#BookReview By Lou of From Sri Lanka With Love – A Tapestry of Travel Tales By Margaret L. Moore #MargaretLMoore #TSLPublications #NonFiction #Travelogue #Memoir #TravelMemoir

From Sri Lanka With Love
A Tapestry of Travel Tales
By Margaret L. Moore

An informative and gentle travelogue that will transport readers to many places from their armchair or wherever you read. Find out more in the blurb and the rest of my thoughts in my review.
I firstly, thank Margaret L. Moore for contacting me via the Contact Me option on my blog and requesting a review and gifting me the book.

From Sri Lanka with Love

Blurb

This book centres around a wonderful holiday my husband Douglas and I had in Sri Lanka in 2017, with friends George and Sylvia, exploring our immediate surroundings and travelling further afield in this wonderful island. Each day brought new experiences ranging from relaxing to exhausting, amusing to thought provoking, straightforward and the very opposite! The holiday provided an ideal opportunity to chat and reminisce about previous holidays we’d had with sons David and Andrew or cousins and friends. Our holidays have changed hugely over the years from simple caravan holidays in our Scottish homeland to jetting across the world, adapting to different climates and cultures. Journey with me as we holiday in Sri Lanka and recount tales from around the globe: Iceland, America, India, Hong Kong, Norway, Spain, Italy, London, Madeira, South Africa, Dubai, Canada, Austria and Australia My hope is you’ll feel you’re on holiday with me as you read.

Review

This is a book about when Margaret and Douglas wanted to go travelling on a holiday. They chose Sri Lanka as their destination and travelling to this destination doesn’t seem an easy process.

Margaret then regails the tale of what they did and where they stayed whilst in Sri Lanka and the animals and people they meet, including their guide, Janaka. The book may inspire people to visit and there are certainly ideas as to what you can do and how to explore Sri Lanka and perhaps what the tourist traps are. This isn’t without a bit of jeopardy, especially on the roads and on the sea, as well as a spot of illness. There is also a wedding to prepare for.

It tells of the different experiences to be had from riding on a Tuk Tuk to the chalet hut accomodation. There is also a bit of humour and excitement to be found about a beach, but also tells the sad tale of the rubbish around, highlighting that it is not just a UK problem and is indeed a worldwide issue. There is however, some cuteness at a turtle sanctury and there’s a bit more humour when they go fishing…
There is also interest to be had in the market places and the restaurants and some of the food they eat. The scenery also sounds beautiful and pretty atmospheric in some parts, such as at a World UNESCO site.

The book isn’t solely about Sri Lanka, it also goes into places to visit in Scotland and the rivers, castles and history for a bit and also makes reference to Hong Kong and a few stop over places and other places they’ve been to, such as Canada, Las Vegas and many other places. It sounds like it could be disjointed, but it isn’t. It all makes sense when you read it and still flows pretty well as she takes readers on a mammoth journey to different cultures, places of worship and climes around the world. There are some different histories to be learnt about certain places around the world, some of it is even a bit brutal, but nonetheless interestingly informative. Even though there are many places within this book, it always comes back to Sri Lanka and their love of this island.

The book goes into fairly comprehensive detail about everything and reads a bit like a friend would sit in conversation about their travels. There are also some very interesting photos throughout.
It took a few pages to get into, but it is worth giving this book a chance because it does have that pull factor that gets you into their travels. It’s a good book for reading all at once or for dipping in and out of. It may make people want to travel again themselves one day.

Links

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#BookReview by Lou – Peacocks in Paradise by Anna Nicholas @ANicholasAuthor @burrobooks #PeacocksInParadise #BlogTour #TravelBook #Travelogue #NonFiction

Peacocks in Paradise
By Anna Nicholas

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Today I am honoured to be closing the blog tour for Peacocks In Paradise. This is an entertaining travelogue that’s come at the right time, just as people are thinking of exploring, but also at a time when travel is still limited.
Thanks to Random Things Tours for inviting me to review and for Burro Books for gifting me the book.
Go on a journey through the blog post to find out more abou the author and her interesting life, the blurb and my review of her entertaining book.

About the Author

Peacocks in Paradise Anna Nicholas Author PicANNA NICHOLAS is of Celtic origin & has lived for 18 years in rural Mallorca. An inveterate traveller & experienced freelance journalist, she regularly participates in humanitarian aid expeditions overseas with British explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell, CBE and is a Fellow of the RGS. She ran her own PR
company in Mayfair, London, for 20 years, was a Guinness Book of Records adjudicator alongside the book’s founder, Norris McWhirter, CBE, and as a rookie press officer at charity Help the Aged, handled events for Princess Diana. She runs an international marathon annually for her favourite causes.

Blurb

Peacocks in Paradise CoverThe long-awaited seventh title in Anna Nicholas’s humorous travel series about how to live the dream in a Mediterranean country. The author explores different local cultural themes in each title.

Anna delves into the island’s authentic heartland, exploring nature reserves, bird sanctuaries and paprika, fruit and almond farms. On her travels, she meets the makers of siurell whistles, palm leaf baskets, hot sauces and ensaïmada pastries, and revels in visiting local producers of wine, craft beer, gin and brandy – and Mallorca’s famed herbes liqueur.

Meanwhile, she and chum, Alison, are tackling all 54 Tramuntana peaks over 1,000m, enduring the arduous overnight Guell hike to Lluc Monastery along the way.

Back home in Soller, new kittens and abandoned ducks abound and just as peacock, Jeronimo, swoops in, Anna hears of Josephine, a lonely peahen. Could love be in the air?

Review

Peacocks in Paradise has Mallorca all wrapped up from the food to the people and animals she meets on her journey around the island. With humour and enthusism for the island she has explored, this is an interesting and entertaining travelogue. The observations come with wit and sometimes poignancy and will easily provide escapism for its readers. As well as taking readers on a journey, giving future travellers ideas of what to do when in Mallorca, it also provides an insight into her homelife and the animals she enjoys most and their own antics. Anna Nicholas had a dream of where she wanted to live and is one of those people who have been able to do it, which makes this a fascinating read as it gives both sides – living there and enough for the humble tourist to gain more insight than what they may ordinarily get.
Her passion and zest for life and interest about what is produced on the island comes through the book well.

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#Bookreview by Lou of #Travelogue of In SatNav We Trust – A Travelogue by Jack Barrow @JackBarrowUK @RandomTTours #InSatNavWeTrust

In SatNav We Trust –
A search for meaning through historic counties of England
By Jack Barrow
Rated: 4 stars ****

This is a wonderfully adventurous book. It’s enough to have people yearning for travel and maybe aspire to exploring the UK.

I thank Anne Cater at Random Things Tours and Jack Barrow for inviting me onto the tour and for sending me a physical copy of the book.

Find out more about the book, my review and the author below.

Synopsis

In SatNav We Trust – a search for meaning through the Historic Counties of England is a journey through ideas of science and belief, all the while searching for meaning and a bed for the night. Or was that the other way around?

On May 1st 2013 I set off from Oxford on the trip of a lifetime. It wasn’t a trip around the world or up the Himalayas, I set off to visit every one of England’s 39 historic counties. These are the counties that used to exist before all the boundary changes that chopped Yorkshire into bits, got rid of evocative sounding names such as Westmorland, and designated the big cities as metropolitan boroughs. I wanted to visit England as it used to be, although that’s not quite how it turned out.

In SatNav We Trust started out as a travelogue exploring all the usual suspects, spectacular landscapes, architectural or engineering wonders, historic towns with their cathedrals and castles. However, it soon developed into a journey through ideas and beliefs, an exploration of how the rational and the apparently irrational jostle for position in human experience. The book discusses our fundamental scientific understanding of the universe when, deep inside us, we might be as irrational as a box of frogs. This context, the exploration of England—the places stumbled across with no day to day plan, created the backdrop for these ideas.

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Review

Firstly, what a fabulously witty title. It catches the eye pretty well. It promises a journey through historic counties of England and certainly delivers as it begins in Oxfordshire and goes to Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Suffolk, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and many more.

He tells things how it is when travelling and in each place in his 4×4, and has even included the everyday places and items. He is also very honest in how he feels and how he almost gave up early on in this mammoth trip. Campsites seems to be the order of the day for accomodation. This isn’t just about all the tourist things that you can do, it’s very different from a travel book like that. It is indeed a full travelogue of the actual journey and what can be seen en-route, that some people may miss when passing through, the roads that are taken and the people who he meets, as well as the accomodation.

There is some humour within the trip that weaves in and out the interesting philosophising of life of the mix of rational and irrational anxieties that occur within people’s lives, including his own as he does some reflection. He manages, which seems like no mean feat, to think creatively about how to fit in Maslow’s theory of heirarchy, whilst in Rutland with what he is actually doing and expecting, in a way that is far from heavy reading.

The attention to detail in each place is great and it certainly is a fun trip, that becomes something more than just that with the observations of not just the places, but of life. It’s how this all binds together that makes the book engaging.

If you’ve travelled around England before, you’re certain, as I was, thinking, “been there, done that” and then finding places that may just have to go on that travel to-do list. If you’ve not done staycations before, then this book may inspire you to travel around England to visit many of the counties and discover for yourself what they hold.

About the Author

In Sat Nav We Trust Jack Barrow Author Pic. jpgJack Barrow is a writer of books and blogs about ideas based on popular philosophy in modern life. He is a critical thinker but not a pedant. He has an interest in spiritual perspectives having been brought up as both a Mormon and a Jehovah’s Witness. He’s not sure, but he believes this particular  ecclesifringical upbringing makes him a member of a pretty exclusive club. He is also fascinated by science. At the same age as his parents were taking him to church services, he was also watching Horizon documentaries and Tomorrow’s World, becoming fascinated about science and technology. Perhaps around the time of the moon landings, when he was six or seven, he came to the conclusion that, sooner or later, people would realise that the sky was full of planets and stars, science explained the universe, and that there was no God looking down. He really thought that religion’s days were numbered. Declining congregations seemed to back that up, but since then there has been a growth in grass roots movements that seem to indicate people are looking for something to fill the void left by organised religion. He now has a particular interest in the way people are creating their own spiritual perspectives (whatever spiritual means) from the bottom up using ideas sourced from history, folkloric sources and imagination. Rather ironically it was members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses who first introduced him to the landscape of Wiltshire, with its stone circles and ancient monuments, which later kindled his interest in spiritual beliefs taken from more ancient perspectives.

He has also written a novel; The Hidden Masters and the Unspeakable Evil is a story of a group of magicians who discover a plot to build casinos in Blackpool and so turn the resort into a seedy, tacky, and depraved town. During this hard-drinking occult adventure, with gambling and frivolous trousers, Nigel, Wayne and Clint travel north on Friday night but they need to save the world by Sunday evening because they have to be back at work on Monday morning.

Jack lives in Hertfordshire, England, where he earns a living writing about things in engineering; this usually means photocopiers and bits of aeroplanes. He shares his home with R2D2 and C3PO, occasionally mentioned in his blog posts. People used to say he should get out more. At the time of writing he is currently shielding from the apocalypse, having been of a sickly disposition as a child, and wondering if he will be able to go to a live music pub ever again.

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