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Good preparation makes a holiday so much more enjoyable. In these books you will find lots of information about places to travel to and stories about travels.

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A collection of funny short travel stories. "Does your meter work" is a collection of short travel stories. The author, Jim Soliski, describes experiences on a big trip through Asia. The book starts with a foreword describing the trouble Jim had getting the book published. A somewhat weird way to start a travel book. The rest of the book is a collection of short stories, sometimes closer to the anecdote level than a complete story describing events on his travels through Asia. He describes how certain things are somewhat of a culture shock to him. The duration of his travels and his taking up jobs and getting in touch with the local people raises his experiences above the level of the simple tourist. The format of the book (sho... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Again, Michael Palin writes in his great style. In typical English humor he describes his trip from the North pole to the South pole trying to do it in a sort of straight line north to south. Great descriptions of the people he meets, and the eerie feeling that history is happing right on his tail (the Sovjet Union fell apart within weeks after his visit). The books add details that the TV series don't really show. Funny things that happen with the camera crew following him, the amount of trouble they have shipping the entire load of stuff for making the program across the strangest places and the general atmosphere in the crew making the documentary. Great reading. Makes one want to go out travelling by him/herself!
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Let Wild Colorado be your comprehensive guide to fifty-one roadless recreation areas in the state. Explore the Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado's largest wilderness area, as well as the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Monument and Preserve, and the greater Rocky Mountain National Park area, including Indian Peaks. Each carefully researched profile includes: at-a-glance information on location, size, and management status; a map showing major roads, trails, and access points; an overview of the landscape and its major features; a description of local recreational opportunities; one to three suggested excursions - day hike, backpack, backcountry ski or snowshoe hike, or overnighter - with detailed information o... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Past Midnight: John Berendt on the Mysteries of Venice Just as John Berendt's first book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, was settling into its remarkable four-year run on The New York Times bestseller list, he discovered a new city whose local mysteries and traditions were more than a match for Savannah, whose hothouse eccentricities he had celebrated in the first book. The new city was Venice, and he spent much of the last decade wandering through its canals and palazzos, seeking to understand a place that any native will tell you is easy to visit but hard to know. For travelers to Venice, whether by armchair or vaporetto, he has selected his 10 (actually 11) Books to Read on Venice. And he took the time to answer a few of our qu... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Another one of the books written by Michael Palin. It shows that Michael has more freedom in writing his books than he has in front of the camera for the BBC, which makes it a fun read. Lots of off-camera comments make this a fun background read for the documentary. Michael Palin writes with his typical british humour about all the stuff that went into the making of the documentary. The travels, lugging all the stuff around for filming, adjusting to new environments, adjusting to heights, sickness and being away from home for too long. A great book, fun to read.
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