Free travel Kindle books for 04 Dec 13

Postcards From Istanbul

Where do the locals eat in Istanbul? Where are the best places to stay? What are the hidden gems that other tourists have never heard of?

The â??Postcards From’ series is a collection of five short essays on different elements of a destination. Our travel writers look for interesting and unusual elements to a city, composing a collection of portraits that will introduce the reader to some of the least known aspects of the destination. These collections are essential reading for the would-be traveller. Each book is around 7,500 words in length.

Edinburgh mostly free

by Caroline L Walker

See the Beautiful and Historic City of Edinburgh, learn the history of hidden and forgotten things to see and do, mostly for free. Great for days out in Edinburgh.

A Snow Goose

by Jim Perrin

This is the first full-length collection of short stories by travel writer and master of mountain literature Jim Perrin. Mystery, romanticism and tragedy abound in these four fictional tales, beginning with the title story, which reimagines the fated Franklin Expedition to the Arctic in 1845 as an eco-fable for our times.

“He deserves to be recognised as the most singular, and the most outstanding, prose writer of present-day Wales.”

– M Wynn Thomas, New Welsh Review

Jim Perrin is a rock climber and acclaimed travel writer, contributing to the Guardian (including its Country Diary), the Telegraph and several climbing magazines. He has twice won the Boardman Tasker Prize.


by Nafkote Tamirat

Two African women invent a desperate business plan for survival: “medicine for cheap with people who understand; we don’t need papers and we don’t give them out either.”

“Delicate and bold, a look at a Paris tourists rarely see” – PARIS WRITERS NEWS

Why We Love Vienna

by Catalin Gruia

My Perfect City

I love the slow pace my steps acquire in Vienna, to match the pace of the others. The Viennese have won the battle against money and stress. Any day, at any hour, the parks are full: people are running, cycling or picnicking. There is no seat to be found in the evening at sidewalk bars or cafés. When do these people work?!

At the Heart of Europe

Several towns contend over the honor of being the center of Europe: Suchowola in Poland, Hildweinsreuth in Bavaria, Rakhiv in Ukraine, Krahule in Slovakia, Frauenkirchen in Burgenland. And then Vienna – the lazy, the beautiful, the unparalleled.

Six Steps Towards Perfection

Vienna is more than a city: it has become a state of mind. Who wouldn’t like to live here?

But before reaching this state of grace, my favorite urban paradise had to tick through a few historic steps.

A) It all began with an obscure law, passed in 280 B.C. by an obscure Roman emperor – Probus (276-282 B.C.) – which allowed grapes to be grown outside Italy. Ever since, wine has been influencing the Viennese’s outlook on life. To this day, Vienna is the only metropolis in the world with vineyards on city land: around 2.7 square miles of vineyards and over 200 heurigen, taverns where they sell “this year’s wine”.

B) Act two – enter a Babenberg duke, Leopold the 6th, “The Glorious” (1194 – 1230), who turned Vienna into a first-rate cultural capital.

The Habsburgs did not come to the throne until 1282 and, for over 600 years, they made more love (arranged marriages) than war to build and consolidate their empire; it is to them that the Viennese nowadays owe 90% of their fabulous inheritance.

C) In 1529 and in 1683, the Turks besieged Vienna, infesting the city with a product which remained inextricably bound to the Viennese lifestyle: the coffee bean. You can have coffee in 2,178 cafés.

D) Around 1900, particularly in Vienna, capital of a decadent multinational empire, the new century meant the dawn of a new era. Writers, painters, philosophers, researchers, architects or composers would influence the 20th century from their homes in Vienna. Freud, Mahler, Klimt, Wittgenstein, Schiele and many others are considered to be modern classics.

E) In 1986, the “university obscenity” was the “in” thing. Nudism and genital sexuality shocked the public and shattered taboos. Günter Brus, Otto Mühl or Valie Export are the main protagonists of the “Wiener Aktionismus”, which would stretch the borders of Viennese tolerance.

F) According to the Mercer studies (Quality of Living Survey), Vienna is, year after year, one of the cities with the highest living standard in the world.

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