A book for cycling enthusiasts, a book for recreational riders and a book to inspire those to travel and combine the trip with some time on a bike. This book highlights some of the world's great rides from the seat of a bicycle - with first hand written experiences covering rides from Africa to Asia and points in between. We have been biking most of our life - and in urban settings often are able to take advantage of bike sharing programs. … [Read more...]
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Maui. The name quickly brings to mind the Road to Hana, beaches, surfing and the 10,000 foot volcano, Haleakalā. Long time travel blogger, Kyle of Kyle the Vagabond (who we have followed for numerous years) has written the go-to guide for all things Maui (including Molaka'i and Lan'i). Growing up in Maui, with a passion for exploration - he has a unique and varied perspective of the island that only a local can have. Specific itineraries are … [Read more...]
Most books we receive to review are quickly consumed - easy travel reads. This book is different. It reads at a snail's pace providing insights and food for the reader to digest slowly. It is written as it was traveled - to be absorbed over time rather than finished in a day. Author Many is no stranger to long road trips; at the time this book was first published in Germany in 2011 he had been on the road for nearly 15 years. Taking him on … [Read more...]
Author Pascal Baudar is a professional forager. But he is much more then this - he has spent the past 15+ years researching and investigating pretty much anything that grows or is found in the wild (native and non native plants) in Southern California that one can eat, or use in in food. His vast array of plant knowledge and their uses is truly remarkable (we have joined him on one of his private foraging sessions, highly recommended by the way … [Read more...]
Author Swick highlights "the seven joys of travel" in seven chapters - anticipation, movement, break from routine, novelty, discovery, emotional connection and a heightened appreciation of home". This book is about his experiences, people he meets on the road and the resulting stories from travel when one is open to experiencing these seven joys. These seven chapters are followed by seven additional chapters focusing on personal stories from … [Read more...]
Opposite to the title of this book - there are plenty of noisy corners in Paris frequented by both locals and tourists alike. This tiny square book highlights nearly 70 of these places including a photograph of each and a short description highlighting historical aspects or a cute nearby eatery of interest. Places like cloisters, courtyards, gardens, museums, galleries, shops, historic homes, ruins, churches and more are highlighted in this … [Read more...]
This is a fun read yet at the same time offers many useful tips and tricks for surviving the hassles of travel. Author Green is no stranger to travel having spent years exploring the world and having tested out a number of his ideas on a two year backpacking trip around the world as part of his honeymoon. Some of the tricks covered in this guide may sound a bit off the wall but in reality they do work. Take his idea for sleeping in economy … [Read more...]
'Do not buy this book'! It will change the way you look at the wine industry and will certainly make collectors of high end wines think twice about their purchases. Author Dinkelspiel has created a mesmerizing look at greed, deception and crime throughout California's storied wine history. Central to the story is Mark Anderson, a wine aficionado whose nefarious activities in the wine world culiminate when he sets fire in 2005 to a wine … [Read more...]
This fictional account is an intense war story and often reads like reality. The book follows Lucas Martin, an experienced war time veteran and retired agent of the US government. He is 'retired' in Thailand when he receives a call to return to service to serve his country in and around Sarajevo, just before the siege of this historic city during the war that devastated this part of the world in the early and mid 1990's. He is hired to gain … [Read more...]
Author Adrienne Brady was born in Burma but grew up in the UK. She has lived a life of travel, among her travels she has enjoyed various 'home' bases around the world including Brunei, Dubai, Libya and Singapore. Her travels for the core of this book - detail her various trips throughout Sri Lanka, northern Thailand, Brunei, Libya, the Emirates through to the west coast of Ireland. Her time in Sri Lanka is during a particularly violent time … [Read more...]