Monday, 11 January 2021

Up the Etna in an Executive Saloon

Road trip photograph of Mount Etna at sunset
Mount Etna, Sicily ©

You could hire a car and drive around Sicily, or, if you're anything like The Raven Brothers, purchase an old banger off ebay and travel south through Europe to an island at the toe of Italy's boot. Making a circuit around Sicily in the concluding story in the authors new book 'Hike, Drive, Stayin' Alive!', 10 stories of adventure, the travel writing duo drive to the top of Mount Etna in a 90s executive saloon. Exploring myths in ancient Syracuse, and experiencing near mosaic tile overload at the Villa Romana del Casale, the authors eat their way around a land of personality, history, mega cuisine and sunshine. Not always getting it right, Simon and Chris end their journey hanging out with the dead in Palermo’s eerie catacombs and endure the ultimate life lesson in how it feels to be tolerated.

Not a fan of road tripping? Fear not. The fifth book by The Raven Brothers covers ten inspiring stories of adventure from across the globe, and signals a return to Simon and Chris writing “buttock clenching” comedy. 

‘Hike, Drive, Stayin’ Alive!’ by The Raven Brothers is out now! Order your copy from Amazon or your favourite book retailer worldwide.

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Hike, Drive, Stayin' Alive!

by The Raven Brothers

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Out of shape and unprepared, The Raven Brothers return to the road in a collection of ten quests to travel to their dream destinations against all odds! After two decades pioneering new routes across the globe, you would expect the authors of 'Driving the Trans-Siberian' to be hotshot explorers, with a sixth sense and an ability to survive in almost any situation. Think again! With virtually zero knowledge of the workings of the internal combustion engine and very limited skills of wilderness survival, Simon and Chris struggle into their hiking boots and power across three continents by river, tarmac and trail.

Venture to the top of Norway, cruise the road to Damascus, hike the Camino trail into Spain’s Wild West, row the Ganges, explore Frida Kahlo’s world in Mexico City, hangout with the dead in Sicily’s eerie catacombs, crawl deep inside Bolivia’s notorious silver mine, seek lions in Gujarat, wellness in Berlin and journey into the Naga Hills where tribal kings still rule.

Noted by Lonely Planet for their talent to portray an “accurate view of what to expect”, 'Hike, Drive, Stayin’ Alive!' signals a return to the duo writing “buttock clenching” travel comedy with the first in a series of candid stories of adventure by The Raven Brothers.