“The New York Times bestselling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu sets out to uncover the truth behind the legendary lost city of Atlantis. A few years ago, Mark Adams made a strange discovery: Everything we know about the lost city of Atlantis comes from the work of one man, the Greek philosopher Plato. Then he made a second, stranger discovery: Amateur explorers are still actively searching for this sunken city all around the world, based entirely on the clues Plato left behind. Exposed to the Atlantis obsession, Adams decides to track down these people and determine why they believe it’s possible to find the world’s most famous lost city and whether any of their theories could prove or disprove its existence. He visits scientists who use cutting-edge technology to find legendary civilizations once thought to be fictional. He examines the numerical and musical codes hidden in Plato’s writings, and with the help of some charismatic sleuths traces their roots back to Pythagoras, the sixth-century BC mathematician. He learns how ancient societies transmitted accounts of cataclysmic events–and how one might dig out the ‘kernel of truth’ in Plato’s original tale. Meet Me in Atlantis is Adams’s enthralling account of his quest to solve one of history’s greatest mysteries; a travelogue that takes readers to fascinating locations to meet irresistible characters; and a deep, often humorous look at the human longing to rediscover a lost world”–
Praise for “Meet Me In Atlantis”
“Few mythic places exert a more powerful pull on the imagination than Atlantis, and here the fabled lost city has found its perfect chronicler. Adventurous, inquisitive and mirthful, Mark Adams gamely sifts through the eons of rumor, science, and lore to find a place that, in the end, seems startlingly real indeed–like a vivid dream surfacing from the weird and murky depths of human consciousness.”
-Hampton Sides, “New York Times” bestselling author of “In the Kingdom of Ice”
You can always come back, my mother said. Just go. ”
As a young woman, Kate Betts nursed a dream of striking out on her own in a faraway place and becoming a glamorous foreign correspondent. After college and not without trepidation she took off for Paris, renting a room in the apartment of a young BCBG (“bon chic, bon genre”) family and throwing herself into the local culture. She was determined to master French slang, style, and savoir faire, and to find a job that would give her a reason to stay.
After a series of dues-paying jobs that seemed only to reinforce her outsider status, Kate s hard work and willingness to take on any assignment paid off: Her writing and intrepid forays into “la France Profonde” true France caught the eye of John Fairchild, the mercurial fashion arbiter and publisher of “Women s Wear Daily, ” the industry s bible. Kate s earliest assignments investigating the mineral water preferred by high society, chasing after a costumed band of wild boar hunters through the forests of Brittany were a rough apprenticeship, but she was rewarded for her efforts and was initiated into the elite ranks of Mr. Fairchild s trusted few who sat beside him in the front row and at private previews in the ateliers of the gods of French fashion. From a woozy yet mesmerizing Yves Saint Laurent and the mischievous and commanding Karl Lagerfeld to the riotous, brilliant young guns who were rewriting all the rules Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, John Galliano Betts gives us a view of what it was like to be an American girl, learning about herself, falling in love, and finding her tribe.
Kate Betts s captivating memoir brings to life the enchantment of France from the nightclubs of 1980s Paris where she learned to dance Le Rock, to the lavender fields of Provence and the grand spectacle of the Cour Carree and magically re-creates that moment in life when a young woman discovers who she s meant to be.
Elizabeth Minchilli has been eating her way through Rome since she was 12 years old. Eating Rome, based on her popular blog Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome, is her homage to the city that feeds her, literally and figuratively. Her story is a personal, quirky and deliciously entertaining look at some of the city’s monuments to food culture. Join her as she takes you on a stroll through her favorite open air markets; stop by the best gelato shops; order plates full of carbonara and finish the day with a brilliant red Negroni. Coffee, pizza, artichokes and grappa are starting points for mouth-watering stories about this ancient city. Illustrated with Minchilli’s beautiful full-color photos and enriched with her favorite recipes for Roman classics like vignarola, carciofi alla romana and carbonara, Eating Rome is the book that you want if you are planning your first trip to Rome or if you have been to Rome a dozen times. And even if you just want to spend a few hours armchair traveling, Elizabeth Minchilli is the person you want by your side.
Jeff Greenwald’s classic travelogue follows his quest for the perfect Buddha statue. At turns hilarious and moving, his quest features a cast of amazing characters — from a passionate palmist to a flying lama — who provide unforgettable glimpses into the daily life and culture of the former kingdom (including a wild ride on Kathmandu’s very first escalator). Greenwald doesn’t shy away from Shangri-la’s darker side. Along with colorful descriptions of Hindu and Buddhist mythology, the book tells of the rampant corruption, art smuggling, assassination attempts and human right abuses that would ignite Nepal’s violent People Power Revolution in April 1990. A new afterword by the author recounts Nepal’s tumultuous recent history — including the massacre of the royal family — in vivid detail. And a new preface introduces this 25th anniversary edition with some thoughts about how Nepal, and travel writing, have evolved since the book’s first publication. Shopping for Buddhas remains a must-read for anyone who has visited, or plans to visit, Nepal.
“Kathmandu forged an unbreakable link to my innermost travel instincts on my first visit, over 40 years ago–and every time I open a copy of Jeff’s magical book, I’m reminded exactly why.”
–Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet Publications
Today Show contributor, AARP Sex and Relationship Ambassador, and best-selling author Pepper Schwartz has teamed up with Janet Lever (former coauthor of Glamour’s Sex and Health column) to create a guidebook to the world’s sexiest destinations. Along with the detail-rich text on their top 75 picks, the authors make a solid case for why traveling together is an important factor in improving–and sustaining–the romance in our lives. This witty, helpful book also dishes the dirt on how to pick the right destinations, why travel can rekindle sparks, tricks and tips for passion, and ways to constructively negotiate with your significant other about vacation plans.
Part memoir, part guidebook, “The Mystical Backpacker” invites you to explore your inner terrain and learn how to create your own unique version of a modern day vision quest or walk-about.
Tired of living a life based on other’s expectations, Hannah Papp quit her job, bought a EuroRail ticket and a map, notified her landlady, and left town. Embarking on a journey across Europe with no plan and no direction, Hannah stumbled into becoming a modern-day Mystical Backpacker. Along the way her discoveries and the teachers she encountered allowed her to go on a deeper journey into the self and the spirit–revealing the real self she had long been missing.
“The Mystical Backpacker” shows you how to identify the signs along the road that will lead to teachers and experiences that will reorient your own life map. Ultimately, “The Mystical Backpacker” offers a solution, a way to break free and find your inner self’s rhythms and needs, fulfilling your true destiny. It’s time you hit the road and become a mystical backpacker.
Today’s traveler has one mantra: travel light! Trying to shave every ounce possible, it’s easy to see the temptation to leave as much paper behind as possible, and many documents are indeed electronic. Still, there are certain documents almost every traveler needs…and only the real thing will do.
If your trip takes you outside of the U.S., you’ll need a passport. Most countries require your passport to be valid for at least 6 months AFTER you plan to return home, so check the expiration date at least several weeks before your trip to make sure you have time to renew if necessary. (To see how to apply for or renew your passport, visit the US Department of State website.) Many countries will also require a visa. Electronic visas can usually be obtained quickly and easily, but others are much more difficult and time-consuming. Again, check your destination’s requirements well in advance. (A great resource for visa requirements is CIBT Visas.) Make two photocopies of your passport, as well. Keep one in your luggage separate from your actual passport, and leave another copy at home with a friend or relative. If your passport is lost or stolen while you’re traveling, this will make obtaining a replacement much easier. (TIP: You can also scan your passport, and bring the files along on a thumb drive. As long as you can access a computer, you’ll be able to print your copies.)
2) TICKETS & VOUCHERS
These days, airline tickets are generally all electronic, so there’s no worry about losing them. It’s still a really good idea to print paper copies of your itinerary (including your booking reference numbers) as a backup. Other tickets might be paper only (and irreplaceable!). Train passes and tickets, tour vouchers, car rental agreements and hotel reservations are some of the documents that often require paper copies.
If you’re traveling within the U.S., you’ll need a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license or state-issued ID card. Naturally, if you’re driving you’ll need a driver’s license; and if you’re driving overseas, it’s a good idea to bring an international driver’s license (you can get one at AAA). The international driver’s license simply translates your license into a variety of languages; some countries require it, while in others it’s optional. If you’re a student or teacher, you might also want to bring an International Student ID Card (ISIC) or International Teacher ID Card.
4) TRAVEL INSURANCE POLICY
Having a good travel insurance policy in place gives you peace of mind should something unfortunate happen during your trip. Most travel insurance will cover trip cancellation, interruptions & delays, loss of luggage, medical emergencies and more. However, policies can be complicated, and knowing who to call in an emergency is crucial, so this is one document you should definitely bring along. Need help finding the right travel insurance? Contact Susan at Distant Lands Travel for a quote.
5) CREDIT & DEBIT CARDS
Obviously while these are crucial, they’re not documents. However, you should make photocopies of the front and back of your cards, and keep them separate from the cards. In case a card is lost or stolen, you’ll have all the information you need to report the loss to your bank, and request a new one. (TIP: Remember to call the issuing banks of all your credit and debit cards before you leave, and give them your travel dates and destinations. Tighter security measures can result in your credit card being blocked after only one transaction that’s outside of your usual spending pattern.)
Be sure to bring your insurance card along in case you need medical attention during your trip. Depending on your destination, you may also need a vaccination card to show you’ve had required immunizations (such as yellow fever). (To find out what immunizations you might need, check out the Centers for Disease Control website.) Pack any prescription medications in their original prescription packaging so that it’s clear what they are. It’s also a really good idea to pack photocopies of any prescriptions you need as well, just in case a medication is lost. This applies to prescription glasses and contact lenses as well.
Following the success of her Walker’s Anthology, Deborah Manley has applied the same formula to the subject of railways and journeys by train, drawing on the writings of more than 50 literary figures from around the world Bill Bryson, Agatha Christie, William Dalrymple, Peter Fleming, Kenneth Grahame, Rudyard Kipling, Eric Newby, Christopher Portway, Paul Theroux, Colin Thubron and Mark Tully among many others. Brief biographies of all the writers quoted are included.”