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Chimney Rock
chimney3Kindly contributed by historian David Welky, whose new book A Wretched and Precarious Situation we are thrilled to recommend to travelers to the Arctic. Delving into newly discovered letters, diary entries and field notes, Welky uncovers how the Crocker Land Expedition (1913 to 1917) survived shipwreck, disease, low supplies and murder while trying to explore (what they thought was) a new continent. Here he shares how his work as a historian colors his experience of each destination he visits.   As a professional historian, I feel the past wherever I go. Walking into a bungalow home sends me into the Roaring Twenties.
An Interview with Piers Pickard
500px Photo ID: 114364631 - portrait d'un touareg entrain de confectionner une pièce d'argenterie traditionnelTo celebrate the release of the new third edition of The Travel Book, Lonely Planet's Managing Director of Publishing Piers Pickard answered a few of our questions about the production of the book –- and on the state of travel in general.   Longitude. We were thrilled to see this updated third edition of The Travel Book. What new feature, destination or photograph are you most excited to reveal in this version? We're most excited by the fact that every single image in the book is new -- that's more than 800 photographs of 230 countries and regions.
The Travel Book
WLD193Lonely Planet’s The Travel Book was first published in 2004 to much acclaim and has since sold over one million copies, becoming an essential part of any traveler’s library. Just released in its third edition, this encyclopedia of fun facts, essential travel information, excellent recommendations and vivid color photographs is an armchair traveler’s best friend. Each country profiled, no matter how big or small, gets a double-page spread in this big, glossy celebration of travel. All the countries—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—are portrayed in a portfolio of color photographs, a map, brief overview and fascinating facts.
A Visit to Don Otavio
MEX126A Visit to Don Otavio, which the esteemed travel writer Bruce Chatwin called “the most perfect travel book of the 20th century,” is back in print in a new edition from New York Review of Books (Chatwin, in fact, delivers the introduction). Originally published in 1953, Sybille Bedford’s account of her travels through Mexico just after World War II is full of astute detail and novelistic flourishes—the author herself described it as “a travel book written by a novelist.” Her vivid scenes, larger-than-life characters and charming descriptions of her adventures with her traveling companion, “E.