“Travel is fatal to prejudice,


and narrow-mindedness,

and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”


The Innocents Abroad –  a travel book written in 1869 by Mark Twain.  It was the best-selling of Twain’s work during his lifetime, and one of the best-selling travel books of all times.

Samuel  Langhorne  Clemens  (Mark Twain) 1835 – 1910

17 thoughts on “THE INNOCENTS ABROAD

  1. My, My ……….. ignorant me! I have never heard of this book! Perhaps I shall read it soon…….we leave in two weeks for Portugal, Spain, France, Monaco, Italy (travelling the entire country) Sicily and Malta for 2 months. This would be perfect reading! LOVE the pic!

  2. indeed , … !

    “Memories which someday will become all beautiful when the last annoyance that encumbers them shall have faded out of our minds.” (Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad)

    He was then, and remains to this very day, a revolutionary in the eyes of some. Haven’t we learned anything … “One must travel, to learn. Every day, now, old Scriptural phrases that never possessed any significance for me before, take to themselves a meaning.”

  3. Good tribute to Mark Twain! Travel – real travel – and travel books were in vogue when he wrote this one. People traveled to learn and experience. It makes me want to plan a trip…maybe later.

  4. Lovely post….you know me though…I’m all about that vintage suitcase. Is it yours???? Have you been to all the places from the travel stickers? You could write your own story about a traveler and all the places you went from the perspective of the suitcase. I’ll be anxiously awaiting the novel….Lot’s of Love….G

    • Ginny there is a novel in the making. AND it is a bit about travel, albeit an unusual form of travel. I do believe Oswald Gentleman Rabbit has an ancient Louis Vuitton valise that he keeps packed – ready and waiting for his next adventure. XXOO V

  5. I didn’t know about Twain’s prolific travel writing until I moved to Heidelberg, Germany (which he wrote about extensively in ‘A Tramp Abroad.’) Years ago, I used to love exploring the grounds above the Heidelberg Castle, near the hotel where Twain stayed while he was in town. At the time, the building was overgrown and abandoned (making it even more fun to walk on the grounds), but it’s now been renovated with some luxury condominiums. What a million dollar view!

    Is the vintage suitcase yours, Virginia?

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