The Royal Road to Romance by Richard Halliburton

The Royal Road to Romance by Richard Halliburton

I freakin’ loved this book.  Talk about living vicariously through others but this was pure enjoyment from start to finish!  I love reading these old travel books and seeing the old world through contemporary eyes…plus Richard’s approach to life is truly inspiring!

This beautiful piece of non-fiction is an account of Richard’s travels from ‘New Jersey to Europe, then Egypt, India, Indonesia, China, and Japan. Along the way he climbed the Matterhorn, was jailed in Gibraltar, swam the Nile, hunted tigers in Bengal, trekked to Leh, hacked his way through Malaysian jungles, reposed in Bali, lost his clothes to Chinese pirates, and scaled Fujiyama in the dead of  winter.‘  (reference)  

His use of language is so beautiful and he’s so clever at describing scenes and events that you almost feel like you’re sitting next to him – a real treat for the senses.  His devil-may-care attitude saw him through both humourous and treacherous adventures, oftentimes decided upon by the mere toss of a lucky Lincoln penny!  And, if you are a fan of old-fashioned words, you won’t be disappointed there either…

A rebellion against the prosaic mold into which all five of us were being poured,

Such stirring music was irresistible.  I waltzed out of bed, hornpiped to my bath, boleroed into my clothes, fandangoed to breakfast, cancaned out the front door, and mazurkaed down the street in search of those mad, mad pipes.

Two days of inward debate elapsed before I thought of my good-luck Lincoln penny, brought from America and first mentioned at the Monte Carlo casino, as a safe means of coming to a decision.  The problem of destination could be settled oracularly by the turn of a coin – a coin that surely would not betray me

In their places were colors of an astonishing prodigality – vertical veins of brilliant orange and red and purple, streaking upward until they met the inevitable robe of clouds and diadem of snow.

There is no way I could give this gem any less than FIVE COFFEE CUPS ☕☕☕☕☕ and I will definitely be keeping this book close for another read in the near future!

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