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In "Sydney", Jan Morris, one of the great historians and travelers of our time, penetrates the mysteries and complexities of this seductive city as only she can. Built upon a penal colony, its first citizens British criminals and wardens, "Sydney" is a city that bears the mark of its hard-knocks history. Morris brilliantly weaves the past out of the present, finding ghosts of the city's rebellious founders in the vibrancy and pluck of today's populace. Imagine a mix of brashness and worldly chic, good humor and jealousy, calm and aggression. Such is "Sydney", a wealth of contradiction. One thing is clear, though, and incontrovertible: Here is one of the most visually stunning cities in the world.
Never before have we cared so much about food. It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, and even our moralizing--"You still eat meat?" With our top chefs as deities and finest restaurants as places of pilgrimage, we have made food the stuff of secular seeking and transcendence, finding heaven in a mouthful. But have we come any closer to discovering the true meaning of food in our lives? With inimitable charm and learning, Adam Gopnik takes us on a beguiling journey in search of that meaning as he charts America's recent and rapid evolution from commendably aware eaters to manic, compulsive gastronomes. It is a journey that begins in eighteenth-century France--the birthplace of our modern tastes (and, by no coincidence, of the restaurant)--and carries us to the kitchens of the White House, the molecular meccas of Barcelona, and beyond. To understand why so many of us apparently live to eat, Gopnik delves into the most burning questions of our time, including: Should a Manhattanite bother to find chicken killed in the Bronx? Is a great vintage really any better than a good bottle of wine? And: Why does dessert matter so much? Throughout, he reminds us of a time-honored truth often lost amid our newfound gastronomic pieties and certitudes: What goes on the table has never mattered as much to our lives as what goes on around the table--the scene of families, friends, lovers coming together, or breaking apart; conversation across the simplest or grandest board. This, ultimately, is who we are. Following in the footsteps of Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Adam Gopnik gently satirizes the entire human comedy of the comestible as he surveys the wide world of taste that we have lately made our home. The Table Comes First is the delightful beginning of a new conversation about the way we eat now.
A remarkable journey of sharing and self-discovery. When Dominic Gill set out from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, by bicycle on June 16, 2006, it was to be no ordinary bike ride. His goal was to reach Ushuaia, the southernmost city in South America, nearly 20,000 miles away, and he was starting off with virtually no money in his pocket, barely enough food to last a week, and, worst of all, with thousands of miles between him and his friends and family. But Dominic had a plan: His bicycle, Achilles, was a tandem and the spare seat was his secret weapon. He would invite strangers to join him on his long journey-strangers he hoped would become friends and help him turn a terrifying prospect into the adventure of a lifetime. In Take a Seat,Dominic tells the story of his incredible journey. Over twenty-six months, he covered 18,449 miles down the west coast of the Americas, passed through fifteen countries, was looked after by countless strangers, crashed into a Mexican banana truck, was nearly attacked by a mob of Bolivian political demonstrators, cycled past active volcanoes, and didn't have a single haircut. All sorts of colorful characters took a seat on Achilles-from a meditating, pot-smoking French Canadian named Pierre to the dark-haired Joselyn from Chile. Eventually, he reached Ushuaia, freezing and exhausted and with another new friend behind him-the 270th person to take that seat. He had achieved his dream. * In summer 2010, Dominic and his tandem bike embarked on a trip across America and headed toward New York City with a group of elderly and disabled people. The core values of this new journey remain the same: To travel. To share. To inspire. Dominic filmed the entire journey. To learn more, go to domandernie.com.
Eight self-contained stories look insightfully at the delicacies of flying. Elegant ruminations about flying range from the dreamy to the concrete, from wartime to peacetime.
This children's book is a collection of nineteen folk tales collected and retold by the author from his travels throughout Central and South America.
For years Rita Golden Gelman felt she lived someone else's life. She and her husband had a privileged existence, but she wasn't happy. When she suggests they separate for a couple of weeks, she is at first horrified when he suggests a couple of months, 'so they can be free to see other people'. Then Rita decides to fulfill a long-held dream-- to travel the world. Fifteen years later, Rita is still traveling. This is the story of her journey and personal transformation. From her first tentative trip to Mexico, swept off her feet by a Latin lover; to work as a tour guide in The Galapagos Islands; to live in a royal palace Bali; to New Zealand where she 'adopts' a school- full of children, Rita takes us on her many adventures. Spending days in some places, years in others, Rita captures the joys of connecting with people everywhere and celebrates her glorious transformation from an unfulfilled suburbanite to a liberated and incredibly self-assured woman of the world. More than simply a travel memoir, TALES OF A FEMALE NOMAD is the story of a woman's rebirth.
Answering questions such as "What was the scariest thing that ever happened in your work?", "What was the job that got you started in your field?", and "What is left for you to explore next?", 12 world-renowned adventurers present an inspiring picture of their lives and fascinating work.
Ambition drives the brave to great deeds, the unscrupulous to great evil. And a Washington politician had both ambition and money enough to hatch a dark plot to threaten America's cherished democracy. The heart of the conspiracy lay amid Tennessee's secluded hills, where outlaws and misfits formed a powerful private army. Now secret orders from the White House named the legendary frontiersman, Toby Holt--son of the great wagonmaster Whip Holt--to take a desperate stand against the deadly renegades. But another danger awaited this fighting man: an extraordinary womar too hot-blooded and beautiful for even happily married Tob> Holt to resist.
First published in 1870, this book is a thrilling account by telegraph operator George Kennan, who signed on to build a telegraph line across Siberia in the 1860s. Though the Trans-Siberian telegraph line failed, we are left today with this tale of virtual first contact with a land and a people.
Written by an Englishman who has spent most of his adult years in Thailand, the pieces in this collection were originally published as columns in Thailand's English-language newspaper. Topics include language, food, festivals, worship, the calendar, and "do's and don'ts" for visitors. This book will be of value to anyone planning a trip to Thailand or anyone who wishes to learn more about the country.
Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships. Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include * customs, values, and traditions * historical, religious, and political background * life at home * leisure, social, and cultural life * eating and drinking * do's, don'ts, and taboos * business practices * communication, spoken and unspoken "Culture Smart has come to the rescue of hapless travellers." Sunday Times Travel "... the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries." Global Travel "...full of fascinating-as well as common-sense-tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas." Observer "...as useful as they are entertaining." Easyjet Magazine "...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world." New York Times From the Trade Paperback edition.
Hoare (humanities and religion, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas) draws on his own experience and knowledge from numerous visits to Thailand, dissertation field research in Bangkok, and 15-plus years of marriage to a Thai native in creating a reference text for students, travelers, business people, and interested general readers. The text includes narrative chapters on Thai history, geography, demographics, economy, social institutions, and contemporary issues. It also contains a timeline of key events in Thailand's history; an alphabetical listing of significant people, places, and events; a concise guide to Thai language, food, and etiquette; a directory of business, cultural, government, and tourist organizations; and an annotated bibliography of print and non-print resources.
Originally collected in Chuck Klosterman IV and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Rock, this essay is about a cruise.
Five boroughs, two major league baseball teams, 12,000 yellow taxis, and more must-see attractions than you can count-New York City has it all. And The Everything Family Guide to New York City, 3rd Edition has all you need to enjoy your visit! This one-stop resource is packed full of insider tips and maps, including: Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and other landmarks Greenwich Village, Soho, Chinatown, and additional unique neighborhoods Central Park, Times Square, and Broadway Coney Island, the Bronx Zoo, sports stadiums, sunny beaches, world-class museums-and more!You'll also find completely updated details on the best hotels, restaurants, attractions, and shopping-plus quick and easy tips for handling subways, taxis, and the city streets themselves. This comprehensive reference is the one book you and your family needs in the city that never sleeps!
The Everything Family Guide to Washington D.C., 3rd Edition includes all the most interesting and popular D.C. destinations. This informative and fun guide takes you from the White House and the monuments to the expansive Smithsonian and other museums, with important travel information such as: Famous landmarks and points of interest The best hotels for your money Activities for kids of all ages Where to dine-with and without the kids This completely revised and updated edition features an expanded section on special interest attractions like the African-American Civil War Memorial, the National Japanese American Memorial, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Holocaust Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The Everything Family Guide to Washington D.C., 3rd Edition offers all your family needs to plan a trip and get the most out of it.
An extraordinary journey across the magnificent, delinquent coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. John Gimlette's journey across this harsh and awesome landscape, the eastern extreme of the Americas, broadly mirrors that of Dr Eliot Curwen, his great-grandfather, who spent a summer there as a doctor in 1893, and who was witness to some of the most beautiful ice and cruelest poverty in the British Empire. Using Curwen's extraordinarily frank journal, John Gimlette revisits the places his great-grandfather encountered and along the way explores his own links with this harsh, often brutal, land. At the heart of the book however, are the "outporters," the present-day inhabitants of these shores. Descended from last-hope Irishmen, outlaws, navy deserters and fishermen from Jersey and Dorset, these outporters are a warm, salty, witty and exuberant breed. They often speak with the accent and idioms of the original colonists, sometimes Shakespearean, sometimes just plain impenetrable. Theirs is a bizarre story; of houses (or "saltboxes") that can be dragged across land or floated over the sea; of eating habits inherited from seventeenth-century sailors (salt beef, rum pease-pudding and molasses) of Labradorians sealed in ice from October to June; of fishing villages that produced a diva to sing with Verdi; and of their own illicit, impromptu dramatics, the Mummers. This part-history-part-travelogue exploration of Newfoundland and Labrador's coast and culture by a well-established travel writer is a glorious read to be enjoyed by both armchair tourist, and anyone contemplating a visit to Canada's far-eastern shores.
Gretel Ehrlich has been obsessed by an island, a terrain, a culture, and the men and women who long for and love the complex frailties and treacherous beauty of a world defined by ice.
A comprehensive guide to the facilities and natural features in the 43 national forests in Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.
Part armchair travelogue, part guide book, this projected three-volume series--divided into the western, central, and eastern United States--will introduce readers to all 155 national forests across the country. This Land is the only comprehensive field guide that describes the natural features, wildernesses, scenic drives, campgrounds, and hiking trails of our national forests, many of which--while little known and sparsely visited--boast features as spectacular as those found in our national parks and monuments. Each entry includes logistical information about size and location, facilities, attractions, and associated wilderness areas. For about half of the forests, Robert H. Mohlenbrock has provided sidebars on the biological or geological highlights, drawn from the "This Land" column that he has written for Natural History magazine since 1984. Superbly illustrated with color photographs, botanical drawings, and maps, this book is loaded with information, clearly written, and easy to use.
Part armchair travelogue, part guide book, this projected three-volume series--divided into the western, central, and eastern United States--will introduce readers to all 155 national forests across the country. This Land is the only comprehensive field guide that describes the natural features, wildernesses, scenic drives, campgrounds, and hiking trails of our national forests, many of which--while little known and sparsely visited--boast features as spectacular as those found in our national parks and monuments. Each entry includes logistical information about size and location, facilities, attractions, and associated wilderness areas. For about half of the forests, Robert H. Mohlenbrock has provided sidebars on the biological or geological highlights, drawn from the "This Land" column that he has written forNatural Historymagazine since 1984. Superbly illustrated with color photographs, botanical drawings, and maps, this book is loaded with information, clearly written, and easy to use.
Describes the geography, history, government, people, culture, and attractions of Alabama.
Describes the geography, history, government, people, culture, and attractions of Arkansas.
Describes the geography, history, government, people, culture, and attractions of California.
Describes the geography, history, government, people, culture, and attractions of Connecticut.
Describes the geography, history, government, people, culture, and attractions of Georgia.
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