June, 2018

Travel Plans

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Summer has come and it is time to make plans for the perfect vacation. Have a look at 10 gems from our catalog for a bit of inspiration!

What about taking a really big trip with Toson Shimazaki? Buying a pair of Megane (glasses) in Tokyo is just the first stop on a nine month round trip, visiting many interesting spots in Japan.

Of course, time or distance are no measure for adventure. In 1907, James Edmund Vincent took a number of short trips Through East Anglia in a Motor Car. This was a time when cars were a thing for the wealthy only.

Money is no obstacle for Lord Loam, as he likes to mingle with the lower classes, something his butler strongly disapproves of. But how will The Admirable Crichton react when they all strand on an island and the master-servant roles are reversed? Find out in the comedy by J. M. Barrie.

Not much fun might Theodore and Mabel Bent have had on their four-month journey through Southern Arabia. In particular, they visited North-Eastern Ethiopia in the 1890s, when, especially for Westerners, time and place were very dangerous.

Not the best timing was chosen for a reasearch team of three English men and three Russians. They were working together in South Africa, when the Crimean War broke out and they suddenly became enemies. Read the novel Meridiana by Jules Verne to see if they can resolve their conflict.

In The City of the Sun, there is no conflict – it is a veritable utopia. A sea-captain from Genoa is going there, and before he sets sails, he discusses the place with a Grandmaster of Knights Hospitaller. See what they were philosophising about in the 16th century book by Tomaso Campanella.

Not one place but many are on the itinerary entitled Dave Dashaway – Around the World. Alaska and Siberia are only two of the stops on the great air flight around the planet. Find out where else Dave is going and what his adventures are in the book by Roy Rockwood.

Afraid of flying? Then there’s always the bicycle. Even though you can’t go far, you may still have adventures this way! The Wheels of Chance is a fun H. G. Wells story about a trip to the countryside by a young Draper’s Assistant.

Wherever you go, hopefully your vacation will not turn into The Worst Journey in the World. Right now, this title is held by the 1910 – 1913 British Antarctic Expeditions led by Robert F. Scott. This memoir was written by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, one of the survivors of the ill-fated journey.

In the end, it doesn’t really matter how things turn out (the worst things make the best stories), there are many Poems on Travel by various authors, and who knows, you might be inspired to write your own upon your return.

Enjoy your trip!

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