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Classic Travel Tales


Taking you to another place, another time

Travelogues got me through the pandemic. I needed to be taken to another place, another time—to find an escape from the turmoil and stress of the last few years.  Mark Twain, with acute observation and timeless humor, took me around the world in 1895. Richard Henry Dana Jr. took me along when he dropped out of Harvard for two years in 1834 and served as a common sailor—“before the mast”—sailing to California, then part of Mexico. Nellie Bly, an adventurous New York journalist, took me with her in 1889 when she raced around the world in 72 days, beating what Jules Verne had imagined could be done in 80.  Now retired after nearly 40 years working as an editor, I am making these posts and my website—Classic Travel Tales—my retirement project. I’ll keep reading travelogues and excerpting fun stories and quotes here. My project has also exposed me to images of beautiful paintings of places as they once were, so I’ll post them here as I find them. seems like the perfect social media for all of this.  I’ll also note that I have a bachelor’s and a master’s in geography from Penn State—degrees which I really didn’t use in my career. So this project is also an opportunity to finally put that education to work!  Facebook:    All source content is in the public domain. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases through our links to Amazon.

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  1. Mark Twain, traveling in India, 1896: We had a refreshing rest, there in Delhi, in a great old mansion which possessed historical interest. It was built by a rich Englishman who had become orientalized—so much so that he had a zenana . But he was a broadminded man, and remained so.
  2. All Hands to the Pumps by Henry Scott Tuke, 1888, Tate Britain Classic Travel Tales: #art #painting #tallships #sailing
  3. Fishing in Spring, the Pont de Clichy (Asnières) by Vincent van Gogh, 1887, Art Institute of Chicago Classic Travel Tales: #art #painting
  4. Early Morning, Tarpon Springs by George Inness, 1892, Art Institute of Chicago Classic Travel Tales: #art #painting
  5. Mark Twain, en route by steamship to Mozambique, 1896: Fifteen or twenty Africanders, who will end their voyage today and strike for their several homes from Delagoa Bay tomorrow, sat up singing on the afterdeck in the moonlight till 3 a.m. Good fun and wholesome. And the songs we
  6. Becalmed off Halfway Rock by Fitz Henry Lane, 1860, National Gallery of Art Classic Travel Tales: #art #painting #tallships
  7. Jack London in Taiohae, Marquesas Islands, 1907: As a preliminary, we attended a feast, where one Taiara Tamarii, the son of an Hawaiian sailor who deserted from a whaleship, commemorated the death of his Marquesan mother by roasting fourteen whole hogs and inviting in the village
  8. Among the Sierra Nevada, California by Albert Bierstadt, 1868, Smithsonian American Art Museum Classic Travel Tales: #art #painting #california Follow Classic Travel Tales
  9. Raftsmen Playing Cards by George Caleb Bingham, 1847, Saint Louis Art Museum Classic Travel Tales: #art #painting #Americana
  10. Lake George by John William Casilear, 1857, Metropolitan Museum of Art #art #painting #HudsonRiverSchool Follow Classic Travel Tales
  11. George Gissing, in Taranto (Tarentum), Italy, 1897: I walked all round the island part of the town; lost myself amid its maze of streets, or alleys rather, for in many places one could touch both sides with outstretched arms, and rested in the Cathedral of S. Cataldo, who, by the
  12. Winter Scene by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, circa 1786, Art Institute of Chicago #art #painting Follow Classic Travel Tales
  13. Mount Washington by Winslow Homer, 1869, Art Institute of Chicago #art #painting #newhampshire Follow Classic Travel Tales
  14. The Rocky Mountains, Lander’s Peak by Albert Bierstadt, 1863, Metropolitan Museum of Art #art #painting #rockymountains Follow Classic Travel Tales
  15. Autumn Landscape, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Orange County, New York by Jasper Francis Cropsey, circa 1870-75, Metropolitan Museum of Art #art #painting Follow Classic Travel Tales
  16. A Pier Overlooking Dordrecht by Aelbert Cuyp, early 1640s, National Gallery of Art #art #painting #postplaces Follow Classic Travel Tales
  17. Theodore Roosevelt ascending the Sepotuba River of Brazil, 1914: On the 13th we broke camp, loaded ourselves and all our belongings on the launch and the house-boat, and started upstream for Tapirapoan. All told there were about thirty men, with five dogs and tents, bedding and pr
  18. On to Liberty by Theodor Kaufmann, 1867, Metropolitan Museum of Art #art #painting Follow Classic Travel Tales
  19. View on the Cannaregio Canal, Venice by Francesco Guardi, circa 1775-1780, National Gallery of Art #art #painting #Venice #veniceitaly Follow Classic Travel Tales
  20. View of the Waterfalls at Tivoli by Jean Joseph Xavier Bidauld, 1788, National Gallery of Art #art #painting Follow Classic Travel Tales

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