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7 Best Blog Posts

Three sons
Three sons

Oh, please, don’t ask me to choose.  It’s like picking your favorite child. It just isn’t done. Besides, think of the psychiatrist bills to battle the neurosis of those that are not chosen.

But Choose I must.  It seems there is this “thing” going around–not lethal but very infectious–and I have been intentionally exposed by my friend Mark over at Travel Wonders of the World.  Well, since Mark is a good friend (I’ve guest blogged for him about Bayeux  and Canyon de Chelly,  and he wrote about Mark Twain for me and leaves comments frequently here), I am honored.

The “thing” is a My 7 Links meme started by Tripbase Blog. Bloggers are asked to list posts that fit into 7 categories, as you will see below. Continue reading 7 Best Blog Posts

Poetry for Travel

Robert Louis Stevenson by Girolamo Nerli (1892) from Wikipedia
Robert Louis Stevenson by Girolamo Nerli (1892) from Wikipedia

Destination: Tahiti

Poetry: To an Island Princess by  Robert Louis Stevenson

May is Poetry Month, so I went in search of some travel poetry.

I always read one of my childhood favorites, Robert Louis Stevenson’ In the Land of the Counterpane, when I was sick. His picture of a sick child playing on the bedcovers, reflected his own sickly childhood, and for many years he was mainly known as a children’s writer, but people rediscovered and now admire his work.

He wrote a tome entitled Songs of Travel, in some cases with notes about whose music they should be set to. The author of Treasure Island, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, and many other books, essays and poems, wandered far from his native Scotland. He traveled restlessly all his life, including  to the South Pacific, and below is one of his South Seas poems. You can download the whole, which is filled with late 19th century romanticism, at Project Gutenberg or find it set to music at other places on the web. Continue reading Poetry for Travel

Travel Library Short Passage

Robert Louis Stevenson

The works of Robert Louis Stevenson will soon be on line. Why should we travelers care? Because Stevenson penned not only the well known Treasure Island, from which all pirate novels spring, but, as Katherine Ryder says, he was a travel writer and champion of leisure. She suggests we read An Apology for Idlers. Thanks, World Hum for leading me to this item in the New Yorker.

Jane Austen

Granted, Jane Austen is a good read if you are headed to England, but you might not want to pay this much. For one book in your traveler’s library?