A must-have purchase for any armchair fan of unique and award-winning travel programming.
Great Continental Railway Journeys is now a firmly established series on BBC2, following in the illustrious tracks of its predecessor - Great British Railway Journeys. Both series are fronted by ex-politician Michael Portillo, and in this European odyssey he travels around continental Europe using George Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide.
Now coming up for its fourth instalment this autumn, Portillo guides the train-travelling fan across Europe, arriving at a myriad of magical and historically fascinating cities we all dream of travelling to by train. From London to Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Copenhagen, Oslo, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin, Monte Carlo, Prague, Munich, Zurich, Rome, Budapest, and St Petersburg all the way down to Constantinople, Haifa and Jerusalem, Portillo describes the great feats of engineering that built the various railway lines connecting Europe and further afield and the men and women who made these journeys famous through their deeds and words.
This audiobook covers every single journey Portillo has undertaken across Europe, capturing all the colour, beauty, excitement and fervour of journeying across this historic continent can muster.
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Politics with the occasional train
Performance was wooden, read in a total monotone. no pauses between sections
All those annoying and totally unnecessary personal life spans !!!! 1652 to 1794 etc etc etc !!
A book about European politics more than an enjoyable travelogue.
- Richard Ashby