Subject: Re: Travel books
Hi Lucy and Ziners,

For non-fiction travel reading, I like a mixture of recent books and tales of earlier travelers. When I was in Greece for a month in 1978 I read Xenophon's The Persian Expedition which seemed an appropriate choice as I had just flown to Greece from Tehran.

Some other old travel journals I've enjoyed are: A Lady's life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Bird, one of those plucky English ladies of the 1800's.

Sailing Alone Around the World by Captain Joshua Slocum, who set out in a 34 foot sloop, from Newport, RI, in April of 1895.

Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca, the Scottish born, American educated wife of a Spanish diplomat. She lived in Mexico in the early 1840's.

Some more recent accounts: The City of Florence: Historical Vistas and Personal Sigtings by R.W.B. Lewis, an American scholar who has lived in Florence off and on for several years. I read this before, during, and after my own trip to Florence.

A House Somewhere: Tales of Life Abroad. Essays and excerpts from a number of contemporary writers.

Fly-Fishing for Sharks: an American Journey by Richard Louv. Yes, it's about fishing, but it's also about life in the US of A. In the same class as Steinbeck's Travels with Charlie.

Journey to Portugal by Jose Saramago. If you can get past the author's device of referring to himself in the third person, this account about a journey through his native land by the Nobel Prize wininng author is worth reading if you've been, or are planning to go, to Portugal. This was not available in English until after I'd been there, but if I ever go again this book is going with me.

Two other books by authors better known for their fiction are The Greek Islands by Lawrence Durrell and Islands (Britain's Scilly Islands) by John Fowles.

In my learning about my current locale, I've been reading Connecticut Observed: Three Centuries of Visitors' Impressions, 1676-1940; This American River: Five Centuries of Writing About the Connecticut; and River Days: Exploring the Connecticut River from Source to Sea which is a contemporary account of canoing and kayacking by Michael Tougias.

Martha in Connecticut