Partie 6 : La vie au quotidien

Chapitre 65 : Travelling

Getting there, page 136

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a journey
a route
a coach trip
a round trip ticket
a seasoned traveller
to be headed for
to be bound for
to book ahead
to stop over at
to call at
a liner
a berth
a porthole
to weigh anchor
to dock

The origin of the adjective “posh” would be that on the ships from England to India and back, the port cabins were mostly in the shade when travelling out (easterly) and the starboard ones when coming home. So the best and most expensive cabins were POSH (port out starboard home).

Staying somewhere, page 136

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a package holiday
a resort
a spa
a camp site
an RV (recreational vehicle), a motorhome
self-catering accommodation
no vacancies
full board
an en-suite bathroom
an extra pillow
a cot
to vacate a room
to unwind
off the beaten track

The Grand Tour defined by the New York Times in 2008: “Three hundred years ago, wealthy young Englishmen began taking a post-Oxbridge trek through France and Italy in search of art, culture and the roots of Western civilization.”

Food for thought, page 137

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  1. I don’t look down on tourism. I live in Hawaii where we have 7 million visitors a year. If they weren’t there, there would be no economy. So I understand why a tourist economy is necessary.
  2. The global phenomenon of poverty tourism – or “poorism” – has become increasingly popular during the past few years. Tourists pay to be guided through the favelas of Brazil and the shantytowns of South Africa. The recently opened Los Angeles Gang Tour carries visitors through battle-scarred territories of urban violence and deprivation.
  3. Some 898 million international tourists are invading beaches, historic monuments, great cities and even greater wilderness areas, doing irreversible damage.