Sunday, November 8, 2015

BW45: Armchair traveling East of the Prime Meridian

Seoul Korea - Beautiful steps around the world
courtesy of Kevin Lowry

It's been a while since we've been around the world, armchair style, so thought I'd meander about and see what I could find.  We've traversed the continents, our backpacks filled mostly with fiction, although I remember seeing a few travel and historical books mixed in with our reads.  Time to delve a bit deeper and see what we can see.  This week we'll trek east of the Prime Meridian and start at the North Pole with Hampton Sides and his thriller chiller of a tale - In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette. 

Then drop down into Siberia with George Kennan's Tent Life in Siberia: An Incredible Account of Siberian Adventure, Travel, and Survival 

before exploring a bit of China with Peter Hessler's River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze.

I have a hankering to follow the Silk road across to the Mediterranean sea with Colin Thubron's Shadow of the Silk Road where I'll settle for a while on the Turquoise coast for a breather.

Join me in exploring East of the Prime Meridian.


History of the Medieval World 
Chapter 58 Foreign and Domestic Relations pp 442 - 449
Chapter 59 The Second Caliphate pp 450 - 457


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  1. Thanks for hosting Robin - Sorry for the duplicates in 1 thru 3 - obviously I had some trouble linking up today!

    1. No problem, fixed it. Between winter setting in and the time change, I'm still a bit discombobulated myself.

  2. I linked up two reviews I did last week. Have no idea how to figure out what I've linked and what I've not ... I guess w/o going through the 52 books/52 weeks posts from each week. Hmmm.

  3. Thank you for hosting the challenge. It feels good to be getting caught up with reading books that I checked out of the library a while back.

  4. 'The Queen's Man' by Rory Clements, a Tudor detective story set in court of Elizabeth I. Very good, there are are series of these, hope to read more of them.

  5. Really like the breakdown of the subject above. I have not seen many solid posts on the subject but you did a excellent job. bubbly moments 

  6. Great post and congrats on the success! I have been following your for long and it has been more then inspiring. Keep up the good work! Best Destinations


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