Path nieuwe editie vernieuwde Richard Halliburton's in Griekenland

Calling one-time Memphian Richard HalliburtonAmerica’s greatest adventurersounds like hyperboleuntil you read a few chapters of The Glorious Adventure,” subtitledThrough the Mediterranean in the Wake of Odysseus.

halliburton.jpegThe phrase is part of the publicity for a series of Halliburton’s travel books, which Tauris Parke Paperbacks will release through August. The account of Halliburton’s odyssey in Greece, written in 1927 from his parentsapartment in the Parkview Hotel on the edge of Overton Park, was re-published in November. Deze maand, Tauris Parke will publish Halliburton’sThe Flying Carpet: Adventures in a Biplane from Timbuktu to Everest and Beyond,” which will be followed in August bySeven League Boots,” waarbij “America’s most dashing 1920s Explorer rides in search of Hannibal.

In the course of an economical 200 pagina's, written about his 1925 adventures inspired by Odysseus (Ulysses in Latin), Halliburton spends the night on top of Mount Olympus in a violent rainstorm, sneaks past guards and dogs to break into the Parthenon in the middle of the night, and swims the Hellespont, the treacherous strait near the site of the city of Troy in which Helle drowned in the myth of the Golden Fleece.

All those stops occur before Halliburton arrives at the start of Odysseus’ reis.
Halliburton is an obscure figure outside of Memphis, where the bell tower at Rhodes College is named for him, and where the Rhodes library maintains a collection of his scrapbooks, journals and pictures. But those familiar with Halliburton’s exploits regularly compare him to Indiana Jones.

Born in 1900 in Brownsville, Tenn., Halliburton was a student at Memphis University School before he attended Princeton. His melodramatic death in 1939 contributed to his legendary status. While he was attempting to cross the Pacific from Hong Kong to San Francisco, the Chinese junk he had commissioned and all its crew were lost without a further trace at sea.
Southerly gales rain squalls lee rail under water wet bunks hardtack bully beef having wonderful time wish you were here instead of me.It was Halliburton’s last dispatch.

To disappear on the trail of a glorious quest is surely the secret dream of any travel writer,” writes Tahir Shah in a foreword to the new edition ofThe Glorious Adventure.As Shah warns, Halliburton’s writing stylefroths with verve and, at times, exhausts even the most devoted fan.

Halliburton sets out for Greece in a Jazz Age funk. “Suddenly I became bored and impatient with everything I had and was: bored with people, bored with knowledge. I realized I didn’t want knowledge. I only wanted my senses to be passionately alive, and my imagination fearlessly far-reaching.

In another page and a half, the reader finds Halliburton cowering atop Mount Olympusalong with his wryly sarcastic pal Roderic Crane and a Greek shepherd boy named Lazarusas thunder and lightning assail the party, blowing over their makeshift shelter of piled rocks. “I lay stiff and aching under my granite grave, until I heard Lazarus, somewhere in the mêlée of arms and legs and stones, shout some terrible blasphemy at the elements. Here was the old fighting spirit!”

While Halliburton’s prose tends to the florid, the youthful travel writer can also create a lovely sense of awe and reverence. In a chapter calledAcropolitis,” he decides he must see the Parthenon by moonlight. After stalking the perimeter, waking a guard and a pack of watchdogs, he finds a wood-frame wall covered with tin and joined with rock facing — “a perfect ladder of cracks and crevices up which any normally agile person could climb with perfect ease.

De “sublime Palace of Artinspires a lyrical and refined admiration in Halliburton: “With all its prostration, the Parthenon is still the most overpowering ruin on earthoverpowering not from magnitude or richness, but because of its serene and classic perfection of form. Its terrible beauty is intellectual, not sensual.

Such informed enthusiasm resurfaces in successive chapters about the Grecian grave of his hero, the poet Rupert Brooke, and finally, the stations of the Odyssey, ” The Windy Walls of Troy,” “Lotus Land,” “The CyclopsCave.

Halliburton wrote seven travel books, but was most successful as a lecturer. It was a time when only the privileged and determined could see the world by choice. Would-be wanderers from the middle-class had to find their thrills vicariously.

Not for three thousand years has a day passed but some Greek, or Roman, or Byzantine, or modern Occidental has dreamed of Troy, or read of Troy, or gone to Troy,” Halliburton writes. He satisfied his own wanderlust, and that of early 20th-century readers.
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Griekenland begint nieuwe jaar in downbeat stemming


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As January 1st arrived, they let off fireworks over Athens, but there is little for Greece to celebrate as 2012 starts.

in his New Year’s Eve address, Prime Minister Lucas Papademos warned the Greeks they face more tough times: “A very difficult year lies ahead of us. We must continue our efforts with decisiveness, to stay in the euro, to make sure we do not waste the sacrifices and do not turn the crisis into an uncontrolled and disastrous bankruptcy.”

Battling a debt crisis that has spread turmoil through the eurozone, Greece’s economy is set to contract for the fifth year running with fresh record high rates of unemployment.

There is little new year cheer on the streets. A 60-year-old pensioner said: “I think is the situation is very bad for the Greek people, everybody is troubled, indignant, in a state of depression maybe God will help us to improve things.”

Taxi driver Theodoros Chatzipanagiotis was not as gloomy as some: “This year will be harder than 2011 but it will also be the bottom, we can’t get any lower. It’ll be a very difficult year and it’s a matter of endurance, who manages to endure this.”

January is a critical month as negotiations continued between Athens and the banks on a deal whereby they accept getting back just half of what they lent when they bought Greek government bonds.

Meer over: Economic crisis, Griekenland, New Year celebrations

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Spain has always been the popular destination for the British tourists thanks to extensive promotional campaigns by the hoteliers in the country. Portugal, which is struggling with the economy, cut down the rates and this could encourage the tourists.

Het onderzoek toonde aan dat 11 percent of the people are planning holidays in Spain, 3 percent in Italy, en 2 procent in Portugal.

TravelSupermarket’s holiday expert Bob Atkinson’s analysis of the survey states, “Brits like to stay with tried and trusted favourites so the PIIGS will continue to win us back in 2012 on both price and as somewhere it is perceived we can travel risk-free. Once Brits see the great offers available, they’ll be flocking to these ever-popular countries. It’s pleasing to see the pound at nearly €1.20.

Marokko, Egypte, Turkije en Tunesië (METT)

The TravelSupermarket predicted an increase in affordable, all-inclusive packages to Turkey in 2011. This has proved true, als 3 percent Brits went there in the year, en 2 percent are set to go this year 2012.

Marokko was expected to have a good business in 2011, but was affected by Arab Spring. Egypte was also hit by Arab Spring.

Echter, TravelSupermarket analysis says that the Arab Spring will continue to affect the tourism sector in METT in 2012.

Echter, a possibility of good deals on travel to these locations may come up, mainly on a last-minute basis. But tourists may be unwilling to holidaying in these countries even though the hotel rates are affordable. Turkish inflation will increase the hotels cost, and package prices will usually be expensive.

According to the Bob’s analysis, “Any heavy focus on news events in any of the METT countries will have some impact on consumer demand to those destinations as the perception of holidaymakers IS influenced by media coverage.

With Egypt, we need to remember that the Red Sea areas, and in particular the Sharm El Sheikh region, are a long way from the major population centres.

Turkey’s issues are its rising inflation, which affects how much you’ll spend on things like eating out. It will remain a firm favourite for those on all-inclusive holidays, but expect a drop in self-catering breaks as Greece, Spain and Portugal will offer a far better bet,” the analysis said.

Sri Lanka, Indonesië, Mexico, Maleisië, Argentinië (SLIMMA)

SLIMMA is expected to have a good tourism in 2012. These countries were already at the 2012’s hot tips World Travel Market in Londen in november, mainly due to the air service expansion, social stability and general advancement in tourism.

Bob’s analysis says, “This year the SLIMMAs slipped under the radar, and were not hotly tipped. Our poll has shown that none of these destinations received more than 1% of British tourists this yearbut I’d keep an eye on them as these could be the surprise winners of 2012.

While those with some cash to flash may well book and enjoy these fabulous destinations, it will take a few years for numbers to build. Except for Mexico, where the Caribbean coast already is a hot favourite due to the well developed resort areas around Cancun.

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