Blog posts tagged with 'travelogue'

The Inland Sea
“It is to the Inland Sea that I am bound,” travel writer Donald Richie announces at the opening of his 1971 classic, The Inland Sea, recently republished by Stonebridge Press in a new edition. Richie, bemoaning the industrialization and commercialism threatening Japanese society, flees to the islands scattered across the Inland Sea, a body of water almost completely bound by three of Japan’s four major islands. In the relative isolation of fishing villages he searches out the essence of traditional Japanese culture.
Opening with his daily journey, by bike of course, through his neighborhood to drop off his toddler son, Russell Shorto spins a tale of a diverse city (178 nationalities, more than New York), wrestled collectively from the sea, its coffee shops, canals, personalities and politics. Subtitled, A History of the World's Most Liberal City, this beautifully presented book (with end papers, color plates and generous margins) is also a travelogue and a magnificent ode to his adopted home.
Autun, Burgundy
Kindly Contributed by David Downie, author of Paris to the Pyrenees, A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James.
Alison and I spent nearly three months walking 750 miles across France — and we met hundreds of characters along the road, and saw too many startling, sublime or ridiculous things to count.
100 Places
Kindly contributed by Keith Bellows, Editor in Chief of National Geographic Traveler  and author of 100 Places That Can Change Your Child's Life, published (naturally) by National Geographic. The book is a Whitman's Sampler of what the world has to offer. It’s not just about where, but how and why to travel, with kids.
Paramaribo, Suriname
Kindly contributed by John Gimlette, author of Wild Coast, Travel's on South America's Untamed Edge.
"If I were to design the perfect city, it would be white and have a river running through it. There’d be plantations and fruit trees all around, and little canals would come seeping through the center. There’d be no business district or overbearing banks, and nothing would be taller than a church. At the heart of it all would be a little purple fortress, like a hat full of mansions. There’d be no trains or tubes or public toilets. This would be one of the greatest cities of the eighteenth century.
The Tao of Travel
Now in paper!. Paul Theroux celebrates 50 years of reading and travel in this inspired and generously illustrated miscellany — a ready and compulsively readable guide to great authors, great places and, naturally, his own work. He shows off with chapters variously titled: Writers Who Wrote About Places They Never Visited, Travel As An Ordeal and Memorable Descriptions From Travelers. Theroux mixes excerpts from the best of his own work with selections from fellow travelers including Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Johnson, Evelyn Waugh, Susan Sontag, Charles Dickens, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Bruce Chatwin, Freya Stark and Graham Greene. Thereoux calls it a vade-mecum: a "book for ready reference; a useful object, constantly carried on one's person."
Meander is a River, in Turkey
Jeremy Seal writes in Meander not just of his adventures from source to sea across Anatolia but also — with flair and insight — of people, places and of the complexities of life in modern Turkey. Rich in historical associations, the Meander, for obvious reasons, presents some challenges to navigation.