The Gem of Pacific Canada
Publish Date: 2016-12-11
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 book is a personalized guide to this incredible city. It also introduces visitors to Canada in general, providing you with valuable information regarding the country, its people and their lifestyles. 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. You will find Hello Vancouver very informative as well as enjoyable. So come along and say Hello Vancouver.
A Great Guide to Canada's Largest City
Publish Date: 2016-11-28
The late, great Peter Ustinov once said that Toronto was like New York, but run by the Swiss. And that summarizes this great 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.
A Geography and History of the Grand Canyon State
Publish Date: 2016-10-09
Arizona is one of the most romanticized states in the United States. Many millions of people believe it is all desert, and still inhabited by cowboys and Native people. They do not realize that most of Arizona is mountain and plateau country that receives winter snow. Yes there are still cowboys and the state's Native American population is the highest in the country. But most Arizonans live in either greater Phoenix or Tucson, vibrant modern cities that are young and energetic. They are indeed located in the desert, but Arizona's Sonoran Desert is the richest in the world with regard to its diversity of plants and animals. They symbol of the state is the giant Saguaro cactus, standing tall with many arms often outstretched or pointing upward. And of all the spectacles on planet Earth, Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon. This is nature's handiwork at its finest, a gorge that is a mile deep, over 200 miles long and up to 18 miles across. No matter how many pictures you see, there is nothing to equal the thrill of stepping to the rim and gazing out into what seems like the world having opened up. There are many spectacular canyons in the state's high country Colorado Plateau. And there are tall, flat mesas, pinnacles and buttes, landscapes that have no equal. This book details the geography of Arizona, explores its exciting history and then looks at the various regions of the state. It is also filled with beautiful color pictures that bring Arizona to life, as you read the book. If you are a native living in the state, or if you are a prospective visitor, this book will open up the many shades of Arizona and what it has to offer. There is no other book like it with regard to its complete coverage of the state. This is NOT a tour book, so it has no hotel or restaurant listings. It meant to be informative and it will open many facets of the state that you may not ever have known about.
Publish Date: 2016-02-08
Saint Petersburg is the most popular port city on the Baltic Sea. It was once the Imperial capital of the Russian Empire from 1703 until 1923, when the victorious Communist forces moved it back to Moscow. As a result of having been Russia's Imperial capital, the city is filled with monumental palaces and churches, making it one of those rare European cities of grandeur. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, visiting Saint Petersburg has been made so much easier, and once there, you have as much freedom to explore as you would in any other major European capital. There is an exotic character to the city, combining elements of both eastern and western cultures. Most visitors come by ship and only spend two or three days, which limits how many of its great sights they can see. This is more than a guidebook for such a visit. This volume contains the history, cultural background and detailed descriptions of every major sector of the city and its important surroundings. It offers an inside knowledge that can only be provided by an author who has visited many times. And as the author, I have made 38 separate trips to Saint Petersburg. I speak and both read and write the Russian language, which has given me a greater insight into the culture. You will find my guidebook to be very special and one that will enrich your travel experience.
Our Forgotten Neighbor
Publish Date: 2015-03-21
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."
REVISED EDITION FOR 2016-17
Publish Date: 2014-11-10
To most westerners Japan is still seen as a country with a rather mysterious and exotic culture. It is true that the Japanese way of life is very different from that in the West. Japan is an ancient land that for most of its history had a feudal culture in which the nobility and Samurai warriors controlled the masses. It was only in the late 19th century that the country began to look to the West for new concepts in industrialization and modernization. But Japan maintained many of its ancient traditions and values. After World War II, the governmental structure was brought into mid 20th century along democratic ideals, but with the head of state still being the emperor. Thus stability was maintained and traditional honor preserved. Today Japan is one of the most innovative countries in the world. Yet it is a country where ritual and ceremony are still paramount. This is a nation of charm, grace, elegance and exceptional cleanliness. The landscape outside of the big cities is still honored and protected for its great beauty. Visiting Japan is a memorable experience that will be enriched by reading this traveler's companion. This is NOT a complete guide book like Frommers of Fyodors, but rather an introduction to the landscape, history and cultural traditions. The actual regional chapters are short, just giving you the basics so you will begin to have a firm understanding of what you will be seeing. And the book is loaded with personal photos I have taken in my many travels.
How to Get the Most Out of Visiting London
Publish Date: 2014-10-31
Visiting London can be daunting. This is one of the most fascinating yet difficult cities to comprehend on one's first visit. There is no one city center that can be recognized as central London. Rather the city is a collection of individual cities and boroughs, each with its own regional center. The majority of the famous government buildings are in the City of Westminster. The major retail shopping districts are in Mayfair and Knightsbridge, separated from one another by the massive scope of beautiful Hyde Park. People speak in terms of the local boroughs or cities rather than of London. In actuality the City of London is around one square mile and is centered around St. Paul's Cathedral and the Bank of England, located east of Westminster along the River Thames. For a newcomer to London all this can be confusing especially when combined with the flow of traffic on the left, a fact of London life that is rather intimidating to North American visitors when coming for the first time. T his traveler's Companion is designed to introduce you to the city of London, explaining its layout and unique combination of districts, present its long and exciting history that is visible in its layers of architecture and finally to help you develop insight into how to see London and come to appreciate what it has to offer. As a world traveler, this author has been to almost 100 countries, visiting all the great cities of the world. But when it comes to which city is the most exciting and enjoyable, London ranks in the top five. There is only one London, so come along through the pages of this companion and learn how to appreciate the great city that was once the center of the world.