Category: Travel

Tobias Smollett – Travels through France and Italy

Many pens have been burnished this year of grace for the purpose of celebrating with befitting honour the second centenary of the birth of Henry Fielding; but it is more than doubtful if, when the right date occurs in March 1921, anything like the same alacrity will be shown to commemorate one who was for […]

Sir John Mandeville – The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

To teach you the Way out of England to Constantinople In the name of God, Glorious and Almighty! He that will pass over the sea and come to land [to go to the city of Jerusalem, he may wend many ways, both on sea and land], after the country that he cometh from; [for] many […]

Maxim Gorky – Through Russia

The year was the year ’92—the year of leanness—the scene a spot between Sukhum and Otchenchiri, on the river Kodor, a spot so near to the sea that amid the joyous babble of a sparkling rivulet the ocean’s deep-voiced thunder was plainly distinguishable. Also, the season being autumn, leaves of wild laurel were glistening and […]

Mark Twain – Roughing It

My brother had just been appointed Secretary of Nevada Territory—an office of such majesty that it concentrated in itself the duties and dignities of Treasurer, Comptroller, Secretary of State, and Acting Governor in the Governor’s absence. A salary of eighteen hundred dollars a year and the title of “Mr. Secretary,” gave to the great position […]

Mark Twain – Life On The Mississippi

The Mississippi is well worth reading about. It is not a commonplace river, but on the contrary is in all ways remarkable. Considering the Missouri its main branch, it is the longest river in the world —four thousand three hundred miles. It seems safe to say that it is also the crookedest river in the […]

Lafcadio Hearn – Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, Vol 2

My little two-story house by the Ohashigawa, although dainty as a bird-cage, proved much too small for comfort at the approach of the hot season—the rooms being scarcely higher than steamship cabins, and so narrow that an ordinary mosquito-net could not be suspended in them. I was sorry to lose the beautiful lake view, but […]

Lafcadio Hearn – Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, Vol 1

To the Friends Whose Kindness Alone Rendered Possible My Sojourn in the Orient, Paymaster Mitchell McDonald, U.S.N. And Basil Hall Chamberlain, Esq. Emeritus Professor Of Philology And Japanese In The Imperial University Of Tokyo I Dedicate these Volumes In Token of Affection and Gratitude Part 2 Preface In the Introduction to his charming Tales of […]

Giraldus Cambrensis – The Itinerary of Archbishop Baldwin through Wales

GERALD THE WELSHMAN – Giraldus Cambrensis – was born, probably in 1147, at Manorbier Castle in the county of Pembroke. His father was a Norman noble, William de Barri, who took his name from the little island of Barry off the coast of Glamorgan [1] . His mother, Angharad, was the daughter of Gerald de […]

David Herbert Lawrence – Twilight in Italy

The imperial road to Italy goes from Munich across the Tyrol, through Innsbruck and Bozen to Verona, over the mountains. Here the great processions passed as the emperors went South, or came home again from rosy Italy to their own Germany. And how much has that old imperial vanity clung to the German soul? Did […]

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