It is a truism that the world grows smaller, and a truism especially obvious to anyone like me, who earns a living by perpetual wandering and writing.
-- Locations by Jan Morris.
Her book on Venice, The World of Venice: Revised Edition, is my favorite armchair travel book of all times. Oxford was also quite good.
This, instead of Morris's usual exhaustive analysis of one city, is a collection of pieces about 13 separate places. Her unrivaled eye for detail and willingness to render judgment make each essay a treat.