Omelette aux Truffes

I am currently working on the Traveler’s Companion, a booklet for players. 1920s tourist information for  the Balkans has proven difficult to come by in English, especially with my 25% Library Use. The  area was beyond the itinerary of all but the most  ambitious Western European travelers and Baedekers shed no light for me. I trawled through some earlier material indexed at archive.org and found Through Savage Europe, the adventures of Harry De Windt, the intrepid correspondent for the Westminster Gazette and his trusty “bioscope artist”, the redoubtable Mr Mackenzie. Although published in 1907, well before our 1920s setting, this little volume gave me a lovely vignette of the Orient Express, as our weary and paprika-stained travelers climb aboard just outside of Sofia.  It evokes the train as a rolling Shangri-La and perfectly captures the wonder contemporary travelers felt towards the Express.

 Through Savage Europe, Harry De Windt, 1907 p. 195

Through Savage Europe, Harry De Windt, 1907 p. 196

Through Savage Europe, Harry De Windt, 1907, p. 196

Through Savage Europe, Harry De Windt, 1907, p. 197

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4 responses to “Omelette aux Truffes

  1. Kelly Grant

    What a wonderful find. I look forwards to encountering the fascinating Mr De Windt and unflappable Mac over breakfast.

  2. Damien

    Would that be this Harry de Lindt? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_de_Windt
    Oddly, he is a cousin (a few times removed)

    • Mark Morrison

      That is the very de Windt, Damien! Adventure runs in your veins. Here’s a splendid description from the Classic Travel Books website: “A Fellow of the prestigious Royal Geographic Society of England, Harry de Windt had two of the traits essential to adventurers: bravery and foolhardiness.”

      • damien

        Partly, I believe we are perhaps from the successful-yet-black-sheep side of the family, where Mr de Windt’s great-uncle had some children with a slave on his sugar plantation… 🙂 on the other hand, his father may have been a witness at one of the weddings of said children, so who knows.

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