Paging Your Way Across the World

There are  many marvelous travel memoirs out there. Some, written by lyricists like Frances Mayes beautifully portray far flung locations while others by authors such as Bill Bryson and Peter Mayle humorously describe situations that travellers will never forget.

But, there is another type of travel book exemplified by the following two books that offers valuable advice and insight. Food Journeys of A Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe with an introduction by Keith Bellows is published by the National Geographic Society. Unknown, far away and also familiar places are captured in this coffee table style book that has breathtaking and magnificent photos. There are top ten lists for the best wine trips in the world, food festivals, cheese tours of France, famous literary watering holes, outstanding markets, extreme restaurants and more. This is a great book to browse and armchair travel your way through delicious and sometime distasteful (lutefish, anyone?) culinary traditions around the world.

Off the Tourist Trail: 1,000 Unexpected Travel Alternatives is published by Dorling Kindersley and is the perfect gift book for your friend or family member who has been everywhere. You know, the person who thinks he has seen it all. This book takes the most popular and overvisited destinations around the world and offers some less known and often less expensive, but equally fascinating alternatives. Rather than visiting the overcrowded Colosseum in Rome you might try the Anifiteatro di Merida in western Spain. The Copenhagen Jazz Festival or nightly jazz jams in St. Lucia could make you forget Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival. St. Peter’s Basilica is deservedly famous, but no more spectacular than the Suleymaniye Mosque in Turkey. Like the National Geographic book, this volume has postcard quality pictures. Even if you are not planning a trip in the future, you owe it to yourself to order these books and take the trip of a lifetime from the comfort of your favorite chair.

2 comments on “Paging Your Way Across the World

  1. Hi: I’ll keep an eye on your reads. Always love librarians’ suggestions. I’m from Ohio, by the way–Killbuck–know where that is?

    At my blog, A Traveler’s Library, I talk about all kinds of books and movies that inspire travel. So, yeah, I’m looking for that “sense of place” all the time.

    Take a look at my Great American Road Trip series on Wednesdays. I’m still open on a suggestion for a book or movie to represent Ohio.

  2. Thank you for the comment. I’m, looking forward to reading your blog. How about The Christmas Story as a movie to represent Ohio? There is a Christmas Story Museum in Cleveland located in the house they used to film the movie. It contains many of the props including the famous ‘leg’ lamp. I’m getting my Ohio road map out to find out where Killbuck is.

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