Witty and “enchanting” reflections on the experience of travel, with a focus on art, music, and literature, by the author of Brave New World (The Spectator). One of the most renowned and prolific writers of the twentieth century, Aldous Huxley produced not only dystopian fiction like Brave New World and philosophical memoirs like The Doors of Perception, but also insightful travel writing. Here, he discusses his visits to Italy, France, and other European destinations; reflects on cultural landmarks; and ruminates on the benefits and challenges of travel itself, offering a fascinating glimpse into the Europe of a century ago—and the mind of a remarkable author. “As opposed to those who believe that the best picture is the most famous or expensive one, or the one that wins a prize, Huxley speaks for those prepared to spend contemplative time with works of art.” —The Sydney Morning Herald
Squeezed between Colombia in the north and Peru in the south, Ecuador is named for its location on the Equator and has a landscape so varied that it has been described as a microcosm of every microclimate found in South America. This diversity makes it a magnet for tourists, mountain trekkers, volunteers, and increasing numbers of US retirees looking for a warm, culturally interesting, economical, and safe place to spend much of their time.Ecuador's multiethnic population reflects a unique blend of cultures, from traditionally dressed mountain peoples, whose ancestors inhabited their highland villages before the arrival of the Incas, to the Afro-Ecuadorians of Esmeraldas and the Chota Valley and the tribal peoples of the Amazonian rainforest. The Ecuadorians are proud, friendly, hospitable, and hardworking, but to know them well, the foreign visitor needs to understand the complex historical divisions between the highlands and the coast, and the rigid class and racial hierarchy that has shaped the country's history.Culture Smart! Ecuador takes you beyond the usual descriptions of where to go and what to see and gives you an insider's view of the people, their history, their food, and their culture. Special sections are designed to help food lovers get the most out of the menu, assist business travelers to gain an edge on the competition, and show expats, volunteers, and visitors how to meet and get on well with the Ecuadorians, who are as diverse and varied as the country's amazing geography.
Smart Travel Bundle, 2 in 1 Bundle: The Traveler's Gift and Travel With KidsAre you looking to plan a trip, but aren’t sure how to get started? Worried that you’ll make a huge mistake that’ll cost you? Planning a trip can certainly be a daunting task for inexperienced travelers, but it doesn’t have to be so difficult. Becoming a savvy traveler takes experience and countless mistakes. It often involves getting lost, spending over budget, and suffering through lousy accommodations or poor service. If you have kids, travelling can be a bit tricky but it doesn’t have to be if you plan carefully. Some actually postpone travelling because of kids but even though there are certainly some challenges when you have kids, it should stop you from abandoning travel plans. You can still make it fun and enjoyable.This bundle will teach you expert tips and advice on how to become a savvy traveler. You will learn all the tips from planning to booking and how to save money in your travels. You will also learn the mistakes you need to avoid when travelling for a stress-free vacation.This 2 in 1 bundle includes the following audiobooks:1. The Traveler's Gift: The Ultimate Guide on How to Become a Savvy Traveler, Learn Expert Travel Tips and Start Travelling Like a Pro2. Travel With Kids: The Essential Guide On How You Can Entertain Your Kids While Travelling, Learn the Perfect Travel Games You Can Play During Travel With Your FamilyGet your copy of Smart Travel 3 in 1 Bundle today!
As a young girl Alice Carey came to realise that 'home' can mean different things. The only child of Irish immigrants to New York in search of a better life, her isolated and sometimes violent childhood was transformed when her mother started working as maid to legendary Broadway producer Jean Dalrymple. In Miss D.'s elegant Park Avenue town house, Alice was exposed to a life she had only seen in films. Her mother worked to save up enough money for them both to go 'home' to Ireland, travelling down below on ocean liners. Ireland in the 1960s was radically different from New York in every way, especially in its morality and attitudes to clerical abuse. Yet despite the darkness, many years later Alice and her husband fell in love with an abandoned Georgian farmhouse in west Cork. As they restored its stables, Alice began unearthing buried childhood memories played out in wildly divergent homes in New York City, Fire Island and Killarney. Manhattan to West Cork is the poignant tale of a young girl raised in a difficult environment juxtaposed with the story of a grown woman trying to make sense of her childhood. "A great read ... Alice started her first diary aged 10; this love of recording may explain her perceptive eye and ear and why the simplicity of her narration draws us in." – Irish Examiner
Get ready for a one-of-a-kind audio experience: discover Venice through intimate, guided audio walking tours of the city's most historic and enchanting quarters. There are four guided tours for you to listen to as you walk through Venice, plus essential Italian words and phrases that every traveler wants to know.
Based on the acclaimed classic guidebook Venicewalks, and featuring an exclusive traveler's Italian tutorial from bestselling language instructor Dr. Robert Blair, Walk and Talk Venice offers the expert guidance that can make you feel at home in this enchanting city, helping you to speak the language as you enjoy the history and beauty of Venice as never before. Make the most of your trip, or plug in, sit back, and let your imagination take you there, with Walk and Talk Venice.
Collins makes language learning fun, fast and flexible. Pick up the essentials of the Dutch language with this easy-to-use audio introduction. Covering everything from finding your way to talking about yourself, Collins 40-minute audio can help you learn short and simple phrases quickly by just listening and repeating.
Collins Gem Phrase Books are designed for ease of use, with practical, flexible phrases that can be adapted to suit the needs of the traveller. But often, it’s not the question that’s the problem, it’s the reply. This downloadable audio file for your Audible-compatible mp3 player (including your iPod) addresses this problem.
Along with the key phrases you need to get by – simple, to-the-point and polite – the audio file gives you an idea of what the shopkeeper, the waiter, or the passer-by you ask directions from may say to you.
This volume uses this unique approach to teach the reader (and listener) Dutch quickly and effectively.
The journeys in this book are tales of adventure on foot and by canoe through some of the last wild places in Scotland. Each journey is haunted by the ghost of another writer - Neil Gunn, Iain Thomson, Rowena Farre - who has left behind the trace of his or her own experience of these isolated hills, glens, streams or lochs.
Travelling in time as well as space, Mike Cawthorne gains a new perspective on burning contemporary issues such as land ownership, renewable energy, conservation and depopulation. On one level these are exciting and lyrical evocations of wild walks and nature in the raw, like the description of winter treks in one of Mikeapos;s earlier books, Hell of a Journey. On another level they explore the meaning of Scotlandapos;s surviving wilderness to wanderers in the past and its vital importance to us in the present day.
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