The Book Cleopatra's Needle

Cleopatra's Needle

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  • Autor: Anne Mustoe
  • Editor: Virgin Books
  • Relaese Date: 04 March 2004
  • ISBN: 0753508133
  • Format Book: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT, Audio, MOBI
  • Number of page: 272 pages
  • File Size: 11MB
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Description Cleopatra's Needle de Anne Mustoe:

It was a blustery April morning on the Thames Embankment in London when Anne Mustoe set out on the most recent of her phenomenal lone cycle rides - this time to the original site of Cleopatra's Needle at Heliopolis in Egypt. Leaving aside home comforts she set herself the challenge of journeying wherever possible close to water - via the Seine and the Rhone, then alongside the Burgundy canal, the Po and the Venetian Lagoon - inspiring her to think of her mode of transport as a set of "waterwheels". Sometimes, though, she got more water than any cyclist would want - when freak floods in Europe demolished the roads and bridges on which she was travelling. Before she would reach the site of the final waterway - the evocative Nile - Ms Mustoe encountered the dusty yet beguiling ancient near East: Turkey, Syria, the Lebanon and, not least, Egypt itself. Interwoven with information regarding the history and culture of every point en route are also accounts of the eventful and challenging fates that befell her. Undaunted by extreme weather, robbery, an old knee injury flaring up and, worst of all, running out of whisky in a country that forbids alcohol, this pioneering ex-headmistress-on-a-bike soldiered on in true British spirit to reach her destination. Anne Mustoe read classics at Cambridge and was the headmistress of a girls' school in Suffolk until 1987, when she left her job and embarked on her first solo journey around the world by bicycle. She is an established travel writer with a substantial following who lectures regularly on her adventures.

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