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142. Lonely Planet Ireland (Lonely
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143. Live Your Road Trip Dream: Travel
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141. Trawler
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Asin: 1400042755
Catlog: Book (2005-01-04)
Publisher: Knopf
Sales Rank: 140212
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142. Lonely Planet Ireland (Lonely Planet Ireland)
by Tom Downs, Fionn Davenport, Des Hannigan, Etain O'Carroll, Oda O'Carroll, Neil Wilson
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Asin: 1741040787
Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 16694
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Slate-toned lakes, verdant pastures, peaceful mountain retreats, ragged cliffs pounded by the Atlantic, remote sandy beaches, ancient monastic ruins, cosmopolitan cities and the warmest welcome from its people - Ireland's charm is endless.Discover all its magic with this inspirational guide.

• PLAN YOUR ROUTE with the help of compelling highlights and itineraries and over 80 easy-to-use maps
• UNRAVEL THE PAST - in-depth coverage of the Emerald Isle's rich history and culture
• FIND THE CRAIC in traditional country pubs, chic city bars and bustling seaside taverns
• SLUMBER IN COMFORT whether you fancy elegant Georgian townhouses, snug B&Bs or sumptuous country mansions
• GET ABOUT by horse-and-caravan, canal boat, bicycle or on foot with comprehensive activities info ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!!!
I just returned from a three month bike tour of Ireland. I had no tour guide; I brought only myself, my bicycle, clothes (of course), and four guide books on Ireland. The one book that I used over and over again, leaving all others tucked abandoned within my pack, was the Lonely Planet guide. The LP guide has detailed chapters on anything and everthing in Ireland, including phone numbers, prices, hours, city maps, hostels, B&B's, hotels etc... It also includes history and facts so that when you do arrive in Ireland and see a castle or a dolmen or the Burren, you will know the story behind it. I can't say enough good things about this guide. If you are going to travel in Ireland, this book is a must!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the bunch
I've made 2 trips to Ireland in the past 2 years. Before and between trips, I looked through a number of popular guides to Ireland, and both times this was the only one I actually took with me. It's thorough, the maps are accurate and helpful, the historical/cultural background sections are useful while not being overwhelming, and the restaurant descriptions are generally reliable. The listings of hotels and guesthouses aren't exhaustive, but those change constantly -- especially the B&B's -- and I felt that their general recommendations of what areas to stay in in a particular town were helpful. (I booked most of my accommodations through the Bord Failte, either online or in person, and was almost always pleased with the results.) The book is also good at pointing out less well-known sights -- e.g., the Hunt Museum in Limerick, which is worth a visit. A guidebook can't satisfy every reader equally, but this one did a good job of recommending activities for a variety of age groups, including families with children. Their descriptions of walks, how to get to historical sites in remote places, the alternatives to the standard Ring of Kerry tours, and even where to find a laundromat in Killarney, were VERY useful to me, and I definitely don't fall into the category of "young and trendy"!

3-0 out of 5 stars What about hostels and hiking?
This book will be helpful if you already know where you want to go and what you want to do - but when I looked in the index for hostels and hiking - there was no mention. It's not very good if you are at the beginning of your planning as there is not much of a high-level overview (ie: what to bring, when to go, options on where to stay, etc...). I will probably have to get an additional book for the basics.

3-0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet does it again
Can a travel guide get any better? I think not. While no book can possibly cover everything of interest to everyone LP certainly hits more than just the highlights. It's worth reading even if you aren't planning a trip.

1-0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE, USELESS BOOK
I would give it zero stars if I could. What a waste of money. The descriptions given of sights and restaurants were too short and limited to give you a true idea of what to expect. For instance, there are only a few paragraphs on Blarney Castle, assumably a BIG tourist attraction in Ireland--yet the book doesn't even devote half a page to it. It mentions that it's a bit touristy that you will have to fight the crowds, that it's not worth the admission price, yet fails to mention that it is one of the most spectacularly beautiful places and views in Ireland or that you could spend hours wandering around enjoying the amazing grounds and unique foilage. --That seems like an important point to miss. Also when in Dublin, it offered bland reviews on restaurants and pubs not really rating them in any way so that it didn't help us pick where to go. The reviews were a little better for the Ring of Kerry section, but again, it only gave a one to two line description per restaurant.

The whole book felt rushed and incomplete.

If you feel the need to buy it--for pete's sake--buy it USED, heck, you can even have mine, it'll save me the trouble of BURNING it. ... Read more

143. Live Your Road Trip Dream: Travel for a Year for the Cost of Staying Home
by Phil White, Carol White
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Asin: 0975292803
Catlog: Book (2004-07)
Publisher: RLI Press
Sales Rank: 17737
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Where would your dream take you if you had a whole year to just travel? But perhaps you’re thinking, "if I only knew how to start planning my adventure!"

This detailed "how-to" guide will get you moving from the dreaming to the doing in no time at all.

Included is step-by-step, real-life information on planning the trip you’ve always wanted to take -- along with generous doses of humor and advice on topics such as:

*How to pay for a year away from home
*How to unravel all your current commitments – to family, work, and organizations
*How to plan on the fly and enjoy every day
*How to pack in 3 small drawers and 24" of closet space – for two!
*How to handle the emergencies that crop up along the way
*And the most asked question: How to enjoy your traveling companion on a 24/7 basis!

Once you’ve decided to "leave it all behind", Live Your Road Trip Dream takes you along on an action-packed, whirlwind tour of the authors’ trip – just to help you visualize what months on the road might really be like, and to offer a glimpse into how decisions and discoveries are made along the way. ... Read more

144. Rick Steves' France 2005
by Rick Steves, Steve Smith
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Asin: 1566916208
Catlog: Book (2005-01-09)
Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing, Rick Steves
Sales Rank: 18651
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Who but Rick Steves can tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Paris, Normandy, the Loire Valley, Burgundy, Alsace, Dordogne, the Alps, the Languedoc, and Provence? With Rick Steves' France 2005, travelers can experience Rick's favorite destinations in France, from silky sand beaches on the French Riviera to Parisian street markets-economically and hassle-free. Completely revised and updated, Rick Steves' France 2005 includes color maps and photos, opinionated coverage of both famous and lesser-known sights; friendly places to eat and sleep; suggested day plans; walking tours and trip itineraries; clear instructions for smooth travel anywhere by car, train, or foot; and Rick's newest "back door" discoveries. America's number one authority on travel to Europe, Rick's time-tested recommendations for safe and enjoyable travel in France have been used by millions of Americans in search of their own unique travel experience. ... Read more

145. Turkey (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
by Suzanne Swan
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Asin: 0789483297
Catlog: Book (2003-03)
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
Sales Rank: 18663
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From Greek and Roman ruins such as Ephesus to busting bazaars to virgin beaches, this guide brings the reader the best that Turkey has to offer. Includes extensive coverage of the different quarters of Istanbul and highlights places such as Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. ... Read more

146. Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses
by Bruce S. Feiler, Bruce Feiler
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Asin: 0380807319
Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
Publisher: Perennial
Sales Rank: 3768
Average Customer Review: 3.98 out of 5 stars
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Both a heart-racing adventure and an uplifting quest, Walking the Bible describes one man's epic odyssey -- by foot, jeep, rowboat, and camel -- through the greatest stories ever told. From crossing the Red Sea to climbing Mt. Sinai to touching the burning bush, Bruce Feiler's inspiring journey will forever change your view to some of history's most storied events.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing New Pilgrimage Through the Bible's Stories
Walking the Bible is an absorbing & informative travel memoir of Feiler's journeys through the first five books of the Old Testament. Feiler presents a refreshingly different perpective on this subject because he admittedly comes to the project as a young, semi-inactive-in-the-faith Jewish man. What he learns through the trip by reading, interacting, and observing doesn't seem to give him concrete "proof" of the historical veracity of the events, but nonetheless leads him down a path to understanding faith and to realization of the enormous meaning found within the Holy Land. His appreciation for that land and the conflict and beauty found within it are apparent throughout the book, and I found that appreciation to be contagious.

The best thing about this book is that it enlightens and entertains on spiritual, historical, and travel adventure levels. Scholarly views on the interpretation of Biblical events as well as the geography and culture of the Holy Land are researched and well-presented. Avner Goren was a fantastic guide/mentor who has a greater knowledge of pre-historic and Biblical archaeology than most anyone else around -- his input is priceless. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a thirst for more knowledge about Old Testament times in the Holy Land, and particularly to those in their 20s or 30s who may come to the book with backgrounds similar to that of Feiler. I learned quite a bit, particularly in regards to the motivations of Israeli immigrants and Judaistic views on God's interaction with his people during Exodus. And yet that book does not proselytize in any way -- it simply presents the experiences on the journey.

As to those reviewers who critize Feiler's undertaking of the Biblical journey as unoriginal: "Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it." - C.S. Lewis, MERE CHRISTIANITY

I believe that most people will walk away from reading this book glad that they read it, laden with new information and, perhaps, new questions.

4-0 out of 5 stars Part travelogue, part history book, part pilgrimage
This book really should have been called "Walking the Torah," since it covers the Five Books of Moses and is written from a primarily Jewish perspective. I suppose the marketing people felt that "Bible" would have a wider sales appeal or something. Be that as it may, the most interesting thing about this book was the profound change in attitude that the journey brought to the writer himself. No, he didn't "get religion" and run off become an Orthodox Jew. However, he did gain a new appreciation for the Bible stories themselves, as well as the various people and places that the Bible describes.

By his own admission, Bruce Feiler was a secular/Reform Jew who started out simply wanting to connect to the physical places mentioned in the Torah, i.e., to literally walk where his ancestors had walked. At first, Feiler thought of the Bible as a sort of Baedekers travel guide. He spent most of his preparation time reading history, geography, and archaeology. Once he got on the road, however, he soon discovered that the Bible is also "in the people" (his words). Whether they are true believers of many faiths or secularists who see the Bible as literature, the people who actually live in these biblical locations have a deep, almost mystical connection to the land itself -- a bond which goes beyond merely occupying a particular piece of real estate. Feiler grew to have this inner experience, too. As he himself explains, somewhere along the line he stopped thinking of The Book as a travel guide, and started seeing it as The Bible.

Feiler's prose style is both creative and highly readable. While some have criticized his incessant junk food metaphors (chocolate mountains, cinnamon hills -- he was getting hungry maybe?), I found them rather amusing. On the one hand, here he is, talking about places mentioned in a Holy Book that is sacred to millions of people. On the other hand, he doesn't pontificate, nor does he idealize. He duly notes the the rampant commercialism at holy sites and, with a wry sense of humor, he comments on many strange justapositions of traditional and modern life. (The fire extinguisher kept near the "true burning bush" in St. Catherine's monastery on Mt. Sinai had me laughing out loud. Was the burning bush was expected to catch on fire?)

As with most personal travelogues, there are things in this one that Feiler doesn't get right, even with his famous tour guide, Israeli archaeologist Avner Goren. (Who, by the way, was paid by Feiler to do this project, but so what? Hiring a guide is a time-honored travel practice, and more than one scholar has financed his research with moonlighting.) What I got out of the book was a deeper understanding of how the lay of the land in the Middle East influenced the Bible. This, in turn, opened up many Torah passages in new ways for me.

3-0 out of 5 stars Walking the Bible
Bruce Feiler, a nominal Jew, describes his journey to the Holy Land... His stories are fascinating as he and his guide retrace their steps while they explore the world of Old Testament characters and Biblical stories. It tells of Bruce's personal pilgrimage and spiritual awakening.

5-0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!
I just finished reading this book. INCREDIBLE! The author takes two years to walk through the Pentateuch (literally), meets all kind of people in the Middle East, does tremendous research into everything from geography to Bible history to Middle Eastern hospitality traditions, and serves the whole thing up as a delightful story and journey. His guide is a man named Avner who seems to know everyone who has any passion or interest in the Middle East. As he encounters God in the desert you encounter God with him.This was an intellectual and a faith building feast. I can't express how thankful I am for this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Thoughtful Journey to the Holy Land and Beyond
Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler is an account of the author's journey to many of the famous places of the Bible, from Jerusalem, the Red Sea, Mt. Sinai ,Turkey and beyond. The concept of the book is certainly not original and anyone looking for a true history of the area won't find it here. What the reader will find is thoughtful, insightful , well-written look at a ancient region of undeniable importance to a large portion of the global population. Feiler did not intend his journey to be purely spiritual in nature but it's quite interesting to observe his spiritual renewal and growth during the course of this book. Feiler's observations and commentaries are well-balanced, accurate and fair. Whether you are a Jew, Christian or Muslim or member of another faith, this book has much to offer. ... Read more

147. The Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia, 2nd Ed.
by Michael Dougherty, Heidi Pfeil Dougherty
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Asin: 1888550112
Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Ultimate Press
Sales Rank: 79148
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Even the most famous explorers relied on a knowledgeable guide. And nowhere will you find a more knowledgeable guide than The Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia. It would require almost a dozen of the top guidebooks on Montana to find the information contained in this single volume—and you still wouldn’t have everything that is in this book!

110 maps — 48 maps of towns and cities — Over 2,000 Restaurants — Over 700 Motels — More than 350 public campgrounds — More than 250 private campgrounds — 96 Forest Service cabins — Over 200 guest ranches and resorts — Over 200 bed and breakfasts — Over 250 vacation homes and cabins — Over 450 outfitters and guides — 130 airports — More than 225 fishing sites — Over 160 Lewis & Clark points of interest — 71 public golf courses — Over 300 museums and historical sites — The text of over 300 historical markers — More than 25 hot springs — Over 300 hikes — Over 100 Cross-Country Ski Trails — Over 65 scenic drives and sidetrips — More than 50 ghost towns — 31 downhill and cross-country ski areas — Over 650 gas stops — More than 400 attractions — More than 1,000 photographs — Weather information for over 40 locations — Information on over 300 cities and towns — 1,000s of things to do in Montana — 1,000s of addresses and phone numbers …and more! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars More info than I learned in 30 years
I have traveled around Montana for pleasure and work for many years. I took some pride in knowing the names of mountain ranges, the best little restaurants, and of course the nicest hot springs at which to spend the night. Then I picked up this guide and found out there was a whole lot more I could know about each of my favorite stops, not to mention the places I haven't been.
I have been to enough of these Montana communities that I know their is more than enough information in this guide, about any community in Montana, that now I take it with me when I travel the state to learn more about each community I pass through.
Once I understood the format, and used it as a tourist - serious about experiencing and learning about Montana - would, I new that I had gotten more than my monies worth.
If my daughter was still young, I would use this book to teach her interesting facts on Montana as we travel the state.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Guidebook to Montana & Yellowstone
This is the best guide book I've ever purchased. It's huge, with so many pictures and information - really all you'd ever need to know. The author has historical and local info, as well as reviews of restaurants, hotels, B&B's etc. Maps, phone numbers, detailed info on parks, and the book is organized very helpfully by different areas of the state. If only all travel books were this helpful! I recommend it very highly - even if you just want to learn more about Montana. I need one of these books for my own state. :) Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Montana Atlas was all I needed.
I arrived in Bozeman with almost no knowledge of the area but eager to explore. The "Atlas" was all I needed to get pretty much wherever I wanted to go. I explored just about every nook and cranny of the greater Bozeman area and many of the surrounding paradises via drives and hikes I had found out about from the book. The book helped me scout out some beautiful camping spots and cabins which will be great for when I bring the whole family out this summer. The supporting background stories and trivia really made the areas I visited come alive. I can't wait for my next visit, and won't be leaving home without my "Ultimate Montana Atlas!"

5-0 out of 5 stars Montana.....all you ever wanted to know, and then some!
Ok, so we are wondering where in the USA we may want to move to...from (hot) sunny Florida. The kids are almost out of the nest and we are wondering if Montana is the state. Good grief, I had no idea I would get SO much information out of one book, on ONE state. This book is definitely the book to have if one is considering moving to or just visiting Montana. I can't imagine much is left out. I need not go on and on what is included, as "Reviewer: Larkin Vonalt from Livingston, MT USA" says it all.
I had a few other questions in my back pocket so I contacted the publisher, Michael Dougherty, who took the time to answer each one thoroughly. I can't think of another publisher that would do that.
All in all, if you are looking for information on Montana don't go any further, this book is it. Definitely earns the 5 star rating.

5-0 out of 5 stars relocator's dream!!!!!
We are rolling around the idea of packing it all up and moving it to Montana. This is the most incredible book for such an endeavor!!! It gives weather and climate info, elevations, and every other thing I could have EVER thought to ask and all arramged by sections of the state! I am impressed. This is not for tucking in your back pocket though, it's extensive. ... Read more

148. Passporter Walt Disney World Resort 2005: The Unique Travel Guide, Planner, Organizer, Journal, and Keepsake! (Passporter Walt Disney World Resort)
by Jennifer A. Marx, Dave Marx, Allison Cerel Marx
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Asin: 158771020X
Catlog: Book (2004-12)
Publisher: Passporter Travel Press
Sales Rank: 29429
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149. Lonely Planet South America on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guides)
by Fiona Adams, Sandra Bao, Charlote Beech, Morgan Konn, Andrew Dean Nystrom
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Asin: 1741041635
Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 14351
Average Customer Review: 3.21 out of 5 stars
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Covers Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, The Guianas, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela and the Falkland Islands. Take it off for Carnaval in Rio or bundle up tight for a trek through the Andean highlands. From ancient Machu Picchu to happening Bueno Aires, dense Amazon jungles to balmy Brazilian beaches, this guidebook covers every corner of this diverse and vibrant continent.

Features include: 235 detailed, easy-to-use maps; language chapter covering Spanish, Portuguese, French and Indian tongues; seasoned advice for a safe and healthy journey; hundred of places to stay on and off the beaten path; tips for excellent eats, from pre-Columbian favorites in Ecuador to bami goreng in Suriname; AND coverage of Easter Island, the Galpagos and the Falklands. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars You can never go wrong with a Lonely Planet guide..
I have just returned to Norway after a year backpacking around in Latin America (of course accompanied by the Lonely Planet books). I do not claim to be an expert, but I know what I look for in a travel guide!

This edition of the LP South America did not disappoint me. (Please note that I used it only for Colombia, Ecuador and PerĂº). It is up to date on the information, and as with all the other LP books it is easy to find your way around with it. It includes maps over the big cities, good information about the hotels, restaurants, places worth visiting, and time schedules for bus, train etc.

You have to take into account that this is a guide that is meant to cover the whole South America so naturally it is not as detailed as the guides for each country separate. It is good as an overall guide if you plan to go to more than one or two countries, as you would try to cut down on the baggage you would have to carry around.

As for the prices for hotels and food, the book is not accurate.. But you cannot expect that. It is hard to keep up with all the changes, especially in the Latin American economy, where the inflation is "somewhat" higher than in the rest of the world. So, for prices, do your own research, or at least be prepared for changes! (We usually doubled the prices in the book and that gave us a good indicator of what to expect).

You will find that if you are walking around with the LP book under your arm, many of the local people will approach you and ask you if you need help. Say yes - even if you don't need help! It is a great opportunity to get in contact with the local people!

This book is a must on your travel!

3-0 out of 5 stars A nice guide, but hampered by the region's magnitude
It is hard to concentrate so much information in a single book, covering all of South America from Colombia to Chile. Lonely Planet have tried and have done a good job, but the target was too ambitious... If you are literally running through South America with little time, and perhaps you don't want to carry the weight of too many guides, then do get this book. It is of some use, and offers interesting reading. Yet, if you plan to get to know each country more thoroughfully, you are much better off with Lonely Planet's (or other publishers') single guides on each individual country, and there are lots to choose from.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not updated
The book wasn't updated, the bridge over Suriname river in the capital Paramaribo of Suriname wasn't mentioned instead they recommend the ferry! Good for the beginner to find a place to
stay but otherwise not so good....

2-0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss
Just got back from 3 months with this book in SA...

Great Maps...LP maps are the best guidebook maps
Lots of Choices for Hostels/Restaurants...they aren't too detailed but do typically offer a lot of places, while Let's Go will offer 4 or 5 per city.
Everyone has got it, you'll find a lot of people to hang out with when going to their recos.

Everyone has got it, perhaps you don't want to run into a lot of gringos.
Doesn't cover lots of small towns which are great to visit...yes of course this is a book that tries to cover a CONTINENT so it's not going to have everything, but I found Footprints SA book to be significantly more comprehensive.
A bit out of one is forthcoming, I believe.

Overall I would recommend Footprint's SA Handbook instead, although the maps do leave a bit to be desired.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate developments at LP
Unfortunately, the publisher seems to have abandoned most of their previous authors and recruited rookies with dubious qualifications and almost no experience in South America. The chapters done by the authors of their individual country guides are reasonably accurate, but the ones by new authors are appallingly bad. ... Read more

150. Alaska Atlas and Gazetteer (Alaska Atlas & Gazetteer)
by Delorme
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Asin: 0899332897
Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
Publisher: DeLorme
Sales Rank: 18045
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars If you want topographical information it is great, but
it is difficult to use and really too large to handle on a trip.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Alaska Gazetteer needs an Alaska road mileage chart.
Good book, but a useful feature would be a road mileage chart for those Alaska cities and towns which are connected to the road system. For instance it is very difficult using the Gazetteer to determine the highway mileage from Anchorage to Talkeetna. A simple chart similar to the one you have for more far-flung destinations like Seattle etc., would be a welcome addition to the Gazetteer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, useful, but difficult to handle.
This is an atlas that anyone planning to drive to Alaska should have, but the clear, readable maps are marred by the paper they were printed on. The paper is stiff, which makes turning pages difficult. Too bad, because this is a very good atlas.

5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute MUST for anyone who hunts, fishes, hikes, bikes,
Excellent detail including roads, trails, fish species, campgrounds, everything you need to get around in the last frontier. I've lived here all my life and still won't take a trip without it. ... Read more

151. Germany (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
by Not Applicable (Na )
list price: $30.00
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Asin: 0789494272
Catlog: Book (2003-09)
Publisher: DK Publishing Inc
Sales Rank: 11198
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Highlights include: Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Thuringia, Munich, Bavaria, Baden-Wurttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Bremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, and Mecklenburg-Lower Saxony. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars OK, but where is Legoland?
I used this book during my April 2004 trip to Bavaria, Germany and found it helpful. It catered mainly to tourists interested in fine art and I could have used more 'quirky' trips and a guide to out of the way places. It also didn't include anything about Legoland which is about an hour north of Garmisch (where we stayed). I traveled with my 2 kids and this book didn't seem to have any info on places catering to or of interest to kids. Overall it was a great book and we saw many sights, but I could have used more. This had the BIG attractions--where are the little 'Mom and Pop' places we love, also???

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Travel Books
I have to confess up front. I love these books. I must have over a dozen. I really like the Paris book, and the one for Prague, and Stockholm, and South Africa, and .... You get all the detailed material similar to other great travel books plus you get great visuals.

I strongly prefer the book to those available from Lonely Planet, or Frommer, or others. Michelin of course has excellent guides but the visuals are better in the DK Eyewitness Guides.

On a cold day back here in the USA (or Canada) or elsewhere, have a glass of wine or beer and sit in a nice chair or in the garden on a warm day and read this book. For a moment you will be back in Germany. You are back in a small restaurant or museum in Cologne overlooking the river.

The photos and descriptions and cutaway drawings are excellent. They almost jump from the pages with color. But there is lots of detail here. The book includes the history of Germany and many details on the art, art galleries, parks, cutaway views of historical buildings, and many other things of interest. The history is summarized at the beginning of the book with historical time lines and cross referenced to the culture and political figures. A solid 576 page effort - lots of stuff to see and absorb.

It has the other things too such as maps, accommodations, transportation, and the rest. This book is one of the best for a visitor.

You will be pleasantly surprised with the depth and quality of this book and it makes a nice souvenir to refresh your memory. Buy extra maps plus this book and you will be set.

Jack in Toronto ... Read more

152. The Walt Disney World Trivia Book: Secrets, History & Fun Facts Behind the Magic
by Louis A. Mongello
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Asin: 1887140492
Catlog: Book (2004-07)
Publisher: Intrepid Traveler
Sales Rank: 2106
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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Check your WDW know-how, quiz your friends, or open "The Walt Disney World Trivia Book" at random to brighten your day with new nuggets of WDW knowledge. This unique and entertaining collection of hundreds of multiple choice trivia questions is filled with secrets and fun facts about all aspects of America’s most magical destination. You’ll find a chapter on each theme park, plus a chapter on specific parts of WDW beyond the theme parks (for example, the monorail), and a chapter that takes you all around the "World." An index lets you check out all the tidbits in the book about your favorite rides and places. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Top notch for any Disney World fan!!!
I've seen many Disney Trivia books over the years but only a few pages are ever dedicated to the most visited resort in the world. FINALLY a book that takes this entire resort and puts it into a light even us Disney fans have to take a step back from and say, "WOW I didn't know that"! I've visited Disney for years and surf the sites on a daily basis, yet I still found myself taken back by the information/material in this book. First you can you quiz yourself on what you THINK you know. I found some things I thought were fact were just actually well accepted rumors in Disney Web Circles, but this book cuts through those and gives you an in depth answer to each question without adding extensive writting that goes no where, it just gets right to the point. This brings me to my second point and I think most valuable point. This book is not just a question answer book. The answers are not just left as " B. EPCOT or A. 17" This book gives you the answer and provides short explaintions to why its that answer. The facts that come with the answers are great at giving you a behind the scenes look at the park while using the trivia to guide you through it. I can find myself taking more time reading the answers then the question just so I can read the facts that this book touches on. If you want to test yourself on Disney World Trivia and want to take that up a notch and learn more about the resort then you ever have, buy this book. The author has a Disney World Trivia site as well that gives you an idea of what this book contains and I'll tell you it delivers. Also while reading this you'll notice that he keeps the material on a level that we can all relate to and I believe this is due to the fact that he does take the time to converse with the average person interested in the Disney Topic or with people that would find this topic as a general interest. A definate buy even if its your first visit or your 100th (for me its my 30th)to Disney World. For those visiting Disney World for the first time, a great idea would be adding this to your guide book purchase. You'll find yourself standing in those long lines reading this book and being amazed at ever turn while having fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I have enjoyed reading "The Walt Disney World Trivia Book" over and over again. Excellent lay out, easy reading and lots of interesting information. I get to live Disney every day and find this book an excellent source of information. Two thumbs up for this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Fun Guide For Seasoned And New WDW Visitors
Being avid WDW fans, visting there every 3 months from Ohio, my family will find this just-published book fun to take with us when we visit, and also at home. It will be of value to newcomers and also seasoned Disney fanatics like my family. In its 224 pages there's something of interest to every member of the family, young and mature. The multiple choice questions make it a fast, easy read, and make it easy to retain the answers. We're glad to add it to our large Disney book collection. Recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good information. Tedious format.
After receiving this book, I discovered that it was not exactly what I expected. I was hoping it would be a book on Disney World facts, trivia, and history (as the title declares). What I didn't know is that the book is written in question and answer format--with the answers to all the questions at the end of each chapter. This makes the book structure somewhat unwieldy. I would have preferred it to be broken down by attraction or park element and then have all the information presented in paragraph format. This would make the book much more readable than it is in its present form.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
This is a wonderful book that tells a lot of facts and very intersting informatin about disney. Things that you probably wouldn't think of this book will tell you. This is a great book for all disney lovers. ... Read more

153. Greece, Athens, & the Mainland (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
by Marc S. Dubin
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Asin: 0789494264
Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
Sales Rank: 7388
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Eyewitness Travel Guides are the original illustrated travel guidebooks-and they're still the best. Since 1993, the Eyewitness brand has established itself as one of the industry leaders, with sales of more than 6.5 million copies in the U.S. alone. Featuring more than 70 worldwide destinations, new titles are being added to the best-selling Eyewitness Travel Guides series each year. In 2003, to mark the 10th anniversary of the publication of Eyewitness Travel Guides, DK is re-launching the entire series, fully updated, and with a brand-new look. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A good book for the tourist hitting the checkmarks...
I was sent this book before setting off for Greece (where I spent 3 weeks in Athens and the Peloponnese). I read through it, and it did give me a fairly good understanding of what it was going to be like when I got there. Fortunately, I was not solely dependent on the book for seeing interesting things, as I had several friends to travel with (2 of whom were Greek).

One of the interesting things that I noticed about Greece (being such an ancient country) was that there are various ruins around much of the country, and quite a few in Athens. Many of the locals don't know what specific ruins are, especially when you get far afield from their hometowns. From that perspective, this book does provide a good source of information on what many of the ruins actually are/were.

Also, it has a really good section on how to get around the various sections in Athens, and what items of interest are in each area. I would take note of things that you especially want to see, because you will find that there are statues, objects, ruins and artifacts all over the place, and unless you have some idea of what you are interested in, you can spend days just walking around looking at various objects of very little interest or importance.

As with any foreign country or culture (or even other cities in your own country) you will never get to the really good hole in the wall restaurants and see some of the cooler sites (such as exclusive nightclubs on the coast in Athens) without the help and guidance of a local companion, so don't think for a moment that this book is a replacement for someone who REALLY knows what they are doing.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Travel Guide for what you will NOT see in Greece...
I am taking along the Eyewitness Travel Guide for "Greece: Athens & The Mainland" on our trip to Greece today because it shows us everything we are not going to see (Hang on, this will make sense). These DK volumes pride themselves on being "The guides that show you what others only tell you," being filled with over 1,000 photographs, illustrations, and maps. There are cutaways and floor plans of all the major sites that we are seeing, just as the Parthenon and the monastery of Varlaam. But in a week in Greece there is only so much you can see and if we not have time to visit everything in Athens and are only visiting two of the monasteries of Meteora, then this DK Eyewitness Travel Guide will show us something of what we are missing. There are sections on Ancient Greece and then Area by Area sections on Athens and Mainland Greece, along with a section on Travellers' Needs and a Surival Guide. So all the basic are covered along with the profuse illustrations.

Of course there are also sections on where to eat, where to stay, and how to get around. I especially liked the pages devoted to various types of local cuisine, which shows you what you would find on the classic Greek menu as well as the different type of dishes you should try in Central Greece versus the Peloponese. You can use this guide to scope out what you will find when you visit places like Mycenae, Olympia, and Delphi, but you might want to use it more as a reminder of what you have seen than spoiling some of the ancient treasures in store for you at these sites. For example, "discovering" the golden mask of Agamemnon or the statue of Hermes by Praxiteles might work better as a complete surprise. Then again, you would hate to miss some of these things. Of course, we compromise: I know what there is to see and my wife gets to be surprised. It works for us.

P.S. Back from Greece and everybody wanted to borrow our guidebook. Several are going to pick it up when they get back home because it serves as a nice reminder of what we saw (and what we did not see). ... Read more

154. Rand McNally Quick Reference United States Atlas
by Rand McNally
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Asin: 0528837710
Catlog: Book (1995-05-01)
Publisher: Rand McNally & Company
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155. Lonely Planet China (Lonely Planet China)
by Damian, Harper, Marie Cambon, Katja Gaskell, Thomas Huhti, Bradley Mayhew, Korina Miller, Mielikki Org
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Asin: 1740591178
Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 8912
Average Customer Review: 3.36 out of 5 stars
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Discover China with its teeming cities, mountain temples and ancient palaces.Walk the Great Wall and take your last chance to visit the famous Three Gorges-this exceptional guide shows you how.

  • NAVIGATE – 235 maps with Chinese script and English
  • COMMUNICATE – Mandarin, Cantonese, Tibetan and Portugese language chapter
  • DINE OUT – the mysteries of Chinese cuisine explained
  • GET ABOUT – sections on Yangzi River cruises and Beijing’s traditional hutong
  • UNWIND – China’s national parks make an idyllic getaway
  • EASE YOUR MIND – watch the sunset from a sacred mountain
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5-0 out of 5 stars A very hard and very well-managed and great endeavour
This edition of "Lonely Planet China" is excellent. It is better than the previous one, which was very good itself but had some weaknesses. Despite the immensity of China and the numberless topics and regions that have to be covered herein, the authors have done an excellent job indeed. Most of LP's masterpieces are guidebooks to much smaller countries or regions (it is indeed inevitable for travel guidebooks to be the better, in overall terms, the smaller the region they cover). But this one is an exception: despite its hugeness, China has been covered with superb maestry by people who do know about it. Having said this, we cannot diminish the importance of LP's guidebooks to Beijing and Shanghai - if you are planning to spend much time in those cities, it may be a good idea to get those guidebooks also, since this huge and heavy book cannot cover as much of those cities as the authors thsemselves would obviously love to. The same obviously applies for Hong Kong and Macau, Taiwan, and Tibet, all of which have generated their own LP guidebooks. Xinjiang is instead wonderfully covered in "LP Central Asia". This is not to persuade you to get more and more guidebooks, but China is indeed an immense place and one book can hardly be enough to cover it all in depth. In this book itself, its excellent coverage of some regions is stronger than others: it is better on the Coastal towns than it is on the deep interior of China, which reflects indeed the number of tourists who go to these places. Having said this, this book does nevertheless contain most of what a visitor will need or want to know about big China. And in a place that is chaotic and tough for foreigners like China, this may indeed be an essential tool for the less experienced travellers, and a greatly useful aid to the more experienced ones too. The coverage of places to stay and eat is absolutely excellent, not just for the major cities but also for minor towns and sites (the authors would indeed seem to have been to everywhere in China where the government did not stop them from going !). The section on permits and other legal matters is of immense value to anyone, and well up-to-date. And of course, the sections and special chapters on history, culture, religion, are extremely well written, great for the traveller and the armchair reader alike. Even though the best discoveries are those a traveller will make herself / himself, this guidebook is surely a great tool and help in anyone's discovery of this wonderful land. All in all, a masterpiece despite its limitations. A weakness is of course that things being as volatile as they are in China, information is subject to unexpected changes, and some may have become out-of-date by the time this book was printed. But this is of course inevitable, and it simply means that - as in any country - a traveller should not rely on only a guidebook, but make a considerable effort to gain as much as possible of current circumstances on her / his own, which is in fact part of the wonderful travel experience.

2-0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate, sloppy, semi-literate, overrated
This book is only touted as 'the' book to have by those who have looked at no others, and have spent little time in China. Inconsistent in its presentation (opening times and prices may be included or may be just forgotten), often ill-informed and unhelpful in its descriptions of sites, only partially and superficially updated from the previous edition, this book not only fails to bring China to life, but also fails to do what LP is supposed to be good at, and tell you the cheapest ways to do things and the cheapest places to stay. Lazy updating has failed to find many newer, cheaper, and better value for money hotels and restaurants, and transportation information is too sketchy to be of much use. Not a few of us have already left our copies in the trash in China. Those wanting a single volume budget guide would be much better off buying Rough Guide, even though it's older, and those wanting some genuinely helpful and informed cultural information should buy Blue Guide (both available on this site).

2-0 out of 5 stars Beware the book
To echo the words of other readers, this is disappointing and out of date.

On the second point, bear in mind that many prices have increased (sometimes more than doubled) since this book was published.

On the first, try to ignore almost every recommendation on accomodation and food that the guidebook makes. In many locations the majority of listed restaurants are Western and those that are Chinese are poor quality, high priced and seem to be recommended only for having an English menu. Go somewhere else, point, go for pot-luck or learn a little Chinese before you go and you'll enjoy everything much more.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good for package tourists; not for exploration
They say that everything you hear about China is true somewhere. Everything you read in LP China may also be true somewhere but unfortunately not always where you are. Originally published in August 2002 this book is well past its prime. It is still superior to the Rough Guide but could use a serious update. Speaking of which the overleaf promises guidebook upgrades on the Internet but they discontinued this in favour of user discussion.

Pricing - the cost of tea in China, you say? Like most things in China, prices are in constant flux and I question the value of including them. They are more misleading than helpful. Tourist attractions will generally be higher than what the book says but other prices will be close.

Locations - I live in the city of Wuhan and in the last two year it has undergone tremendous changes. There is simply no way for a printed book to keep up with them. For example, in the last six months the bus routes in WuChang have changed four times.

If you are going to travel around China be flexible! Expect that nothing in the guidebook will be where you expected. Expect to bargain for everything, hotel prices included. Remember that any guide book is only a starting place. As I have travelled around southern China I have used this book as a starting point and then asked the locals what they would do. Most have never been to the "tourist sites" but can show you a great street restaurant just around the corner.

This book is great for those thinking of going to China but who will never make the trip, or for those who are going on a package trip to fourteen cities in eight days. For those who want to explore China on their own I would advise caution.

1-0 out of 5 stars Complete Crap
This book is so bad. If I could give it 0 stars believe me, I would. Many of the things listed in this book no longer exist. I went to one city and all 4 places listed in the LP as budget accomodations were no longer in business. Maps were incorrect. Attractions were listed with one address and placed elsewhere (and incorrectly) on the map. It would help greatly of it had more Chinese of the locations listed so you can show cab drivers. I finally gave up, chucked it into the trash and continued my 4 month trip through Asia without consulting any guidebook and had a much nicer time. Down with the Lonely Liar! You don't need a guide book. Just talk to other travelers. ... Read more

156. New Zealand (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
by Not Applicable (Na )
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Asin: 0789497212
Catlog: Book (2003-09)
Publisher: DK Publishing Inc
Sales Rank: 6362
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book - My Favourite NZ Travel Guide
I made a mistake and bought the Essential New Zealand AAA guide before I had discovered this series. That was an error, that book is very short and lacking in most of the details.

I think the best two books are this and the Lonely Planet book. I prefer this book because the phots and graphics are just outstanding and the pictures jump off the pages.

The book has good maps, restaurant guide, some accomodations, culture, history and more. Again the best thing is the photos. But the book includes cutaway drawings and history/political time lines.

Just a great book. Use this book with the local telephone directory plus I recommend an up to date trail/road map(s).

Jack in Toronto

5-0 out of 5 stars Used it throughout my trip
I spent over 6 weeks traveling in New Zealand, driving from the Bluff in the South to the Cape in the North, and this Guide proved to be very useful. It is better illustrated and more narrowly focused on top attractions than the Lonely Planet which i used on my previous trips. The Lonely Planet was also excellent, and it was better on history and geography, but this Eyewitness Guide made choosing easier. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
My husband and I are planning a trip to NZ and this book has everything! The photos are wonderful and layout of the book lends very well to designing a travel itenerary. There are maps of everything, from a map of the entire country to very detailed maps of specific tourist sites. The only other thing you would need is a detailed road map of the country.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eyewitness New Zealand
As an airline employee, I have found my new bible. This book is an excellent (pictoral) reference guide, skipping the usual 2 page historical write up on every attraction. It is very concise, has pictures of the area/attraction with an accurate two paragraph description of the place depicted with maps included. I purchased two other New Zealand books prior to this one, and borrowed 5 additional ones from a friend. This book was equivalent to having all 7 books in one. I would give the book a '10' if it contained the hours and admission prices to the attractions/events, however, it does not. I would also recommend to venture beyond the hotel/restaurant section listed as we found many fine establishments beyond their limited list. A great line of books to have if you want a quick overview of things to do in other countries. Once you've determined what to visit, then purchase the book with the historical write-ups.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wish it were available before my trip
Most people would buy a travel guidebook prior to the trip. I did it the other way round (I vacationed in NZ mid last year but bought the book one month ago). I certainly spared no time clicking the Add to Shopping Cart button when this title first appeared in the website. So... does the book measure up to my expectation? Definitely!!! The photos are great, the coverage on each area's attractions/activities extensive, and the maps up-to-date. It even covers information which I wasn't able to obtain from other guidebooks: special features on Coromandel gold fever, "Wellywood" (NZ's film-making industry), Nelson arts scene, West Coast coal-mining heritage, high country farming etc. If you need one book to show you how beautiful NZ is (in panorama and culture) and how to go about experiencing it, grab this book. You won't regret it. The editors have done a great job for a first edition. Be prepared to call your travel agent...! ... Read more

157. Walking the Camino de Santiago
by Bethan Davies, Ben Cole
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Asin: 097316980X
Catlog: Book (2003-01-03)
Publisher: Pili Pala Press
Sales Rank: 24435
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Follow in the footsteps of Celts and Christians on an ancient pilgrimage route across northern Spain from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the foothills of the French Pyrenees to the cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela and on to Finisterre. This guide helps you to stay on track with step-by-step instructions, detailed sketch maps and profile charts. Walking the Camino de Santiago lets you into Spain's cultural and culinary secrets, includes a detailed, illustrated wildlife section, and gives you all the practical information you need for a hassle-free pilgrimage. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential, useful, and accurate
I rode the Camino de Santiago in September of 2003, and while this book is, obviously, for people interested in walking the Camino, it is equally useful for people who ride bicycles. All the information I used was accurate and helpful. Riding on a bike, I took two books (the other being the Confraternity book mentioned below), but if I was limited to one, this would be it. The directions are clear, the maps are accurate, and the brief section on flora and fauna a nice addition. Buy this book and go. Buen Camino!

5-0 out of 5 stars Presents an ancient pilgrimage route
Collaboratively researched and written by Bethan Davies and Ben Cole, Walking The Camino De Santiago presents an ancient pilgrimage route across northern Spain that was once used by Celts and Christians, and is now available to contemporary travelers wishing to share and partake in this historic route. Extensive directions, detailed sketch maps, medieval history, tips on identifying local flora and fauna, information concerning pilgrim hostels, and much, much more pack the pages of this detailed "must-have" travel guide for anyone seeking to embark on the Camino De Santiago pilgrimage. Also very highly recommended is the newly revised and expanded second edition of Bethan Davies and Ben Cole's Walking In Portugal (0952266814).

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent - fills a void in the English language guides
Walking the Camino de Santiago is 11 ounces and 211 pages easy to read, fact filled guide with sketch maps, elevation profiles, and something about the history, and the flora and fauna of the trail. It covers the trail from St. Jean-Pied-de-Port near the French border to Santiago de Compostela and on to Finisterre.

When walking the Camino, the mandatory guide for English speakers is the Confraternity of St. James Pilgrim Guides to Spain I. The Camino Frances. This is a barebones 76 page guide focused on pilgrim food and shelter - how far is it, how many beds available, what does it cost. Supplementing this is the Camino chapter out of the Lonely Planet's Walking guide to Spain - about 35 pages.

Walking the Camino de Santiago is a more route oriented guide than either the confraternity guide or the lonely planet guide. It does have information on where to stay, but most of the text is on what happens in between places to stay. The flora section is brief. One thing I would have added is the crocus, which was common and in the harshest terrain when I traveled the Camino in Sept - Oct.

I definitely recommend this for anyone starting at St. Jean or in Spain. I still say that the confraternity guide is mandatory, because it gives you a great level of comfort about what to expect, where it is and how much is the next place with food and/or shelter.

If a pilgrim starts in Le Puy en Velay, then Alison Raju's the Way of St. James Le Puy to Santiago, a Walkers Guide would have to be used. It is a more terse, difficult to read guide than the Davies and Cole guide.

I had a difficult time finding information on the Camino before I did it in 2001, so I have put what I consider the classic Camino books on my website, along with related pilgrim information. I just added this book - Walking the Camino de Santiago to my short list of important titles... ... Read more

158. A Visit to Don Otavio: A Traveller's Tale from Mexico
by Sybille Bedford
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Asin: 158243171X
Catlog: Book (2003-04)
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Sales Rank: 215185
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This affectionate study of the Mexican temper is "one of the most charming travel books ever written." --The Atlantic Monthly

Before returning to the Old World after World War II, Sybille Bedford resolved to see something more of the New. "I had a great longing to move," she said, "to hear another language, eat new food, to be in a country with a long nasty history in the past and as little present history as possible." And so she set out for Mexico--and, incidentally, to write what Bruce Chatwin called the best travel book of the twentieth century, "a book of marvels, to be read again and again and again." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Barefoot me.
Sublime. I am profoundly uninterested in Mexico, but it charmed my socks off. Wonderfully written. Up there in the clouds with Paula Fox, William Trevor, Alice Munro. ... Read more

159. Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook, Second Edition
by Andrew Doughty, Harriett Friedman
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Asin: 0971727902
Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
Publisher: Wizard Publications
Sales Rank: 1852
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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The finest guidebook ever written for Maui and the only one written by Maui residents who anonymously review the island. They visit every beach, restaurant, activity and trail on the island. The result is this comprehensive, humorous and easy-to-read full color guide that will lead you to more adventures than any other book. A must for travelers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolute Best Maui Guide Book!
We visited Maui in December of 2002 and found this book invaluable! The insider information and tips are terrific. The maps were extremely helpful and accurate. We especially appreciated the tip about the 'magic' show Warren and Annabelle's. We were sceptical about another dinner show, but after reading the author's review we bought tickets and it turned out to be the best activity we did on the island!

The authors give you a web site to visit with lots of reviews on hotels and activities. They personally do the activities and visit the venues without revealing that they will be publishing a review. They are not afraid the publish the good and the bad, which has some of the locals a little upset. But all the better for you!

If you're planning a trip to Maui, this is the only guide book you'll need! Aloha!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Guidebook for Families with Teens
Maui Revealed is an awesome book for families with older children. Our four kids ( 19,17,14 and 11) loved the adventures to find the "hidden treasures". Think your teenage son would never go for a day long drive to look at waterfalls and pretty views? (aka Hana Highway) Wait until you let him lead the way through a dark and dense bamboo forest, climb over a gate and barb wire fence or hop over a bridge, crawl down the embankment and wave to the "wimps" taking their pictures from the safety of the road! Many helpful hints about picture taking,great ( and not so great) eats, where to stay and places to avoid. If you are going to Maui and you want to see more than the typical tourist sights you must get this book!! BTW, heed the authors warning about the car window-smashing happened to us at the Olivine Pools and the nice Maui police officer told us we were the fifth report he had taken that morning! We spend a day in Kauai with the authors' Kauai Revealed book and found it to be just as helpful. We only had 7 hours on that island and it really helped us to spend our time wisely. Thanks to the authors for helping our family make some wonderful memories that will last six lifetimes!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Unfocused .
Frommer's was better in terms of real facts and information I needed. I liked Frommer's because when I needed an address or recommendation or restaurant price range I could find it in a snap. I found Maui Revealed a fictional work badly representing this perfectly beautiful spot.

5-0 out of 5 stars maui revealed: Andrew Doughty
Wished I had purchased this book instead of Frommers. Very detailed, beautifully done. A must for anybody going to paridise!

5-0 out of 5 stars More comments on this book
In addition to the positive comments made by other reviewers, let me add two more. First, this book is VERY accurate. That means you are going to find your way to the real Nakalele blowhole (the one that shoots 40 feet in the air), not to the anemic one nearby which we found pictured in other guidebooks. We had the strange experience of actually guiding some locals to the correct site... (I disagree with the Top 1000 Reviewer who feels this level of accuracy is a fault in a travel guide). Why do the authors of "Maui Revealed" care so much about accuracy when compared to the other guide book writers? We don't know, but if you find two guidebooks disagreeing on something, and one of them is "Maui Revealed", you can be sure that "Maui Revealed" has it right. (According to the preface, their plan is to publish a new version every two years, and I can confirm they do interim updates on a website they list in the book).

Second, the authors have a very entertaining and fun style. Why should a guidebook be dull? Time and again we found ourselves laughing as the authors take a magnifying glass to some piece of Maui life. After complimenting a certain remote fruitstand on their fine smoothies, the authors added "We must have passed this stand 20 times before we ever found it open. When we mentioned that [in the first edition] they were shocked. They're *always* open during business hours, we were told. OK, fine. They're *always* open. (Except when they're not)." We laughed when we first read this particular description of what "open" means, and laughed again when we came across this same fruitstand at 2PM on a weekday... and found it closed! ... Read more

160. Times Atlas of the World : Comprehensive Edition
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Asin: 081293265X
Catlog: Book (1999-10-13)
Publisher: Crown
Sales Rank: 7654
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

The first completely revised and redesigned edition of the Times Atlas of the World since its debut in 1967:320 pages of full color
73 page introductory section with innovative images, maps and photographs provides information on a wide range of topics covering earth's physical features and the cosmos-geography, geology, states and territories, oceanography, world economy, population density, environment, climate change, astronomy 248 pages of maps, 127 maps total; greater number of maps than previous edition enables larger scale coverage of more regions of the world

index contains well over 200,000 place names
packaged in an elegant and sturdy slipcase
colored world map endpaper with page numbers provides handy key to entire atlas
state-of-the-art digital mapping process gives maps greater clarity than ever before
unique satellite images of the continents specially commissioned for this atlas ... Read more

Reviews (20)

5-0 out of 5 stars The finest reference world atlas produced to date.
The comprehensive edition of the Times atlas of the world has been regarded by many as the finest reference atlas ever made. It has become a standard work of reference for decades now. The latest edition, the ninth, appeared in 1993 as a heavy single volume with a gleaming black cover, with a reprint with revisions released in 1994. The 123 plates are produced by the renowned Edinburgh (now Glasgow) cartographers of Bartholomew. The plates are characterized by sublime use of color, amazing accuracy, a balanced use of various scale sizes and projections. The various typefaces are sometimes so romantic that legibility suffers from it as a consequence. The atlas is mainly a set of world maps, without many thematic sections. This focus results in the largest world atlas index available to date: well over 210,000 entries, where each entry comes with its longitude + latitude coords; this makes this atlas the ideal reference work for names all over the world. The world is mapped at essentially

4-0 out of 5 stars A wealth of information but not perfect yet.
Being in the market for a one definitive atlas for my home I've been doing some shopping and was able to carefully study the Times Atlas. The strongest point it has is its index which is very comprehensive and easy to use. If you want to find a something in the world, the fastest way is with this atlas. Booting a computer and inserting a CDRom takes way more time. The smaller fonts on the maps are good as they still allow you to read the place names without cluttering up the maps unnecessarily. I was comparing this work to the 'Book of the World' and I must say that both of them have very strong points and the ideal atlas would be a combination of both. The 'Book of the World' (96 edition) has much nicer looking maps which include some information not found in the 'Times Atlas' such as highway numbers, and locations such as parks, reservations, military and governmental installations, airports, etc. Also, more roads were found in the 'Book of the World'.

The perfect atlas would be the map design of the 'Book of the World' with its glossy and high-quality pages combined with the shear number of locations in the 'Times Atlas'.

4-0 out of 5 stars Heavy, Expensive and with lots of small print . . .
You will need a magnifying glass for the very small print. I nearly strained my back lifting the book after it was delivered. But, the world is a heavy thing. I like the book because I can look up back-water places in every puny little country in every nook and cranny on this old Earth of ours. It is also a good prop-up under my old feather pillow, as I need something large and firm. Plus, it's kind of nice to know the world in right underneath my pillow. I sometimes dream of far away places that I visited as a boy. My father was a traveler who inherited a great deal of money and little common sense. He lugged us three kids around while my mother complained about food, coarse bed linens and bugs.

5-0 out of 5 stars great for finding towns, comparatively poor on geology
If you are reading a biography of an artist and find that he lives in a small town in Scotland, this is the atlas where you're most likely to find that town. The maps are extremely detailed for towns and roads and such, especially in Western countries. The DK Great World Atlas, however, has far more interesting information about geology and day/night satellite photos that give you a much better idea of what the world is really all about. If I were getting a gift for a student, the DK atlas would be my choice (and it is about half the price of the Times atlas).

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Atlas....still room for improvement. (3.5 stars)
I would give this atlas, 3.5 stars. I couldn't indicate this above.

This is a good atlas, and from the few large atlases I have perused, this one seems to be the best. Other readers have already noted the strengths of this atlas, and I concur for the most part. In particular, I love the details of some of the maps. However, major improvements can still be made for this Atlas. Improvements suggested are as follows:

1. Euro-American centric. While this is probably the least Euro-American centric atlas I have seen coming from the Anglo- world, this atlas remains embedded in an Euro-American centric view of the world. For instance, the scales of the maps of Africa and Asia are not as good as the scales of the maps of Europe. As someone having grown up in Africa, I was anticipating nore detailed maps of Africa, but alas, was disappointed.

2. City maps. This is the first edition of the Times Atlas I have bought. It seems that previous editions had city maps included. I think these should be brought back. And furthermore, not only major cities of the world should be included, but major cities of all continents should be included. For instance, while Accra and Lagos are not necessarily considered world cities (speaking from say an Anglo- centric point of the world) these two cities are certainly major hubs of activities for much of sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, city maps of major cities of the world and continents should be included.

3. Maps of each country. I wouldn't consider #3 as a weakness in the Times Atlas, but it would make (for me) the best atlas possible. I think it would be most ideal if each country of the world had at least a large page devoted to it. For instance, right now Ghana only shares a small portion of one page of the map, whereas it would be ideal if Ghana would get its own page. Can you imagine the amount of details one would get if, say for instance, one whole page was dedicated to the Seychelles? This idea isn't too far fetched, because, if I recall correctly (I don't have access to my atlas right now) Iceland is spread out over 2 of those large Times Altas pages, giving the map of Iceland a wonderfully detailed construction. Of course, the fact that tiny Iceland island is dedicated to two pages, while similarly historically important countries like Ghana (it was the first black African country to gain independence!) only shares less than 1/10th of one page shows the Euro-centric nature of this atlas.

This inequity is also bizarre: two whole pages are devoted to Antartica while no African countries are given a single page. Why Antartica first before any other inhabited African country?

Despite these shortcomings, the Times Atlas is still a good Atlas. If it could replicate the scale and details of its Europe maps for other parts of the world, Times would become almost "perfect". ... Read more

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