Publish Date: 2017-12-10
This new and expanded edition replaces the earlier version of my book on cruising Eastern Canada and New England. In addition to being issued in full colour, it is also filled with much more detailed information regarding each port, and of course loads of great pictures. The text and photos are identical to the black and white version already on Amazon for purchase, but it has the advantage of all the maps and photos being in colour. Unfortunately colour printing does mean a higher production and retail cost, but I know many of you appreciate the impact of such an edition. Eastern Canada and New England are so absolutely breathtaking during the few weeks in late September or October when the trees turn brilliant shades of red, orange, gold and yellow. It is a season to be enjoyed. When you cruise through the St. Lawrence River, the Saguenay River and then along the Atlantic coast of Canada and New England, you do not get an in depth chance to linger in any one area, but you do get the sweeping panorama of so many ports of call, each one different from the last. It is a great way to soak up the beauty that this season has to offer. And this book will serve as an in depth guide without providing too much detail such as the regional guides that are more oriented toward people traveling by car, train or air. This book is concise and will point you in the right direction to make sure your visit is memorable.
Publish Date: 2017-12-10
This is a totally new and revised book that takes you on a virtual tour of the major and minor ports of call in Eastern Canada and New England during the fall colour season. Of all the cruises in North America, this is the most sought after because of the drama and beauty of the changing colours. However, in recent years with the climates of the world showing a warming trend, it is becoming harder to predict the specific time for peak fall colour. This book explores every aspect of what it means to take a cruise through the St. Lawrence River, the Atlantic Provinces and the coast of New England. The author's many years of experience in the cruise industry combined with his knowledge and love of this part of the world makes this an unrivaled guide. Unlike the large mass-market guides, this one is tailored to what you need to know when spending one day or just a few hours in port while on a cruise through the area. Tips on what to see, where to dine and shop will help you maximize your cruise experience.
Publish Date: 2018-01-03
The greater Phoenix region hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors and part-time residents every year, especially during the mild desert summer. Of all the cities and towns in the Salt River Valley where Phoenix is the main city, Scottsdale has developed its reputation as the premier...
In Full Color
Publish Date: 2018-02-03
Scottsdale, Arizona is the most visited of the state's desert cities. It has developed from its inception as a haven for winter visitors and retirees who see the warmth of the Sonoran Desert environment. During winter hundreds of thousands of people flock to Arizona...
A Pictorial Portfolio for the Grand Canyon State
Publish Date: 2017-02-27
Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon and an incredible array of dramatic landscapes unlike any found in the rest of the world. I have written about the state in my book "The Arizona Story," put pictures are worth far more than words when attempting to describe the magnitude and beauty of Arizona. This full color portfolio in 8.5 x 11 inch format draws together the best of my photographs of the state that has been my home for over 50 years. Many people think of Arizona as a land of deserts whose burning sands and blistering heat are the image they call to mind. But Arizona has tall mountains and plateaus where cool pine forests thrive and where we can ski during the winter months. And in between the two extreme seasons, the fall colors dazzle the eyes. The high Colorado Plateau is laced with deep gorges, massive canyons representing eons of erosion on a scale not found elsewhere in such profusion. The lower deserts are rich in plant life, including the gigantic Saguaro cacti, which can weigh several tons. Hundreds of other species of cactus, yucca and hardy trees grow in the rich biome that is the Sonoran Desert. The state is home to elk, deer and mountain sheep in the high country, cougars, javelina, raptors and numerous reptiles in its lower deserts. And of course Arizona has been home to mankind for over 2,000 years with rich native cultures having developed, many of whom still occupy their native lands. And lastly the state's two great cities of Phoenix and Tucson represent the 21st century, as it forges ahead to make life both comfortable and rewarding. Come along and take a fascinating journey through the Grand Canyon State via this colorful portfolio.
A Guide to Alaskan Waters - Full Color Edition
Publish Date: 2017-05-18
This is a full color version of the black and white edition that is also available through Amazon. By printing this edition in full color, you can see the glorious landscapes of Alaska with all their magnificent drama. Alaska, the largest and most isolated state in the United States, is like a world of its own. It extends from the shores of the North Pacific Ocean to those of the Arctic Ocean. It contains the highest mountains, the most active volcanoes, the largest glaciers, the most pristine of forests and the longest coastline in the entire country. Most of Alaska is virtually inaccessible by road with the exception of the central part of the state from Seward in the south, through Anchorage and on to Fairbanks on the edge of the Arctic Circle. Most visitors come by ship, taking cruises from Vancouver, British Columbia up through the calm waters of the inside passage, and traveling as far as Seward or Whittier, the two ports for Anchorage. A few ships make a twice a year journey between the eastern shores of Asia and Vancouver, eastbound in the spring and westbound in the fall. These ships spend the winter months cruising through eastern and southeastern Asia, and summers on the Alaska coast. On these repositioning cruises, passengers get to visit some of the more remote ports on the Alaska mainland and out into the Aleutian Islands. This book is oriented toward all of the important ports of call between Vancouver and Anchorage and also contains chapters on the outer ports between the Anchorage area and the Pacific shores of Asia. You will find very important tips as to what to see and where to dine in each of these ports of call. And the book is filled with glorious photographs of the sights along the way as well as numerous regional maps. In its 8.5 x 11 inch soft cover format, it is a book you can easily take with you when you cruise.
A Guide to Alaskan Waters
Publish Date: 2017-03-04
One of the most popular cruise destinations in the world is the coast of Alaska. Each summer the major cruise lines offer a variety of options for cruising the Inside Passage and continuing on to Anchorage. Twice a year there are repositioning cruises when ships are moved either to Alaska in the spring from Southeast Asia and again in the autumn when ships return to cruise South East Asia. These cruises continue on past Anchorage and stop in places like Kodiak, Homer and Dutch Harbor in the remote Aleutian Islands. Thus it is possible to sail to Vancouver all the way from Hong Kong or Tokyo in the spring or to Tokyo or Hong Kong in mid autumn. This traveler's companion edition has been produced to provide you with geographic, historic and cultural detail regarding all of the ports of call between Vancouver and the outer Aleutian Islands. Unlike the major guidebooks, it does not provide hotel or restaurant recommendations. You will not be staying over in any Alaskan port except Anchorage, if you choose to remain one or more nights. And in Vancouver most passengers tend to go directly to the airport or arrive at the ship directly from their flight. For those who want to spend time in Vancouver, I do have a wonderful in depth guide called "Hello Vancouver." This volume offers you a detailed look at what makes Alaska special, and the text is augmented by many of the author's personally taken photographs. You will find Cruising Alaska a valuable companion to read before departing or to take with you to refresh you on each port you will visit.It will offer you much insight into each port and give you an idea as to what there is to see. Most cruise lines offer a variety of outdoor activities that get you out of the ports of call since they do not really have much of historic or architectural interest.
Publish Date: 2017-12-23
If you are planning to cruise between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Valparaiso, Chile this book will provide you with concise information regarding what to see and do in each port, with a few good recommendations regarding dining or shopping. The book also provides you...
2018-19 COLOUR EDITION
Publish Date: 2017-12-22
During Northern Hemisphere winter many cruisers head to South America to experience one of the most magnificent cruises on earth. Cruising between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile is comparable in...
Publish Date: 2017-05-18
This is a full color edition to compliment the regular black and white edition that is also available. The fjords of Norway are almost legendary for their magnificent landscapes, which combine dramatic skies, snow capped mountains, steep sided gorges and deep water inlets. During the last Ice Age, the fjords were carved by tongues of ice that carved through preexisting river valleys, gouging them into deep gorges. When the ice started to melt around 10,000 years ago and sea levels rose, these gorges were flooded to become today's fjords. The best way to enjoy the 1,500 kilometer or 1,000 mile long coast of Norway is to see it from the deck of a ship. You can choose between local ferries and a variety of cruise ships that vary in luxury from basic to ultra luxurious. This book explores each of the ports of call generally visited by cruise ships. It provides a detailed account of the geography and history and then offers suggestions as to what you should see and where you should dine or shop. The book contains a vast array of my pictures, all displayed in full color. In its 8.5 x 11 inch format, it is easy to use while on the trip as well as in planning for your Norwegian cruise. Happy cruising and may my book be helpful.
Publish Date: 2017-04-25
What is a fjord? It is a deep water channel where glaciers cut into a former river valley and created a very deep gouged out valley that was later flooded by the sea at the end of the last Ice Age. There are fjords in Alaska, southern Chile, Greenland and the South of Island of New Zealand. But the most spectacular and dramatic fjords are found along the 1,000 mile long coast of Norway. The very word fjord comes from the ancestral language of Norway. Here people have learned to live on narrow plots of land that often cling to the steep shorelines; fishing, farming and becoming very adept at making the most out of difficult conditions, yet developing a great love for and pride in their land. Norway is without question one of the most magnificent of European nations. And the best way to appreciate the beauty and drama of this exceptional landscape is on board a cruise ship or even a local ferry where you can travel in and out of the many fjords without the trauma and tension of attempting to travel overland. There are good roads and rail services, but to truly relax and allow the countryside to roll by without having to rush, cruising is the best way to see the fjords. And a ship can often get into places where roads do not exist or are very limited. So you end up seeing more but doing so in comfort. Summer is the most popular season of the year when temperatures are mild and daylight seems to be almost perpetual. Actually between mid June and the early part of August if you are north of the Arctic Circle, there is 24-hour daylight. During winter the days are very short, or above the Arctic Circle there is perpetual darkness. But this is the time to see the snow-covered landscape illuminated by the dancing shimmer of the Northern Lights. Norway will excite and amaze you. This book is a guide for cruising Norway. I have made many recommendations as to how to best enjoy each port of call, dine in style and come away with lasting memories.
NEW EDITION 2018-19
Publish Date: 2017-12-26
This is my newest and most up to date edition of Cruising the Baltic Sea. The book is very concise and provides those cruising the Baltic Sea with just the right amount of geographic, historic and socio-political information to enable everyone to fully appreciate the countries and...
Publish Date: 2017-12-26
This is a totally new full colour edition of Cruising the Baltic Sea. This edition compliments the black and white edition also being issued at the same time. But for those of you who want to see the ports of the Baltic Sea as they appear in reality, this edition provides that extra beauty and...
A Cruise Adventure in Full Color
Publish Date: 2017-05-21
Mexico is the most visited country by Americans and Canadians of all the other nations in the Western Hemisphere. It is famous for its long history, many layers of culture dating back to the first great civilizations in the Americans and for its magnificent beaches. One of the most popular ways to visit Mexico is by cruise ship. There are Western Caribbean cruises that include the major ports of the Yucatan Peninsula, but the most extensive are the West Coast cruises that visit ports from Ensenada in the farm north to Acapulco in the south. Mexico's West Coast has outstanding weather, especially during the winter months, as many of the ports are in arid to semi-arid environments. Ports of call such as Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa and Acapulco have become almost legendary with regard to their charm and flavor. But in recent years, the drug wars have discouraged many visitors from doing extended vacations in the major beach resorts, many preferring the safety and security of being on board a cruise ship and just spending a day in each port. This book is designed to present you with all of the important need to know information on all of the West Coast ports of call. It also contains important recommendations for dining and shopping while ashore. And it covers the security issue most adequately. The book is filled with maps and beautiful photographs all taken by the author and presented in this edition in vivid color.
Publish Date: 2017-03-15
The Mediterranean Sea is one of the most popular destinations in the world in which to cruise on a luxury ship, enjoying the warm weather, beautiful scenery, romantic countries and gorgeous beaches. And I must mention the crystal clear blue waters of this sea that has been home to so much of Western history. The Mediterranean Sea has been the birthplace of the ancient Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Moors and many other smaller civilizations. Even ancient Egyptians are believed to have left the confines of the Nile River and traded along its shores. Today the Mediterranean Sea serves as the cultural divide between the Islamic World to the south and the European nations to the north. For thousands of years, trade across its waters has created many great ports of call that today are visited by tens of thousands of tourists each year. And the easiest way to enjoy the Mediterranean is by ship. But it is not possible to cruise the entire sea in one journey because of its vast size and the scope of its many nations. This book is the first of three volumes that will be issued over the next year on the topic of cruising the Mediterranean. This volume covers the ports of call in France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco. The second volume will explore cruising the ports of Monaco, Corsica, Sardinia, Italy, Malta and Tunisia. The third and final volume will explore the ports of Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt. In this first volume you will learn about such romantic places as Nice, Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga, Cadiz and Lisbon as well as the three major ports of Morocco, which are Tangier, Casablanca and Agadir. Although the Portuguese and Moroccan ports are primarily in the Atlantic Ocean, they are often included on Western Mediterranean itineraries. I hope you find this book useful and enriching. This is not a comprehensive guide to hotels, restaurants and every sight possible, as those types of books flood the market. This is a more specific book that introduces you to the history and culture of the ports with recommendations for the best restaurants in which to have lunch during your brief call.
Revised for 2018-19
Publish Date: 2017-12-28
The Panama Canal is one of the great engineering feats of the world. It is now in its second century of operation, saving ships thousands of kilometers or miles, especially on voyages between the east and west coasts of the United States and Canada. It is also a major link in transport...
Revised Colour Edition for 2018-19
Publish Date: 2017-12-28
This new edition in full colour takes you on a journey through the Panama Canal in both directions to bring to light just what you will see on a transit of the canal cruise. Large mega ships will now be using the new system of locks that just opened in...
The Ultimate First Voyage Beyond Our Solar System
Publish Date: 2017-01-04
It is the 23rd century, and Earth has sent a manned exploratory team out into deep space. Humankind's first expedition to the stars proves to be the ultimate voyage! After traversing 4.5 light years to the Alpha Centuari system, Captain Ben Canaan and his crew find that the arid planet is already inhabited by two groups of humanoids, one of which is highly sophisticated and enslaves the nomads who roam the deep desert. But what Ben Canaan discovers is a surprise beyond expectation, as he becomes deeply embroiled in the politics of attempting to end the age old practice of bondage. And his mixed Arab-Israeli crew learn much about themselves in the process, as they join the nomads in a long march across desert and mountains to reach the great city of Taab in an attempt to free the brethren of the desert nomads. Come along on this epic, adventure-filled journey across the stark, yet beautiful planet of Centauri and discover a secret so significant that it will change mankind's ultimate destiny.
Publish Date: 2017-01-05
PROLOGUE It was a bleak winter morning at Tarova, an Eltonan estate on the edge of Dubrono. It was first im, the gray dawn. The sky to the east was clear, showing a faint trace of a dawn not quite ready to break into a new day. The Emana family were all warmly tucked in their sleeping lofts, covered by thick, down blankets while outside tiny rodent-like Kiami scurried across the hard-packed snow in search of roots and fallen twigs, their movements sending faint scratching sounds through the cold, heavy air of the long night. To the west, down a cascade of gentle hills, the lights of Dubrono shone in shades of yellow and amber against the dark outline of the distant mountains.
With the suddenness of a thunderclap, a ball of intense white heat seared the scene of peaceful winter calm. Dubrono was incinerated. Buildings imploded as metal, glass, brick and mortar vaporized. Flesh was ripped from disintegrating bone and charred to ash in an instant. There were no cries of anguish, as thousands perished without agony in a microsecond.
On the edge of the five kilometer-wide inferno, the heat was less intense, but still murderous. At Tarova, the house heaved and buckled under the shock wave created by the fireball. Then it burst into flames. Fire and smoke trapped the Emana family in their lofts. The children cried in vain and shouted for help as their blankets blazed around them, painfully searing their flesh. One by one, their small lungs filled with smoke as their bodies writhed in the painful terror of cremation. Their parents were more fortunate in that a gust of super-heated air ruptured their windows turning the sleeping chamber into an instant inferno. Their pain was momentary as they were overcome by lashing flames.
And so it was that winter morning as photon missiles in a show of alien force blasted three Eltonan cities. Death and suffering came to a world of peace in one shattering moment, and all because these proud, independent people would not bend to the demands of the alien commander.
These aliens from beyond known space were warriors whose race had known hardship and the ravages of war. Their code was strict and left no room for compromise. Within one day, the world surrendered itself to their occupation, but in their hearts, the people of Eltona did not surrender. Nor did they retreat into hopeless fantasies of rescue. They retained their pride and dignity and sought to best endure the occupation of their homeland until the time was right for their liberation by the Federation.
Publish Date: 2017-12-30
This book presents a small, but incredible collection of recipes I have collected from my mother and grandmother, both excellent cooks and bakers. I have chosen a cross section of what I consider to be both healthy and tasty dishes and desserts primarily from...
A Great Guide to Canada's Largest City
Publish Date: 2017-04-05
The late, great Peter Ustinov once said that Toronto was like New York, but run by the Swiss. And that summarizes this incredible Canadian city. Toronto is world class in every way. It is dynamic, glitzy, cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic and vibrant. And it is impressive with a skyline that rivals that of New York. If you are planning a trip or have even thought of visiting, this is the book for you. It is a very comprehensive look at Toronto written by a Canadian with deep roots in this venerable city. And as a starter, the book introduces you to Canada in a way you may never have thought of yourself. So please give it a read and you will not be disappointed. And if you do visit, you will be even more amazed by Toronto.
Toronto is not only Canada's largest city, but it is one of the greatest and most exciting cities in the world. Yet many Americans who live literally next door know so little about the city, and somehow do not seem to care about visiting. Why run all the way to Europe..
Toronto is not only Canada's largest city, but it is one of the greatest and most exciting cities in the world. Yet many Americans who live literally next door know so little about the city, and somehow do not seem to care about visiting. Why run all the way to Europe...
Publish Date: 2017-03-09
Vancouver is the magnificent jewel in the crown of Western Canada. This dazzling city sits between the blue waters of the Georgia Straits and the towering snow-capped mountains of the Cascade Range. It is the gateway to the striking scenery of the western interior of Canada, and for cruise passengers it becomes the summer gateway to Alaska. This new paperback book is a personalized guide to this incredible city where I have lived and worked in past years. It also introduces visitors to Canada in general, providing you with valuable information regarding the country, its people and their lifestyles, especially of interest to those of you who have never been to Canada. But more specifically, it presents Vancouver in an easy to read format, loaded with maps and pictures and my recommendations for the best hotels and restaurants. I have only recommended four and five-star hotels as well as the best known and locally loved restaurants. This is not your ordinary travel guide, but rather a very personalized view of a city I still hold very dear to my heart. You will find Hello Vancouver very informative as well as enjoyable. So come along and say Hello Vancouver, a city that charms almost everyone that visits.
In Full Colour
Publish Date: 2018-02-04
This is the full color volume that duplicates the text of the black and white version of Hello Vancouver. By presenting this slightly more expensive full color version, it gives you a chance to see the city in a more vibrant perspective. Vancouver is a dazzling...
Publish Date: 2018-01-27
Iceland is a land of fire and ice. This North Atlantic island nation sits atop the Mid Atlantic Ridge, a boundary zone between the North American and Eurasian Plates. Here the raw forces of creation and destruction are at work, as the two plates pull apart, allowing molten material to boil to the surface in...
Publish Date: 2018-01-25
Iceland is a land of fire and ice. This North Atlantic island nation sits atop the Mid Atlantic Ridge, a boundary zone between the North American and Eurasian Plates. Here the raw forces of creation and destruction are at work, as the two plates pull apart, allowing molten material to boil...
A Geography and History of the Grand Canyon State
Publish Date: 2017-02-09
Arizona calls to mind vast deserts dominated over by tall cacti or the vast depths of that massive chasm called the Grand Canyon. To many the name Arizona calls to mind stories of marauding native people, rip roaring mining towns, gunfights in the streets or lonesome cowboys on the open range. But today's reality is one of major cities, magnificent resorts with their verdant golf courses and high tech industries. But Arizona is still a land of breathtaking scenery, traditional Native American cultures, mining towns and vast ranches. This is a land of paradoxes. It is a new state as far as American history, but one of the oldest settled regions relative to Native American history. This is a state with a romantic image that has a magnetic appeal. There is an old saying, "Once you have sand in your boots, you will never get rid of it. And that's the magic of Arizona. This illustrated book introduces you to the varied landscapes of Arizona, its unique geology and geography. Then it walks you through over 2,000 years of history. And finally it takes you on a tour of each of the major regions that combine to produce this one of a kind state. THIS IS NOT A TOUR BOOK. There are no hotel or restaurant recommendations. Those books are easy to find. This is a book that makes Arizona come alive and gives you information the tour books either ignore or skip over briefly. Come and visit Arizona through the pages of this book and then hopefully plan your next vacation in the Grand Canyon State.
Publish Date: 2017-05-05
The islands of the Caribbean Sea are flung over millions of square kilometers or miles of ocean. They can be grouped into the Western Caribbean and Eastern Caribbean groups. Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands being the largest and best known in the west. Puerto Rico and the chain known as the Lesser Antilles comprise the major portion of the eastern group. This book is oriented toward those who plan to cruise among the eastern islands, especially the Lesser Antilles. This chain of primarily volcanic islands begins in the north with the United States and British Virgin Islands and extends almost to the edge of South America, terminating with the island of Trinidad. They are exceptionally beautiful with their majestic peaks, many still being active volcanoes. There are those islands exposed more to the Trade Winds that have lush tropical rainforest while in the north islands such as Saint Martin and Antigua tend to be drier, often called the Leeward Islands. In preparing this book I have taken into consideration the amount of time most cruise passengers have in each island. I have offered suggestions as to what are the prominent sights to be seen either on group or private tours. I also provide select restaurant listings, as in many instances you do have time to sample some traditional Caribbean cuisine, which is part of the experience. And yes I do offer some tips on good shopping. But remember that you can shop almost anywhere today, especially on line. So try to consider these islands not as tropical shopping malls, but as magnificently beautiful works of nature that you want to be able to explore and gather memories for the rest of your life. Not only are the islands beautiful, but so are the people who are a mixture of Europeans descended from the colonial rulers, African slaves and the original native population. Their outlook on life, their music and distinctive ways of speaking also add to the overall ambiance of each island. So plan a visit to the Eastern Caribbean islands and then relax and enjoy.
Publish Date: 2017-05-05
This is a full color edition of my Eastern Caribbean Islands book that is presently out in paperback, but in black and white. The Eastern Caribbean islands are essentially the Lesser Antilles, a group of primarily volcanic islands that extend in an arc from the Virgin Islands in the north all the way down to Trinidad just off the coast of South America. Many of the islands are still volcanically active. Remember in the 1990's, the massive eruption that almost totally destroyed the small island of Monserrat. In 1902, a violent eruption on the northern end of Martinique destroyed the then capital city of St. Pierre, killing over 30,000 residents in a Vesuvius type explosion. Despite the danger on some of the islands, there is great beauty in the tropical rain forests, sandy beaches and turquoise waters of the Lesser Antilles. And culturally these islands blend the majority population of African extraction with the basic cultural traits of the former colonial powers that include British, French, Spanish, Dutch and Danish. There is an overall charm in these islands that is the true heart of the Caribbean. Puerto Rico is not one of the Lesser Antilles, but it is often the start or end point for cruises to these islands. And physically it is so close to the Virgin Islands, that for practical purposes I have included it in this book. But it is geographically part of the Greater Antilles, which include Cuba, Hispaniola and Jamaica. This book will provide great detail for those who are cruising, as it does not offer hotel recommendations. It primarily focuses upon the major ports of call for one-day visits by ship.
Publish Date: 2017-05-14
This is one of the most comprehensive books on the city of Saint Petersburg, Russia. It has been created for those who will visit the city either as part of a Baltic Sea cruise, or for those who arrive on their own either by rail or plane. As the author, I have been to Saint Petersburg 45 times. I speak Russian well enough to be out on my own, and I have explored every aspect of the city. Most visitors feel a sense of intimidation because of the spoken and written language factor since few Russians are speak English well enough to be of assistance. So most visitors stick with a guide and see the city on packaged tours. What they see are the magnificent palaces, museums and churches. They seldom explore the city where over six million people live and work. And if they are visiting as part of a cruise, they rarely have a meal in a local restaurant. This book will give you so much more of the city, its people and their lives. It will make it possible for you to really explore and come to understand not only Saint Petersburg, but Russia itself. Remember this is the world's largest country in size. It is a harsh land dominated by long, cold winters. And it has been invaded by outsiders so many times during its formative years. Then from 1917 until 1991 it was under the rule of Communist masters. Only now are Russians becoming exposed to the outside world. They are essentially shy, but friendly and if you make half the effort to show that you are enjoying yourself, you will find your journey most rewarding. This book can be a useful tool to that end.
FULL COLOR EDITION
Publish Date: 2017-05-14
This is a full color edition in which the text, photos and maps are the same as in the black and white edition. Although more costly, this edition brings Saint Petersburg alive in glorious color giving you the feeling of already being there. Most people visit Saint Petersburg by cruise ship, many companies spending three days in port. I have been to Saint Petersburg nearly 45 times, and still I find new sites to visit. In three days, you barely scratch the surface so to speak. Other visitors come either by fast train from Helsinki, Finland or fly in from various destinations in Europe. There are advantages and disadvantages to both means of travel. If you come by cruise ship, you do not require a visa, but you are only able to leave the ship when you have valid tours arranged. If you have secured a visa, which is no easy task, you then can leave the ship on your own. But the larger cruise ships dock in the main port, which is quite far from the city. Using public transportation can be daunting without a knowledge of either the written or spoken language. To visit on your own, coming by rail or air, you absolutely need a visa unless you are from one of a handful of countries that has a reciprocal agreement with Russia where visas are not required. This book is designed for those travelers who want to get out and really see Saint Petersburg rather than being a part of packaged guided tours. However, if you are going to follow the guided tour route, this book is still valuable in helping you to decide which of the many tour options offered are going to give you what you are looking for. Most people come with the expectation of visiting grand palaces, majestic cathedrals and fabulous gardens. And this is very much a part of what the city offers. But remember that Saint Petersburg is home to over six million people. It is Russia's second largest city. And if you are at all curious as to what life in truly like in Russia, then you must be willing to do some more in depth exploring. And this book will provide you with many valuable suggestions based upon the years of collective experience that have gone into its creation. Saint Petersburg is the jewel in Russia's crown. It is a magnificent city. Its people are friendly, but for the most part rather shy since few speak adequate English or other foreign languages. Given half a chance, their warmth and subtle sense of humor will add to your overall enjoyment.
Publish Date: 2017-04-13
Russia is the largest country in the world by physical area. It is rich in raw materials, but is hindered by great distances. Its harsh winter climate and long and turbulent history have both played a role in shaping the lives of its people. To those of us in the West, Russia is often seen as mysterious, forbidding or as an enigma. It takes years of travel and exposure to really say that you know Russia. I have the experience, speaking the language moderately well and having traveled extensively from the Arctic shores to the Black Sea and from the Baltic Sea to the Kamchatka Peninsula on the Pacific Coast. And yet I am always learning something new each time I visit. This book is not a guide that you will want to take with you if you plan a trip. It is the kind of book you should read, especially if you are an American or Canadian, as it is written to bring Russia to you both as a land and as a people with distinctive characteristics. As the author, I am a dual Canadian-American, so I feel quite capable of showing you Russia within the context of our two North American cultures. This book will help you understand current events and how Russians view their position among the major powers of the world. I have attempted to be as unbiased and forthright as is possible in bringing Russia to you in a forthright manner.
Our Forgotten Neighbor IN COLOR
Publish Date: 2017-05-21
As the author, I am proud to be a dual Canadian-American. And as a geography professor and world traveler, I enjoy writing about the world for those who have that sense of wanderlust or curiosity. But I have always been shocked by how little most Americans really know about Canada unless they have traveled widely or have family north of the border. There tends to be greater focus upon Mexico, our southern neighbor while north of the border most Americans simply believe Canada is just like the U. S. Yes there is a common historic thread and Canadians live at a very high standard. But there are so many historic, cultural and political differences. Canada is a totally different country despite the similarities that exist on the surface. This book, which is available in both black and white and this full color edition, is my answer to this apparent lack of coverage of Canada and its people. You will find it a very informative and enlightening book, written in a serious, yet light manner. It will give you a whole new perspective on what we Canadians often call "The Great White North." I hope you will enjoy it. And if your travel plans include Canada, this will be a most helpful book even though it is not a travel guide. But I do have two city guide books on Toronto and Vancouver that are already available on Amazon.
Our Forgotten Neighbor
Publish Date: 2017-03-27
Most Americans know so little about Canada relative to what they know about Mexico. Somehow Canada is taken for granted and therefore forgotten. The majority of Americans are under the false impression that Canada is just like the United States. On that assumption so many Americans can not tell you anything about Canadian geography, history, government or social customs. Even the news media in the United States will only present a story from Canada if it is of great importance such as the terrorist attack on the Parliament Buildings in the fall of 2014. As of now in March 2015, I have not heard one word from the news media in the United States about the fact that Canada will be having a federal election this fall, or the fact that the Canadian military is going to continue conducting air strikes in Iraq. These matters are ignored by our media. As a retired geography professor, and as the son of Canadians who has lived and taught in Canada, I thought it was time to write a short book to provide a concise, yet easy to read picture of Canada and of Canadians. This new book should be in everyone's collection because it makes you aware of our great northern neighbor and closest partner. So I hope you will read by new book on "The Great White North."