Karen / Nonfiction / Travel Writing

1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz

OK, let’s begin with #1. (Ha, just kidding!)

Seriously, this is an enormous treat for armchair travelers as well as seasoned globetrotters. The content is first organized by continent and then further breakdowns. After that, each place has a description, a color photograph, and then a “must do” section. There is a thematic index if you want to narrow it down to something specific such as beaches, as well as a general index in alphabetical order. It is very simple to use.

There are cathedrals, universities, farms, beaches, mountains, animals, locals, etc., etc. etc. The photographs are amazing; very candid. And the descriptions are a delight to read – sometimes there is a bit of history, other times information about the culture and customs of a particular region. Sometimes a particular area’s economy is mentioned. Examples include wine, chocolate and other treats. Foodies will absolutely love this book!

After perusing this title, your head will be filled with all kinds of trivia. For instance, did you know that on the coast of Santorini Greece the sand is black and red? There is a national park in Tanzania that has no roads and is home to the largest known population of wild chimpanzees? If you want to see them, you must walk and good luck to you. There are samba schools in Rio. The ice hotel in Sweden, is open November thru spring when it just melts away. Check out southern Transylvania’s description of the castle that Dracula buffs like to visit on Halloween.

To sum up 1,000 Places to See Before You Die is easy – it’s just a fun read.


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