Sunday, October 12, 2014

BW42: Armchair traveling - Let's sail the ocean blue

We've been armchair traveling most of the year across the continents.  We've spent quite a bit of time land locked, meandering about from England to Africa to Europe.  It's time to have a bit of fun, wipe the dust off our feet and head out across the waters.   Are you ready for a bit of barefoot travel, with the wind at our backs, mist in our hair as we sail the ocean blue. 

I can't decide whether to head out into the Atlantic and go north of the equator up to Greenland, or sail down and around the cape of Africa into the Indian Ocean.  As I have the hankering to explore Mozambique as well as the barrier islands in the archipelago (a bit of book research, nudge nudge, wink wink)think I'll start there, before heading east to Indonesia. Then I'll have to decide whether to drop down to sail around Australia.  Or sail to Singapore through the strait to the Pacific Ocean which will bring me back to where I started, ending and beginning my year at the same spot. 

Currently in my backpack are Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander and Post Captain from his Aubrey/Maturin historical series, M.L. Stedman's The Light Between Oceans and James Rollins' Deep Fathom.

If you've yet to read Melville's Moby Dick or C.S. Foresters Hornblower saga or Nordhoff and Hall's Mutiny on the Bounty, now may be a good time.  For more suggestions go to historical naval fiction, or Goodreads selection of Popular Naval Fiction, books set in the Atlantic and books set in the Pacific.  Check out Pinterest's eclectic list of Must Read Ocean Books.

Happy Sailing! 

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like some great books to read...especially during the winter when it's cold and a mental trip to warmer places would be most welcome!


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