After retiring in 2005 from careers in law, husband and wife Dennis James (author) and Barbara Grossman (photography) decided to visit a number of countries often found on do not visit lists. There are numerous books written about one's travels and reflections often authored by retirees however there are a few that focus on such unusual destinations. Dennis and Barbara are intrigued by these lesser visited countries and enjoy living and … [Read more...]
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Author Jonathan Arlan is bored; bouncing around from New York, to Tokyo ultimately to Europe - he becomes a wanderer. Eventually he spots a map while in Serbia. For some reason it 'speaks' to him - a red line that runs from Lake Geneva through the Alps ending in the Mediterranean Sea indicating a route of about 400 miles. His curiosity peaked, Not a likely candidate to make this walk (no prior outdoor experience, long hikes or knowledge of … [Read more...]
Author Sarah D. Tiedemann has pulled from her years of experience traveling, packing and hiking to create this 'A to Z' list describing numerous valuable items that hikers need to be aware of. Covers preparation, departure and arrival information and a wide variety of potential dangers on the trail. Her experience is varied from hiking next to cliffs in Kauai, to reaching the windswept summit of a mountain the middle of winter to braving … [Read more...]
The Silver-Haired Volunteer and her husband see the world through their volunteer efforts post retirement. This book chronicles their experiences in some rather lesser visited destinations including Senegal, Uganda, Namibia and in Ghana (working with sex workers). Outside their scope of Africa is a volunteer stint in Thailand - where they worked with gender idenity. Life overseas is certainly different then at home. Details of their … [Read more...]
There is plenty of keep the one absorbed from start to finish in Jennifer M. Fraser's exciting book, Crush, A Wine Thriller. The story features Paige Munroe, normally an investigative journalist often covering war stories. In this book her investigative role is initially reduced to ease her back into the 'world' after recovering from a war time injury. Assigned to cover and promote select wineries in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, … [Read more...]
Flight attendant and author Cydney Marshall has written a gripping tale of a commercial airline that vanishes with all persons on board unaccounted for. Unlike the infinitesimal percentages of this happening in real life when you fly, this is a fictionalized account although it certainly pulls details from real life incidents over the years. Author Marshall cleverly creates a name for a generic airline, calling it AmerAsia; the whereabouts of … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]