Secret Lisbon

COVER LISBON UK 2019The most beautiful hidden tiles of the city, the head of the serial killer Lisbon preserved in formalin, the Kabbalistic principles of the south portal of the Jeronimos Monastery or the theory of the fifth Portuguese empire of which we find so many traces in the geography of the city, charming forgotten dead ends, the outstanding panoptic architecture of a former hospital, the impressive wax masks from the Dermatology Museum, a secret passage at the hotel Avenida Palace, the mysterious abbey below Palacio Foz, the reason why the coat of arms of the Portugal is inclined at 17 ° on the facade of the Rossio station …

Far from usual crowds and clichés, Lisbon still keeps well-hidden treasures that it reveals only to the inhabitants and the travellers who know how to think outside the box.

Vitor Manuel Adrião, acclaimed historian and philosopher, is heir to all this esoteric knowledge in Portugal. Here for the first time he reveals his incredible knowledge in this truly initiatory guide, with a mind-boggling interpretation of the arcana of a city which some consider is on the way to becoming the spiritual capital of Europe.

Pages: 272 – ISBN: 978-2-36195-236-5 – US$21.95 – £14.99 – € 17,95

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Secret London – An Unusual Guide

 

Secret London

Where can you find monsters in Trafalgar Square? Whatever happened to Bedlam? Where can you praise God, buy meatballs and have a sauna? What’s in the House of Dreams? To which secret society does Prince Charles belong? What’s the trick to instant weight loss?

Secret London, an unusual guide is the original and still the best of all the many alternative London guides: accept no imitation. Authors Rachel Howard and Bill Nash have prowled the city streets, seeking out the hidden, eccentric and overlooked. Now the definitive insider’s guide to London has been fully updated, with over 40 new entries and a brand new look.

Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, London still reserves any number of hidden treasures for those who know how to wander off the beaten track.

“The best guide to alternative London ever. An essential purchase” (The Londonist.com)

“A fascinating London guidebook. Simply brilliant” (The travel editor.com)

“The most interesting guidebook I have had the chance to pick up in years” (Globalista)

“An insider’s look at some of London’s best-kept little secrets” (MSN Travel)

 “A wonderful book” (Glen Baxter)

384 pages – ISBN: 978-2-36195-110-8 – 17,90 €

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Secret London – Unusual Bars & Restaurants

London B&Rs cover 2019 Have lunch with the inmates of a high security prison, stroll through a sex shop into a Mexican restaurant, sing your heart out in a clandestine Korean karaoke club, tap your toes in a gypsy swing club, get pickled in a marooned Irish pub, join the sixties club that’s still swinging, drink cappuccinos made by murderous bikers, play petanque in a central London cellar, tap an oak-tree trunk for whisky …

Discover over 140 places with eye-popping decor, eccentric owners, and unusual menus.

This guide to London’s most peculiar and under-the-radar bars and restaurants is for serious foodies, intrepid drinkers, urban explorers — and anyone curious to discover the infinite possibilities to have fun in London.

“The perfect gift for that friend who thinks Café Rouge is a bit exotic.” (The Londonist)

“I put the guide to the test around Covent Garden and Soho — two of the most touristy parts of the capital — and uncovered a host of gems I’d never encountered before, despite living there for seven years.” (Rob McFarland, Australian Traveller)

The authors:

Hannah Robinson is a Scottish-born screenwriter, director and author who splits her time between London and Edinburgh. She has made a raft of prize-winning short films and animations, holds two Hollywood feature screenwriting awards and is a script consultant for Sir Lenny Henry. She has worked as a food journalist for The Scotsman and The List magazine, and is the author of Secret Edinburgh, an Unusual Guide for Jonglez – the best-selling guidebook to the city. Hannah is the creative force behind the cultural tourism web project, “The Story of Edinburgh in 101 Objects”. She has recently set up Palindromicals, a creative production company, and is currently making a podcast series about laughter.

Rachel Howard is a journalist and author who has lived in almost every borough in London. A regular contributor to Conde Nast Traveller, The Guardian, and The Telegraph, Rachel writes mainly about travel, food, and the arts. As well as Secret London, An Unusual Guide (also published by Jonglez Publishing), she is the co-author of Mykonos Muse, an insiders’ guide to the wildest Greek island, published by Assouline.

Pages: 256 – ISBN: 978-2-36195-280-8 – US$21,95 – €17,95 – £14,99

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Secret Madrid

Have your favourite pet blessed, visit an underground mine in the centre of Madrid, see the astounding liquefaction of the blood of Saint Pantaleon once a year, meet Spain’s only Catholic exorcist, find out how the king had his medicine made using alchemy, smell the apple odour that wafts once a year from the still-intact body of Mariana de Jesús who died in the 17th century, visit an underground art gallery, dine in a car park…
Madrid is overflowing with extraordinary and little-known places and curiosities. You just have to know where to look…
An essential guide for those who think they know Madrid well or for those looking to discover the hidden side of the city.

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Secret Mexico City

Secret Mexico City UK 2019 The forgotten café where Fidel Castro and Che Guevara used to meet, a tribute to the city’s ghosts, a mammoth in the metro, a cave transformed into a shrine, an underground parking lot with mosaics dating from 1930, a Baroque altarpiece made from papier mâché, a village based on the principles of Thomas More’s Utopia, secret masterpieces of colonial art in rooms only open around two hours a week, the largest roof garden in Latin America, the photo on which the Oscar statuette is modelled, the first building in the
world faced with a material that can trap urban smog, a road surface designed for praying as you walk …

Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Mexico City is filled with hidden treasures revealed only to the residents and visitors who leave the beaten path.

An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew the city well or who would like to discover its many other facets.

Mario Yaír T.S. is a history enthusiast and ruthless explorer from Mexico City. He graduated in Audiovisual Communication, organizes guided tours and has collaborated in publications such as Letra Roja, Time Out México and Atlas Obscura. Thanks to his wanderings, he is one of the few people who knows the fourth section of the Forest of Chapultepec, the phantom station of the subway and the tunnels of Coyoacán; in addition to establishing a close friendship with the manatees of Xochimilco and the giant rat of the Merced. He currently resides in Mexico City.

Pages: 400 – ISBN: 978-2-36195-171-9 – US$21,95 – €18,95 – £14,99

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Secret Milan

Discover a canal lock designed by Leonardo da Vinci as well as the secrets of his Last Supper, find out where Mussolini’s hidden bunker lies, marry beneath frescoes by Tiepolo, visit artists’ houses usually closed to the public, see exceptional private collections, admire the sculpture of a young girl shaving her pudenda, look for the boxers carved on the roof terraces of the cathedral, and so much more.
Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Milan goes unrecognised as one of the Italian cities with the greatest cultural heritage.
Yet it only reveals its hidden treasures to residents and visitors who venture off the beaten track.
An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Milan well or for those wishing to discover another facet of the city.

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Secret Montreal – An Unusual Guide

MontrealA giant crane in a supermarket, a portrait of Mussolini in Little Italy, Canada’s only Coadaist temple, a monument to the world’s strongest man, wrestling in a church, surfing on the Saint Lawrence River, a giant milk bottle, a gas station built by famous architect Mies van der Rohe… and much more.
Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Montreal only reveals its hidden treasures to residents and visitors who venture off the beaten track.
An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Montreal well or those wishing to discover another facet of the city.

256 pages – ISBN: 978-2-36195-187-0 – 17,95€ / $17,95 / £14,99 

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Secret Naples

COVER NAPLES UK 2018 A wonderful private theater, the smallest “Museum of typography” of the world, the secret deposits of the National Archaeological Museum, the oven where the first pizza Margherita was cooked in Capodimonte, a skull with “ears”,
the sumptuous salon from which Garibaldi greeted the crowd, a community of friars who has lived since 1976 in some old railway carriages, an astonishing staircase hidden in an ancient building, extraordinary old libraries unknown to Neapolitans, vestiges of a former brothel, a Hellenistic hypogeum unique in the world, a customised Vespa from the Second World War, remarkable secret private collections, a Greek watchtower in a theatre, a rare clock that measures the equation of time, the staircase of a building entirely excavated in the tuff, a raft ride 20 meters below Piazza del Plebiscito …

Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Naples holds many well-hidden treasures that are revealed only to local residents and travellers who know where to step o the beaten track.

An indispensable guide for those who think they are familiar with Naples or who want to discover another side of the city.

The authors:

Valerio Ceva Grimaldi Pisanelli di Pietracatella, 38, belongs to an old noble Neapolitan family. A journalist by profession, he worked on the staff of the governor of the Province of Naples, Professor Amato Lamberti, then for the Assessorato all’Ambiente del Comune di Napoli. He also spent two years with Rai TV’s Gap programme. He was editor-in-chief of the newspaper Notizie Verdi and deputy editor of Terra, the first environmental daily with a wide distribution. He has published numerous articles and surveys on the City of Naples. If you would like to visit some of the places in the guide, accompanied by the author, e-mail him at: cevagrimaldi@gmail.com.

Maria Franchini, who has been a guide and lecturer on the monuments of Campania for fifteen years, was born in Naples. A journalist and the author of several books, she is passionate about Neapolitan culture and is also a specialist in Roman civilisation. She works for the Italian Cultural Centre in Paris, where she runs courses in the Neapolitan language, gives lectures and organizes seminars on her favourite subjects.
http://www.sgdl-auteurs.org/maria-franchini/index.php/ maria.franchini@wanadoo.fr

“The great advantage of Secret Naples is that it reveals aspects of the city that are right under our noses but we don’t see them” Eleonora Puntillo, Corriere del Mezzogiorno, Corriere della Sera

“Everything you’ve always wanted to know about Naples can be found in this guide” Ugo Cundari, Il Mattino “Spirits, witches, ossuaries, statues and mummies – city itineraries that are far from the usual” Gianni Valentino, La Repubblica, Napoli

Pages: 432 – ISBN: 978-2-36195-293-8 – Price: US$21.95 – £ 14.99 – € 18,95

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Secret New Orleans

Houses built to resemble riverboats, the finest business hall in the world, a meteorite in a golf course, a back alley that serves as a portal of the voodoo afterwold, a 1960’s time capsule, a house made of 1200 glass ashtrays, Lee Harvey Oswald forgotten Commemorative Plate, a secret doll museum on the second floor of a private house,  the largest religious work of art on canvas in the world…

Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, New Orleans offers countless off-beat experiences and is home to any number of well-hidden treasures that are revealed only to residents and travellers who find their way off the beaten track

An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew New Orleans well or would like to discover the other face of the city.

240 pages – ISBN : 978-2-36195-168-9 – 17,90 € / $19,95 / £13,99

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Secret New York – An Unusual Guide

Secret New York 2018

Discover secret gardens, decipher ancient riddles on tombstones, visit a disturbed Indian burial ground, observe the stars and planets through a university telescope, frown at a bronze statue of Lenin, harvest mastodon food in Central Park, enjoy the aroma of a roomful of dirt, find a Venetian palazzo above a former stable, spot the forbidden island that was once declared a sovereign nation by a guy in a rowboat, track down a townhouse concealing a subway tunnel, walk under the canopy of a primeval forest, read a memorial plaque to an event that happened in another dimension, fall into a trance before a piece of subway art that flickers and moves, have your bicycle blessed in church …

New York offers endless opportunity to step off the program and peer into the city’s fascinating past and present.

Secret New York an unusual guide is an indispensable resource for those who thought they already knew everything about America’s metropolis, or want to begin exploring its hidden places.

“Writer and photographer T.M. Rives has now revealed some of the city’s strangest and best-kept secrets.” (Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC)

“All guide books should be like this. Secret New York – Curious Activities is the follow-up to Secret New York – an Unusual Guide, and it’s another cracker.” (Conde Nast Traveller)

ISBN: 978-2-36195-237-2 – Pages: 432 – Price: US $19.95 – £ 14.99 – € 18,95

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