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Perfect for an armchair escape,
This review is from: Great Journeys: Travel the World's Most Spectacular Routes (Lonely Planet. Great Journeys) (Hardcover)
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As with Lonely Planet's other publications this is a great coffee table book with beautiful photography and geographical and historical information for numerous places across the globe. 'Great Journeys,' is split into 8 sections: Overland, Rail, Explorers & Conquerors, Rivers & Seas, Ancient Trade Routes, Literary Journeys, Road and Walks & Pilgrammages with between 5 and 14 subsections within each.
With 4 pages for most journeys with over half of that being dedicated to pictures, the information is succinct and thus is best seen as a great source of inspiration rather than a guide to any specific place.Each section follows the same format and I especially like the maps showing the journey and key locations, essential experiences whilst there and the shortcut/detour options to help tailor the route to your own interests/time frame - not everyone has 16-24 years to devote to exploring Marco Polo's route.
From circling the Iceland's Ringroad to the Blue Train of South Africa; Route 66 to walking along the Great Wall of China, there is something for everyone. Recommended.