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A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople - From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube
1.  A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople - From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube by Patrick Leigh Fermor
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  "From Holland to Austria, a fascinating insight into Northern Europe in the thirties, shown to be a twilight age where ancient cultures remained as ghosts, before being swept away by the war."
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Between the Woods and the Water: on Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland - The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates
2.  Between the Woods and the Water: on Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland - The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates by Patrick Leigh Fermor
The list author says:
  "part 2 of the never-completed trilogy, the ghosts of Austo-Hungary, again the fresh experiences of youth put in perspective by the deep knowledge he had gained when writing many years later."
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From the Holy Mountain: A Journey In The Shadow of Byzantium
3.  From the Holy Mountain: A Journey In The Shadow of Byzantium by William Dalrymple
The list author says:
  "From Greece around the levantine coast, exploring the extraordinary cultures and interweaving religions, as living traditions and traces of the past"
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Travels with a Tangerine: A Journey in the Footnotes of Ibn Battutah
4.  Travels with a Tangerine: A Journey in the Footnotes of Ibn Battutah by Tim Mackintosh-Smith
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  "The old Islamic lands from Tunisia to Egypt, Arabia and Crimea, the keen eye of an outsider with deep knowledge and love of the culture, chasing remnants of the medieval glory of that culture found in"
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The Hall of a Thousand Columns: Hindustan to Malabar with Ibn Battutah
5.  The Hall of a Thousand Columns: Hindustan to Malabar with Ibn Battutah by Tim Mackintosh-Smith
The list author says:
  "A unique insight into the complex history of India, as again T.M-S is following the footsteps of the medieval writer, searching for traces of the Islamic rulers of Hindu lands.  Hard to put down."
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News from Tartary
6.  News from Tartary by Peter Fleming
The list author says:
  "From Peking through central Asia to Kashmir, an extraordinary journey made in the thirties, a real feel for the ancient way of life in this inaccessible area."
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Bread And Ashes: A Walk Through the Mountains of Georgia
7.  Bread And Ashes: A Walk Through the Mountains of Georgia by Tony Anderson
The list author says:
  "All around the Caucasus, particularly Georgia, with a knowledgeable guide"
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A Traveller in Rome
8.  A Traveller in Rome by H. V. Morton
The list author says:
  "Not a guide book, more like having a holiday, but just happening to know a lot about this most fascinating city.  Written in the fifties, I found it better than more recent books."
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Prague Pictures: Portrait of a City
9.  Prague Pictures: Portrait of a City by John Banville
The list author says:
  "Its good - like the rest of the list, about the place and the traces of the past to be seen."
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Shadow of the Silk Road
10.  Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubron
The list author says:
  "From western China through central asia & northern Iran, portrait of an extraordinary area where ancient cultures met and hold on, seldom seen, in complex defiance of stereotypes"
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Yemen: Travels in Dictionary Land
11.  Yemen: Travels in Dictionary Land by Tim Mackintosh-Smith
The list author says:
  "Who knew the south-west corner of Arabia was so different from the Saudi / gulf state cliche we see so often. A joy to read."
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Journey to the Vanished City: Search for a Lost Tribe of Israel
12.  Journey to the Vanished City: Search for a Lost Tribe of Israel by Tudor Parfitt
The list author says:
  "Travel in southern africa, on the trail of an ancient link to the wider world, where history was written"
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Tale of Three Cities: Vienna, Budapest and Prague
13.  Tale of Three Cities: Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Ernst Roth
The list author says:
  "Middle-europe, memories of Austro-Hungary at the turn of 19th/20th century; nostalgic tone but explains a lot of the trauma to come later."
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Black Sea: The Birthplace of Civilisation and Barbarism
14.  Black Sea: The Birthplace of Civilisation and Barbarism by Neal Ascherson
The list author says:
  "a series of essays on the Black Sea, particularly the Ukraine, dressed up as a continuous book"
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Among The Russians
15.  Among The Russians by Colin Thubron
The list author says:
  "a journey from the Baltic right through Russia to Georgia in 1984, but not much dated because focused on people & their history"
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In Search of Genghis Khan: An Exhilarating Journey on Horseback Across the Steppes of Mongolia
16.  In Search of Genghis Khan: An Exhilarating Journey on Horseback Across the Steppes of Mongolia by Tim Severin
The list author says:
  "Mongolia -  an empty waste? - a place with a past, where the traditional nomadic life has survived & once expanded to rule the world. And SO well written, hard to put down."
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