In these Covid19 days, one cannot travel around a lot. That’s the time when you need books like this to still the wanderlust. Its most prominent element are the stunning fotos around the world. Name a prominent place and you’ve got it there: Grand Canyon, Pyramid of Giza, Empire State Building or the Great Barrier Reef.
I can’t say “these are pictures I’ve never seen before”, but having them side by side over 200 pages is just great. The book divides the world in “Africa and the Middle East”, Europe, “The Americas”, Asia, and “The Pacific”.
Africa starts with the Pyramids and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, but also has modern architecture like the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa or the artificially built Palm island in Dubai. Africa is not only dry but also green, as the Botswana Okavango Delta shows. Just stunning is the “underwater waterfall” in Mauritius.
Europe starts with a great foto of the St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow and then skips to several Italian sites like the Dome in Florence, the Grand Canal in Venice, the Rome Colosseum. Nature is given its share with the Matterhorn in Switzerland, the Geirangerfjord in Norway, and the Northern Aurora Lights. There are so many great places there, that it would just hurt to name most and miss out others. France, Germany, Spain, Croatia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and England get their fair share. Of course there is Stonehenge, but also the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, or the tremendous Plitvice Lakes in Croatia.
The Americas has obviously a couple of USA’s landscapes like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite’s Tunnel View, and Monument Valley, but also Mount Rushmore, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Empire State Building, Glacier National Park in Canada, before going South to Colombia and Mexico with Mayan temples, the Amazonas River, and the fascinating Horns in Chile.
Asia starts with Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, presents then Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, doesn’t forget the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Army, the Forbidden City in Beijing, and of course the Mount Fuji in Japan. Several great sites in Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and the ever burning Darvaza crater in Turkmenistan find their way into the book. Göreme National Park in Cappadocia, the Iran Lut Desert with the world’s hottest land surface temperature, and the Taj Mahal in India.
The Pacific encompasses Australasia, Polynesia, but also the Galapagos islands and the Philippines. The first picture in it is the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Sydney’s Opera House, some sites from the Lord of the Rings country New Zealand, Kilauea in Hawaii, the Moai in Easter Island, rice terraces in Philippines, and the turtles of Galapagos conclude the book.
Are you exhausted from the list? It hasn’t been everything, by far. And it is less exhausting and more joyful to just look at those pictures.
I can nearly feel the stones’ heat with the vivid pictures again. Welcome to time travel witht his book at a really affordable price.
Meta: isbn 9781838860509. Publication Date 14.09.2020 by Amber Books.