|Title||Remote Places to Stay||Posted in||Art, Photography, Book||Editor||Debbie Pappyn, David De Vleeschauwer|
hardcover, 314 pages
|Visit Website||classetouriste.be||More Info|
Available in English and Dutch
“In an age of acceleration, nothing is so cherished as slowness,” writes essayist and novelist Pico Iyer in his reflective preface for the book Remote Places to Stay — an exceptional hardcover featuring 22 of the world’s remotest travel destinations. The book is the brainchild of Debbie Pappyn and David De Vleeschauwer, a pair of devoted travellers that is also behind the popular travel blog Classe Touriste. From the lava rock fields of Iceland to the solitary Himalayan peaks of Bhutan, the book is a well-curated anthology of destinations that are both distanced and isolated from the frenetic lifestyle of urban centres — places where the silence, simplicity and emptiness makes introspection and healing possible.
The visuals make up most of the book’s volume, with David De Vleeschauwer’s photography magically working on various levels: on the one hand, artfully conveying the splendour and beauty of all the featured remote landscapes, and on the other, focusing on minute details that we usually pay no attention to: such details are isolated and enlarged as if to make us stop and look for a while. Each location is also paired with a hotel or guesthouse review, together with snippets of information about the area and how to actually get there. Above all, ‘Remote Places to Stay’ is all about humans and the sheer variety of lifestyles that are possible, as through its evocative photography and well-written texts, we are able to uncover small, hidden corners of the world where life flows in a different tempo altogether.