In 1753 he made his first great journey to Europe returning in 1757, to teach Torah to the out flung congregations of the Diaspora and collect funds for the yeshivas in the Holy Land. His second journey was begun in 1772, during which his beloved wife died.
The diary is replete with humor, pathos and adventure including capture by pirates, a full scale war and a meeting with King Louis XVI of France. This is a highly readable translation which remains faithful to the original. The footnotes contain a wealth of interesting detail.