A Briton published a Carpathians cycling travel guide
The other day, in Uzhgorod bookstore "Kobzar", British writer Alex Stamp presented a cycling travel guide entitled "The Ukraine Carpathians: Europe's last great wilderness".
The author is a 40-year-old Briton Alex Stamp. After marriage, he has been living with his wife and three children for 7 years in Hungary.
The impetus for writing the book was not only a profession of landscape designer, but as Alex said, his small children to whom he dedicated this edition. According to the author, his journey began in thought - he had heard from friends about this place and its "untouched" nature. In 2006 he visited Transcarpathia and it inspired him to glorify this area in Europe.
Alex has travelled by his bike over 500 km. He visited first Mukachevo, Khust, Svalyava, then Lviv. The most difficult thing was communication, because in rural areas, very few people speak English.
The author was fascinated by the cultural heritage and history of the region. He often mentions wooden churches, the Synevyr Lake, the legend of which reminds him the story of Romeo and Juliet. The British was surprised with cartage and hospitality of Transcarpathian people who treated him with nuts and apples.
The unique guide was published in two editions at the expense of the author. The book was printed at Cambridge in 250 copies. This unique guide became known in Budapest and Vienna, in the UK, USA, New Zealand and Australia. One copy was even sent to Britain's Prince Charles.
In our region, the book was first presented in Uzhgorod City Council and UzhNU.