Freya Stark

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Freya Stark (31 January 18939 May 1993) was a British travel writer, born in Paris; her mother, Flora, was an Italian of Polish/German descent, her father, Robert, an English painter from Devon.


  • One can only really travel if one lets oneself go and takes what every place brings without trying to turn it into a healthy private pattern of one's own and I suppose that is the difference between travel and tourism.
  • To awaken quite alone in a strange town, is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.
    • Baghdad Sketches
  • There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
    • The Journey's Echo (1963), p. 161.

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