R. Crusoe Luxury Travel Blog
This week, the staff here at R. Crusoe celebrates the 300th “birthday” of our namesake, Robinson Crusoe. On April 25, 1719, Daniel Defoe published his novel, a fictitious autobiography of Mr. Crusoe, who leaves the safety of his comfortable home in England and goes to sea. In the Pacific, he is shipwrecked and, as the ... Read More >Read More >
Is your stack of reading material on the nightstand getting low? If so, consider an interesting new book that’s just been published. Cities, by anthropologist and UCLA professor Monica L. Smith, takes an entertaining and enlightening look at the development of the world’s cities. Smith illustrates her points using personal archaeological fieldwork experiences in Egypt, ... Read More >Read More >
Headed for Russia? Or contemplating a visit? In need of a good book for your next journey?
All of the above are excellent reasons for picking up a copy of Amor Towles’s delightful novel, A Gentleman in Moscow.
It’s 1922, and change is afoot in Russia. Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, the protagonist, finds himself under ... Read More >Read More >
Babbel, a foreign-language learning website, had a fun idea: Ask a number of foreign ambassadors to the United States to share one book recommendation and one film recommendation for first-time visitors to their countries. Babbel reports, “Their choices range from the very popular to the relatively obscure, but they all offer a good starting point ... Read More >Read More >
There’s a wonderful new book out that would perfectly compliment any traveler’s personal library: Evolution: A Visual Record by Robert Clark. An award-winning photographer and author, Clark sought to capture not only the marvels of the natural world, but also the trajectory of evolutionary change over time. He illustrates his points with remarkable photography.
Evidence of ... Read More >Read More >
In the fascinating city of Fez, Morocco, the world’s oldest library has stood since A.D. 859. It was built by Fatima Al-Fihri, daughter of a wealthy Tunisian merchant. She loved learning and had an undying curiosity about the world. Fatima oversaw the construction of Quaraouiyine Mosque, Quaraouiyine Library, and Quaraouiyine University, the latter attended ... Read More >Read More >
This year marks the centennial of the Russian Revolution, which was actually two revolutions. The first, known as the February Revolution, began on 8 March 1917, when workers in St. Petersburg held a strike to protest food shortages. The protests spread rapidly, and calls for “Bread!” quickly gave way to “Down with the aristocracy!” On ... Read More >Read More >
Speaking of India, we’re intrigued by a recently published book, Silver: The Spy Who Fooled the Nazis, by Indian-born author and journalist Mihir Bose. Silver was the codename for a Second World War spy who was likely the era’s only quintuple agent.
Silver, whose real name was Bhagat Ram Talwar, was recruited by Peter Fleming (the ... Read More >Read More >
One of the most widely read authors in English literature, Jane Austen, died on 18 July 1817 in Winchester in the south of England. To mark the 200th anniversary of her death, Austen fans can visit Jane Austen’s house, Chawton, in Hampshire, England. Things are starting to gear-up for the 2017 “Jane Austen 200” ... Read More >Read More >
The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing his “95 Theses” to the castle church door in Wittenburg, Germany. His writing was the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation challenging, as it did, the teachings of the Catholic Church on the nature of penance, the authority of the pope, and the value ... Read More >Read More >