AbeBooks, the AbeBooks logo, AbeBooks. An amusing book not least because of the genteel comedy of manners of the English tourists is an offshoot of the fact that Switzerland to the Victorians was as threateningly exotic as Irian Jaya West Papua New Guinea is to us today. There is a strong story to tell of the burgeoning country that Switzerland was in the 1860s, and the utmost change the travel industry effected on the land. I absolutely loved this book. In 1859 a small group of tourists made a trip via boat, train, mule, and foot from England into Switzerland. The arrival of a boat in Weggis often led to undignified scuffles and such chaotic scenes at the dock that the authorities had to introduce minimum standards and fixed rates.
His guide was Miss Jemima, a member of that Club who wrote a diary as she travelled. For them it was an exciting novelty; it turned out to be the birth of mass tourism, and it started with the Swiss. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the. I loved the train to Salzburg, Austria. They were the Junior United Alpine Club and members of Thomas Cook s first Conducted Tour of Switzerland. It is the story of a tour that changed both Switzerland and the world of travel forever.
On that tour was an English lady, 'Miss Jemima', who wrote and illustrated a journal of her experience. Its success meant the end of travel for just a privileged few and the beginning of tourism for the masses. The differences and similarities between the two excursions make this time capsule was well worth opening, the contrast well worth making, and this author probably the best to do so. This was becaus I bought this book this time 2 years ago, 6 months after moving to Switzerland, but because I enjoyed the content so much, I've lingered over the contents, picking the book up from time to time. I almost got the feeling that the author was going to pop up and test me at some point. Slow Train to Switzerland is the captivating account of two trips through the Alps: hers glimpsing the future of travel, his revisiting its past.
It was the birth of the travel industry as we know it, and it started with the Swiss. They were the Junior United Alpine Club and members of Thomas Cook's first Conducted Tour of Switzerland. It's also the story of how a nostalgic tour surprised an expat author, revealing a Switzerland very different from the present - and a stunning and unexpected personal connection with the past. . The 1 item on my Bucket List is an extensive trip to Switzerland, culminating in a visit to my ancestors' town in Othmarsingen, near Zurich. This adventure marked the beginning of the modern tourism industry.
Bookbag This book gives an excellent history of our favourite country, not the usual battle of this or war of that, but at the much more personal level of the common people's everyday lives. This would be the 'first Conducted Tour of Switzerland'. It was well documented and the comparisons are very good. Guided by her diary, he followed the same route to discover how much had changed and how much hadn't. Guided by her diary, he followed the same route to discover how much had changed and how much hadn't. Next time I read it a will make itinerary for my future Swiss trip and than definetly bring this book along. There were some interesting information but he really could have given us more than repeatedly admiring the tenacity of Victorian travellers, which - while correct - gets repetitive.
Bewes breezy prose makes him a pleasant travelling companion. Now that I have finished the book---I am ready to go again! Together they make a journey to remember. The old pictures and illustrations from the original traveler's diary add even more life to the story. Bewes is a charming guide. The original trip went from London to Lucerne and back, travelling by boat, train and coach. The author recreates her journey.
And there is a mystery which remains unsolved. It's a revealing look at the early days of tourism, when going abroad meant 18-hour days and wearing the same clothes for weeks. One hundred and fifty years later the author and his mother made the trip again using as much as possible the same route and transportation. This adventure marked the beginning of the modern tourism industry. Focuses more on Thomas Cook and mas 3 stars leaning to 4. Miss Jemima's route was somewhat ad hoc and thus was Bewes'.
The differences and similarities between the two excursions make this time capsule well worth opening, the contrast well worth making, and this author probably the best to do so. By day three or so the smell must have been overpowering. Together they make a journey to remember. Volmar describes how arriving tourists were pounded on by the carriage drivers, desperate to get some of the action; those who resisted were 'showered in curses'. In June 1863 an English lady set off by train on the trip of a lifetime: Thomas Cook's first Conducted Tour of Switzerland.