There's a new book out called Travia: The Ultimate Book of Travel Trivia, that sounds pretty fun. Did you know that the word â€travelâ€ can be traced back to
- a Latin root for torture or torment. In Old French it gave rise to â€travaillier,â€ meaning to become tired or worn out.
By the 14th century, â€travaillierâ€ had given rise to the English cousins, travel and travail. Ouch.
Or that Cary Grant, in an attempt to woo a female companion, started the tradition of hotels leaving chocolates on the pillow?
- The film star created a trail of chocolates from the parlor of his suite into the bedroom, culminating with a note on the pillow.
According to Travia, â€The story, told by the housekeeper, inspired the manager to place chocolates and good-night wishes on guest pillows.â€
All this, and so, so much more, or so it sounds in this writeup.