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Whose head fell off London Bridge into his daughter's lap? How do you make Big Ben gain two-fifths of a second? Who sold Buckingham Palace to an American tourist? Which London citizens are allowed to herd a flock of sheep over London Bridge? Why did John Etherington's top hat get him arrested in Mayfair in 1797? Which Londoner embalmed his wife and displayed her in a glass cabinet in his front room? What does Tony Blair mean in Cockney rhyming slang? And how many policemen can you fit in Nelson's Column? If you think that London is the greatest city in the world but could do with some evidence to back you up, this is the book you need. Within these pages are hundreds of facts, figures, stories, quotes, jokes and extraordinary anecdotes about London from its earliest times, when hippos swam up the Thames and elephants lived in Trafalgar Square, right up to the present day. You will learn essential information such as who took a binbag full of body parts to Shepherd's Bush by taxi, what goes on at the Horseshoe and Faggott Cutting Ceremony, who was paid GBP3 a yard to paint the ceiling of the Royal Naval College, and who keeps a Northern Line tube train in his back garden. As the saying goes, `There is in London all that life can afford.' And most of it is in this book.
How to Live Korean takes a deep-dive into Korean culture, unpacking what it means to be Korean in all its forms and uncovering the way the locals think, what they enjoy getting up to and who they do it with. Whether it's Korean movie Parasite sweeping the Oscars, the explosion of interest in K-pop, the dominance of the global smartphone market, foodies going crazy for bibimbap and kimchi or the incredible hype around K-beauty products - Korea is having a moment. But how much do you know about the real Korea; the locals' take on their amazing country? That's where this illuminating culture guide comes in, shining a light on Korea's compelling history and stunning geography, its unique customs and the quirks of daily life. The mainstays of Korea's vibrant cultural life and style are covered in detail, giving you the lowdown on the country's burgeoning film industry, Korean's unique take on fandom, the quirky fashion scene and the innovative hubs for art and design. If you ever have wanted to learn how to date like a Korean, know where the locals hang out in Seoul, honeymoon like Korean newlyweds, discover the correct way to eat Korean food or use the art of nunchi to improve your emotional intelligence, this insider's guide to the heart and soul of Korea is not to be missed.
Revealing the best of Lonely Planet's travel photography from across the globe, this pictorial does more than display beautiful photographs of classic scenes and locations. Our photographers - in their words - share the backstories of how they got the perfect shot, making this an inspirational and illuminating photography book for every kind of traveller. Featuring over 200 photographs from renowned photographers such as Philip Lee Harvey and Jonathan Gregson, discover the stories behind what makes a good photo and exactly how each photograph was taken. From off-the-map locations barely touched by tourism to iconic cityscapes and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, be transported on a photographic journey all around the world. From the Temples of Angkor to the enchanting Faroe Islands, no corner of the world will be left unturned. This must-have pictorial book is a celebration of classic travel photography and the stories behind the images; get inspired to escape. About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, on mobile, video and in 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, eBooks, and more.
New Roads and Old Rivers captures the natural and cultural vitality of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, as seen in the stunning photographs of Richard Sexton, with text by Randy Harelson and Brian Costello. Pointe Coupee is one of the oldest settlements in the Mississippi Valley, dating to the 1720s. French for "a place cut off," the name refers to the area's three oxbow lakes, separated from the Mississippi over centuries. Edged by the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers, Pointe Coupee remains a land rich in Creole heritage, distinct in geographical beauty, and abounding in historic homes and farms. In 200 color images, Sexton artistically portrays the region's sights: Native American mounds, bayous and lakes, productive agricultural fields and industries, slave cabins and plantation homes, small towns, and family and civic celebrations. Photographs include most of Pointe Coupee's seventy surviving antebellum structures, along with some of its sixty-two massive trees listed on the Live Oak Society register. A timeline of key events situates the parish's history within the wider world. From the Pointe Coupee Coast -- where in the early 1700s explorers, soldiers, missionaries, colonists, and enslaved and free people of color began settling the banks of the Mississippi River -- to the Acadiana Trail -- US-190, the only four-lane highway in the parish -- New Roads and Old Rivers illuminates the history and cultural foundations of the entire state. This arresting portrait of Old Louisiana honors Pointe Coupee generations, past and present.
Brought fully up to date, with new trails included and all booking information revised, this fourth edition of Hiking Trails of South Africa is the essential guide for every hiker. Written by well-known author Willie Olivier, this comprehensive guide describes more than 500 trails, offering something for everyone – from the casual ambler to the experienced hiker. Whether you want to explore the beautiful landscape of the Karoo, wander through fynbos in the Western Cape, see the lush indigenous forests of the Garden Route, admire the sandstone mountains of the Free State, spot game on a wilderness hike in Mpumalanga or Limpopo, or experience the majesty of the Drakensberg – you will find all the information you need in Hiking Trails of South Africa. All of the trails covered include information on available facilities, accommodation (where appropriate) and activities on offer. The book also provides an invaluable guide to selecting hiking equipment, staying safe on the trail and dealing with emergencies that may arise.
In A Tennessee Portrait, bestselling author Jerry Park returns with camera and pen to the meandering back roads of the state where his first book, Slow Roads Tennessee, was birthed. Captured through a variety of cameras, Park offers a fresh perspective on timeless scenes. Photographs of farmland, forests, creeks, and small towns fill the pages, together with a handful of the quirky, funny things you might just spy along the side of the road. As in Slow Roads Tennessee, Park has woven tales inspired by some of these images; short stories meant to spark your imagination and increase your sense of wonder at the scenery right outside your own window. With 121 photographs, including at least one from each of Tennessee's 95 counties, as well as 12 short stories, and three poems, A Tennessee Portrait casts a long, warm glance at the past, present, and future of this beautiful state. Two years and over 10,000 wandering miles in the making, A Tennessee Portrait offers a unique combination of image and word to anyone who appreciates heritage, beautiful scenery, and a good yarn.
'When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford,' said Samuel Johnson in 1777. Since then the capital has been characterised variously as a 'riddle', a 'cesspool' and a 'modern Babylon', and both Londoners and visitors alike have continued to share their candid views of a great city in a variety of literary forms. This compact gift book is packed full of witty, scandalous and entertaining quotations about this famous city from the Middle Ages to the current decade.
This book collects together cultural pearls of wisdom from 86 countries to form the ultimate reference book for how to live well. Each culture lives by its own words of wisdom - handed down from generation to generation, covering everything from keeping a house tidy as a Shinto shrine to cooking a meal as simple and nutritious as a southern Italian's supper. Do you want to eat as well as the French, enjoy life as much as the Costa Ricans, live as thoughtfully as the Scandinavians and be as healthy as the Japanese? This 416-page book, packed full of expertly-sourced information and stunning photography, will tell you how. With countries as far and wide reaching as Colombia and New Zealand, you'll be sure to learn plenty of life lessons that you can put into action throughout.
Including nearly nine hundred new and replacement markers that have been installed along the commonwealth's roadways since the last edition was published in 1994, this third edition of ""A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers"" brings together and updates the texts of more than 1,850 official state historical markers placed along Virginia's highways since 1927. Divided for the first time into six geographic-cultural regions, this edition contains maps and three individual indexes that assist the reader in locating markers by title, number, or subject matter. The subject index covers African American, Native American, and women's history; maps out key places in such areas as European exploration and settlement, industry and agriculture, and transportation and communication; and canvasses the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and such notable sites as courthouses, houses of worship, educational institutions, forts, and famous homes and homesites. Vacationers and those simply out for a drive will stumble across sites as diverse as Jamestown and the birthplace of Booker T. Washington, the graves of country music's Carter family and the original locations of northern Virginia's Nike missile installations, the places where paramount chief Powhatan first met with the English and where the artist Georgia O'Keeffe taught art, and Langley Field, which played a significant role in the history of manned space flight. Virginia has one of the oldest marker systems in the country, established in 1927. The markers are no longer state funded, and so the program illustrates a collaborative effort between committed sponsors who offer financial support, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and the Virginia Department of Transportation. The network holds great appeal for tourists and serves as a source of pride for local citizens. Travelers along Virginia's highways will find this guide both useful and informative. The great legacy of Virginia's past is revealed on these markers, making the book both a handy reference and a stimulus to greater study of the history of the commonwealth. It is published in association with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
Pomp, pageantry, power and prestige are just a few of the words to sum up the history and vibrancy of the City of London. Beyond its fame as the financial heart of London, this new guidebook explores the Square Mile of London revealing the secrets hidden in its rich treasure trove. Neither square nor a square mile, the City of London seems to lie beyond the limits of logic. From St Paul's, Wren's Masterpiece to the Barbican, Europe's largest centre for Arts, the City of London is a compelling blend of diverse visitor attractions waiting to be explored. Whether you pop into the Old Bailey, the scene of many a courtroom drama, amble through Lincoln Inn Fields or drool over the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London there is never a dull moment in the City... Learn why the Bank of England is known as the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street and the importance of Mansion House, home to the Right Honorable The Lord Mayor of London and looks at the traditions behind the Lord Mayor's Show.
At the northern entrance to Prince Albert in the Great Karoo lies Northend, a neighbourhood home to a special group of people. They have a very special way of communicating with others through their stories, which indicate an inherent joy of life. However, judging by their environment and circumstances, it is clear that they have experienced many hardship, and for an outsider it is an enriching experience to meet them.
Every picture in Slow Down Look Again tells a story and is supported by explanatory text. These enable the reader to gain insight into the past and the present of this unique neighbourhood and its residents.
The joy and sorrows of the residents of Northend - as well as their scant earthly possessions - are illustrated through Louis Botha?s excellent choice of photographic backgrounds. And yet the absolute neatness of their homes illustrates a certain pride - poverty without dilapidation. The intimacy of the photographs ultimately leaves the reader enriched. We become witnesses not only to the extraordinary character of a close-knit community, but also of its trusting relationship with the person whom they have allowed to tell their story. Louis Botha was born in Bloemfontein in 1955 and grew up on a small-holding north-east of Pretoria. After school he studied finance and followed a career in the Financial Services Industry. At the age of 40, and encouraged by his wife he pursued his hobby more seriously. He?s held several exhibitions and lives in Prince Albert.
In 1968 newlyweds Lucy Moore and her husband moved from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Chinle, Arizona, where he had taken a job with the recently created Navajo legal services program. They were part of a wave of young 1960s idealists determined to help others less fortunate than themselves.
After fulfilling the two-year commitment with the legal program, Lucy and Bob stayed for another five years. "Into the Canyon" is her account of the places and people they came to love and the lessons they learned from their Navajo neighbors.
"Ms. Moore's recollection of time spent in Navajo County is a beautiful and spirited tribute to Chinle culture. Moreover, we are given a glimpse into what it means to be affected by a place, time, and people. Beautifully constructed."--"Women Writing the West"
"Never a false note. Clearly written, candid, and funny . . . an engaging read."Peter Iverson, historian and award-winning author of "Din" and "For Our Navajo People"
"Lucy Moore tells this story with humor, sensitivity, and grace. Her absorbing memoir of seven years living, working, and being herself with Navajo people is a journey of discovery not only of 'the other' but, even more important, a confrontation with her own identity as a white person."Mark Rudd, last national secretary of SDS, founder of the Weather Underground, teacher, and activist
"A delight to read; an invaluable historical and cultural narrative. . . . A good deal of my first novel, "Ceremony, " was inspired by Chinle, but I didn't fully appreciate just how much was going on during those years until I readLucy's book."Leslie Silko, author of "Gardens In the Dunes" and "Ceremony"
The essence of the award-winning programme Mooiloop (as seen on SABC 2) is captured in this book, which invites you to take South Africa’s provincial/regional routes and experience small-town South Africa.
Stop and get out …admire some of the breathtaking, picturesque settings, take a walk down the streets and explore the shops and places of interest. Walk or drive to the township, feel its heartbeat. Be inspired by the artistic expressions. Learn about the history, architecture and economic activities of these “dorpies”. Take a moment to enjoy a meal with a local flavour.
The book covers 39 small towns and villages in South Africa, introducing readers to local landmarks and also to the people who call these places home. Each visit focuses on a variety of lifestyle elements, including some local cooking, adventure, tourism and music. All aspects of the town are featured, from the unusual touristy spots to the townships and attractions in the surrounding areas.
A handy fast facts panel features the nearest major road and airport, GPS coordinates, contact details of tourist information offices and population.
Towns featured are: Barberton, Bonnievale, Bedford, Clanwilliam, Calitzdorp, Cradock, Clarens, Darling, Cullinan, Dullstroom, Deneysville, Franschhoek, Ficksburg, Graskop, Gansbaai, Groot Marico, Greyton, Hartbeespoort, Haenertsburg, Howick, Heidelberg, Kaapsehoop, Jeffreys Bay, Modimolle, Komatipoort, Nottingham Road, Nieu-Bethesda, Philadelphia, Parys, Riebeek-Kasteel, Prince Albert, Robertson, Riversdale, Thabazimbi, Sedgefield Uniondale, Tulbagh, Winterton and Barrydale.
Set along the cliffs between mountain and sea, Hermanus is one of the most popular holiday and travel destinations in South Africa. Initially it was the abundance of fish in Walker Bay, along which the village rapidly grew, that attracted holidaymakers. Today, the stars of the bay are undoubtedly the Southern Right Whales that migrate from Antarctica to mate and calve here during the winter months.
But it is not only the wonders of the sea that draw thousands of visitors to this picturesque village and surrounds year after year. Mountains, fynbos, culture, arts, crafts, country markets, adventure sports, scenic walks, golf courses, nature reserves, shark-cage diving, historical landmarks, and the vineyards and world-class wines of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley are richly described and illustrated in this lavish volume. With chapters covering all aspects of the town’s diversity, the reader will learn more about all that is so generously on offer here, and also catch a rare glimpse of the heart that drives the town: the people and communities that have shaped this favoured destination.
A self-published edition of Hermanus appeared in 2010. Now republished as a new title the book features entirely rewritten text and fresh photographs throughout, many commissioned especially for this edition.
50 postcards showing the glories of the British coastline presented in an attractive box. 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the NT's 'Project Neptune', a major campaign to purchase and preserve large parts of our coast. Today, the NT owns and manages 750 miles of the coastline. Next year the NT will be celebrating the anniversary and undertaking further fundraising - especially necessary following the dramatic storm damage of last winter.
France. A beautiful, vibrant country with a charm of its own. And even more so through the eyes of an eager young traveller!
My France: A South African’s Guide is a helpful travel guide by Olivia Loots, a young South African, which includes useful tips on travelling, interesting sites to visit and experiences across France. Extra website links, personal photographs and sketches make this a compact guide – an international multimedia coming of age story.
My France: A South African’s Guide is a pay it forward for:
So, dear lovers of words, get your copy today and join the multilingual conversation!
Each page features a normal view as well as an bird’s-eye view of each of Cape Town’s most iconic sites and attractions, with an extended caption for each attraction.
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