This month Top 5 Wednesday is on re-wind–using topics you’ve missed or that occurred before you started posting. Today I’ve chosen April 22, 2015’s topic–travel stories. I’ve chosen to go with nonfiction travel books.
The Most Harrowing Trip
Either version–Roosevelt’s telling or Candice Millard’s splendid re-telling, this is a trip never-to-be-forgotten.
My First Travel Books
My Mom found Peter Jenkins books when they came out years ago. I still love the first one, The Walk Across America, that was about Peter’s journey with his beautiful Alaskan Malamute, Cooper. The second book–the Walk West, was with his new wife and I didn’t like it as well. The China book came later. I’ve read nearly all of his books and have re-read several.
The Ones That Got Me Hook, Line, and Sinker
Paul Theroux is a legend in Malawi–the bad boy of all Peace Corps bad boys. I got to Malawi in the years soon after Peace Corps was allowed back in. His time there got it thrown out. His travel writing is superb, but these are my favorites. I thought of The Great Railway Bazar when I watched the miniseries Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy and the train comes in with the victims of the massacre–horrifying, yet having read this book it was even more so. I had heard the sounds, smelled the smells, felt the jumble and chaos of the trains thanks to Paul Theroux.
The Ones I Loved Watching
I admit it, I love travel tv. I loved The Great Chefs series that showed the food in other places. I loved Naked Planet. I even love dorky Rick Steves, though I never needed to know about his sunburn, thank you very much. But the ones I love watching the most feature Michael Palin of Monty Python fame. His shows include:
New Europe / Around the World in 80 Days / Sahara / Hemingway Adventure / Great Railway Journeys / Himalaya / Pole to Pole / Full Circle
The Book I’d Like to Have
This sounds fascinating. Hopefully, soon I’ll have a chance to get it and read it.
Travelers in the Third Reich by Julia Boyd.
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