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Rick Steves Postcards from Europe
In Postcards from Europe, prolific guidebook author and public television host Rick Steves relates a recent trip across the heart of Europe. Departing from the guidebook format, Steves tells his story through Europe's people, often comparing a Europe he first came to know two decades ago with the one he sees today, a continent in flux.

This guide is an armchair tour of the author's favorite European travel experiences. In a series of personal vignettes, Steves tells of the Swiss schoolteacher who risked Steves's life to show him an edelweiss he couldn't pick, the Seina native who still bears a medieval grudge against Florence, and the Parisian who took a deep whiff of moldy cheese and sighed, "It smells like zee feet of angels."

  Neither Here nor There
Bill Bryson's famous wit strikes again in this hillarious description  of backpacking through Europe in the early 1970's--a must read for all backpackers past and present.

Synopsis courtesy of

"Anyone who has been to Europe or dreamed of going will recognize the engaging blend of admiration and fascinated bewilderment that Bryson brings to this sharp and very funny account of a trip around the continent. Blending hilarious anecdotes with droll and worldly insights, he travels from Norway to Istanbul to Rome to Vienna."

  On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe
Andrzej Stasiuk is a restless and indefatigable traveler. His journeys take him from his native Poland to Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Albania, Moldova, and Ukraine. By car, train, bus, ferry. To small towns and villages with unfamiliar-sounding yet strangely evocative names. “The heart of my Europe,” Stasiuk tells us, “beats in Sokolow, Podlaski, and in Husi, not in Vienna.”

  A Woman's Europe: True Stories
Product Description:
A Woman's Europe is a collection of inspiring and entertaining true stories by women about their travels throughout the Continent. Europe has always drawn Americans in part because so many of their ancestors emigrated from there. But Europe also has an irresistibly romantic appeal. It's a place of old-world elegance, with centuries of history, rich art and architecture. It is this romantic ideal that pulls more travelers to Europe than Asia or elsewhere, and that appeals to women in particular. These stories highlight women discovering peculiarly European pleasures - the romantic realities of a gondolier's life on a ride through the Venice canals; meeting a comforting Swiss matron when a village visit becomes lonely and confusing; the meaning behind rituals like picking olives or learning flamenco; and more.


  Notes from a Small Island
This book details Mr. Bryson's return journey to Britain compared to his first trip 20 or 30 years ago.  I have read two other books by Bryson (Mother Tongue and Made in America), which I thoroughly enjoyed because of their humorous way of  looking at language.  I'm happy to say that this book, too, has that delightful sense of humor Bill Bryson is known for.


  Europe from a Backpack: Real Stories from Young Travelers Abroad
Product Description:
Fifty-eight real stories from young travelers abroad offer the budget, independent, and youth traveler vivid first-person accounts of the countries and experiences of backpackers, students, and sojourners. Offering more than just traveling facts, this guide actually invites readers to see, taste, and experience European adventures-from sneaking into Rome's Coliseum to running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. These backpackers relate experiences that people with suitcases and reservations wouldn't necessarily experience, including sleeping in streets and hostels, 24 hours of clubbing on the Spanish island of Ibiza, and train-travel debacles. The stories offer dozens of glimpses of the most worthwhile destinations in 11 of Europe's most well-traveled countries, not to mention lesser-known lands revealed in the "Off the Beaten Path" section. This collection of youthful adventures will keep aspiring travelers laughing, wondering, and walking with the storytellers who take them inside Europe's must-see places. Countries explored include Amsterdam, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom

  Moleskine Ruled Notebook Soft Cover

The Soft Cover Large Ruled Moleskine notebook has a flexible, yet sturdy cover that adapts to the movements of the body and fits comfortably in any pocket. This is a reliable travel companion, perfect for writings, thoughts and passing notes. Every Moleskine product is thread bound and has a soft cover with rounded corners, acid free paper, a bookmark, an elastic closure and an expandable inner pocket that contains the Moleskine history.

Journal: 192 pages

Also available in Pocket and Extra Large sizes.

I highly recommend bringing a travel journal withyou, so you can jot down your memories as you travel.


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