Before we travel to a new city, I like to read these books. Often times they are more delightful to peruse through again when back home, just like looking through a photo album of our trip, when all the site and places have become fond memories.
Many of these books slipped into "out of print" status, but then were republished in the early 2000's along with some updated information asterisked into the book.
Let's begin with my favorite city, and Sasek's first book which he wrote after his first trip to Paris in 1958.
This is Rome
The Spanish Steps.
This is London
Piccadilly Circus at night
Big Ben and Parliament along the Thames
Black London Taxi
London...where everyone knows how to que.
London fashion! Love it.
This Is Edinburgh
Love this one - Harris Tweed and tartan!
The big guns up at the castle. These look out over the river, Water of Leith, where on our visit a particularly educated American asked the guide if the shoreline on the other side was America.
Victoria Street (there is a really great restaurant at the bottom that serves wonderful "stovies")
Sasek also wrote a book titled This is Britain
or originally This is Historic Britain. It covers more of the entire British Isle.
This Is Munich
Sasek was an architect, and his books are filled with wonderful geometric patterns and drawings.
This Is New York
New York Skyline
American football player.
This is San Francisco
This is Ireland
Nice...Ireland gets a bar.
This is Greece
(hoping to read this one next - as in travel to Greece)
The Greek Islands.
illustration from This is Texas