GREECE ON MY WHEELS
(A travel book by Edward Enfield).
Ye Olde Greece
Greece On My Wheels is far more than an interesting book; it’s a funny, intelligent and pleasant read that perfectly follows the model of old-school travel journals. It will make your mind ramble along a rough Greece. You will visit a less crowded area of the country, not as touristic nor as popular as the islands or the big cities. And you will do it with a fancy travel book.
You will ride the roads of a forgotten country, at the pace of the author. Sometimes regretting having skipped a few places, other times rejoicing with him at the sight of a hotel. You will make a few insightful stops to taste genuine Greek dishes or to visit unusual castles, monasteries and archaeological sites.
The book presents two distinctive itineraries; the first one is cycling trip in the Peloponnese, the second – shorter, yet always on wheels – in Epidaurus. The dialogues are funny and the descriptions thought-provoking.
I particularly enjoyed Suli (also spelt Souli) and the trip to its castle which was built by Ali Pasha to prevent the returning of the Souliotes after their fight against the Turks. The passage describing the trip to the summit is humorous and perfectly depicts the Greek landscape. It also portrays those peculiar travel conditions in the mountains grecophiles know very well.
On a last note, the rich language of Enfield’s prose is even more enjoyable thanks to the inclusion of passages by classic authors. Some might find this unappealing. Yet, I take delight in travel books with quotes fitting in the proper place.
The author shows an excellent knowledge of literature and he chooses his “extras” wisely. If you have a weakness for Byron, you will adore this book.
I recommend you to read Greece on my Wheels if you are planning to visit mainland Greece, if you want to see Greece off-season, or just if you are passionate about it.
Greece On My Wheels.
Author: Edward Enfield
Special thanks to Lizzie Curtin from Summersdale Publishers Ltd.
Thanks to Lizzie from Summersdale Publishers, for offering me a complimentary copy of Greece on my Wheels for a Review. I was not compensated for this post, I received a sample for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.