Isadora Tattlin is the American wife of a European energy consultant posted to Havana in the 1990s. Wisely, the witty Mrs. Tattlin began a diary the day her husband informed her of their new assignment. One of the first entries is her shopping list of things to take, including six gallons of shampoo. For although the Tattlins were provided with a wonderful, big house in Havana, complete with a staff of seven, there wasn't much else money could buy in a country whose shelves are nearly bare. The record of her daily life in Cuba raising her two small children, entertaining her husband's clients (among them Fidel Castro and his ministers and minions), and contending with chronic shortages of, well . . . everything (on the street, tourists are hounded not for money but for soap), is literally stunning. Adventurous and intuitive, Tattlin squeezed every drop of juice--both tasty and repellent--from her experience. She traveled wherever she could (it's not easy--there are few road signs or appealing places to stay or eat). She befriended artists, attended concerts and plays. She gave dozens of parties, attended dozens more. Cuba Diaries--vividly explicit, empathetic, often hilarious--takes the reader deep inside this island country only ninety miles from the U.S., where the average doctor's salary is eleven dollars a month. The reader comes away appalled by the deprivation and drawn by the romance of a weirdly nostalgic Cuba frozen in the 1950s.
Perfect for a weekend break in any season, Budapest is a destination that offers an abundance of attractions, cultural, historical and natural, whether it's snowing or the sun is shining. Insight Guide Explore Budapest is the ideal pocket companion for your trip: a full-colour guide containing 12 easy-to-follow routes around the city, from the vast views of the Buda Hills to the grandeur of the Palace District. Inside Explore Budapest:Discover the appeal of the Hungarian capital, from the historical Freedom Square and the lavishly decorated Opera House to the relaxing bath and spa facilities found throughout the city.Experience classic Budapest: Visit Buda castle, exploring the delights of Central Market Hall and stroll over the Chain Bridge to the other side of the city. Insight's trademark cultural coverage sets the routes in context, with introductions to Budapest's traditional cuisine, natural hot spring baths, extraordinary buildings and key historical dates. Our recommended places to eat and drink are highlighted in each route, with even more suggestions in the directory section, which also contains a wealth of useful practical information including a range of carefully selected accommodation to suit all budgets. Pull-out map with useful plotted routes. Evocative photography captures the beauty of this picturesque capital city.About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guidebooks and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.
From Constantinople to Crimea, from Antarctica to the Andes, women throughout history have travelled across land and sea and recorded their adventures. This is a collection of more than 50 of the greatest escapades ever experienced and told by women.
Curated by Mariella Frostrup, these works span the globe from the 1700s to the present day and include well-known heroines such as Isabella Bird, Dervla Murphy and Cheryl Straid as well as unknown and undiscovered adventurers.
Maybe it's France's architecture known the world over, entrenched in history and folklore: here, you can fulfil dreams of scaling the Eiffel Tower, its looming iron lattice anchoring the whole of Paris together as the capital's stoic, structural symbol; you can marvel at royal Châteaux in the Loire Valley and stay at a restored farmhouse in the sunny south of France. Whichever way you turn here, you're bound to be faced with an iconic piece of history, standing tall, or all the way down to face level with the unfalteringly familiar, France's smaller towns, with their cute, village square markets and lace-curtained bistros. Maybe it's the allure of French café culture. Going back centuries, cafés, or coffee houses, were a place to meet for intellectuals, and where philosophical debates were held – and this vision of Hemingway, Picasso and Sartre mulling over a dark, rich expresso, contemplating the nature of existentialism and surrounded by dramatic clouds of tobacco smoke on a cafe terrace, is deeply engrained in the cultural musings associated with France – and still stands strong today.
What you'll find inside:
Are You Ready for an Amazing Journey? France at a Glance (North, South, East, West) When to Go & Where to Stay In France How to Get Around France (Without Getting Lost!) Planning Your Trip Ahead (Sample Itineraries) Paris and Versailles The North of France Champagne and the Ardennes Alsace-Lorraine Normandy The Loire Valley Burgundy Poitou-Charentes and the Atlantic coast Limousin, Dordogne and the Lot And More
Hailed as Germany’s Patricia Highsmith, Hammesfahr has written a dark spellbinding novel which stood at the top of the bestseller list for 15 months. It has been reprinted seven times and sold over 600,000 copies at home. Reviews to be expected in the New York Times, Washington Post, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, web mystery sites as well as the feminine press. Although available in many other languages this is the first time her work is translated into English.
Discover Budapest with the most knowledgeable and entertaining guidebook on the market. Whether you plan to soak in a spa, soak up culture with world-class opera and Art Nouveau architecture, or simply digest the city's best coffee and cake, The Rough Guide to Budapest will show you ideal places to sleep, eat, drink, relax and shop along the way.
Inside The Rough Guide to Budapest- Independent, trusted reviews written in Rough Guides' trademark blend of humour, honesty and insight, to help you get the most out of your visit, with options to suit every budget.- Full-colour maps throughout - navigate the central boulevards or the old centre of Óbuda without needing to get online.- Stunning, inspirational images- Itineraries - carefully planned, themed routes to help you organize your trip and see the very best of the city.- Detailed coverage - whether in the city centre or up in the Buda Hills and beyond, this travel guide has in-depth practical advice for every step of the way. Areas covered: the Belváros (Inner City); Lipótváros and Újlipótváros; Terézváros and Erzsébetváros; the Városliget (City Park) and the stadium district; Józsefváros and Ferencváros; the Var and central Buda; Gellért-hegy and the Tában; Óbuda and Margít-sziget; the Buda Hills. Attractions include: St Stephen's Basilica; Fishermen's Bastion; Hungarian National Gallery; Applied Arts Museum; the Vár (Castle Hill); Holocaust Memorial Centre; the Palace of Arts; House of Terror; Great Synagogue; Széchenyi Baths; ruin bars; children's railways and chairlift; Hungarian Railway History Park; Memento Park; Palace of Miracles; Tropicarium; Nagytétényi Castle.- Listings chapters - from accommodation to cafés and patisseries, arts and entertainment, plus shopping, baths and pools and Kids' Budapest.- Basics - essential pre-departure practical information including getting there, local transport, city tours, the media, festivals, culture and etiquette, public holidays and more.- Background information - a Contexts chapter devoted to history, music, and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.
Make the Most of Your Time on Earth with the Rough Guide to Budapest
Cool, Gray City of Love brings together an exuberant combination of personal insight, deeply researched history, in-depth reporting, and lyrical prose to create an unparalleled portrait of San Francisco. Each of its 49 chapters explores a specific site or intersection in the city, from the mighty Golden Gate Bridge to the raunchy Tenderloin to the soaring sea cliffs at Land's End.
This unique approach captures the exhilarating experience of walking through San Francisco's sublime terrain, while at the same time tying that experience to a history as rollicking and unpredictable as the city herself. From her absurd beginnings as the most distant and moth-eaten outpost of the world's most extensive empire, to her instantaneous fame during the Gold Rush, from her apocalyptic destruction by earthquake and fire to her perennial embrace of rebels, dreamers, hedonists and misfits of all stripes, the City by the Bay has always followed a trajectory as wildly independent as the untrammeled natural forces that created her.
This ambitious, eclectic, and beautifully written book draws on everything from on-the-ground reporting to obscure academic papers to the author's 40-year life in San Francisco to create a rich and insightful portrait of a magical corner of the world. Complete with hand-drawn maps ofthe 49locations, this handsome package will sit comfortably on the short shelf of enduring books about places, alongside E. B. White's Here is New York, Jose Saramago's Journey to Portugal, or Alfred Kazin's A Walker in the City.
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