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Europe

Europe

Planning to embark on your own Grand Tour? Europe is massive yet easily conquered with our extensive inventory of guidebooks and maps. Whether you’re going east or west, up to the North Sea, down to the Mediterranean or along the Rhine or the Danube, a good place to start preparing for your journey is with the classic trilogy of travelogues by the great Patrick Leigh Fermor. Begin with A Time of Gifts and work your way through.

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The Longitude Blog – Europe
Europe at Your Convenience
Kindly contributed by Duncan J.D. Smith, with photographs from his ‘Only In’ Guides, which celebrate the unique locations and hidden corners of Europe’s great cities.
  In 2015 I wrote and published Only in London, the 10th volume in my series of ‘Only In’ Guides. It seemed a good time to reflect on the books and the many intriguing journeys their creation had entailed. Eccentric museums, secret gardens, abandoned graveyards and idiosyncratic shops are all recurring themes. This is because they not only offer quirky history but also their off-the-beaten track location usually guarantees a sense of discovery. But there is another recurrent theme that has only recently been pointed out to me. “Most of your books contain toilets!” a friend told me – and he’s absolutely right.
The Romani Gypsies
The Romani, Roma, Roms or Gypsies (a misnomer which has survived since Europeans thought they were Egyptians) have intrigued many a European vacationer. In the absence of a consistent narrative about the itinerant people, many Westerners who encounter Roms in their travels rely on fictional depictions of the culture, leading them to consider Roms as merely exotic entertainment or even as a minor threat. In his new book The Romani Gypsies, Yaron Matras, professor of Linguistics and editor of the journal Romani Studies, challenges the stereotypes surrounding this ostracized community throughout Europe and America.
Walking the Woods and the Water
In 1933 Patrick Leigh Fermor walked across Europe, from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. Forty years later he would record the trip -- an insightful glance into pre-WWII Europe -- in his famous trilogy, beginning with A Time of Gifts. Now readers can return to his route through the travels of Nick Hunt, who began his own "great trudge" in 2011, walking in the footsteps of Fermor through eight countries and capturing, in his new book