Brief Biography: Alexander William Kinglake (1809-1891) was the oldest son and second child of an affluent family residing in Somerset, England. After schooling at Eton and Cambridge, he read for the Chancery bar and was admitted in 1837. He served in parliament from 1857 to 1868 when he was unseated after charges of bribery were brought against him. Kinglade not only published an account of his travels, but also wrote extensively on the Crimean War.
Brief Itinerary: In August, 1834 met his friend, John Savile, in Hamburg. The two then proceeded to Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, and Save located across the Danube from Belgrade. After crossing the Danube to Belgrade (Ottoman Territory), they travelled by horseback for fifteen days to Istanbul (Constantinople) and journeyed down western Turkey to Smyrna. Kingslade went on without Savile from Smyrna. He took a Greek brigantine said to be heading for the Syrian coast and in four days arrived in Cyprus. Taking another ship from Cyprus he made his way to Beirut and from there down Palestine to Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, and Jerusalem. From Jerusalem, he went across the Sinai desert to Cairo, reaching there in April, 1835. Fom there he travelled back by way of Suez, Nablous, and Damascus where he tried to take a ship to Smyna only to spend nine days on board becalmed along the coast above Cyprus. Disembarking at Satlich, he made is way back into Turkey.