * Amelia Earhart flying the Atlantic * gold fever in the Yukon * the hunt for a man-eating leopard in India Great Expeditions includes not only some of the most famous journeys in history but also introduces many more that ought to be more widely recognised and celebrated.
London of the mind, the heart and the eye is displayed, discussed and dissected in this classic work of 1962 that unites the elegant prose of V.S. Pritchett and the revealing photographs of Evelyn Hofer. Here is a pithy, knowledgeable distillation of the essential London - a panorama of its history, art, literature and daily life. Here is the city that Londoners know, a paraodox of grandeur and grime, the locus of bustling markets and tranquil parks, of palaces and pubs, of docks and railway depots, of the ancient and modern. Great Londoners of the past stalk these pages - Wren, Pepys, Defoe, Hogarth, Dickens and, of course, Samuel Johnson. And here, too, are the faces of the people inhabiting modern London - enigmatic and enduring.
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At the age of thirty, Amy Liptrot finds herself washed up back home on Orkney. Standing unstable on the island, she tries to come to terms with the addiction that has swallowed the last decade of her life. As she spends her mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, her days tracking Orkney's wildlife, and her nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy discovers how the wild can restore life and renew hope.
Having immersed himself in the islands of Rhodes, Corfu and Cyprus, Lawrence Durrell turns to Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, with its long and varied history and its spectacular archaeological remains. To equip himself for this formidable task, Durrell joined a tour, the 'Sicilian Carousel', and the account of his travels with a mixed bag of companions is characteristically sharp and witty. But the deeper theme is Mediterranean civilization, its manifestations and its meaning, not only in Sicily but in Greece, in Italy, in Southern France. The book includes several poems by Durrell, not previously published, all inspired by different parts of the island and is illustrated by a selection of elegant engravings. Sicilian Carousel is a book to treasure.
The Sahara: a dream-like far away landscape of TE Lawrence and Wilfred Thesiger, Mad Max and Dune, but home to nomadic communities whose ways of life stretch back millennia. Today it's a teeth-janglingly dangerous destination, where the threat of jihadists lurks just over the horizon. Following in the footsteps of 16th century traveller Leo Africanus, Nicholas Jubber went on a turbulent adventure to the forgotten places of North Africa and the legendary Timbuktu. Once the seat of African civilization and home to the richest man who ever lived, this mythic city is now scarred by terrorist occupation and is so remote its own inhabitants hail you with the greeting, 'Welcome to the middle of nowhere'. From the cattle markets of Atlas, across the Western Sahara and up the Niger river, Nicholas joins the camps of the Tuareg, Fulani, Berbers, and other communities to learn about their craft, their values and their place in the world. The Timbuktu School for Nomads is a unique look at a resilient city and how the nomads pit ancient ways of life against the challenges of the 21st century.
The Great Ocean Road is world class. Stunning rock formations crafted by nature, wild ocean bordered by mountains and flowing rivers with fern gullies. Road number B100, the Great Ocean Road has it all as it curves along 243 kilometres of coastline in south west Victoria, Australia. In Sea Breeze and Surf the reader is enticed through the gateway of Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula and Discovery Coast for a journey along this world famous iconic road. Along the way there are fascinating destinations to experience - the renowned surfing mecca of Bells Beach, imposing lighthouses, numerous waterfalls, sculptured rock stacks, exemplified by the Twelve Apostles, and seaside villages, each with its own distinctive character. Panoramic views and diverse landscapes have inspired musicians, artists and writers; ocean waves have enticed surfers and fishermen; plentiful rainfall and lush vegetation have attracted dairy farmers and vignerons. There is something here for everyone - residents, holiday makers, weekenders and travellers. Sea Breeze and Surf invites readers to enjoy photographs of this spectacular coastline, taken from both ground and air, meet some of the people who passionately call it home and marvel at the exciting activities that tempt the adventurous.
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Rarotonga, Samoa & Tonga is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Surf the swells around the southern coastlines, hike the challenging Cross-Island Track, or check out Tonga's 'Stonehenge of the Pacific'; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Rarotonga, Samoa and Tonga and begin your journey now!
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Discover the freedom of open roads with Lonely Planet Auckland & the Bay of Island's Road Trips, your passport to uniquely encountering Auckland and the Bay of Islands by car, featuring four amazing road trips, plus up-to-date advice on the destinations you'll visit along the way. Escape to Waiheke Island or visit the Coromandel Peninsulaeek with your trusted travel companion. Get there, rent a car, and hit the road!
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisherLonely Planet Bangladesh is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Search for a Royal Bengal tiger in the Sundarbans, cycle the gentle rolling hills of Srimangal, or spend a night in Bangladesh's famous paddle-wheel 'Rocket'; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Bangladesh and begin your journey now!
England's wealth of history and culture will fascinate any visitor. Be inspired to visit by the new edition of Insight Guide England, a comprehensive full-colour guide to this rich and varied country.Inside Insight Guide England: A fully-overhauled edition by our expert regional authors.Stunning, specially-commissioned new photography that brings this scenic country and its people to life. Highlights of the country's top attractions, including its ancient monuments, castles, stately homes and world-class museums in our Best of England. Descriptive region-by-region accounts cover the whole country from its dynamic capital London to the beauty of the West Country and the Lake District, and the historic cities of Oxford, Bath and York.Detailed, high-quality maps throughout will help you get around and travel tips give you all the essential information for planning a memorable trip.
One of the most exciting and dynamic world cities, London is an extraordinary megalopolis, packed with both historic and cutting-edge attractions. Insight Guide Explore London is the ideal pocket companion for your trip: a full-colour guide containing 20 easy-to-follow routes around the city, from Westminster and Mayfair to Kew and Greenwich. Inside Explore London Discover the iconic appeal of the British capital, from buzzy Soho and the South Bank's theatrical landmarks to Kensington's great museums and the Tower of London. Experience classic London: take a red bus tour, watch the changing of the guards and taste your way around Borough Market Insight's trademark cultural coverage sets the routes in context, with introductions to London's celebrated cuisine, unparalleled entertainment options, world-class shopping and key historical dates Our recommended places to eat and drink are highlighted in each route, with even more suggestions in the directory section, which also contains a wealth of useful practical information including a range of carefully selected accommodation to suit all budgets. Pull-out map with useful plotted routes. Evocative photography captures the very best of this powerhouse capital city.
Palm-fringed beaches, fish-packed reefs and smiling locals; pack your swimsuit and sunscreen, these sunny isles are so warm they sizzle. Our 'Which Island?' guide will help you choose the right island for you; or use our itineraries to plan your way around the archipelago. Learn some village etiquette before you go, and seize the chance to spend some time with Fiji's famously hospitable locals.
Try a new approach to discovering France: follow any of the wine routes in the updated Michelin Green Guide Wine Regions of France. Visit wineries and scenic villages; enjoy regional sights; and learn all about wine and how to buy it. The guide provides driving tours, well-researched places to stay and eat, colorful maps and suggested activities rated by Michelin s star-rating system. This Green Guide with its wine-purple cover ensures a richly filled, thematic journey.
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Mauritius, Reunion & Seychelles is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Dive off the coast of Mauritius, get a sweat up hiking through the dramatic mountains of Reunion, or laze on idyllic beach in the Seychelles; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Mauritius, Reunion and Seychelles and begin your journey now!
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Discover the freedom of open roads with Lonely Planet New Zealand's South Island Road Trips, your passport to uniquely encountering New Zealand's South Island by car. Featuring four amazing road trips, plus up-to-date advice on the destinations you'll visit along the way, you can enjoy whale watching along the Kalkoura Coast or absorb stunning lake scenery at Milford Sound, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to New Zealand's South Island, rent a car, and hit the road!
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Dive among luminous coral reefs; watch a traditional singsing festival group; or sleep in a stilt house on the mighty Sepik river, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and begin your journey now!
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet South Pacific is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Receive a flower garland as a warm welcome from the locals, swim with humpback whales in Tonga, or visit Easter Island's enigmatic moai; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of South Pacific and begin your journey now!
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisherLonely Planet Tahiti & French Polynesia is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sit under a warm dome of stars with a cold Hinano, mingle with grey reef sharks, or explore the atoll lagoons by boat; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Tahiti and French Polynesia and begin your journey now!
One of the most exhilarating and inspiring cities in the world, Tokyo is vast, complex and ever-changing, pulsating with youthful energy. Author Jane Lawson has been travelling to Japan for more than thirty years, and has led many group and private tours to various parts of the country. In Tokyo Style Guide she offers a unique insight into Japan's culture and aesthetic with her expert guided walks through 21 of the most intriguing and stylish Tokyo neighbourhoods and the best of what they have to offer...Jane shares information on how to get the most from your trip-what to see and how best to experience it. Tokyo Style Guide is packed with places where you can shop, relax, be inspired, eat and sleep, as well as practical tips to help you prepare for your trip, navigate the city with confidence and make the most of your visit.
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Vanuatu & New Caledonia is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Stare into the volcanic cauldron of Vanuatu's Mt Yasur; eat snails by turquoise coves on New Caledonia's Ile des Pins; or discover traditional tribal culture, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Vanuatu and New Caledonia and begin your journey now!
Suburban coverage of Brisbane & surrounding suburbs north to Caboolture, south to Jimboomba & Upper Coomera, along the coast from Bongaree to Jacobs Well & west to Ipswich. Plus an index to suburbs.
Street level mapping for Brisbane & surrounds at a scale of 1: 25 000 north to Zillmere, south to Sunnybank east to Tingalpa and west to Mount Coot-tha.
Plus a suburbs & localities index.
This new edition of UBD Gregorys Newcastle Central Coast & the Hunter Street Directory has been fully revised and updated with over 270 new streets, the new suburb of Cedar Creek, the new Central Coast council, new subdivisions at Fern Bay, North Rothbury & Thornton. Also featuring town maps, state maps and a range of touring information, this directory will ensure you find your way around every inch of this region. Includes Coverage of the towns of Bulahdelah, Denman, Dungog, Karuah, Muswellbrook, Scone & Singleton. Over 4500 facilities includng aged care, clubs, golf courses, hotels & motels, parks & sporting venues, theatres & wineries. New Central Coast Council 8 New South Wales road atlas maps & index. The Hunter area is covered by maps 203-210 Winery maps for the Lower & Upper Hunter and the Broke Fordwich regions
Relief map of the World, Pacific Centered at a scale of 1: 40 754 000 Mercator projection.
Detailed coverage of each country showing Capital City, languages, religions, population, map reference and national flag Includes Countries and Cities index.