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Alexandra retained a youthful appearance into her senior years, [72] but during the war her age caught up with her. In , a blood vessel in her eye burst, leaving her with temporary partial blindness. Alexandra was highly popular with the British public. Alexandra had little understanding of money. Whenever she received a letter soliciting money, a cheque would be sent by the next post, regardless of the authenticity of the mendicant and without having the case investigated. She hid a small scar on her neck, which was probably the result of a childhood operation, [88] by wearing choker necklaces and high necklines, setting fashions which were adopted for fifty years.

In a stage play by Royce Ryton , Motherdear , she was portrayed by Margaret Lockwood in her last acting role. In , she became the first woman since to be made a Lady of the Garter. John of Jerusalem. Queen Alexandra's arms upon the accession of her husband in were the royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom impaled with the arms of her father, the King of Denmark. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Queen Alexandra disambiguation.

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Princess Louise of Denmark []. Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Prince Frederick of Hesse-Kassel. Prince William of Hesse-Kassel []. Princess Caroline of Nassau-Usingen. Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Denmark []. Holidays in Hell by P. India is a place that has some people swearing never to return.

That was the case with Sarah Macdonald, who went backpacking there when she was Twelve years later her new boyfriend — a correspondent for ABC Australia — is posted to New Delhi and she returns with him. Lauren Juliff quit her job and sold everything she owned to travel the world. This book is about following your dreams, getting out of your comfort zone, and falling in love with life on the road.

Iberia by James A. He not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards, he also shares the intimate, often hidden country he came to know, where the congeniality of living souls is thrust against the dark weight of history.

Overweight, overworked, and disenchanted, Kerkeling was an unlikely candidate to make the pilgrimage to the Spanish shrine of St. James, but he decided to get off the couch and do it anyway. Lonely and searching for meaning along the way, he began the journal that turned into this engaging book. Shah travels Morocco to uncover mysteries hidden for centuries from Western eyes. As he wends his way through the labyrinthine medinas of Fez and Marrakech, traverses the Sahara sands, and samples the hospitality of ordinary Moroccans, Tahir collects a treasury of traditional wisdom stories which open the doors to layers of culture most visitors hardly realize exist.

He explores how they have been steered by the innumerable frictions present in Indian society—the contradictions and compromises of religious faith, the whim and chaos of random political forces. Indonesia, Etc. Author Elizabeth Pisani traveled 26, miles in search of the links that bind this disparate nation. In Morocco by Edith Wharton. This account explores the culture, history, and beauty of a Morocco, depicting the customs and manners, and written with the eye of a documentarian. In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin. In Patagonia was an instant classic upon publication in This is a chance at adventure in an exotic land she thinks she understands.

Instead she finds rejection and scorn in the places she believed would most embrace her, but also humour, honesty, loyalty and love. In , Allan Weisbecker sold his home and his possessions, loaded his dog and surfboards into his truck, and set off in search of his long-time surfing companion, Patrick, who had vanished in Central America. He describes the people he befriended, the bandits he evaded, the waves he caught while on his quest. Venturing alone into the dark heart of war, Kevin Sites covered virtually every major global hot spot as the first Internet correspondent for Yahoo!

Beginning his journey with in Somalia in September and ending with the Israeli-Hezbollah war in the summer of , Sites talks with the people on every side, including those caught in the cross fire. For nearly a decade, Matteo Pistono smuggled out of Tibet evidence of atrocities by the Chinese government, showing it to the U. Yet Pistono did not originally intend to fight for social justice in Tibet-he had gone there as a Buddhist pilgrim. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the story of Into the Wild. Iron and Silk by Mark Salzman. In , Salzman flew off to teach English in Changsha, China. He writes of bureaucrats, students and Cultural Revolution survivors, stripping none of their complexity and humanity.

Though he writes of history and of classical lore, this is mostly a personal tale. Journey Without Maps by Graham Greene.

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His mind crowded with vivid images of Africa, Graham Greene set off in to discover Liberia, a remote and unfamiliar republic founded for released slaves. Crossing the red-clay terrain from Sierra Leone to the coast of Grand Bassa with a chain of porters, he came to know one of the few areas of Africa untouched by colonization. Simon rode a motorcycle around the world in the seventies, when such a thing was unheard of. In four years he covered 78, miles through 45 countries, living with peasants and presidents, in prisons and palaces, through wars and revolutions.

This book has inspired many to travel, including Ewan McGregor. But Kevin had promised his homesick Irish mother that he would explore the whole of the Old Country and bring back the sights and the stories to their home in Massachusetts. Poring over a map of the world one afternoon, Ewan McGregor noticed that it was possible to ride all the way round the world, with just one short hop across the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska.

So he picked up the phone and called his fellow actor-slash-biker friend Charley Boorman and told him it was time to hit the road. Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham. Early in the 20th century, Bingham ventured into the wild and then unknown country of the Eastern Peruvian Andes—and in came upon the fabulous Inca city that made him famous: Machu Picchu. In the space of one short season he went on to discover two more lost cities, including Vitcos, where the last Incan Emperor was assassinated.

Torre is terrified of deep water but decides to follow the man of her dreams and join him on his journey. Ranulph Fiennes has travelled to the most dangerous and inaccessible places on earth. He discovered the lost city of Ubar in Oman and attempted to walk solo and unsupported to the South Pole. He was the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported.

Fiennes describes here in his own words his incredible journey through life. The book is a unique window into travel writing, with each chapter containing endnotes that reveal the ragged edges behind the experience and creation of each tale. This city biography is written from the perspective of Bombay native, Suketu Mehta, who returns to his home city since renamed Mumbai after living in the US for 21 years. The book covers tensions between Hindus and Muslims gangs, the sex industry, and life in Bollywood.

The story of an around-the-world bicycle trip taken by Barbara and Larry Savage, which took two years through 25 countries. Along the way, the cyclists encountered warm-hearted strangers, bicycle-hating drivers, rock-throwing Egyptians, over-protective Thai policemen, and great personal joys.

After losing his brother to cancer and a divorce that left him in charge of two children, environmental reporter Daniel Glick needed some rejuvenation. He offers intimate reflection on life, fatherhood, change, and the fragile health of our planet. In Eric Hansen was shipwrecked on a desert island in the Red Sea. He tells of the seas that stranded him and of his efforts to retrieve his buried journals when he returned to Yemen ten years later.

We have travel books and books about travelling for food, but how often do you stop to think about how much travel your food has done? Moveable Feasts tell the story of how food has been transported over the centuries, such as the ancient Romans shipping olive oil around the Mediterranean, and the Berlin airlift of To reach Lhasa, she used her fluency of Tibetan dialects and culture, disguised herself as a beggar with yak hair extensions and inked skin and tackled some of the roughest terrain in the World.

She was the first Western woman to have been received by any Dalai Lama. In the early seventies, Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe—in search of enlightenment, beer, and women. Twenty years later, he decided to retrace his journey. The journey took seven months and covered about 3, miles. Born in St. Occupants by Henry Rollins. Henry Rollins has searched out the most desolate corners of the Earth and shows that the greatest statements can be made with the simplest of acts: to just bear witness, to be present. The book pairs his photographs with writings that not only provide context but also lift them to the level of political commentary.

Choosing to shun scamming, smuggling or fruit-picking in favor of creative and artistic means to earn his living he kept some cash in his pocket. The Mongols of the 13th century, under the leadership of Genghis Khan, created the largest contiguous land empire in history. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen. The book, published in , recounts events of the seventeen years when she made her home in Kenya, then called British East Africa. The book is about life on her coffee plantation, and a tribute to the people in her life there.

It also provides a glimpse of African colonial life in the last decades of the British Empire. Outposts by Simon Winchester. Helena are so remote that few people visit. Half of the adventure is getting there and the backstory of why these places are still British is interesting as well. The ancient Romans were responsible for many remarkable achievements but one of their lesser-known contributions was the creation of the tourist industry. The first people in history to enjoy safe and easy travel, Romans embarked on the original Grand Tour.

Intrigued by the possibility of re-creating the tour, Perrottet, accompanied by his pregnant girlfriend, sets off to discover life as an ancient Roman. Posing as a wandering dervish, Burton gained admittance to the holy Kaabah and to the tomb of the prophet at Medina and participated in all the rituals of the Hadj pilgrimage.

A treasury of material on Arab life, beliefs, manners and morals. Playing the Moldovans at Tennis by Tony Hawks. The loser of the bet has to strip naked on Balham High Road and sing the Moldovan national anthem. Psychogeography by Will Self. Matt Goulding journeys through the noodle shops, tempura temples, and teahouses of Japan, navigating the intersection between food, history, and culture. His article on Hiroshima is a great taste of his writing on Japan.

In Postcards from Europe, Rick Steves takes you on a private tour through the heart of Europe — introducing you to his local friends and sharing his favorite travel moments — from the Netherlands through Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, with a grand Parisian finale. Like many other small cities in China, Fuling is heading down the path of change and growth.

Peter Hessler came to teach English and American literature at the local college, but it was his students who taught him about the complex processes of understanding that take place when one is immersed in a radically different society. Tim Cahill reports on the road trip to end all road trips: a journey that took him from Tierra del Fuego to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in a record-breaking twenty three and a half days.

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As a journalist stationed in the insular Arabian capital of Riyadh, Theroux sharply etches what it is like to be an American when speaking Arabic virtually brands one a spy and reading Saudi novels is a forbidden pleasure. A colorful picture of a complex society teeming with contradictions. Sea and Sardinia by D. Sea and Sardinia is a travel book by the English writer D. It describes a brief excursion undertaken in January by Lawrence and Frieda, his wife aka Queen Bee, from Taormina in Sicily to the interior of Sardinia.

Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer. The adventure classic about life in Tibet just before the Chinese Communist takeover. After fifteen years spent exploring China and its food, Fuchsia Dunlop finds herself in an English kitchen, deciding whether to eat a caterpillar she has accidentally cooked in some home-grown vegetables. How can something she has eaten readily in China seem grotesque in England?

Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles. Paul Bowles examines the ways in which Americans apprehend an alien culture—and the ways in which their incomprehension destroys them. The story of three American travelers adrift in the cities and deserts of North Africa after World War II, it etches the limits of human reason and intelligence—perhaps even the limits of human life—when they touch the unfathomable emptiness and impassive cruelty of the desert. The book takes the reader through China and Mongolia the first of 80 countries visited.

The twenty-first century has relegated airplane flight—a once remarkable feat of human ingenuity—to the realm of the mundane. Mark Vanhoenacker, a pilot who left academia and a career in the business world to pursue his childhood dream of flight, asks us to reimagine what we—both as pilots and as passengers—are actually doing when we enter the world between departure and discovery. Peter Rudiak-Gould moved to Ujae, a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands, where he taught English at the island school. The atoll is home to just people and can be walked around in an afternoon.

It is apparent straight away that Ujae is not an idyllic tropical paradise island, yet Peter lasted a year and writes about his own personal life on the island intertwined with insights to the Marshall Islands. At the age of 48, on the verge of a divorce, Rita left an elegant life in L. In she sold her possessions and became a nomad, living in a Zapotec village in Mexico, sleeping with sea lions on the Galapagos Islands, and residing everywhere from thatched huts to regal palaces.

Sara Wheeler spent seven months in Antarctica, living with its scientists and dreamers. It is the coldest, windiest, driest place on earth, an icy desert of unearthly beauty and stubborn impenetrability. For centuries, Antarctica has captured the imagination of our greatest scientists and explorers, lingering in the spirit long after their return. Terra Incognita is a classic of polar literature. Alain de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to the takeoffs at Heathrow.

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He also cites fellow-travelers as Baudelaire, Wordsworth, Van Gogh, the biologist Alexander von Humboldt, and the 18th-century eccentric Xavier de Maistre, who catalogued the wonders of his bedroom. The Carpet Wars by Christopher Kremmer. The Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller. Colossus of Maroussi, a paean to Greece drawn out of a nine-month visit, stands as a seminal classic in travel literature.

Transcending the social constraints of Victorian England, Gertrude Bell left the comforts of her privileged life for the unconventional world of the Middle East. She travelled to Persia and became passionately drawn to the Arab people, the language, and their architecture. A skilled archeologist, historian, and linguist, Bell traveled the world and wrote compelling, perceptive accounts of her journeys. Stewart Lee Allen gives a brief history of coffee by visiting significant coffee destinations around the world.

Eric Weiner a self-confessed grump travels the world in search of happiness. From Bhutan with its Gross National Happiness index, to life in grim Moldova, Weiner looks for what makes a place happy. Rachel Friedman has always been the consummate good girl who plays it safe, so she surprises no one more than herself when, on a whim she buys a ticket to Ireland, a place she has never visited. There she forms an unlikely bond with a free-spirited Australian girl who spurs Rachel on to a yearlong odyssey. Most of the book is about the journey and not the destination, as he travels from London to Japan and back again over a period of four months in What emerges is a portrait of a country that possibly should never have been, and is in the process of insuring that it will never be again.

It was his best-selling work in his lifetime, and is one of the best-selling travel books of all time. Stuck in a job he no longer found fulfilling, Mike McIntyre felt his life was quickly passing him by. So one day he hit the road to trek across the USA with little more than the clothes on his back and without a single penny in his pocket. Harry Ritchie takes a trip around the vestiges of the British Empire—the last pink bits on the world map—belatedly attempting to answer the question asked by George V—How is the Empire?

In , British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. The Lost Girls: Three Friends.

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Four Continents. Corbett, Amanda Pressner. Three friends, each on the brink of a quarter-life crisis, make a pact to quit their high pressure New York City media jobs and leave behind their friends, boyfriends, and everything familiar to embark on a year-long backpacking adventure around the world in The Lost Girls. In The Lost Heart of Asia, acclaimed, bestselling travel writer Colin Thubron carries readers on an extraordinary journey through this little understood, rarely visited, yet increasingly important corner of the world. Indonesian Ferry Sinks.

Peruvian Bus Plunges Off Cliff. African Train Attacked by Mobs. Whenever he read the news, Carl Hoffman noticed those news bulletins, which seemed about as far from the idea of tourism as it was possible to get. The drummer for the rock band Rush travels through villages and relates his story through photographs, journal entries, and tales of adventure, while addressing issues such as differences in culture, psychology, and labels. He finds himself embroiled with an absurd yet irresistible cast of characters. Lawrence Osborne explores the psychological underpinnings of tourism.

Isabelle Eberhardt was born the illegitimate daughter of an aristocratic Russian emigree. Her journal chronicles her travels in the Sahara on horseback, disguised as an Arab man and having adopted Islam. Part memoir, part travelogue, part love letter to the people who live and work on a magical street in Paris. Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris Bureau Chief of the New York Times, invites us on a tour of her favorite Parisian street, offering an homage to street life and the pleasures of Parisian living. Spanning two thousand miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific coast, the Oregon Trail is the route that made America.


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Over the course of four months, Buck is accompanied by three mules, his brother, Nick, and a Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl, as they go about recreating this epic journey. The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho. Paulo Coelho details his journey across Spain along the legendary road of San Tiago, which pilgrims have travelled since Middle Ages. His first book not only paved the way for the perennial travellers favourite The Alchemist , but it also fully expresses his humanist philosophy and the depth of his unique search for meaning.

In Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan-surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers.


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    When Richard Halliburton graduated from college, he chose adventure over a career, traveling the world with almost no money. The Royal Road to Romance chronicles what happened as a result, from a breakthrough Matterhorn ascent to being jailed for taking forbidden pictures on Gibraltar. Published in , Halliburton wanted to be remembered as the most-traveled man who had ever lived. In , ethnobotanist Wade Davis arrived in Haiti to investigate two documented cases of zombis—people who had reappeared years after they had been officially declared dead and had been buried.

    In the course of his investigation, Davis came to realise that the story of vodoun is the history of Haiti. Maarten Troost. At the age of twenty-six, J. Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to Tarawa, a remote South Pacific island in the Republic of Kiribati. He was restless and lacked direction, and the idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. He should have known better. The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski. From the early days of independence in Ghana to the ongoing ethnic genocide in Rwanda, Kapuscinski has crisscrossed vast distances pursuing the swift, and often violent, events that followed liberation.

    The Size of the World by Jeff Greenwald. By the time that travel writer Jeff Greenwald hit his late thirties, he had covered more ground than Magellan, Marco Polo, and Columbus combined. But he also came to a sobering conclusion: airplanes had reduced his exotic explorations to a series of long commutes. So he set out to rediscover the mass, the gravity, and the size of the world. His mission: to circle the earth without leaving its surface. The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen. In , Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller visited the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare snow leopard.

    He charts his inner path as well as his outer one, with a deepening understanding of reality, suffering, impermanence, and beauty. Ibn Battutah was just 21 when he set out in from his native Tangier on a pilgrimage to Mecca. He did not return to Morocco for another 29 years, having visited more than 40 countries on the modern map, and getting as far north as the Volga, as far east as China, and as far south as Tanzania. The Turk Who Loved Apples is about breaking free of the constraints of modern travel and letting the place itself guide you.

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