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Unusual and fascinating places alongside the deeper aspects of travel

Unusual and fascinating places alongside the deeper aspects of travel

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Unusual and fascinating places alongside the deeper aspects of travel

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English

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Episodes

Journeys In Search Of Ourselves. Secular Pilgrimage With Victoria Preston

3/31/2021
What does pilgrimage mean when you don’t adhere to a particular religious tradition? Can we find ever find ourselves when we travel, or will we be forever searching? Victoria Preston has roamed far and wide in her 30 years advising corporate and government clients around the world. She is an associate fellow at the King’s […] The post Journeys In Search Of Ourselves. Secular Pilgrimage With Victoria Preston appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:41:49

Curiosity, Wonder, And Serendipity. Hidden Travel with Steve Brock

3/17/2021
Sometimes it’s not the most iconic travel destinations that resonate most with us. Sometimes it’s the hidden places and the unexpected moments that echo in our memories many years later. In this episode, Steve Brock talks about how we can cultivate curiosity and blend serendipity with planning to make the most of our travels, as […] The post Curiosity, Wonder, And Serendipity. Hidden Travel with Steve Brock appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:40:36

Cathedrals, Dark History, And Coffee Culture. Vienna With Katharina Bordet

3/3/2021
Vienna brings to mind images of grand architecture, the sounds of classical music, and the smell of coffee and sacher torte. In this interview with Katarina Bordet, we explore the Gothic and Baroque churches, the museums, and the iconic coffee shops, as well as the darker places to visit — the asylum, the catacombs, and […] The post Cathedrals, Dark History, And Coffee Culture. Vienna With Katharina Bordet appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:38:24

Complicated Histories, Sichuan, and Tibet. The Other Shangri-La With Shivaji Das

2/17/2021
In this episode, we escape to the mountains of the Tibetan Highlands, which lie at the intersection of the Sichuan and Yunan provinces in China, in search of Shangri-La. Shivaji Das talks about the stunning natural beauty in this remote place, and we also discuss the cultural clashes in the region and the people he […] The post Complicated Histories, Sichuan, and Tibet. The Other Shangri-La With Shivaji Das appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:33:19

History, Faith, And Beauty. The Complete American Pilgrim With Howard Kramer

2/3/2021
What does it mean to be a secular pilgrim — when you’re not a Christian, but you love churches, history, beauty, and religious symbolism? In this episode, Howard Kramer talks about some of the most beautiful places to visit in terms of architecture, as well as natural locations, and how sometimes, the most emotionally resonant […] The post History, Faith, And Beauty. The Complete American Pilgrim With Howard Kramer appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:44:02

Not Quite Lost. Travels Without A Sense Of Direction With Roz Morris

1/20/2021
How can you see your own country with the eyes of an outsider? How can you follow your curiosity and discover new things about a place you already know? In this interview, Roz Morris talks about finding fragments and tiny miracles while exploring England and how we can experience our own land from a new […] The post Not Quite Lost. Travels Without A Sense Of Direction With Roz Morris appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:35:14

The Gardens Of Mars. Madagascar With John Gimlette

1/6/2021
An island nation off the coast of Africa, Madagascar has an incredible diversity of unusual landscapes and wildlife, of which lemurs are the most famous but by no means the only ones! 90% of its flora and fauna are endemic, found nowhere else in the world. While there are some resorts, much of Madagascar is […] The post The Gardens Of Mars. Madagascar With John Gimlette appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:34:36

This Too Shall Pass. Thoughts From The Pilgrims’ Way With J.F. Penn

12/28/2020
“Man’s real home is not a house, but the Road, and that life itself is a journey to be walked on foot.” Bruce Chatwin In late October 2020, I walked the Pilgrims’ Way from Southwark Cathedral in London to Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, 182 km/113 miles on foot, alone, carrying my own gear… during a […] The post This Too Shall Pass. Thoughts From The Pilgrims’ Way With J.F. Penn appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:31:56

Lava Fields, Trolls, And The Hidden People. Iceland with Michael Ridpath

12/9/2020
From the ice of the glaciers to the black church near the lava fields and on to the steaming hot pools of the blue lagoon, Iceland is a country of stark natural beauty and interesting folklore. In this interview, Michael Ridpath talks about the hidden people, the trolls, and the ghosts in the mist, as […] The post Lava Fields, Trolls, And The Hidden People. Iceland with Michael Ridpath appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:38:07

Fjords, Vikings And The Northern Lights. Norway With David Nikel

11/25/2020
From the stunning Northern Lights of Lofoten, to the fjords of the western coast, scenic train journeys across the mountains, Viking history, and the culture of the cities, David Nikel evokes a country that has much to explore. In this pandemic year, I’m certainly dreaming of kayaking the fjords! David Nikel is a British writer […] The post Fjords, Vikings And The Northern Lights. Norway With David Nikel appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:39:15

Life On The River. The Mississippi River Valley With Dean Klinkenberg

11/11/2020
“The face of the water, in time, became a wonderful book … it was not a book to be read once and thrown aside, for it had a new story to tell every day.” Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi The Mississippi River runs through ten states and has brought life to countless generations, from […] The post Life On The River. The Mississippi River Valley With Dean Klinkenberg appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:45:27

Life Obsessed. Cemeteries, Graveyards And Ossuaries With Loren Rhoads

10/28/2020
“All that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity.” William Shakespeare, Hamlet If you enjoy walking in cemeteries, exploring graveyards, and discovering the artistic bone structures of ossuaries, then you’ll love this interview with Loren Rhoads. We discuss our mutual love of these places where nature often reigns in peace and beauty, and share […] The post Life Obsessed. Cemeteries, Graveyards And Ossuaries With Loren Rhoads appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:43:19

Walk Your Own Race: Lessons Learned From Walking A 50km Ultramarathon

10/22/2020
“It’s not the mountain we conquer, it’s ourselves.” Edmund Hillary As I write this, I’ve started four ultra-marathons and finished three of them. I did the Race to the Stones 100km in a weekend (2016); Cotswold Way 50km (2017); Isle of Wight 50km (2018 — I dropped out at 22km); Chiltern Challenge 50km (2020). I’ve […] The post Walk Your Own Race: Lessons Learned From Walking A 50km Ultramarathon appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:37:03

Facing Fears And Changing Your Mind While Traveling. Cycling Around The World With Doug Walsh

10/14/2020
If you spend years planning your dream trip, what happens when life gets in the way? Do you change your plans or do you plow on regardless? Is the journey more important than the destination, and are you living in a way that honors that choice? In this wide-ranging interview with Doug Walsh, we talk […] The post Facing Fears And Changing Your Mind While Traveling. Cycling Around The World With Doug Walsh appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:47:16

Murder In Paradise. Mallorca With JJ Marsh

9/30/2020
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” Ibn Battuta Mallorca is a beautiful Spanish island in the Balearics, rich with history and culture, from the medieval architecture of Palma’s old town to the picturesque coastal village of Deia and the mountainous interior. Many come to the relaxed island for an […] The post Murder In Paradise. Mallorca With JJ Marsh appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:35:09

Solo Long-Distance Walking In England With Holly Worton

9/16/2020
“Man’s real home is not a house, but the Road, and life itself is a journey to be walked on foot.” Bruce Chatwin Walking for a longer-distance can bring clarity of mind, a reconnection with nature, and a sense of well-being that does not emerge with a short stroll. It takes time to settle into […] The post Solo Long-Distance Walking In England With Holly Worton appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:42:56

History As A Fine Art. Victorian London With David Morrell

9/2/2020
If you look below the surface of an ancient city, you can travel through time and find its deeper layers. In this episode, David Morrell talks about how he researched Victorian London for his historical mysteries about Thomas De Quincey, and how he brought to light the “chasms and sunless abysses” of the first British […] The post History As A Fine Art. Victorian London With David Morrell appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:36:34

Druids, Freemasons and Frankenstein. The Darker Side of Bath, England

8/20/2020
Bath is known for its ancient Roman spa, medieval abbey, and sweeping Georgian terraces. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site in Somerset in the south-west of England and visitors often come on a circular cultural trip that takes in Stonehenge and Stratford-on-Avon. But it’s not all Jane Austen bonnets, Regency dresses, and afternoon tea — […] The post Druids, Freemasons and Frankenstein. The Darker Side of Bath, England appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:33:05

Finding Beauty In The Ordinary. A Different Side Of Poland With Ben Aitken

8/5/2020
In this wide-ranging interview with Ben Aitken, we talk about challenging cultural stereotypes, identifying as the ‘Other,’ and how to find beauty in the ordinary, as well as thoughts on where to visit and what to eat and drink when visiting Poland. Ben Aitken is a freelance writer, playwright, and the author of three travel […] The post Finding Beauty In The Ordinary. A Different Side Of Poland With Ben Aitken appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:32:01

Travels In Blood And Honey. Kosovo With Elizabeth Gowing

7/22/2020
The word Kosovo brings to mind images of the Balkan War — a place of blood — but Elizabeth Gowing talks about it as a place of sweetness, a place of honey with wonderful food, welcoming people and a complex patchwork of religion that manages to get along together in a tiny country. She also […] The post Travels In Blood And Honey. Kosovo With Elizabeth Gowing appeared first on Books And Travel.

Duration:00:36:30