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Chris Stewart had a long and eclectic list of jobs. From some of the most glamorous careers – he was original drummer in Genesis to the more offbeat a sheep shearer and circus performer he had done it all…or almost all. So when he is offered the chance to captain a sailboat in the Greek islands one summer, something he had never done before, he jumps at the chance. Ever the optimist, Stewart is undaunted by the fact that he’d never actually sailed before! So begins the hilarious and wild adventures of Three Ways to Capsize a Boat. From setting the boat on fire not once, but several times in the Aegean Sea to his notsogrand arrival in Spetses to meet the owners of the boat (who says it isn’t graceful to plow into the docks as a means of coming to a stop?), Stewart quickly catches the sailing bug. By the end of the summer, as he is facing the dreary prospect of going back to sheep shearing, he jumps at the chance to be part of a crew to follow Viking Leif Eiriksson’s historic journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Five months on a small sailboat with seven other people in the freezing waters of the Atlantic would sound like punishment to most people, but not Stewart! He takes it all in stride and always with his unfailing optimism and good spirits. From coming to terms with the long, cold nights at sea and unchanging cuisine to battling intense seasickness and managing to go to te bathroom during a massive storm (a lot harder than you’d think!), Stewart keeps his good humor…but learns, in the end, that perhaps the best things in life are worth coming ashore for. Three Ways to Capsize a Boat is travel writing at its best, crackling with Chris Stewart’s zest for life, irresistible humor, and unerring lack of foresight. Dry land never looked more welcoming! “Three Ways to Capsize a Boat” is a charming and lyrical read, awash with the joy of discovery, and Stewart is an immensely likeable narrator…The key to his popularity is his honest and selfeffacing determination as discussed during a midAtlantic storm to live a rewarding life.” – Guardian, UKFrom the Trade Paperback edition....
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"The wind was blowing at hurricane strength-sixty-five knots and over-and increasing in the gusts to eighty knots. His boat was surfing on waves as high as a sixty-foot, six-storey building. . .Each wave that struck choked and froze him, the icy water working its way down inside his survival suit." --from Close to the Wind by Pete GossIn Near Death on the High Seas, Cecil Kuhne collects some of the most terrifying and astounding experiences of sailors confronting the awesome, raw power of the sea. These tales-filled with everyday heroes and survivors-comprise a riveting and often breathtaking collection of extraordinary stories that show the terrible ferocity of the untamable ocean. Also featuring:- Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki- the historic and celebrated journey of the Kon-Tiki as it journeys across the Pacific.- Steve Callahan's Adrift- a solo sailor loses his boat in the Atlantic must survive in a five-foot life raft for 76 days, fighting off sharks with a makeshift spear.- Francis Chischester's 'Gipsy Moth' Circles The World-the stirring story of a one man's solo sail around the globe at age 65.- John Rousmaniere's Fastnet, Force 10-in one of the worst sailing tragedies in history, a massive rescue operation takes place amidst sixty-knot winds and forty-foot breaker waves.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Fanny Parkes lived in India between 1822 and 1846 and was the ideal travel writer "courageous, indefatigably curious and determinedly independent. Her journals trace her transformation from prim memsahib to eccentric, sitar-playing Indophile, fluent in Urdu, critical of British rule and passionate in her appreciation of Indian culture. Fanny is fascinated by the trial of thugs, the adorning of a Hindu bride and swears by the efficacy of opium on headaches. To read her is to get as close as one can to a true picture of early colonial India "the sacred and the profane, the violent and the beautiful, the straight-laced sahibs and the 'White Mughals' who fell in love with India, married Indian wives and built bridges between the two cultures.Fanny Parkes lived in India between 1822 and 1846 and was the ideal travel writer âcourageous, indefatigably curious and determinedly independent. Her journals trace her transformation from prim memsahib to eccentric, sitar-playing Indophile, fluent in Urdu, critical of British rule and passionate in her appreciation of Indian culture. Fanny is fascinated by the trial of thugs, the adorning of a Hindu bride and swears by the efficacy of opium on headaches. To read her is to get as close as one can to a true picture of early colonial India âthe sacred and the profane, the violent and the beautiful, the straight-laced sahibs and the 'White Mughals' who fell in love with India, married Indian wives and built bridges between the two cultures.
DK Eyewitness Back Roads Australia driving holiday guide will take you via scenic routes to discover charming villages, local restaurants and intimate places to stay. Unearth the real soul of this magical region with all the practical information you could need, from road conditions and length of drive to parking information and opening hours. Twenty-five themed drives, each lasting one to seven days, reveal breathtaking views, hidden gems and authentic local experiences that can only be discovered by road.
Each tour is bursting with insider knowledge and loaded with ideas for varied activities from walks to days on the beach and children's attractions, to wine and cycling trips. Meanwhile, the most friendly, best-value hotels and guesthouses and charming restaurants specialising in regional produce have been selected by expert authors. The guide is full-colour throughout.
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The DK Eyewitness California Travel Guide is your indispensable guide to this beautiful part of the world. The fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floorplans and reconstructions of the must-see sites, plus street-by-street maps of all the fascinating cities and towns. The new-look guide is also packed with photographs and illustrations leading you straight to the best attractions on offer.
The uniquely visual DK Eyewitness Travel guide will help you to discover everything region-by-region; from local festivals and markets to day trips around the countryside. Detailed listings will guide you to the best hotels, restaurants, bars and shops for all budgets, whilst detailed practical information will help you to get around, whether by train, bus or car. Plus, DK's excellent insider tips and essential local information will help you explore every corner of California effortlessly.
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Lonely Planet Kyoto is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Get a panoramic view of Kyoto at Ginkaku-ji, catch a glimpse of geishas in the Gion district, or see Arashiyama's infinite stalks of bamboo; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Kyoto and begin your journey now!
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About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.
The Rough Guide Snapshot to The North and the Frisian Islands is the ultimate travel guide to this fascinating part of the Netherlands. It leads you through the region with reliable information and comprehensive coverage of all the sights and attractions, from mud-flat walking to culture along the Museumroute Aldaerserf, and from scenic coastal cycleways to local brews. Detailed maps and up-to-date listings pinpoint the best hotels, cafés, restaurants and bars, ensuring you make the most of your trip, whether passing through, staying for the weekend or longer. The Rough Guide Snapshot to The North and the Frisian Islands covers Leeuwarden, Franeker, Harlingen, Sneek, Bolsward, Makkum, Workum, Hindeloopen, Stavoren, Sloten, Dokkum, Moddergat, Wierum, the Frisian Islands, Groningen and Drenthe. Also included is the Basics section from the Rough Guide to The Netherlands, with all the practical information you need for travelling in and around the region, including transport, food, drink, costs and health.
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The Rough Guide Snapshot to The North and the Frisian Islands is equivalent to 62 printed pages.
The Rough Guide to Turkey is the most comprehensive travel guide to a unique country straddling both Europe and Asia and bordering countries as diverse as Greece in the west and Iran in the east.
Inside you'll find insightful coverage of everything from Mediterranean beaches that play host to nesting turtles to soaring mountain ranges spangled with Alpine flowers, and from legendary ancient sites such as Troy to the exotic domed skyline of Byzantine and Ottoman-era Istanbul. There's detailed advice on how to travel about this vast and varied country and, once you reach your destination, clear city maps to help you navigate everywhere from the fifteen-million plus metropolis of Istanbul to the small frontier settlement of Dogubeyazit, in the shadow of biblical Mt Ararat. There's up to date descriptions of the best eating and drinking places, hotels and shops to suit all budgets, plus an array of stunning images.
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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Turkey's Southwest Coast will lead you straight to the very best on offer. Whether you're looking for the things not to miss at the Top 10 sights, or want to find the best nightspots; this guide is the perfect companion. Rely on dozens of Top 10 lists - from the Top 10 museums to the Top 10 events and festivals - there's even a list of the Top 10 things to avoid. The guide is divided by area with restaurant reviews for each, as well as recommendations for hotels, bars and places to shop. You'll find the insider knowledge every visitor needs and explore every corner effortlessly with DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Turkey's Southwest Coast.
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The new full colour Rough Guide to California is the definitive guide to the most alluring state in the US. It's full of insider tips on how to unearth the best that the Golden State has to offer: authentic Mexican food in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego; countless hiking trails and ski areas in the towering Sierra Nevada range; road trips on Historic Route 66 and the stunning Pacific Coast Highway; tastings in the best California wineries and camping in the pristine state and national parks.
Smartly designed with stunning photography and packed with some of the most easy-to-use maps you'll find in any guidebook, the Rough Guide to California contains fun and adventurous itineraries, savvy lists of hotspots and heaps of recommendations and detailed practical information to help you take advantage of everything this nearly 900-mile-long state has to offer. Whatever your budget, this guide will help you explore California's bounty of natural and cultural wonders, find top-notch places to eat and sleep and make the most of every minute of your holiday.
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