The Thai World
Temples, Tattoos and Other Cultural Encounters
Thailand has long history and an extraordinarily rich culture, expressed in its art, architecture, festivities and ceremonial. In this concise introduction, John Hoskin draws on more than three decades of living in Bangkok to explain and illuminate this fascinating society. Chapters cover magnificent Buddhist temples, the spiritual life of the people, the monarchy, etiquette, festivals, the natural world, the arts, sport, and the changing face of modern Thailand.
Banaras, also known as Varanasi, stands on the banks of the Ganges in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, it is also the holiest in the Hindu religion. In this stunning book, award-winning photographer Christopher Roche turns his lens towards its landscape, its street life, its temples, holy men and religious ceremonies, to capture the beauty, energy and vitality of this major historical and spiritual centre.
Travels with John Steinbeck
In 1960 John Steinbeck and his dog Charley set out in their green pickup truck, travelling from New York to New Orleans to ‘see how the country looks and smells and sounds’. Half a century on, Dutch journalist and historian Geert Mak and his wife travel from Steinbeck’s home, retracing his journey through glistening suburbs, Midwestern prairies and rust-belt towns to see how Main Street, USA has changed, and what has become of the American Dream.
A Grand Tour Through Time
This beautifully designed book takes the armchair traveller on a nostalgic journey through a bygone Europe from the 1920s to the 1980s, from St Mark’s in Venice to bustling Berlin. Belgian journalist Dirk Leyman’s extraordinary collection of vintage travel brochures, booklets, picture postcards and folding maps brings the heyday of carefree travel back to life. Stylish typography and eye-catching graphics celebrate a vanished world of Pullman cars and touring clubs, grand hotels and elegant spas.
Nanga Parbat 1970
Tragedy and Controversy
In 1970 a German-Austrian-Italian climbing team reached the 8042-metre summit of Nanga Parbat, one of the highest peaks of the Himalayas. But triumph soon turned to controversy when two members of the team, Reinhold Messner and his brother Günther, decided to descend via the opposite face – a climb that claimed Günther’s life. This investigation draws on diaries, interviews, private conversations and books by team members to shed light on the brothers’ decision and reveal the story behind the story.
Discovering Art, Culture, and Memories in a Well-Known Region's Unknown Places
Many travellers think they know Tuscany, but few venture beyond the highlights of Florence and Siena. This richly evocative book takes the reader off the autostrada into the lesser-known western regions – to the port of Livorno, the art capital Pietrasanta, the volcanic island of Capraia, and to fishing villages and hilltop towns set amid rolling cherry orchards, telling the story of each through the memories and traditions of its inhabitants.
The Naturalist on the River Amazons
Henry Walter Bates and Alfred Russell Wallace set out for the Amazon in 1848 in search of plants and animals that would solve the mystery of evolution. Wallace returned to England in 1852, losing his entire collection in a shipwreck, but Bates stayed on for seven years. First published in 1863, The Naturalist on the River Amazons not only catalogues his many discoveries, but vividly evokes the natural beauty of the river and rainforest.
The World's Most Exotic Railway Journeys
Travel by railway, particularly on historic routes or to exotic locations, holds a romance that can't be matched. The 50 journeys traced in this book range from spectacular lines through the Andes or across the Khyber Pass, to travelling north from Helsinki to the Arctic and the famous Paris-to-Istanbul route of the Orient Express. Each report is based on first-hand experience and contains photographs, a route map, technical details of the engine and track, and train timetables.
Lionel Aggett's France
In this collection of more than 200 richly atmospheric pastel paintings, the artist Lionel Aggett journeys the length of France from Mont St-Michel to Provence via the Seine, the Loire and the Dordogne. Travelling at a leisurely pace through its towns and villages and along its inland waterways, he captures the glories of the French landscape in all seasons, taking in the waterfront at Honfleur, Monet's garden at Giverny, and sunset over St Tropez.
On the Trail of Old Traditions
There are more than 50 ethnic minorities in the People's Republic of China, most of them living in remote regions of the country. Photographer Alessandra Meniconzi has journeyed across China following the trail of traditional cultures and lifestyles from Yunnan's endless rice terraces in the deep south to the historic trading hubs in north-western Xinjiang. This magnificent collection of her colour photographs documents many traditional ways of life that could soon cease to exist.
Best-Kept Secrets of Europe
This photographic guide to the cities of Europe traces an itinerary from the cafés of Paris and the attractions of London, Edinburgh and Dublin, through the bustling streets of Barcelona and Berlin to the great Ottoman mosques of Istanbul, via Vienna, Prague, Rome, Venice and Athens. Colour images bring to life the majesty of cathedrals and palaces, the buzz of vibrant markets and the calm of secluded corners, while extended captions share historical curiosities.
Greece is a nation of rocky outcrops scattered across the sparkling Aegean, fringed by sandy beaches and dotted with ancient temples and dazzling white churches. Paul Davies details the sights and transport links of all the major islands and many secluded gems, along with those of Athens. This is one of the Globetrotter Travel Guides. Written by some of the most experienced travel writers in the business, these practical, concise and well-illustrated guides vividly describe places of interest and suggest where to eat, stay, shop and relax. With a weatherproof sleeve, fold-out map and free pdf map for your mobile.
Culture on the Edge
The Tibetan way of life is changing fast, with new transport links and communications infrastructure bringing ever more tourists and technology. The environment itself is also in jeopardy as the region heats up and glaciers that feed important water sources flowing into China, India and Pakistan recede. This photographic portfolio presents studies of the striking people, landscapes and customs of Tibet with reference to how these modern threats are affecting the country's traditional devotional Buddhist culture.
Places and History
Few countries can match the archaeological treasures or natural beauty of Turkey. Beautifully designed and illustrated with breathtaking colour photographs on every page, this handsome volume explores the legacy of the many civilizations – from the Hittites to the Ottomans – that have left their mark on the country, and charts its history, its politics, and the lives of its people today, from the crowded bazaars of Istanbul to the bleak highlands of Anatolia.
In the Footsteps of Abraham
The Holy Land in Hand-Painted Photographs
The birthplace of three great Abrahamic faiths, the Holy Land occupies a unique status in history. In the 1920s Arie Speelman, a Dutch Christian, commissioned the hand-colouring of 1,200 black-and-white slides of the area. This book explains their background and reproduces a magnificent selection of these images, which were bequeathed to Amsterdam's Jewish Historical Museum. They offer a rare glimpse of towns, villages and landscapes before the onset of modernization, as Jesus might have seen them.
Strolling Through Florence
The Definitive Walking Guide to the Renaissance City
Beginning with ‘Florence in a Day’, this guide to the great Renaissance city is arranged in ten walking tours, each with options to visit additional sites if energy permits. Mario Erasmo provides an introduction to the history of the city, and his commentary for each itinerary gives details of the significant works of art to be seen in the museums and galleries, as well as the sculptures, monuments and buildings along the route.
The World's Greatest Cruises
Explore, Dream, Discover
Cruise ships today offer travellers the chance to enjoy exotic locations from the comfort of a luxury liner. This lavishly illustrated book describes 18 great journeys, with maps and information on regional history, culture and wildlife for routes including classic cruises in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, island-hopping in the Aegean and Pacific, river cruising on the Danube, Nile and Mississippi and more adventurous voyages to the Arctic, the Northwest Passage and the Antarctic. (Previously published as Dream Cruises of the World.)
London: The Green Guide
The Green Guide
The first Michelin Green Guide was published in 1926 and devoted to Brittany; now they cover cities and regions from New York to South Korea, always packed full of information on local history, art, culture and sightseeing as well where to eat, sleep and shop. The guide to London covers the capital and nearby sites such as Hampton Court and Windsor Castle, and includes walking tours, street maps, plans, and details of all the major museums and galleries.
An Intimate Look at the Past and Present
Retracing the route of Mao's Long March, an international team of photographers compiled this spectacular volume revealing the monumental changes of the past 75 years, as villages have become cities, dirt tracks superhighways, and everywhere the buzz of industry and commerce fills the air. With a digital app to access additional audio-visual content on an iPad, this is a magnificent survey of China's landscapes and a tribute to the resilience of its peoples.
Malaysia offers a striking variety of attractions for the visitor, from the high-rise skyline of the capital Kuala Lumpur to pristine beaches and rainforest trekking. Illustrated with colour photographs on every page, this attractive book gives an overview of Malaysia's geography, history, people, religion, arts and cuisine, before exploring both parts of the country: Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. Special features cover a wide range of topics, from festivals to street art.
The Northwest Passage Overland
The Epic Journey that Helped Create Canada
In 1862, at the height of the Canadian Gold Rush, Viscount William Milton and Dr Walter Cheadle set off across North America to find a route by which to transport the spoils back east. Author and Arctic explorer Ernest Coleman follows in the footsteps of these brave but ill-prepared amateurs, recounting their hair-raising adventures as they blazed a trail that would bring the railway to the Pacific and ensure that British Columbia became part of Canada and not the USA.
Power Places of Kathmandu
Hindu and Buddhist Holy Sites in the Sacred Valley of Nepal
In Hindu mythology, the Himalayas have always been known as ‘the abode of the gods’. Below these mountains, the Kathmandu valley is rich in holy sites, where animism and shamanism have long coexisted with Buddhism and Hinduism. Illustrated with more than 100 colour photographs, this volume explores these ‘power places’ – focal points of divine energy – from simple caves to magnificent temples, in the order followed by pilgrims on the three main routes through the old kingdoms of Nepal.
Once Upon a Time in Africa
50 Years of Explorations and Adventures
As Africa enters the third millennium, embracing new technology and global communications, much of its ancient heritage is disappearing. Twins Alfredo and Angelo Castiglioni have been travelling the continent for half a century, and this book presents a wealth of photographs and documents that form a priceless record of vanishing ways of life, from the Tuareg of the North African deserts to the Somba mud castle people of Togo and the Turkana of Kenya’s Cobalt Lake. Contains graphic images.
Kathmandu is the greatest city of the Himalaya. Closed to the world until 1951, this medieval time capsule now finds itself battered by modernization, consumerism and bungled Western intervention. Erudite, entertaining and accessible, this remarkable book is both a memoir of ten years spent living in the Nepalese capital and a chronicle of its remarkable history. The result is a riveting description of an ancient theocratic monarchy, a jewel of world art, a communist hotbed, a failed democracy and an environmental catastrophe.
Empires in the Sun
The Struggle for the Mastery of Africa: 1830–1990
Through the 19th and 20th centuries, European powers vied for control of Africa’s vast resources while persuading themselves that they were bringing the benefits of Christian civilization to a ‘backward’ continent. This majestic narrative history charts the colonial conquests of Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Portugal, and African resistance to them, and examines how, post-1945, Cold War rivalry between the United States and the USSR gave rise to dictatorships and proxy wars that cost the lives of millions.
An Indian Love Affair
Simon Gandolfi first visited India in the 1960s, driving a VW to Goa, where he met and fell in love with Vanessa. Forty years later, fury at the terrorist attacks on the Taj Hotel in Mumbai leads him to return, this time on a Honda 125. Gandolfi’s unique and charming travelogue interweaves the two trips, combining bittersweet memories of the past with a window on the India of today.
Word, Symbol, Song
For more than a millennium, the peoples of West Africa have harnessed the power of words and images to build societies, communicate faith, and challenge injustice. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the British Library, this lavishly illustrated book explores the region’s written heritage and even older oral culture. Leading international scholars offer a unique insight into this rich tradition, and the current explosion of creativity in an array of media.
A Personal Celebration of the National Parks
America was the first country to designate areas of outstanding beauty or interest as national parks, beginning with Yellowstone in 1872. The US National Park Service now oversees almost 400 protected sites, and this book celebrates the centenary of its foundation in 1916 by exploring 21 of the most spectacular environments, from the South Dakota Badlands and Grand Teton in Wyoming to the Yosemite National Park in California.
Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem
Columbus is history’s most famous mariner, the man who discovered the New World and proved that the Atlantic could be crossed. But his religious motivations are less well-known; in this reappraisal a cultural anthropologist examines Columbus in the context of his times, revealing that he was driven by a fervent desire to finance a crusade which would recapture Jerusalem and usher in Christ’s Second Coming.
In Search of Remarkable Trees
On Safari in Southern Africa
The author and photographer Thomas Pakenham is no stranger to Africa or to trees. In this beautifully crafted volume, he combines his two interests as he travels through Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa in search of extraordinary trees, from giant baobabs and gnarled, ancient camphor trees to graceful jacarandas. The text that accompanies each image recounts his adventures and reflects on the role of trees in magic, folklore and ritual.
Buddhist Temples of Thailand
A Visual Journey Through Thailand's 40 Most Historic Wats
Thailand has 40,000 registered temples – known as wats – ranging from the spectacular structures of Bangkok to crumbling rural buildings containing ancient murals. This book features specially commissioned photographs of 40 such temples, selected to illustrate the regional diversity of this architectural form. The accompanying text traces the historical development of Buddhism and its temple-building tradition, as well as highlighting the wat’s role in daily life, as both a spiritual centre and a social institution.
Andalucia and Las Alpujarras
An Artist in Lemon Country
One of Britain's foremost pastel artists, Lionel Aggett has long been enchanted by the light, colour and raw splendour of Spain, and particularly Andalucia. Accompanied by the artist's own account of his work and travels and pages from his sketchbooks, this substantial collection of his work includes landscapes of the region, from the vineyards of Navarra and La Rioja to the Sierra Nevada and the high plains of Castilla La Mancha.
Tuscany is both the cradle of the Renaissance and a region of breathtakingly beautiful and richly varied landscapes, from the mountains of the north to the bare clay hills of the Crete Senese to the south. The 150 captivating colour photographs in this book show its many facets: the architectural wonders of Florence, Siena and Pisa, the vineyards of Chianti, the long, cypress-lined roads, the rocky coast, and the peaceful farms nestling amid rolling hills.
Emerging from decades of communist repression, Hungary's capital still manages to preserve its old-world courtesy, deep cultural traditions and air of mystery despite the creeping blandness of globalization. The author, a classical musician deeply engaged with Budapest's cultural life, provides an idiosyncratic and affectionate view of the people and traditions of this historic city at the crossroads of Central Europe.
Roads to Berlin
Detours and Riddles in the Lands and History of Germany
The celebrated Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom embarks on a voyage of discovery through the history, culture and people of his country's large and sometimes overbearing neighbour. Written and updated over several decades, it includes an eyewitness account of the fall of the Berlin Wall, charts Germany's difficult path to reunification and culminates in a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in the shadow of the Eurozone crisis. Roads to Berlin sheds valuable light on the state of Europe today.
A Journey Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present
'From Egypt's earliest art (prehistoric images of fish-traps, carved into cliffs overlooking the river) to the Arab Spring (fought over on the bridges of Cairo), the Nile has been central to Egypt's story.' An expert in the ancient civilization dominated by the great river, Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson travels the length of the Nile, from Aswan, through Luxor, modern Qena and ancient Nagada, Abydos and the Fayum to Cairo, reflecting on both past and present and an uncertain future. American-cut pages.
Tales from the Queen of the Desert
Taking its title from Werner Herzog's recent film about Gertrude Bell (1868–1926), this book presents two works by the intrepid archaeologist and traveller who was to play a significant role in the Middle East during the First World War. Persian Pictures (1894) describes Bell's journey to visit her uncle, then British Minister at Tehran, Persia, in 1892; in Syria: The Desert and the Sown (1907) she describes the deserts and cities of 'Greater Syria'.
Not so much a guidebook as a guide to the spirit of the place, this stylish little volume is as smart and sassy as the city it celebrates, and mixes a historical perspective with an appreciation of high and low culture. A rich account of New York's development from Dutch trading post to world metropolis is followed by an exploration of its landmarks, communities, shops, bars and restaurants, offering valuable insight into the Big Apple. Cityscopes series.
The Conquest of the Ocean
The Illustrated History of Seafaring
The oceans cover two thirds of the globe and have shaped human history, stimulating exploration and migration, transport and trade, science and technology. In this epic narrative, one of the world's leading naval historians weaves together eyewitness accounts and documentary evidence to bring alive the agonies, achievements and adventures of seafarers throughout history. Illustrated with paintings, photographs, maps and artefacts, this enthralling book charts the history of navigation from the earliest Polynesians to today's global shipping.
The Ocean of the Future
Covering a third of the planet, the Pacific Ocean is the world's largest body of water. It is also the source of our weather patterns and the ocean of the future: what happens across its vast expanse will determine the destiny of humanity. Following his bestseller Atlantic, Winchester celebrates its power and beauty, and charts ten key moments in its history including the atomic tests, the Japanese electronics revolution and the economic rise of China.
Summit of Achievement
On 29 May 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay conquered the world's highest mountain. This new edition of a book first published in 2003 chronicles the history of Everest exploration from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Drawing on the Royal Geographical Society's rich archive, it includes more than 400 photographs, many never published before, that capture the grandeur and peril of the mighty mountain. With a foreword by Hillary and an introduction by the Dalai Lama.
In The Heart of The Sea
The Epic True Story that Inspired Moby Dick
The sinking of the Nantucket whale ship Essex by an enraged sperm whale far out in the Pacific in 1820 was the inspiration for Melville’s classic novel. In this compelling narrative, the maritime historian Nathaniel Philbrick uses first hand accounts, including the diary of one of the survivors, to describe the terrifying experiences of the 20 crewmen of the Essex when they took to the open sea in three small boats.
The Discovery of Jeanne Baret
In 1765, Jeanne Baret smuggled herself aboard a French naval expedition on which her lover Philibert Commerson was official botanist. Disguised as a boy, she carried heavy equipment, collected thousands of specimens, took detailed scientific notes – and became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. Drawing on painstaking research and Baret's recently discovered notebook, this captivating book charts her thrilling story and restores this forgotten heroine to her rightful place in the history of science. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge and American-cut pages.
A Traveller's Year
365 Days of Travel Writing in Diaries, Journals and Letters
'The soap that the French wash their things with smells of aniseed,' wrote Mary Browne in her diary in 1821, 'and gives their beds a disagreeable smell.' This anthology of journals, letters and memoirs draws on five centuries of travel writing to provide two or three quirky, thrilling or wryly funny anecdotes for each day of the year. The contributors include Charles Darwin, Lewis Carroll, Gertrude Bell, Graham Greene, Simone de Beauvoir, Jack Kerouac and Alan Bennett.
The Times Explorers
The exploration of uncharted terrain has always stirred the human imagination. Illustrated with rare photographs from the archives of The Times, this handsome volume charts the achievements of the men and women who have pushed forward the boundaries of our geographical knowledge. Focusing on each of the world's most challenging terrains – mountains, ice, jungles, deserts, seas and deep caves – it vividly retells the dramatic expeditions of Livingstone, Stanley, Scott, Amundsen, Freya Stark, Edmund Hillary and many others.
Best-Kept Secrets of Paris
Visitors flock to Paris to marvel at its beauty and soak up its atmosphere; alongside world-famous sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame and the Arc de Triomphe, the city offers an inexhaustible supply of lesser-known delights. This glorious visual celebration of its historical and architectural riches is arranged by area, exploring both popular attractions and quiet backwaters, tranquil parks and Bohemian cafes
Stories in Stone: Paris
A Field Guide to Paris Cemeteries and Their Residents
Paris: city of lights, city of romance – and city of death. Approximately 12 million people call Paris home, and for the inhabitants of its cemeteries, mausoleums and catacombs it is their last resting place. Packed with colour photographs, this field guide provides directions and opening hours for all the major burial places, with GPS co-ordinates for many graves including those of Stendhal, Baudelaire, Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Isadora Duncan and Edith Piaf. An attractive fold-out map provides more traditional guidance.
Walking in Ruins
Ruins have exerted a powerful hold over the human imagination since the Romantics, exciting thoughts of what once was and what might have been. With characteristic humour, insight and erudition, Geoff Nicholson takes us on a tour of ruins ancient and modern, picturesque and mundane, from Stonehenge and Alcatraz to a derelict zoo on the edge of Hollywood and an abandoned council estate in Sheffield.