Europe by Book-Train! (calm in europe)

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1calm
Editado: Ago 23, 2009, 6:38 am

Just thought I would say hello!

I spotted this on the new groups list. This is a nice idea. Recognising some familiar names from LT and the 1010 I hope you don't mind if I just hop on board and reserve myself some space! I was having problems narrowing down my category challenge by country.

Other things going on at the moment so I expect that like in the 1010 this will drop to the bottom of the thread (makes it so much easier to find -even starred)

I will be editing and re-organising.

First thoughts - take an imaginary train ride through Europe (with detours of course!)

I have no idea how many countries I will*visit* but I prefer a good book (and lots of photos) to travelling myself.

Yippee more research _ thinks *trains of Europe*

The Orient Express!

A good start London to Istanbul!

Rather than an alphabetical list I have split Europe into regions. I hope I have remembered enough ways to *split* Europe to leave room for books in each country! Just thought I would get it all laid out! The random groups at the end are for any I might miss. (or re-visit)

Not being unfriendly please drop by and visit!

Leave a message (with this I doubt I will be *at home*!)

2calm
Editado: Ago 24, 2009, 4:29 am

Reservation: The Orient Express

London to Istanbul (one route)

Main Stations

1 London, England
2 Paris or Strasbourg, France
3 Munich, Germany
4 Vienna, Austria
5 Budapest, Hungary
6 Bucharest, Romania
7 Varna, Bulgaria
8 Istanbul, Turkey

3calm
Editado: Ago 24, 2009, 10:44 am

Reservation: The United Kingdom

General Oliver's Travels by Alan Plater

Countries
England
Scotland
Wales
Northern Ireland

4calm
Editado: Ago 24, 2009, 4:34 am

Reservation:Scandinavia

Norway
Sweden
Denmark

also
Iceland
Finland
Faroe Islands

5calm
Editado: Ago 24, 2009, 10:37 am

Reservation: The Iberian Peninsular

Spain
Portugal

6calm
Editado: Ago 24, 2009, 4:36 am

Reservation: Eastern Europe

7calm
Editado: Ago 22, 2009, 3:21 pm

Reservation: Central Europe

8calm
Editado: Ago 24, 2009, 10:38 am

Reservation; Southern Europe

Andorra
France
Italy
Leichtenstein
Malta
Monaco
Portugal
San Marino
Spain I plan to read Don Quixote
Switzerland
Vatican City

9calm
Ago 22, 2009, 3:23 pm

Reservation: The Balkans

10calm
Editado: Ago 24, 2009, 4:41 am

Reservation: Northern Europe

Austria
Belgium
Denmark
Finland
Germany
Iceland
Ireland
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Norway
Sweden
United Kingdom

11calm
Editado: Ago 22, 2009, 3:30 pm

Reservation: the Baltics

12calm
Editado: Ago 22, 2009, 3:32 pm

Reservation: Western Europe

13calm
Editado: Ago 23, 2009, 6:40 am

Seems like a nice place: I will come here again.

14calm
Editado: Ago 23, 2009, 6:40 am

Second thoughts: How did I miss this place

15calm
Editado: Ago 24, 2009, 10:41 am

By Sea: Boat Trips Instead! (Islands)

Not necessarily separate countries but possible places of interest.

Iceland
Republic of Ireland
Isle of Man
Gibraltar
Faroe Islands
Isle of Wight
Guernsey The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Jersey one of Gerald Durrell's Zoo books (To be decided)
(Channel Islands)
Orkneys
Shetlands
Hebrides
Balearics
Corsica
Sardinia
Sicily
Crete
Cyprus
Various Greek Islands (to be named)

16GingerbreadMan
Ago 23, 2009, 3:01 pm

Looks very intricate and interesting this. Will be exciting just to see the routes unveil!

17calm
Ago 23, 2009, 3:12 pm

The first might just be Murder on the Orient Express; just to set the scene!

I had decided to wait for January for the 1010 so a challenge to start now seems like fun. Thanks for setting it up.

Researching train routes is interesting! but frustrating.

I have already discovered about 4 variations on the route of the Orient Express. It seemed like a good idea when I first spotted this. :(

Thanks for dropping by. I better check out a few other threads for ideas myself! and those train routes:)

18cmbohn
Ago 23, 2009, 7:24 pm

It's still a fun idea! May I recommend The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society as a boat trip? One of my top reads for this year!

19calm
Ago 24, 2009, 3:38 am

Thankyou! I haven't read that.

thinks *Now do I find a book for each Channel Island or forget considering a Gerald Durrell for Jersey!*

20cmbohn
Ago 24, 2009, 8:09 pm

I think one of the Sarah Caudwell books is set in Jersey. The Sirens Sang of Murder is set in the Channel Islands, but I'm not sure which one. Really funny.

21calm
Set 3, 2009, 4:30 pm

Right! I am here to admit that it was probably a mistake to sign up for this one. I have looked at my books and realised that there is not much of a European theme going on in mount TBR so maybe I will slot things in as I read them (if I remember!) but think it might be better to admit now that this is one challenge that will probably never be met (and as for the train theme - what was I thinking! Have you tried to research travelling Europe by train! Scandinavia doesn't even link up LOL)

Sorry:) (maybe I should try a numerical challenge!)

22AnnieMod
Set 3, 2009, 4:39 pm

Never say never - you never know when you will read a book for a strange country:)

23calm
Set 3, 2009, 4:48 pm

I said I will slip them in as and when. Do you think I should include the one I just read - London; Paris and Albania/Greece. (Fairyland by Paul J McAuley) I think it covers too many countries and to be true to the challenge any book I read should be mainly set in one!

24GingerbreadMan
Set 3, 2009, 4:49 pm

Reading should never be a chore, challenge or not. Sad to see you go, but see you in the other challenges!

25calm
Set 3, 2009, 4:55 pm

I didn't say I was going just that my reading doesn't seem to fit! (at the moment!)

26GingerbreadMan
Set 3, 2009, 5:00 pm

Ah, right! No rush. I'm here for another decade probably...

Can I as a Swede be of assistance for your scandinavian trip?

27calm
Set 3, 2009, 5:05 pm

I think my Scandinavian knowledge stops at Norse mythology; Erik the Red; Icelandic and Vinland sagas (a long time ago anyway!). Can I count mythology from each country- I would be well ahead!

28GingerbreadMan
Set 3, 2009, 5:14 pm

I've seen some people add countries long since gone for this challenge. I'm thinking I'll make a geographic approximation and place the book in question in an existing country (if possible). So I'd definitely count mythology if I can place it. Nifelheim or Yggdrasil is not Europe, Vinland is.

I was thinking about assistance with putting a train route together for Scandinavia, if that idea still stands.

29cyderry
Set 3, 2009, 6:37 pm

Calm, don't worry you won't be alone.

SO far this year I've read 116 books and only 2, 2! were in Europe.
At this rate it will take me 20 years to finish, but I'm giving it a try!
Who knows, maybe a get on a roll and find oodles of books for different countries.

30RidgewayGirl
Set 3, 2009, 8:02 pm

I discovered that I rarely read American books as soon as I joined the 50 States challenge. It's fun to try to find suitable books as I go. We'll all be here awhile, especially with all those smaller countries.

31GirlFromIpanema
Set 4, 2009, 3:26 am

" Have you tried to research travelling Europe by train! Scandinavia doesn't even link up LOL"

It does: Hamburg - Copenhagen - Stockholm via the Great-Belt Bridge/Tunnel (10 hours, change in Copenhagen only, highspeed trains ICE and X2000 --whatever that is worth on non-highspeed tracks). But the connection is so new that it probably doesn't feature in any story).

Book for Germany: Sten Nadolnys Netzkarte, a story about a young man travelling West-Germany with a "network ticket" (one month, full national rail network). Most of Nadolny's books are available in English.