Introducing the Eighth Wonder of travel books, the New York Times bestseller that's been hailed by CBS-TV as one of the best books of the year and praised by Newsweek as the "book that tells you what's beautiful, what's inspiring, what's fun and what's just unforgettable everywhere on earth."
Packed with recommendations of the world's best places to visit, on and off the beaten path, 1,000 Places To See Before You Die is a joyous, passionate gift for travelers, an around-the-world, continent-by-continent listing of beaches, museums, monuments, islands, inns, restaurants, mountains, and more. There's Botswana's Okavango Delta, the covered souks of Aleppo, the Tuscan hills surrounding San Gimignano, Canyon de Chelly, the Hassler hotel in Rome, Ipanema Beach, the backwaters of Kerala, Oaxaca's Saturday market, the Buddhas of Borobudur, Ballybunion golf club-all the places guaranteed to give you the shivers.
The prose is gorgeous, seizing on exactly what makes each entry worthy of inclusion. And, following the romance, the nuts and bolts: addresses, phone numbers, websites, costs, and best times to visit—all updated for 2010 with the most current information.
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Patricia Schultz is the author of the runaway #1 New York Times bestsellers 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places in the United States and Canada to See Before You Die. She’s also written for Frommer’s, Berlitz, and Access travel guides, as well as Condé NastTraveler, Islands, and Harper’s Bazaar. Her home base is New York City.
INTRODUCTION The Story of This Book Is it nature or nurture that sends a person out onto the Roadthat whispers in ones ear that its time to take off and make for the horizon, just to see whats out there? The urge to travelto open our minds and move beyond the familiaris as old as man himself. Its what drove the ancient Romans to visit Athenss Acropolis and Veronas amphitheater. Its what sent Marco Polo off on his momentous journey east, and what moved St. Augustine of Hippo to write, The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only one page. Whether we go to London for the weekend or to a place thats utterly alien, travel changes us, sometimes superficially, sometimes profoundly. It is a classroom without walls. I cant speak for everyone, but I can tell you about my own wanderlust. Family legend (never proven) has it that were somehow related to Mark Twain, Americas great storyteller and also one of the preeminent globetrotters of his day. How then to explain my mothers reaction when I had my own first Great Adventure? It was the late 1950s, and Atlantic City was as exotic and unknown to me as Shangri-laall sand and sea, hotels and boardwalk, and the intimation of greater things just beyond what I could see from the family beach blanket. I set off at the first opportunity, but after what seemed only a few precious minutes of intoxicating discovery (in fact several hours), I was snatched up by my apoplectic mother and a cadre of relieved lifeguards and brought back to the roost. This is my earliest memory: I had heard the siren call of the great, global beyond, and I had answered. I was hooked. I was four. Fast-forward to college graduation. Campus buddies were heading straight for Wall Street apprenticeships, international banking programs, and family business obligations, but I made a beeline for the airport and my own private Grand Tour through the marvels of Italy and its neighbors. Could one make a living off la dolce vita? I was amazed when my first articles got published, but then I realized: one could. Many guidebooks and innumerable articles later, I found myself at a round table facing publisher Peter Workman and his right-hand editor, the late Sally Kovalchick, who told me about their desire to compile the worlds most enticing and intriguing treasures between two covers, and their belief that I was up to the challenge. I was on board. When it came time to actually do it, thoughto choose from the nearly bottomless grab bag of the worlds possibilities, both legendary and unsungI realized I was in for a lengthy battle with philosophy and methodology and all the questions anyone who flips through this book is bound to ask. How did I arrive at these particular destinations and events? What were my criteria? How to explain the wide range, from undeniably glorious far-flung mysteries to apparently mundane backyard beauties? The inclusion of the Taj Mahal and the Sistine Chapel makes sense, but why give the Pork P
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