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Guide for innocent travelers, a great cruise story

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In 1867 the newspapers of U.S published the news of the first "excursion" to Europe, Holy Land and places of "intermediate interest." It was about one of the first tourist cruises which was responsible for months of crossing the Atlantic and the Mediterranean to take its exclusive participants to visit cities like Tangier, Paris, NaplesAthens, Istanbul Cairo and Jerusalem. Mark Twain made such an incredible journey through the chronicles he published in the newspaper. Daily Alta California of San Francisco and later compiled in the book The innocents abroad published in 1869 and that for years was used as a travel guide.

It is clear that cruises have evolved considerably since 1867, but what does not stop surprising me is how little human beings have evolved in almost 150 years. From the narrative of Twain, always scathing and very ironic, we can see that the guides are still trying to take their customers to stores where they carry a substantial commission, that the dervishes are still just asporporous and that 150 years ago there were energumos that were they were writing in the dome of the Vatican «John was here, June 1867».

The truth is that after reading the book, one wants to sail the seas as in 1867, although avoiding the quarantines suffered by cruise passengers when they arrived in a new country. There are currently hundreds of types of cruises. Although those closest to us and the ones that sound the most to us are those made by the Mediterranean, it is also possible to go from Barcelona to Miami by boat, stopping in the Azores or visit Iceland and Greenland between an almost unlimited offer.

Data of interest:
Title: Guide for innocent travelers
Author: Mark Twain
Editorial: Editions of the wind

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