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An authentic chronicle of wilderness river exploration in Central America, with a valid portrayal of the last remaining descendants of the vanishing Mayans.
Rivers constitute a major tourism resource, providing spectacular settings, recreation facilities, a means of transport, a sense of heritage and adventure, and links with the environment and natural world. River tourism accounts for a significant proportion of the world's tourism consumption, with activities such as Nile cruises and rafting holidays making it an economically important area of tourism demanding in-depth analysis. This book explores river tourism from a range of perspectives including uses, heritage, management, environmental concerns, and marketing.
A New York Times Notable Book. Winner of the Kiriyama Book Prize. In the heart of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this ever-evolving country, Fuling is heading down a new path of change and growth, which came into remarkably sharp focus when Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident. Hessler taught English and American literature at the local college, but it was his students who taught him about the complex processes of understanding that take place when one is immersed in a radically different society. Poignant, thoughtful, funny, and enormously compelling, River Town is an unforgettable portrait of a city that is seeking to understand both what it was and what it someday will be.
A River without Banks chronicles one family's journey to Idaho, with all of its uncertainties, promises, and hopes. The book explores their encounters with a place still partly wild, whose communities and landscapes teach them how to respect the earth and each other. William Johnson's essays move from a family vacation spent observing moose, to a comparison of the creation myths from Genesis and the Nez Perce, to watching a raptor seeking prey. Johnson meditates on how places, animals, and people teach us "how to see, and how we do, and don't, belong." In prose that reveals a poet's eye, Johnson examines how family relationships affect how we see the natural world. He explores the power of words to divide and to heal. He illuminates the challenges of sustaining a vital relationship with a home place. A River without Banks will appeal to readers interested in the literature of place, ecology, natural history, indigenous culture, and conservation.
The Road of Bones is the story of Russia's greatest road. For over 200 years, the route of the Vladimirka Road has been at the centre of the nation's history, having witnessed everything from the first human footsteps to the rise of Putin and his oil-rich oligarchy. Tsars, wars, famine and wealth: all have crossed and travelled this road, but no-one has ever told its story. In pursuit of the sights, sounds and voices both past and present, Jeremy Poolman travels the Vladimirka. Both epic and intimate, The Road of Bones is a record of his travels - but much more. It looks into the hearts and reveals the histories of those whose lives have been changed by what is known by many as simply The Greatest of Roads. This is a book about life and about death and about the strength of will it takes to celebrate the former while living in the shadow of the latter. Anecdotal and epic, The Road of Bones follows the author's journey along this road, into the past and back again. The book takes as its compass both the voices of history and those of today and draws a map of the cities and steppes of the Russian people's battered but ultimately indefatigable spirit.
This is not a book about French Gardens. It is the story of a man travelling round France visiting a few selected French gardens on the way.Owners, intrigues, affairs, marriages, feuds, thwarted ambitions and desires, the largely unnamed ordinary gardeners, wars, plots and natural disasters run through every garden older than a generation or two and fill every corner of the grander historical ones. Families marry. Gardeners are poached. Political allegiances forged and shattered. The human trail crosses from garden to garden. They sit in their surrounding landscape, not as isolated islands but attached umbilically to it, sharing the geology, the weather, food, climate, local folklore, accent and cultural identity. Wines must be drunk and food tasted. Recipes found and compared. The perfect tarte-tartin pursued. None of these things can be ignored or separated from the shape and size of parterre, fountain, herbaceous border or pottager. So this is a book filled with stories and information, some of it about French gardens and gardening, but most of it about what makes France unlike anywhere else.From historical gardens like Versailles,Vaux le Vicomte and Courances to the kitchen gardens of the Michelin chef Alain Passard. There will be grand potagers like Villandry and La Prieure D'Orsan and allotments and back gardens spotted on the way. Monty also celebrates the obvious French associations of food and wine and finds gardens dedicated to vegetables, herbs and fruit.It is a book that any visitor to France, whether gardeners or not, will want to read both as a guide and an inspiration. It is a portal to get under the French cultural skin and to understand the country, in all its huge variety and disparity, a little better.
Overcome by the scenic beauty, Harrison threw open the hotel-room window shutters and exclaimed, "Look at the mountains!" From behind her, 12-year-old Sarah ecstatically waved the television's remote control and shouted, "French MTV!" So began a voyage distinguished by a mother getting to know herself through her daughter. For hundreds of years, thousands of worshipers have trekked, like this mother and daughter, on foot, the 400 miles from St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France, to the sacred shrine of the apostle James, the brother of Jesus. Everyone who endures the inhospitable weather, poor road conditions, and exhaustion does so not so much to enjoy the shrine as to survive the pilgrimage, a time-out-of-time penance. Harrison had taken the journey before, alone, and learned something about herself. Her account of her accompanied, reprise journey and what she learned, part of the National Geographic Directions travel series, endears with its wit and sensitivity.
Professional traveler Jamie Jensen traveled more than 400,000 miles to bring you the best-selling guide Road Trip USA. In this trip from border to border, Jensen highlights major cities, obscure towns, popular attractions, roadside curiosities, historic sites, and oddball trivia. Besides offering up-close looks at mile after mile of almost completely untouched wilderness, Road Trip USA: Canada to Mexico, Highway 93 also takes you right through the neon heart of Las Vegas. Exit the interstates and travel between the Canadian Rockies and the Rio Grande with Road Trip USA: Canada to Mexico, Highway 93.
Professional traveler Jamie Jensen traveled more than 400,000 miles to bring you the best-selling guide Road Trip USA. In this expanded tour of the Great Northern, Jamie takes you from the Pacific port of Seattle to the breathtaking Acadia National Park. Following US-2 through wide-open spaces, Road Trip USA: The Great Northern, Highway 2 highlights major cities, obscure towns, popular attractions, roadside curiosities, historic sites, and oddball trivia, covering every aspect of this gorgeous trek across America. Exit the interstates and "get away from it all" on US-2 with Road Trip USA: The Great Northern, Highway 2.
Professional traveler Jamie Jensen traveled more than 400,000 miles to bring you the best-selling travel guide Road Trip USA. In this focused tour of the Great River Road, Jensen highlights major cities, obscure towns, popular attractions, roadside curiosities, historic sites, and oddball trivia along the Mississippi. Old Man River, Father of Waters, "body of a nation," Big Muddy--by any name the mighty Mississippi River cuts a mythic figure across the American landscape. Exit the interstates and create your own driving adventures with Road Trip USA Great River Road.
Professional traveler Jamie Jensen traveled more than 400,000 miles to bring you the best-selling guide Road Trip USA. In this expanded tour of US-50, Jamie begins in San Francisco and heads all the way to the Chesapeake Bay. Passing through 11 states and some of the country's most magnificent landscapes, Road Trip USA: The Loneliest Road, Highway 50 highlights major cities, obscure towns, popular attractions, roadside curiosities, local lore, and oddball trivia. From sea to shining sea, this drive follows the footsteps of pioneers and gives a reverse time line of national development. Exit the interstates and create your own driving adventures on the backbone of America with Road Trip USA: The Loneliest Road, Highway 50.
Professional traveler Jamie Jensen traveled more than 400,000 miles to bring you the best-selling guide Road Trip USA. In this expanded tour that follows the path of the Oregon Trail, Jamie takes you from Oregon's rugged coast to the glorious sea and sand of Cape Cod. Covering two wonders of the world--Yellowstone National Park and Niagara Falls--Road Trip USA: The Oregon Trail highlights major cities, obscure towns, popular attractions, roadside curiosities, historic sites, and oddball trivia, covering every aspect of this two-lane trek. Exit the interstates and create your own driving adventures on US-20 with Road Trip USA: The Oregon Trail.
Professional traveler Jamie Jensen traveled more than 400,000 miles to bring you the best-selling guide Road Trip USA. In this expanded tour of US-83, Jamie begins at the Canadian border and takes you all the way down to Matamoros, Mexico. This must-do long-distance byway transnavigates our broad, odd nation without once grazing a conventional tourist destination. From sights like the Sitting Bull Memorial and the Alamo to events like OzFest, Road Trip USA: The Road to Nowhere, Highway 83 highlights major cities, obscure towns, popular attractions, roadside curiosities, local lore, and oddball trivia. Exit the interstates and create your own driving adventures on America's most famous highway with Road Trip USA: The Road to Nowhere, Highway 83.
Professional traveler Jamie Jensen traveled more than 400,000 miles to bring you the best-selling guide Road Trip USA. In this trip from coast to coast, Jensen highlights major cities, obscure towns, popular attractions, roadside curiosities, historic sites, and oddball trivia. Starting from the golden sands of San Diego and moving through the plains of New Mexico and Texas to end on the coastal shores of Savannah, Georgia, Road Trip USA: Southern Pacific, Highway 80 offers a full-spectrum taste of America. Exit the interstates and create your cross-country driving adventure with Road Trip USA: Southern Pacific, Highway 80.
About a quarter century ago, a previously unknown writer named William Least Heat-Moon wrote a book called Blue Highways. Acclaimed as a classic, it was a travel book like no other. Quirky, discursive, endlessly curious, Heat-Moon had embarked on an American journey off the beaten path. Sticking to the small places via the small roads--those colored blue on maps--he uncovered a nation deep in character, story, and charm. Now, for the first time since Blue Highways, Heat-Moon is back on the backroads. ROADS TO QUOZ is his lyrical, funny, and touching account of a series of American journeys into small-town America.
Dividing the state into four distinctive geographical regions-- Eastern South Dakota; the Missouri River and Great Lakes; Western South Dakota; and the Black Hills and Badlands--this book follows highway routes, engagingly recounting the history of the Indians (primarily Lakota) and the early white settlers, geographical features, past and present South Dakotan life and culture, and innumerable other fascinating aspects of the state. Includes numerous maps, illustrations, and historical photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc. , Portland, Or.
The book is all about roadside America, road trips and attractions in various regions of America.
As a college student, the author decided that he wanted to study the men who have been called hobos, those who travel by hopping freight trains, and who live however they can. He wanted to know whether their lifestyle was as attractive as it seemed to many young people.
Detailed coverage is given of the magnificent Carpathians and Dracula's homeland, Transylvania.
Beginning with the ground on which Rome first rose, this book conjures past and present cities, conducting the reader through time and space to the complex and shifting realities--architectural, historical, political, and social--that constitute Rome.
Award winning Rome with Kids is a complete travel guide, with or without kids! A guide for exploring Rome with children.
In this latest, completely revised Women Travel anthology, Rough Guides present a whole new crew of writers, journalists, travellers, dreamers and escapists, each with a journey to share and a tale to inspire. Featuring more than 80 adventures around the world, Women Travel tells you what it's like to: backpack around India with your mother in tow; hitch up with a shepherd in Spain; set up the ultimate writers' retreat on the icefields of Antarctica; hang out with hippies in the Australian rainforest; be crowned Queen Mother of an African village; have a girls' night out in the Kalahari Desert; and sweat behind the scenes at a Caribbean carnival.
TV comedian Tony Hawks tries to win a bet by hitchhiking around the circumference of Ireland in one calendar month, with a fridge. This is the story of Tony's adventures, the people he meets, the difficulties, the triumphs, and that fridge.
"Round the World With Famous Authors" presents another format for a travel book -- a circumnavigation of the world through the eyes of famous writers.
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