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Victorian Travel: Distant & Exotic Destinations

It took a special kind of Victorian traveler to venture beyond the "civilized," relatively familiar destinations of Western Europe. Even though Europe was filled with people who spoke other languages and ate different foods, the hotels and amenities were comprehensible. Moving beyond Europe to destinations in Asia, Africa, and the Far East was quite a different undertaking. In some cases it could be positively dangerous (which goes to show, the more things change, the more they stay the same). Happily, travelers who journeyed beyond the beaten (or fashionable) path often recorded their adventures in detailed journals, and with fascinating drawings -- as you'll find here!


ASIA

On and Off a Pack-Saddle in Central Japan, by S.J. Rowe (GOP 1896)
A nicely illustrated multi-part article.
Tea-Gardens and Tea-Temples in Japan, by Douglas Sladen (GOP 1902)

AFRICA

The Colonies and Dependencies of Great Britain: The West Indies, Central and South Africa, by Emma Brewer (GOP 1883)
An English Girl in South Africa (GOP 1900)
Life on a Transvaal Salt Farm (GOP 1896)
Log of Voyage to the Cape, and Diary of Army Nursing in South Africa (GOP 1900)
A Visit to a Benighted City [Tangier], by the Countess of Meath (GOP 1895)

THE MIDDLE EAST

The City of the Saint (Cape Carthage) (GOP 1892)
From London to Damascus (GOP 1898)
My Life in Jerusalem, by Constance M. Finn (GOP 1889)
Our Journey to Persia (GOP 1883)
Persian Sketches (GOP 1890, 1891)
Some Moorish Tea-Parties (GOP 1890)
The Sultan's Selamlik, by May Crommelin (GOP 1901)
A procession in Constantinople.
A Town Without a Woman (Athos, Macedonia) (GOP 1898)
Up and Down the Nile, by An Ordinary Girl (GOP 1902)
Wintering in the East, by Emma Brewer (GOP 1902)

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AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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