10 Best of Everything: An Ultimate Guide for Travelers is a National Geographic publication – a pleasant little square book, crisp pages, lovely font, fabulous retro graphics and stunning location photographs. I do enjoy a well-designed book! Nathaniel Lande and his son Andrew have compiled this comprehensive treasure trove of the 10 best of (as they say) “everything”. The 10 best: sporting events, bar-b-que joints, literary and historical sites, cathedrals, flea and antique markets, things to do on a Sunday afternoon, etc etc etc. Nathaniel Lande was the director of TIME World News Service, a background fitting for this kind of globe-trotting spectacular.
I enjoyed flipping through this book in a kind of “so that’s how the other half live” kind of stupor. I understand that I will likely never dine at/see/visit many of the places they recommend, primarily because of financial barriers. But I was also happy to see that some of the places I know and love are on the list. For example, the Point Reyes National Seashore made it as one of the 10 best “Travel Tips from a High-Minded, Impecunious Architecture Buff,” in such company with Genoa, Italy, Acapulco, Mexico and Cape Town, South Africa. The Oregon Trail made it as one of the 10 best “Walks and Hiking Tours,” along with places like the Cloud Forests of Costa Rica and Southwest Ireland. Yellowstone National Park made it as one of the 10 best “Landmarks,” along with Stonehenge and the Eiffel Tower.
I’m not sure this is a book worth purchasing, necessarily. Not unless you’ve just won a huge jackpot and are determined to live the most adventurous 10 years or so of your life. I do think if you happen to see it at the library, though, that it would be fun to look through and chat about with someone. Or maybe see if one of your favorite places made the list.
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