Silver Travel Book Club - March 2020

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Silver Travel Book ClubEach month, we'll find out what Andrew is reading about a different destination, and two lucky Silver Travel Book Club readers can win a free copy of the month's book.

HF HolidaysThis month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by
HF Holidays – is reading Into Eden by Cate Frances.

This is a fabulous travel memoir of a journey to the Grand Canyon. Cate Frances joins a tightly knit group of adventurers to undertake a charity trek into the unkown.

Into Eden is not only a travel memoir, it is a personal challenge and a story of courage. The descriptions of the landscape, of the heat and magnificence of the Grand Canyon itself are so vivid that the reader becomes part of the adventure.

Grand Canyon

HF Holidays – Yosemite & the Grand Canyon Guided Walking Holiday

Departure: 12 September 2020 – a beautiful time of year to go, with a great itinerary packed full of wildlife, sensational vista points and fabulous walking.

Price: 11 nights from £4,999 pp with flights included.

Holiday highlights

  • Enjoy the sights of San Francisco, including a visit to Alcatraz
  • Walk in Yosemite National Park beneath its grand granite peaks
  • Be dwarfed by giant trees in Sequoia National Park
  • Explore Death Valley – the hottest place on Earth
  • Feel tiny hiking into the depths of the Grand Canyon
  • Travel to Las Vegas on Route 66

What’s included

  • 11 nights en-suite accommodation
  • Half board including 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 8 evening meals
  • A full holiday programme with experienced local guides and a HF Holidays Leader
  • Sightseeing
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel by minibus or coach
  • Tips

More details

Yosemite National Park
Sequoia National Park
Monument Valley

Shakespeare: The World As A StageHow to win a copy of 'Into Eden' by Cate Frances

Simply add a comment at the end of this page to tell us which natural environment has left the deepest impression on you, whether that's a canyon, a mountain, jungle, forest, desert or the ocean.

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  • SilverTravelEditor
    4 months ago
    Just a couple of days left, everyone...we'd love to hear about which natural environment has left the deepest impression on you. Whether a canyon, mountain, lake, forest, jungle, ocean or desert, just tell us what it was - and where - that left you spellbound.

    The best couple of answers will win a copy of this month's Silver Travel Book Club book 'Into Eden' by Cate Frances.

    Good luck!
  • you
    4 months ago
    as we cannot go there at the moment we could read about it !
  • GypsyWanderer
    5 months ago
    Libya 2007.
    In the desert standing on a ledge. I’d moved away from the tour group and stood alone. Vast space all around and far below. Yellow sand, dunes, blue sky that went on for ever and ever and ever. I stood on that edge thinking shall I step off, how long would the fall take. I was going through a very cruel divorce at the time. I was the innocent party and found it difficult to understand. I was thinking of disappearing into the vastness of that space forever. Then I heard my sister calling, “step back Pauline.” I paused for a moment then stepped back.
    How many countries have I visited since then? Life goes on.
  • TessP
    5 months ago
    Walking up Masada in Israel. A very spiritual experience and I am not overly religious.
  • SilverTravelEditor
    5 months ago
    Thanks everyone for the inspiring comments on which natural environment has left the deepest impression on you.

    I've always had an affinity with mountains, and climbing Kilimanjaro - the roof of Africa - to 'celebrate' my 50th was especially memorable. At 5,895m, almost 20,000 feet, it's a significant physical and mental challenge, but one which doesn't require any technical climbing skills. It's largely about how you react to the extreme altitude, and altitude sickness is no respecter of physical fitness. I made it to the summit on a clear African dawn, after climbing all night, but the magnitude of the mountain was reinforced when we came face to face it in the aeroplane, bursting through clouds a few days later and what seemed like an eternity after leaving Kilimanjaro International Airport.

    Please carry on commenting about your own memorable 'natural highlights' to be in with a chance of winning a copy of 'Into Eden', this month's Silver Travel Book Club book choice.
  • 1234mll
    5 months ago
    Oh it has to be Niagara Falls from the Canadian side. We caught the bus from Toronto and got off and walked the half mile or so towards it! It’s the best way to approach it as the sound gets bigger and bigger and bigger until you actually see it!!!! Will never forget it.
  • janetm
    5 months ago
    i found glencoe in Scotland was absolutely amazing, so stunning.
  • Magenta
    5 months ago
    Swimming in the sea off Cayo Coco, Cuba, with crystal clear water and beautiful long nosed fish eating from your hands. So beautiful and calming.
  • PaulS
    5 months ago
    Visiting the Dead Sea in the 1970s.
  • Ruth
    5 months ago
    Zion National Park was so beautiful. It was a smaller version of the Grand canyon. The colours were just stunning.
  • dragonfly63
    5 months ago
    Being on a sunset cruise off Cape Town will always stay with me. The sky was on fire in shades of gold, apricot and peach deepening to oranges and scarlets as the sun sank. The sky looked just like a painting by numbers canvas with dramatic pools of colour and the Right Wales leaping alongside made the whole evening magical.
  • vanessapearladams
    5 months ago
    The most amazing place is the desert by the Empty Quarter in Saudi Arabia. It is so quiet and peacefull after the constant noise of the cities there. It has varied life from lizards to gigantic ants. With an extra plus that you might find an ancient arrowhead to admire, but always leave it in situ for another person to enjoy. Sublime.
  • STG
    5 months ago
    The Grand Canyon is the most awe inspiring place I've visited. It really does take your breath away and makes you realise how wonderful the world is. I never got to visit a lot of the places I'd have liked to have done but this is a memory that will last forever. I can see why it was worth the trek!
  • LH
    5 months ago
    Red Pike in Cumbria has left the deepest impression on me. We were at the top in lovely Spring weather with excellent views and decided to take a break with a drink, soaking up the wonders of the Lake District. Within 30 minutes mist rolled in, and us and another family with children started our descent, soon it was foggy, map and compass to hand we all carefully descended safely, but it made us realise how quickly weather can change unexpectedly in the most wonderful of natural environments and how we always need to respect this as we admire it!
  • Genie_2
    5 months ago
    Our own Lake District with its natural and cared for beauty with lakes and mountains in abundance is both awesome and inspiring.
  • carowood
    5 months ago
    The most impressive natural environment we have been to is, without doubt, the Iguacu Falls in Brazil. The immense power of the water was completely overwhelming, we couldn't hear ourselves speak, we were soaked through from the spray but it remains with us to this day as a truly wonderful experience.
  • Rowsie
    5 months ago
    I have travelled all over the world and it is difficult to pick one natural environment as the best but, strangely enough, as, over the last few years I have been trying to complete the South West Coast Path, I have fallen in love with the Coast Path in Devon and Cornwall. I would definitely pick this as it is so accessible and so beautiful. Each time you arrive at the top of a hill or come round a headland there is another stunning vista in front of you. No wonder so many TV series have been filmed in this vicinity.