A Traveller's Life by Eric Newby

By Eric Newby

A chronicle of travels, a few homely a few unique, from the fellow who could make a schoolboy vacation in Swanage as vibrant as a stroll within the Hindu Kush. Eric Newby's lifetime of shuttle started in 1919, on pram-ride adventures together with his mom into the darkish streets of Barnes and the chaotic jungles of Harrods, and advanced to solo, school-bound adventures round the slums of darkest Hammersmith. His curiosity piqued, Newby's wanderlust snowballed, and his adventures expanded, as he navigated the London sewer process, bicycled to Italy and meandered the wilds of latest York's Broadway. even if vacationing out of the country as a high-fashion consumer for a British division shop or for natural experience as a shuttle author, even if reluctantly engaging in a tiger shoot in India, Newby chronicles his adventures with verve, humour and infectious enthusiasm. After 9 years because the commute editor for the Observer, Newby reluctantly gave up the put up, eschewing the hot type of human-as-freight commute. although, this alteration used to be definitely no pity for his readers, because the latter-day Newby endured on his unwavering quest for interesting element and event anywhere he roamed, even if on toes or wheels. 'A Traveller's Life' chronicles the terrific adventures of 1 of the best-loved journey courses within the heritage of trip writing.

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D Map D2 • About 30 minutes ( Pollença to Puig de Maria (Walk) You’ll find the signpost to Puig de Maria at Km 52 on the main road from Palma to Pollença. A sanctuary, set on an isolated hill that dominates the bays of Pollença and Alcúdia, offers stirring views of the Península de Formentor. d Map E1–2 • 90 minutes to top ) Bunyola–Orient–Alaró (Drive) Another extremely narrow road that threads its way along precipitous mountain ridges, but worth it for the unforgettable views. The town of Orient is a pretty eagle’s-nest of a place, and the glimpse of Castell d’Alaró will fire your imagination (see p50).

The posh resort (right) opened in 1929 and has been pampering the rich and famous ever since (see p141). Part of the Platja de Formentor is reserved for hotel guests only. Mallorca’s Top 10 *MMBEF 'PSNFOUPS &DQ HV)DUR Velles ^ Casas An old Mallorcan house is preserved in the grounds of the Hotel Formentor. There’s a characteristic courtyard with an old stone well, a one-room house and a chapel with a melodramatic, life-size crucifix. Tunnel & Mountain The road continues through pine woods and past more miradors on its way to En Fumat mountain.

There are also deep ravines, at the bottom of which you can see crystalline, impossibly aquamarine and turquoise pools. $ Lighting The cave illuminations Figures % Fanciful Formations dubbed the “Inquisition Chamber” or “Ariadne’s Labyrinth” were so named in the Middle Ages; the “Buddha” and “Flag” speak of more modern imaginations. amphitheatre, in near pitch-darkness, the audience is regaled with a touchSubterranean ing display at the end of Lakes the tour. Hypnotic lightOf the several subterran- ing effects are accompaean lakes here, Lake nied by live music from a Martel is one of the small chamber ensemble, world’s largest, at 177 m floating by on a rowboat.

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