Slow Train to Switzerland: One Tour, Two Trips, 150 Years-and a World of Change Apart Paperback – October 28, 2014
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A delightful accessible throw-away style which is both amusing and endearing.―The Cultural Traveller
Bewes has become something of an expert on the Swiss. His first book, Swiss Watching, lifted the lid on a country everybody knows of but knows little about. In his latest book, Slow Train to Switzerland, he follows in the footsteps of Miss Jemima Morrell, a customer on Thomas Cook's first guided tour in 1863, and discovers how this plucky Victorian woman helped shape the face of modern tourism and Switzerland itself.―Wanderlust
Very enjoyable. Bewes is a charming guide.―Geographical
Loquacious and genial.―The Independent
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. Even those of us who think we know a lot about Switzerland will learn something new, and gain that knowledge in a very readable and entertaining way. If you enjoyed Swiss Watching then you'll need to get a copy of this book by the same author. Highly recommended.―Swiss Express
Fascinating. Charming. Bewes' breezy prose makes him a pleasant travelling companion.―Spectator
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- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1857886259
- ISBN-13 : 978-1857886252
- Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Nicholas Brealey; Reprint Edition (October 28, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I think anyone who has traveled, or is thinking of traveling, to Switzerland would enjoy this book. And it makes great airplane reading on the long journey to get there.
railroads, hotels, mountain adventures, personalities. The author's descriptions of Switzerland today were invaluable and informative, even to someone who has been there as a tourist over the last 20 years. Now that I have finished the book---I am ready to go again! Read the book from the library, and then ordered the book from Amazon because I knew I would want to refer to the book again and again.
Top reviews from other countries
This book wetted my appetite to visit parts of Switzerland not yet seen. The author's insights in to important historical events that shaped the modern country were skilfully distributed.
I would recommend this book if enjoy travel and have the curiosity to look below the surface.