Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris Bureau Chief of the New York Times, invites us on a tour of her favorite Parisian street, offering an homage to street life and the pleasures of Parisian living.
I can never be sad on the rue des Martyrs, Sciolino explains, as she celebrates the neighborhood's rich history and vibrant lives. While many cities suffer from the leveling effects of globalization, the rue des Martyrs maintains its distinct allure. On this street, the patron saint of France was beheaded and the Jesuits took their first vows. It was here that Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted circus acrobats, Emile Zola situated a lesbian dinner club in his novel Nana, and Francois Truffaut filmed scenes from The 400 Blows. Sciolino reveals the charms and idiosyncrasies of this street and its longtime residents - the Tunisian greengrocer, the husband-and-wife cheesemongers, the showman who's been running a transvestite cabaret for more than half a century, the owner of a 100-year-old bookstore, the woman who repairs eighteenth-century mercury barometers-bringing Paris alive in all of its unique majesty.
The Only Street in Paris will make readers hungry for Paris, for cheese and wine, and for the kind of street life that is all too quickly disappearing.
Peter Carey captures our imagination with a brilliant and unexpected portrait of Sydney. In the midst of the 2000 Olympic games, Australia native Peter Carey returns to Sydney after a seventeen-year absence. Examining the urban landscape as both a tourist and a prodigal son, Carey structures his account around the four elements - Earth, Air, Fire, and Water - insisting on the primacy of nature to this unique Australian cityscape. As his quixotic account unfolds, Carey looks both inward into his past (as well as Sydney's own violent history) and outward onto the city's familiar landmarks and surroundings - the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the Blue Mountains-- achieving just the right alchemy to tell Sydney's extraordinary story.
A flaneur is a stroller, a loiterer, someone who ambles through city streets in search of adventure and fulfillment. Edmund White, who lived in Paris for sixteen years, wanders through the streets and avenues and along the quays, into parts of Paris virtually unknown to visitors and indeed to many Parisians. In the hands of the learned White, a walk through Paris is both a tour of its lush, sometimes prurient history, and an evocation of the city's spirit. The Flaneur leads us to bookshops and boutiques, monuments and palaces, giving us a glimpse the inner human drama. Along the way we learn everything from the latest debates among French lawmakers to the juicy details of Colette's life.
Why has Florence always drawn so many English and American visitors? (At the turn of the century, the Anglo-American population numbered more than thirty thousand.) Why have men and women fleeing sex scandals traditionally settled here? What is it about Florence that has made it so fascinating - and so repellent - to artists and writers over the years?
Moving fleetly between present and past and exploring characters both real and fictional, Leavitt's narrative limns the history of the foreign colony from its origins in the middle of the nineteenth century until its demise under Mussolini, and considers the appeal of Florence to figures as diverse as Tchaikovsky, E.M. Forster, Ronald Firbank, and Mary McCarthy. Lesser-known episodes in Florentine history - the moving of Michelangelo's David, and the construction of temporary bridges by black American soldiers in the wake of the Second World War - are contrasted with images of Florence today (its vast pizza parlors and tourist culture).
Leavitt also examines the city's portrayal in such novels and films as A Room with a View, The Portrait of a Lady and Tea with Mussolini.
Prague is the magic capital of Europe. Since the days of Emperor Rudolf II, devotee of the stars and cultivator of the spagyric art , who in the late 1500s summoned alchemists and magicians from all over the world to his castle on Hradeany hill, it has been a place of mystery and intrigue. Wars, revolutions, floods, the imposition of Soviet communism, and even the depredations of the tourist boom after the Velvet Revolution of 1989 could not destroy the unique atmosphere of this beautiful, proud, and melancholy city on the Vltava. John Banville traces Prague's often tragic history and portrays the people who made it: the emperors and princes, geniuses and charlatans, heroes and scoundrels. He also paints a portrait of the Prague of today, reveling in its newfound freedoms, eager to join the European Community and at the same time suspicious of what many Praguers see as yet another totalitarian takeover. He writes of his first visit to the city, in the depths of the Cold War, and of subsequent trips there, of the people he met, the friends he made, the places he came to know.
A new edition of this popular atlas from the prestigious and authoritative Times Atlas range. This seventh edition contains the latest satellite images and fascinating historical images, and contains the breadth, scale and detail to make it an ideal reference resource for school, home and business. The atlas has been brought fully up-to-date to provide a detailed and attractive picture of the world today. The beautifully illustrated introductory section gives a detailed profile of today's world and covers major contemporary geographical and global issues - such as environment and population growth - through maps, images, statistics and graphics. The fully up-to-date reference maps give exceptional detail and provide accurate, accessible and attractive coverage, helping you explore the world. 44 city plans of the world's major cities, showing major places of interest, have also been revised. A comprehensive guide to the world's states and territories including flags, profiles and key facts in included, making this the ideal reference atlas for home, school or office.
The authority and accuracy of a top range Times World Atlas at an affordable price. Fully updated with extra information next to each map, making this a perfect reference tool for exploring the world. The latest mapping provides an amazingly detailed view of the world with extensive geographical information beside each map, giving the reader a greater understanding of each area. The reference mapping, produced in the beautifully clear and distinctive Times style has been completely updated with thousands of changes reflecting recent geopolitical and geographical change around the world. As with all atlases in the Times range it offers great authority, outstanding quality and attention to detail.
A gorgeous little gift book and souvenir item, full of beautiful and evocative images of Australian destinations and experiences. All of the iconic, must-do destinations will be featured (Sydney Opera House, Twelve Apostles, Uluru, etc.), as well as some less well-known destinations that give a true sense of just how diverse and magnificent our land down under is. A true celebration of Australia.
Melbourne is a stately European-style city that emanates elegance and charm. The city's lane-ways are filled with surprises, and the generous parklands and wide boulevards make for an enjoyable afternoon stroll. The city's vibrant cafe culture and sartorial splendour add to this European sensibility. By exploring Melbourne's bustling streets and lane-ways you will encounter a rich architectural legacy and extraordinary contemporary artistic flair. There are also gems hidden in the basement of a building, or via a flight of stairs leading above the street. Make sure you look up, too, as some of the interesting decor is way above eye level. Capturing the essence of Melbourne is a challenge. Many of the city's unique places are difficult to find, often discovered by word of mouth or simply by getting lost. Rather than try and list every great place and every 'local', this book focuses on a few of the most fascinating areas and their attractions. Melbourne Secrets tempts the reader with a taste of the delights this capital has to offer, through lavish photography and insightful suggestions.
Best Walks of the Great Ocean Road & the Otways, a new book in Woodslanes hugely successful walking guides series, introduces the best walks for visitors and residents alike, ranging from leisurely beach-side strolls to the more rugged tracks deep in the bush. Detailed descriptions and maps help the reader explore the regions parks, bushland, rivers, coasts and most interesting urban areas. As with previous titles in the series, the book is richly illustrated with over 150 full-colour photographs and dozens of detailed maps. A summary table of walks indicating distances, facilities and highlights is included to help the reader find exactly the right walk for the occasion. Covers the full coastal stretch from Torquay to the Twelve Apostles.
This fascinating guide to Kosciuszko, Alpine and Namadgi National Parks introduces the reader to Australia's highest mountains, their climate, geology and soils, plants and animals and their human history. It traces the long-running conflicts between successive users of the mountains and explores the difficulties in managing the land for nature conservation. Written by a specialist with over 25 years' experience in community education in and about the Australian Alps National Parks, this new edition features many excellent natural history and historical photographs. Ideal as support information for field trips, it will make a wonderful memento of an alpine visit.
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Pocket Sydney is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Splash about in the shallows of Bondi Beach, enjoy a concert at the famous Sydney Opera House, or stroll through the tranquil Royal Botanic Gardens; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Sydney and begin your journey now!
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Sydney is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Watch a concert at the famous Sydney Opera House, laze on the Bondi Beach sand, or experience the style and substance of Sydney's eateries; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Sydney and begin your journey now!
* Detailed city centre map coverage of every state capital city
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* Quick find guide* Fuel consumption chart/calculator
* Distance charts for mainland Australia and Tasmania
* Easy-to-follow inter-city route maps
* Road travel tips
* Health and safety while on the road
* Information on planning your trip including passports and visa information
* Comprehensive index* Top 10 highlights of Australia's natural wonders, beaches, walking tracks, festivals and sporting events Selling Points
* Updated mapping of all states and territories
* Ideal for road travel planning
* A quality navigation product that doesn't require a battery and will show you where you are going* An inexpensive insurance/back-up to SatNav/GPS devices
* Ideal for both overseas and local travellers undertaking any kind of road trip around Australia
* Low price point of $19.95 makes it a no-brainer purchase as a back-up to a GPS unit
If you want a holiday that's hassle-free, virtually pre-paid, and that lets you see lots of places while only needing to pack and unpack once, then you should try a cruise. This best-selling book is the cruise industry bible: it gives you all the information you need to choose the right cruise for you. Meticulously updated every year by cruise expert Douglas Ward, it is divided into two main parts: the first helps you work out what you're looking for in a cruise holiday and how to find it; the lively text and colour photographs describe every aspect of life on board, including safety, the highs and lows of the cruise experience and how to save money. The second part contains unbiased reviews and fascinating detail of almost 300 ocean-going cruise vessels, and grades them on service, food, entertainment and facilities, using an internationally recognised ratings system.
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Discover Europe is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Wander the corridors of Versailles, gaze up at the Sistine Chapel's remarkable ceiling and sip ale in historic London pubs; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of Europe and begin your journey now!
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Discover India is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Wonder at the breathtaking Taj Mahal, bathe in the holy waters of Varansi, or take a houseboat cruise along Kerala's backwaters; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of India and begin your journey now!
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Montreal & Quebec City is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Stroll down the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal, cycle through the Parc des Champs de Bataille, or enjoy the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Montreal and Quebec City and begin your journey now!
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Pocket Algarve is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Admire the views from Silves' Castelo, visit Europe's southwesternmost point at Cabo de Sao Vicente in Sagres and wander Faro's picturesque Cidade Velha; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of the Algarve and begin your journey now!
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Pocket Ibiza is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Go bar hopping in Sant Antoni de Portmany, explore D'Alt Vila (Ibiza City) and catch the island sunset; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Ibiza and begin your journey now!
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Pocket Madeira is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Admire Se cathedral, wander awe-struck through Quinta das Cruzes Museum and Museu de Arte Sacra and hike the Levada paths; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Madeira and begin your journey now!
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling through Europe in this full-color guidebook, including how to: Plan your itinerary and maximize your time Pack light - and right; Find good-value hotels and restaurants; Travel smoothly by train, bus, car, and plane; Avoid crowds and tourist scams; Hurdle the language barrier; Understand cultural differences and connect with locals. Save money while enjoying the trip of a lifetime! After more than three decades of exploring Europe, Rick considers this travel skills handbook his life's work. He shares his favorite off-the-beaten-path towns, trails, and natural wonders in his multi-page summaries of each country, introducing you to the real treasures of Europe. With this guidebook you'll experience the culture like a local, spend less money, and have more fun.
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Spain. In this guide, you'll find an inviting mix of exciting cities and cozy towns. Explore the lively cities of Madrid, Barcelona, and Sevilla, and follow the Route of the White Hill Towns in Andalucia's sun-drenched countryside. Experience the works of the great masters - from El Greco to Picasso to Dali - and learn how to avoid the lines at the most popular museums. Self-guided walks lead you through the castles, cathedrals, and villages of this ancient but modern land. End your day with a glass of Rioja wine and a plate of tapas - then join the locals for an evening of flamenco. Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. He'll help you plan where to go and what to see, depending on the length of your trip. You'll get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.
In a death-defying taxi with no windows I was flown along the roads in a howling gale. I sat directly behind the driver hoping he would act as an air bag when the inevitable collision came. In that position I couldn’t see the worst that was happening around us, like pedestrians peeling off our fenders.
Lydia Laube is no stranger to near-death experiences. She encounters many on the five journeys she takes to discover Myanmar, or Burma as it was known on the first three of these.
As ever Lydia chooses the route less travelled to reach and explore this wondrous land of pagodas and paddy fields. Under Myanmar’s magic spell, she pays homage to the world’s biggest python, visits the world’s largest book and falls in love with a little horse called Madonna.
Paullina Simons gives us a work of non-fiction as captivating and heart-wrenching as the lives of Tatiana and Alexander.
Only a few chapters into writing her first story set in Russia, her mother country, Paullina Simons travelled to Leningrad (now St Petersburg) with her beloved Papa. What began as a research trip turned into six days that forever changed her life, the course of her family, and the novel that became The Bronze Horseman. After a quarter-century away from her native land, Paullina and her father found a world trapped in yesteryear, with crumbling stucco buildings, entire families living in seven-square-metre communal apartments, and barren fields bombed so badly that nothing would grow there even fifty years later. And yet there were the spectacular white nights, the warm hospitality of family friends and, of course, the pelmeni and caviar.
At times poignant, at times inspiring and funny, this is both a fascinating glimpse into the inspiration behind the epic saga, and a touching story of a family's history, a father and a daughter, and the fate of a nation.
A stunning illustrated examination of the famed Erebus expedition, its doomed ship and the thrilling recent search for a priceless wreck.
The greatest mystery in all of exploration is the fate of the 1845-1848 British Arctic Expedition commanded by Sir John Franklin. All 129 crewmen died, and the two ships seemingly vanished without a trace. The expedition's destruction was a mass disaster spread over two years. With the vessels beset and abandoned, the crew confronted a horrific ordeal. They suffered from lead poisoning, were stricken with scurvy and, ultimately, resorted to cannibalism in their final days. The mysterious fate of the ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, has captured the public's imagination for seventeen decades.
Now, one of Franklin's lost ships has been found. During the summer of 2014, the Victoria Strait Expedition, the largest effort to find the ships since the 1850s, was led by Parks Canada in partnership with the Arctic Research Foundation, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and other public and private partners. The expedition used world-leading technology in underwater exploration and succeeded in a major find-the discovery of Erebus.
News of the discovery made headlines around the world. In this fully illustrated account, readers will learn about the exciting expedition, challenging search and the ship's discovery. Featuring the first images of the Erebus, this stunning book weaves together a story of historical mystery and modern adventure.
Newly married, Chris and Susanna Naylor set off for a new life in the Arab world - living first in Kuwait, then Jordan and finally Lebanon. In a region never far from the news, they discovered their expectations - of war, terrorism, desert sand dunes, men in white robes and veiled women, camels and Kalashnikovs, indeed their own reasons for being there - were to be constantly challenged. As they found out, the reality bore little resemblance to their pre-conceptions. Postcards from the Middle East is a tale of love from one family's experiences: a story of work, schooling, friendships, worship and shared family life, lived out in precious communities against a back drop of world-changing events and spectacular scenery. The Naylors had never experienced such hospitality, danger, wildlife spectacles or snow before they moved to the Middle East. Their story provides a multi-coloured window on an extraordinary and rapidly changing Arab world.
National Map Sheet Map Australia map with lamberts conformal conic projection Index to major towns Information on attractions & natural wonders of Australia.
The optimum city maps for exploring, shopping and much more. The laminated, pocket format is easy to use, complete with public transport maps. The detailed scale shows even the smallest streets and it includes an extensive street index. The map also features the Top 10 highlights the city has to offer. The map scale is 1: 15 000.
Sheet map State map State Map & Index to towns and localities Suburban map coverage of Darwin north to Lee Point south to Fly Creek, east to Humpty Doo & west to East Point & an index to the Suburbs included in the coverage State map showing aboriginal land & national parks Tasmania facts including geography, history, popular tourist attractions & industries.
Philip's Complete Road Atlas Europe 2016 gives more for leisure travellers than any comparable product. In addition to the main maps at 1:750,000, the continental road network is shown at three supplementary scales from 1:250,000 to 1:3M, with ultra-clear detailed maps for urban areas.
Scenic routes are highlighted on the road maps, with theme parks and World Heritage sites clearly shown. The maps also highlight towns with low-emission zones and show motorway rest/parking areas. In addition, Philip's Complete Road Atlas Europe 2016 features a unique fact-finder that provides key statistics, currency information and recent events for each country.
Philip's Complete Road Atlas Europe 2016 includes: Up-to-date driving regulations, including speed limits, for every country in Europe; Listings for ski resorts and top visitor attractions, country by country; 23 pages of route-planning maps which enable journeys of over 800 miles to be planned without turning a page; 175 pages of clear, detailed road maps, with scenic routes highlighted and toll, toll-free and pre-pay motorways all clearly marked; Large-scale approach maps for 31 major cities; 50 city-centre plans marking historic buildings and tourist attractions, as well as car parks, head post offices and other facilities.
Flexi Map Great Britain and Ireland is laminated, durable and includes a map of Greater London; each map has its own index which has been categorised for ease of use. Inside Flexi Map Great Britain and Ireland: A list of 33 recommended sights, divided by theme and linked to the mapping by numbered markers. A handy information section with concise details on getting around, tourist offices, money, tipping, opening times, public holidays, telecommunications, emergency telephone numbers and climate. The main map is of Great Britain and Ireland at a scale of 1:500 000 (1cm = 5km), coverage includes the both Northern and Southern Ireland, and the Channel Islands. Motorways, airports and points of interest are clearly shown. Many prominent public buildings, art galleries and other places of interest are highlighted and listed in the extensive index. A separate London Underground map is located on the back cover for easy reference. A detailed map of Great Britain and Ireland, at 1:500 000 (1cm = 5km), together with a map of Greater London, at 1:330 000 (1cm = 3km).