Be an armchair tourist this winter

Give in to winter wanderlust.

Winter plus Covid equals an intense case of wanderlust. You don’t have to venture into crowds, however, to satiate it.  

Begin with Taschen’s “The Grand Tour: The Golden Age of Travel” ($80), a new book about those great jaunts that young men of a certain means took in the 19th and 20th centuries in particular. (It was the subject of a column by WAG’s own Katie Banser-Whittle here.) 

The book reproduces posters, tickets, menus, turn-of-the-20th-century photochroms, as well as quotes from literary travelers like Jules Verne or F. Scott Fitzgerald, that you’ll discover as you “hop aboard” the Orient Express and the Trans-Siberian Railway. 

Speaking of Jules Verne, join his not-always-intrepid adventurer Phileas Fogg as his goes Around the World in 80 Days” on PBS’ “Masterpiece. It takes a while to get into the series – which co-stars French actor Ibrahim Kola as Fogg’s devoted valet and German actress Leonie Benesch as dogged journalist Abigail “Fix” Fortescue. But British actor David Tennant – known for his roles in “Doctor Who” and “Broadchurch,” yet most memorable to us for his febrile, haunting “Hamlet,” also shown on PBS – gives us a Phileas Fogg who is courageous despite his weaknesses and doubts.  

That should give us comfort as we sail forth into this new year.

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