The train spins along across great plains gilded by the setting sun; soon night comes, and with it, sleep. At stations remote from one another, German voices shout German names; I do not recognize them by the sound, and look for them in vain upon the map. Magnificent great station buildings are shown up by gaslight in the midst of surrounding darkness, then disappear. We pass Hanover and Minden; the train keeps on its way; and morning dawns.
-from "A Look at the German Capital," by Theophile Gautier
From the era from a trip to the Continent was rarer but more deeply appreciated comes an enchanting literary travelogue assembled from the hearts and minds of some of the greatest wordsmiths in the English language. A Grand Tour in 10 volumes, these delightful volumes, first published in 1914, gather little-seen essays from famous erudite explorers in compact collections that will inspire those who've never been abroad to make the journey, and move those who have to pack their bags again.
Volume V explores Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Switzerland, viewed through the eyes and prose of a panoply of extraordinary writers: Victor Hugo visits Cologne, Harriet Beecher Stowe takes a sojourn to Strasburg, Cecil Headlam explores the home of Albert Dürer, and much more by such notable voices as Bayard Taylor, Theophile Gautier, and others. Beautifully illustrated with charming photographs, it is a work to treasure... and to take along on your next trip.
OF INTEREST TO: armchair travelers, readers of classic literature
American journalist and historian FRANCIS WHITING HALSEY (1851-1919) was literary editor of The New York Times from 1892 through 1896. He wrote and lectured extensively on history, and also edited the two-volume Great Epochs in American History Described by Famous Writers, From Columbus to Roosevelt (1912).