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From Paris to
New York by Land, Harry de Windt - When it
came to dash and flair, few nineteenth-century adventure travelers could
compete with handsome Harry de Windt. A Fellow of the prestigious Royal
Geographic Society of England, De Windt already had a reputation for bravery
and foolhardiness. Then he decided to top his own reputation by undertaking
a journey too crazy to be considered by anyone else.
announced to a stunned Europe that he was going to leave his adopted home in
Paris and journey to New York city. However instead of traveling west,
crossing the Atlantic on a ship like everyone else in his day, De Windt
proposed to travel east, across the frozen steppes of Siberia by horse-drawn
sleigh, over the ice-packs of the Arctic Ocean by dog-sled, through the dark
waterways of Canada by boat, and finally past the western deserts of the
United States by train, before finally reaching his destination in faraway
What followed can only be compared to a Jules Verne fiction,
yet is absolutely true. De Windt dined with political exiles in Siberia,
almost starved in the Arctic ice fields, and lived through more dangers than
a dozen men. Yet through it all this dashing explorer kept his nerve and his
panache. Amply illustrated with photographs taken by the author, “From Paris
to New York by Land” remains a page-turning thriller of early adventure
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a White Horse, William Holt -
stories are full of adventures, adversities, dangers and drama. Yet the
curious story of William Holt and his cart horse, Trigger, is one of the
most inspiring equestrian travel tales ever told. After rescuing the
gelding from slaughter, and then nursing him back to health, the
67-year-old Holt and his horse set out in 1964 on an incredible 9,000
mile, non-stop journey through western Europe.
Holt never ranked himself above his mount. The resultant trip saw them
sleeping out in the rough without a tent for more than 400 nights.
Together they faced great hardships, suffering through storms, floods and
whirlwinds. At one point in their travels the ageing gypsies were even
marooned on a ledge and nearly drowned by the raging sea.
Because of these shared dangers, Holt and Trigger maintained a legendary
bond that touched people’s hearts. An Italian princess had jewels set in
one of Trigger’s old shoes. When they rode into London the likeable duo
were guests of the Queen of England.
Amply illustrated with photographs and drawings by the author, “Ride a
White Horse” remains the classic equestrian tale of a man and his
beloved horse who embarked together on an extraordinary adventure.
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Riding the Milky Way, Babette Gallard -
On the warm
spring day when Babette Gallard and Paul Chinn decided to ride 1600
kilometres along the St James Way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, he had
never ridden before, she had only ever ridden under duress, their horses had
yet to be found and the dog was a passing whim they were trying to forget.
“Riding the Milky
Way” tells the story of their journey, but it is not about hardships and
heroes. In fact it was a motley and uninspiring crew that left Le Puy en
Velay, France, in July 2005. The humans, broke, burnt-out and vaguely hoping
that early retirement would save their health and sanity. The horses,
plucked off the equine scrap heap in France and still grappling with their
new roles as something between mount and mountain goat. The dog, doing his
best to understand why he was there. But seventy-five days later humans,
horses and dog reached their destination, having overcome all the
challenges, and most importantly having found they had become an inseparable
amusing and informative book sweeps the reader along with each member as he
or she, horse or dog, progresses step by step towards a goal that has become
more than just Santiago. At the same time, the author is uncompromisingly
honest about the mistakes they made. She not only explains how to avoid the
pitfalls they encountered but also tells the reader what is expected of
riders making this ancient pilgrimage.
Packed with sketches and
photographs, this book will inspire even the most timid traveller, while
also giving practical guidance for someone wanting to do a similar journey.
Finally, it is much more than just a good read. It is an excellent, if
sometimes irreverent, guide to the legendary St James Way.
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Travels with a Donkey, Robert Louis
1878, famed author Robert Louis Stevenson set out to explore the remote
Cevennes mountains of France. The author of numerous adventure classics,
Stevenson determined to travel alone, unless you count the infamous
Modestine among his companions?
This stubborn and manipulative pack-donkey alternately hampered and
hurried Stevenson’s progress through the lovely landscape of southern
First published in 1879, Stevenson’s account of his travels reflect his
need for a journey in search of personal peace and professional escape.
Though he travelled light, he carried the burdens of inspiration packed
carefully away in Modestine’s pack-saddle.
Although it is not remembered as being a dangerous expedition, this trip
produced famous results. It was while he was lodging at the famed Trappist
Monastery of Notre Dame des Neiges, that Stevenson derived the inspiration
for his beloved poem, “Our Lady of the Snows.”
Out of print for too long, “Travels With a Donkey” is truly a
neglected travel classic.
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Over France, Robin Hanbury-Tenison -
tells the story of a magical journey – and how, in fulfilment of a personal
dream, the first Camargue horses set foot on British soil in the late summer
of 1984. It is also a vigorous celebration of life on horseback, and in
particular a tribute to two enchanting and affectionate characters who, bred
for their stamina, intelligence and skill at working with bulls, proved to
be scared stiff of cows – and even sheep.
In a life
filled with exotic explorations and adventures, Robin Hanbury-Tenison had
always nursed one particular ambition: to bring home to his farm in
Cornwall working horses from the famous wetlands of southern France. He and
his wife Louella chose two horses and named them respectively Thibert and
Tiki after the village where the finest Camargue saddles are made and the paddle
steamer on the Petit Rhone.
1,000-mile route encompassed ancient fortified towns in the Languedoc,
rocky plains skirting the Massif Central, the beautiful gorge of the Aveyron,
prehistoric caves, the Dordogne, the Loire and the waterways of Brittany.
sampling the delights of country inns, Robin and Louella encountered a rich
array of landowners, peasant farmers, blacksmiths, fishermen and café
patrons. Any native inhibitions were quickly dispersed by Thibert and
Tiki, who made friends wherever they went. They also took part in the
ancient and spectacular running of the bulls in a small Camargue village.
This book will
be both an inspiration and a guide to travellers. The sights of France –
the superb châteaux and the varied scenery – and the sounds and smells of
the country are all the more sharply observed from the author’s
It is a travel book
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