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TraveLit--A blog about travel literature. 

     Even with the best of maps and instruments, we can never fully chart our journeys.

Travel Quotation

“On foot, unlike other forms of travel, it is impossible to be out of touch.”
―Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts
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Book Review

A Visit to Don Otavio: A Mexican Journey
By Sybille Bedford. Introduction by Bruce Chatwin. Originally published in 1953. Dutton, Obelisk Paperback, 1986, 288 pp.

A Visit to Don Otavio was the first book published by Sybille Bedford, a novelist and journalist admired for her intelligence, wit, and prose style. Originally published in 1953 as The Sudden View: A Mexican Journey, the book was wisely reprinted by Dutton in 1986 and renamed with a title that is at once slightly misleading and also more apt. Misleading, because much of the work focuses on other Mexican travels ; apt, because the visit to Don Otavio is the centerpiece of the work and Otavio himself unquestionably the star. Read More 

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Links of Interest

Travel writer Elizabeth Marcus has written some wonderful essays, especially—and most humorously—about traveling with family. I recommend taking a look at her beautifully illustrated website.


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Travel Quotation

"Traveling makes one modest...You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world."
―Flaubert
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Book Review

Spring Jaunts: Some Walks, Excursions and Personal Explorations of Town, Country and Seashore.
By Anthony Bailey. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1986, 251 pp.

For Anthony Bailey, landscape is a text he reads and elucidates with obvious pleasure. Where some writers use place as a springboard for a personal essay, Bailey does the reverse, using some personal tie as a springboard for writing about a place: its topography, its inhabitants, its history. Read More 

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