REVIEW: DE POTTER’S GRAND TOUR by Joanna Scott

The sun had not yet set on the Gilded Age when Armand De Potter disappeared. In 1905, Europe was still, officially, at peace and the best families still considered a grand tour part of every civilised life. De Potter set up a thriving tour company. Relying on his amateur historical knowledge to provide unique itineraries,…

ACCENT: THE RAILWAYMAN’S POCKETBOOK

This book is such a treasure.  Like many people, I have a nostalgia for vintage train travel (even though I never experienced it).  I even got married at an old roundhouse.  There is something very elemental about iron, steam, fire and coal getting you from one place to another. The Railwayman’s Pocketbook is a compendium…

Witley Wonder Underwater Ballroom | via Atlas Obscura

“The main house on the estate was a 32-room mansion, and Wright had three artificial lakes constructed, the 9,000+ acres lavishly landscaped and reeking of wealth and means. Perhaps the most famous addition to the palatial properties was the underground conservatory/smoking room with aquarium windows, an epic statue seemingly rising out of the manufactured lake…

REVIEW: JUNGLELAND by Christopher S. Stewart

Stewart’s travelogue is as addicting as the tales of the lost city itself.  A freelance writer from Brooklyn, Stewart heard about Ciudad Blanca during an interview with a US solider who had endured the Honduran jungle.  Like many who hear stories of far-flung secrets, Stewart was hooked.  He scoured satellite images from Google Earth, questioned…