Long before Rick Steves and Bill Bryson began offering insight on exotic travel destinations, Mark Twain chronicled his journeys in a series of popular travelogues that delighted Americans. Twain's earliest travelogue, The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims' Progress, is not only considered one of his most humorous books, but was also his bestselling work during his lifetime and is still one of the bestselling travel works of all time. Join Twain as he explores Mediterranean ports and important Holy Land sites, mocks his fellow travel companions aboard the USS Quaker City, and makes observations about human nature.
Innocents Abroad began as a series of travel letters written by Mark Twain mainly for the Alta California, a San Francisco paper that sponsored his participation in the trip to Europe and the Holy Land in 1867 aboard the steamship Quaker City. On the excursion from New York to Palestine they traveled a distance of over 20,000 miles by land and sea through France, Spain, Italy, Morocco, Russia, Turkey and Egypt. Through his humorous and insightful writings, Twain describes countries, nations, incidents and his amazing adventures.
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