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    1. Italy (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
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    1. Italy (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
    by Not Applicable (Na )
    list price: $30.00
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    Asin: 0789493861
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
    Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
    Sales Rank: 2709
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    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 beautiful overview, less helpful for specifics
    What a gorgeous book. I fell in love with the Eyewitness series and decided to buy this book to learn as much as I could about as many places as I could in Italy, before I planned my trip. I also plan on collecting more, for future trips and because they are great educational books, even if one never plans on traveling. Great for the coffee table, too! Organized by region with an overview of each area and brief highlights about specific sites (most of which are churches). The map on Rome was a little confusing at first and I had to keep flipping page to page to navigate. Luckily, the book is designed with two flaps that can be used for page markers. Useful organization on the sites (such as which ones charge admission, open/closed times, market days for towns, etc.) Loved the sections on regional foods and festivals, useful travel info located in the back. Photographs are small but lovely and numerous, architectural cutaways give interesting perspective on the sites. Restaurant and hotel recommendations are well organized but I never really consulted them. (Stuck to the internet for finding rooms and our wanderings and recommendations from other travelers to find restaurants.) We went to the Amalfi coast, Capri and the Umbria area (staying in Gubbio) and found the book mildly helpful. It was most helpful in Rome. I saw many tourists with Eyewitness Italy and Rome guides everywhere in Rome, in many languages. I've also seen the Frommer's series and found that one to be more densely packed with useful information and suggestions for interesting (and often inexpensive) excursions. However, it lacks the stimulating layout of the photographs, maps and color coding found in the Eyewitness guides. I felt the need to get more specific local guidebooks as I traveled with more detailed information and photographs. For example, I bought a guidebook outside Pompeii in order to have more information on the sights as well as a more useful map. It turns out that much more of Pompeii was excavated since the Eyewitness book was written. Hardly any information was given on the excavation of Herculaneum, which we heard is even a better site to tour than Pompeii. We could have used information on navigating around Capri efficiently, too, considering a day trip allows little time to see many of the sights, which often are contingent on the weather (such as the famous Blue Grotto, inaccessible at high tide). Capri is also very expensive for just about everything. The only warning given is that it's a "tourist trap." Minimal, general information was provided for the Amalfi coast, so much had to be learned (such as driving hazards) by experience, which is one of the joys of traveling anyway. Overall, a beautiful,informative book, providing a good general overview of a variety of areas and sites. Decent maps, terrific photos, useful travel info (though limited description of bus and metro routes). Not detailed enough for many areas so local souvenir guidebooks, or a more densely informed and photo-poor book might be helpful for the more investigative traveler. A note to travelers: order foods that are specialties of the region. Foods adopted from other regions tend to be less than expected. (ex. Risotto in the south is often made with the wrong rice, pizza in the north is difficult to eat and has too thin a crust. Whereas gnocchi in the north is incredible.) What also would have been useful is a description of different shop names and what they sell so travelers know what to expect when they're looking for something specific. (Like a deli--"salumeria" for an inexpensive lunch of prosciutto and cheese) However, that is again some of the fun of traveling--finding these things on your own. Buon viaggio!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bella Italia
    When Eyewitness travel guides burst on to the scene, they revolutionised the genre. Dorling Kindersley have long published marvellous series information books for schools and young people, and they have brought the same high quality of production to their travel series. Eyewitness does a few things superbly: 1. Their use of full colour photography. 2. No Top Tens or 1/2/3 stars. Eyewitness just show it how it is and let you decide what interests you most. 3. Real maps, with real street indexes, integrated right into the book. No more sketch maps with dubious scale or misrepresentations of actual distances. 4. Breaking up cities into manageable and logical sectors. So after helping you get there, they offer full coverage of the area. 5. There is no attempt to be hip or impose points-of-view. Other guide books do that, and do it quite well at times, so they are best left to that field.

    Italy is a fat book, and it might be heavy to carry around, but as other reviewers have said it is invaluable. It would replace at least two other guide books, and relegate the other lushly illustrated "guides" that are out there to the coffee-table status that is probably more appropriate.

    My one criticism is that the accommodation listings are more appropriate for the well-heeled traveller. Here's what I'd do: go to the local library and borrow the Let's Go, Rough Guide and Lonely Planet. Photocopy the listings and use them to supplement . As for restaurant listings, I've never used them in any guide book - just stepped outside the lodgings and wandered!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Useless... but great pictures!
    As a travel guide, this book is beyond useless! The pictures are amazing and they will definitly inspire you to take a trip to Italy but once your get there, if you depend on this book, your family will have to declare you missing! There aren't any directions to any of the places addressed in the book. And some of the places discussed would be impossible for the average person to go see on his/her own. I used Let's Go Italy as my travel guide for my 3-month italian excursion and it was the best! Yes, it wasn't without it's errors, but nothing too off the wall. I brought both my Let's Go and my Eyewitness Travel Guide with me on my trip. I gave the Eyewitness book to a British girl I met while working. She only liked it for the pictures too!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Treasure for Travelers
    After purchasing many books on Italy, I have found that this is one of the best for your money. Eyewitness does a great job of covering the entire country, and does not sacrifice information. This book appeals to both travelers and those who simply wish to learn more about the country and its history.
    The information provided ranges from maps to the cultural and historical value of the country. As you go through each city or town, famous buildings and pieces of art are depicted as well. For those who are planning a trip to Italy, the maps of each city are helpful, as well as the directory of hotels and restaurants provided. Overall, this was an extremely well made book that presents lots of information in an interesting way and is filled with beautiful pictures. This is the book to get for covering a variety of aspects of Italy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Available
    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 have bought travel books from all the competitors.

    I strongly prefer the book to those available from Lonely Planet, or Frommer, or others such as Rick Steve that have zero or few photos. 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 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 Italy. You are back in a small restaurant or museum.

    The photos and descriptions and cutaway drawings are excellent which is ideal for a country like Italy with a lot of history. But there is lots of detail here. The book includes the history 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 670 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


    2. Rick Steves' Italy 2005
    by Rick Steves, Heidi Sewell, Sarah Murdoch
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    Asin: 1566916798
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-10)
    Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing, Rick Steves
    Sales Rank: 1181
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    3. London (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
    by Michael Leapman
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    Asin: 0789493837
    Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
    Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
    Sales Rank: 3701
    Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    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

    Reviews (51)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Travel Guide, Beautiful Coffee Table Book!
    .
    Summary:
    Every Dorling Kindersley Guide has been a great and interesting book... and delightful to have and use, even if you are not traveling to that location, but are only interested in learning more!

    The Guides are well organized in a logical and easy to follow manner. They are beautifully illustrated, well developed with accurate information (it is unusual for hotel and restaurant information to be that accurate), have enough history to help the reader understand the people and cultural background, and have a lot of useful travel information and useable maps in the appendixes.

    The really great attraction to this book is several fold; it is:
    ............Very complete
    ............Easy to read
    ............Beautifully and artistically completed
    ............Good shopping, safety and other tips
    ............Gorgeous photographs too numerous to list.

    Specifics:
    The guides are organized as follows:

    How to use this guide
    Introduction to Historical and Geographical information
    Geographical Regions
    ............Introduction London
    ........................Intro.
    ........................History
    ........................At a Glance
    ........................Through the Year
    ........................Riverview of London
    ............London Area by Area, each section includes:
    ........................Introduction to street by street area
    ........................Detailed pictorials of area buildings
    ........................Architectural drawings, pictures, cut-aways of buildings
    ........................Specific stops, historical monuments, churches, buildings, etc.
    ........................Four Guided Walks

    Travelers Needs - includes full list with rankings and notes
    ............Hotels
    ............Restaurants, pubs
    ............Shops / Markets
    ............Entertainment
    ............Children's London

    Survival Information
    ............Practical
    ........................Tourist info., Etiquete, Personal Security and Health
    ........................Currencies, Telephones, misc info.
    ............Getting to London
    ............Getting Around London
    ............Street Maps
    ............General Index
    ............Phrase Book

    Discussion:
    The book begins with "Introducing London", including a complete map, a review, the city's history, and London thought the Year - including events, etc.

    Areas with an "At a glance" overview, then has subsections of specific blocks, or forums, then specific locations, churches, historical monuments, bridges, galleries, etc.

    Architectural reviews include various views, and cutaways; given greater understanding and better perspective. They are all attractive, if not works of art - honestly.

    The travelers' Info. offers good and valid info. on prices, currencies, customs, important words, etc. I used the reviews on hotel's restaurants and nightclubs, etc. and found they were useful and accurate, and helpful with my touring and site decisions.

    The books are so well thought-out that it has multiple maps, with various lookup tables, and the book's flaps are designed to be used as bookmarks for map pages.

    Conclusion:
    Each book in this series is a great help, and beautiful collectible resource. As the President, CEO of an International Meeting Planning Corporation we have many resources and techniques to learn about places we have meetings / groups at as well as the cities and sights. But, as a traveler, this book really is top notch and I would recommend it to anyone going on a personal trip, or wanting to learn about a city, or location. We have used some of these books to augment our research to investigate cities for our groups.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You Cannot Go Wrong - These are Great Books for Travel
    I first discovered these books by accident on Stockholm. The book I bought by accident was in Swedish but it still useful because of all the photos, cut away views, museum pictures, and maps and historical details. When I got home I bought one in English. I own more than a dozen of different cities and countries in this series.

    What differentiates these books from the competition is the photos. On a cold day back here in the USA (or Canada) or elsewhere, have a glass of wine 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 London. You are back in a small restaurant overlooking a busy street in the theatre district. Thats how good the photos are! I am still impressed every time I pick up the book.

    The photos and desicriptions and cutaway drawings are excellent. They cover art galleries, museums, churches, special architecture, history, an a lot more. A solid 430 page effort - lots of stuff to see and absorb. Where does one to begin and describe the things to see and do in London such as the Westminster area, the galleries such as the Tate, Buckingham Palace, Soho, The City, Mayfair, Southwark, on and on. The book includes subway maps, restaurants and more. In other words you get all the travel information as found in other books plus great visuals.

    The history section is impressive. They have a timeline showing developments cross referenced to photos, people, and things to see all in a detailed section.

    Great city, the visit made better.

    Jack in Toronto

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best buy!
    Brilliant book. Accurate, easy to use and very concise. A pleasure to carry around with good quality maps, street name lookup and lots and lots of information regarding places to eat (very good recommendations) and places to go to.

    A must have if you are planning a trip to London.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good and very visual, but lacks more detail
    I am going to be travelling to Europe soon and I was looking for new books. I got the eyewitness london guide because of all the images it has. It is a really nice book and really entertaining and the suggested tours are good.

    My only complain with the book is that it is not so informative about prices like other guides. I would recommend getting this guide just for the visual aspect, but maybe consider buying like the Let's Go London Or Lonely Planet London guide books for budget travellers because they give you ALL the prices informations on everything from transport, restaurants, entrances to sights, etc. For example in London's case, the eywitness guide just mentioons the travel cards to get around but doesn't give information on prices which do come in the Let's Go and LP series.

    2-0 out of 5 stars An index of London, not really a guidebook
    I took this book and Frommers to London. This book lists everything,and yet at the same time can be vague when it comes to directions, prices and if something is worthwhile or not. It's an index rather than a guide book. The Frommer's book was as if someone went to London before you did and came back with the good places and sites that you should go to, including restaurant recommendations that I find to be on the money. I'm going to Italy next month and will be taking a Frommer's guide since it gives me prices, times, and what's worth seeing. And...while the individual graphics in this book are good, overall the book is too cluttered. ... Read more


    4. Paris (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
    by Alan Tillier
    list price: $25.00
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    Asin: 0789493896
    Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
    Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
    Sales Rank: 3745
    Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    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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    5-0 out of 5 stars Make Eyewitness essential part of your travel fun
    DK's Eyewitness Travel Guides are our best travel companion during our tour of Europe. Full of tips, pictures, maps, site info, history, local reference ... every page is not only helpful but beautiful. The layout anf format is very innovative and reader friendly, a ture standing out from any other travel books. It was interesting to see that almost everywhere we went, we saw other people (tourists apparently) holding and checking the same DK book on the street.
    The coverage is comprehensive and growing year after year, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice ... every city we went have its own Eyewitness serie. We studied them before our trip, consulted them during our trip, and kept them as memo and photo book after our trip. They are simply essential part of the travel fun.

    I recommend buying indiviual city/area book wherever possible instead of the country book. For example, buy Rome, Florence, and Venice books instead of Eyewitness Italy (unless your destination doesn't have its own Eyewitness). That way you get more detailed and targeted info.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Photography and Descriptions, Takes You There
    I have to confess up front. I love these books. I must have 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.

    On a cold day back here in the USA (or Canada) or elsewhere, have a glass of French wine 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 Paris. The same with the Stockholm book. You are back in a small restaurant or museum.

    It is not a Michelin guide but that is okay. The photos and desicriptions and cutaway drawings are excellent and more than make up for any lack of small detail. But there is lots of detail here. The book includes the history of Paris 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 400 page effort - lots of stuff to see and absorb.

    It has the other things too such as maps, accomodations, transportation, and the rest. The Michelin guide has more sub-detail but this book is still the best for a visitor.

    You will be pleasantly suprised with the depth and quality of this book and it makes a nice souvenir to refresh your memory.

    Jack in Toronto

    3-0 out of 5 stars Visually appealing but no hard-core info.
    I think the title of my review wraps it all up: the eyewitness guides are a work of graphic art. Their highlight is probably the great work on the maps, both small and large scale, which are of great help as you navigate around the city looking for sights. As a tool for reaching all of the sights you want to see, I would say that the Eyewitness Guide is among the best, with its street map, neighborhood maps and Metro/subway guide. In addition to this, as another positive comment I would say that it is a great guide to take on a trip if you don't have much time and you need information presented in an easy-to-read, simple manner. The drawings and photos, and the way they are laid out, is very appealing.

    The advantages stop there, however. If you really want to get to know a city, you simply need more in-depth historical and cultural information on the sights you are seeing. Most of the locations described in the Eyewitness Guide do not stretch beyond a paragraph or two, which is quite superficial in my opinion. If you really want to know about the history behind the church, monument, museum or park you have traveled so far to see, you will definitely need another guidebook to give you any kind of detail. This flaw becomes far worse when you read the sections on sights outside of the city or in the suburbs (which are many!). The descriptions become utterly superficial.

    Harsh critique also for the hotel and restaurant information, which is limited to places designed for the rich and famous, or at least the very upper of the upper-middle class. The best guides give you a little info. on all styles of lodging and food, from low budget to luxury, but these guides make little effort to do so, and even the information on the laps of luxury is limited to little symbols, instead of providing descriptions like other guides do.

    With this combination of characteristics, I think Eyewitness is good to take along for a short trip in which you have little time to spend seeing the city and you don't really care about getting any deep information on what you're seeing. Otherwise, keep looking for another guidebook.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful visually-oriented guide!
    I have the older edition that I bought back in 2001, and it's fantastic. I used this book everywhere for my two-week trip to Paris, and more than the other three guide books I bought. The reason this book is so useful is that it doesn't describe the sites in long wordy paragraphs like the others. It's the one book I carried around everywhere. It includes tons of pictures that allow you tell quickly if you're at the right location, even if there's no sign (or if the sign is in a strange language). The pictures and illustrations make all the difference, and the layout is easy to understand. The maps are also useful and clear. The binding is also reasonably good quality, so that it hasn't fallen apart in spite of heavy use. I just loaned my friend this book, and he used it on his ten-day trip to Paris, and he also liked it. I can only imagine that this latest edition is as good or better than the one I have. If I make another trip to another place or city, I'll check what this series has to offer, first.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
    ...P>It is outstanding. The illustrations are excellent, the maps accurate and detailed. The only better map is the No 2 Plan to public transport available free from Metro stations, which shows metro , RER and bus routes with named streets, and the more expensive book maps by arrondissement available in Paris.

    But unless you want to cart around two books, the maps in this volume are excellent (warning: there are a few places they DON'T cover, so if you are planning visits to some of the less touristed arrondissements, you will need a map book as well).

    I used this in conjunction with Fodor's Around Paris With Kids, and together they covered everything we needed as a family.

    The house style of Eyewitness Guides is now well-known, and this volume is as good as, if not better, than any. You really can't go wrong if you pack this. It will even make you want to go places you might otherwise have dismissed. ... Read more


    5. Rick Steves' Germany and Austria 2005
    by Rick Steves
    list price: $19.95
    our price: $13.57
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: 1566916755
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-31)
    Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing, Rick Steves
    Sales Rank: 64334
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    Book Description

    Who but Rick Steves can tell you how to take the Do-It-Yourself Dresden Baroque Blitz Tour or the Short and Scenic Black Forest Joyride? With Rick Steves' Germany and Austria 2005, travelers can experience Rick's favorite destinations in Munich, Bavaria, Baden-Baden, Rothenburg, Würzberg, Frankfurt, the Rhine Valley, Köln, Nürnberg, Dresden, Berlin, Vienna, the Danube Valley, Salzburg, Hallstatt, Innsbruck, and Hall-economically and hassle-free. Completely revised and updated, Rick Steves' Germany and Austria 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 Germany and Austria have been used by millions of Americans in search of their own unique travel experience. ... Read more


    6. Rome (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
    by Not Applicable (Na )
    list price: $25.00
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    Asin: 0789494213
    Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
    Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
    Sales Rank: 3947
    Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    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

    Reviews (44)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Travel Guide, Beautiful Coffee Table Book!
    Summary:
    Every Dorling Kindersley Guide has been a great and interesting book... and delightful to have and use, even if you are not traveling to that location, but are only interested in learning more!

    The Guides are well organized in a logical and easy to follow manner. They are beautifully illustrated, well developed with accurate information (it is unusual for hotel and restaurant information to be that accurate), have enough history to help the reader understand the people and cultural background, and have a lot of useful travel information and useable maps in the appendixes.

    Specifics:
    The guides are organized as follows:

    How to use this guide
    Introduction to Historical and Geographical information
    Geographical Regions
    ............Introduction / History of Rome
    ............Specific City Areas
    ........................Introduction to street by street area
    ........................Detailed pictorials of area buildings
    ........................Architectural drawings, pictures, cut-aways of buildings
    ........................Specific stops, historical monuments, churches, buildings, etc.
    ............Six guided walks

    Travelers Needs - includes full list with rankings and notes
    ............Hotels
    ............Restaurants
    ............Shops / Markets
    ............Entertainment
    ............Rome for children

    Survival Information
    ............Local Info.
    ........................Tourist info., Etiquette, Personal Security and Health
    ........................Currencies, Telephones, misc info.
    ............Getting to Rome
    ........................Planes, trains and automobiles, signs
    ........................general map, sectional maps with index
    ............Travel Info.
    ........................Maps, tours, currency, etc.
    ............General Index
    ............Phrase Book

    Discussion:
    The book begins with "Introducing Rome", including a complete map, a review of Rome, Rome's history, and Rome thought the Year - including events, etc.

    Areas with an "At a glance" overview, then has subsections of specific blocks, or forums, then specific locations, churches, historical monuments, bridges, galleries, etc.

    The really great attraction to this book is several fold; it is:
    ............Very complete
    ............Easy to read
    ............Beautifully and artistically completed
    ............Good shopping, safety and other tips
    ............Gorgeous photographs too numerous to list.

    Architectural reviews include various views, and cutaways; given greater understanding and better perspective. They are all attractive, if not works of art - honestly.

    The travelers' Info. offers good and valid info. on prices, currencies, customs, important words, etc. I used the reviews on hotel's restaurants and nightclubs, etc. and found they were useful and accurate, and helpful with my touring and site decisions

    The books are so well thought-out that it has multiple maps, with various lookup tables, and the book's flaps are designed to be used as bookmarks for map pages.

    Conclusion:
    Each book in this series is a great help, and beautiful collectible resource. As the President, CEO of an International Meeting Planning Corporation we have many resources and techniques to learn about places we have meetings / groups at as well as the cities and sights. But, as a traveler, this book really is top notch and I would recommend it to anyone going on a personal trip, or wanting to learn about a city, or location. We have used some of these books to augment our research to investigate cities for our groups.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't leave home with out this guide
    Dorling Kindersley makes the best travel guides hands down. They are extremely well illustrated, have extensive and detailed maps (thank god, because I tend to get lost very easily and it is even easier to get lost in Rome), up to date information on hotels (rates, rooms etc), restaurants (costs and reservation policies), and sites to see. This is a more detailed look at Rome than their Italy book, which is also fabulous. The travel guides have wonderful pictures, well researched histories and facts about Rome (not just about the city as it stands today but a whole history of Rome from it's glory days), what wines and foods that one should try, detailed walking tours, information on famous art (there is a great section on the Sistine Chapel and all of the figures you will find in each panel).

    The book also covers the best places to shop (and there are SO many in Rome), where to get good deals on leather and other wonderful things. The book give you wonderful ideas on how to see the city in a limited time or really enjoy it if you are there for more than a few days. The book also covers things to do that many tourists might over look as well as telling you what is worth your while and what to skip.

    The book also covers customs, money changing, travel information - you name it! This is one of the best guides available on the market.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Make Eyewitness essential part of your travel fun
    DK's Eyewitness Travel Guides are our best travel companion during our tour of Europe. Full of tips, pictures, maps, site info, history, local reference ... every page is not only helpful but beautiful. The layout anf format is very innovative and reader friendly, a ture standing out from any other travel books. It was interesting to see that almost everywhere we went, we saw other people (tourists apparently) holding and checking the same DK book on the street.
    The coverage is comprehensive and growing year after year, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice ... every city we went have its own Eyewitness serie. We studied them before our trip, consulted them during our trip, and kept them as memo and photo book after our trip. They are simply essential part of the travel fun.

    I recommend buying indiviual city/area book wherever possible instead of the country book. For example, buy Rome, Florence, and Venice books instead of Eyewitness Italy (unless your destination doesn't have its own Eyewitness). That way you get more detailed and targeted info.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for remembering your trip
    Beautiful book for getting excited about going or to remember your trip by when you return. Also bought Rick Steves guide book which I found more practical with common sense advice and better sized for carrying around Rome without a purse or back back. Before and after Rome trip I used this book. In Rome I used Rick Steves.

    5-0 out of 5 stars best guide out there
    After looking through all the guides at the bookstore, we chose this one because it provided the most information in the most readily-accessible manner. We carried it around with us during our week in Rome and found it immensely helpful. Judging from the copies in the other tourists' hands, this is the most popular guide out there, and for good reason. ... Read more


    7. Florence & Tuscany (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
    by Christopher Catling
    list price: $20.00
    our price: $13.60
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    Asin: 0789494280
    Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
    Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
    Sales Rank: 3676
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    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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    5-0 out of 5 stars Make Eyewitness essential part of your travel fun
    DK's Eyewitness Travel Guides are our best travel companion during our tour of Europe. Full of tips, pictures, maps, site info, history, local reference ... every page is not only helpful but beautiful. The layout anf format is very innovative and reader friendly, a ture standing out from any other travel books. It was interesting to see that almost everywhere we went, we saw other people (tourists apparently) holding and checking the same DK book on the street.

    The coverage is comprehensive and growing year after year, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice ... every city we went have its own Eyewitness serie. We studied them before our trip, consulted them during our trip, and kept them as memo and photo book after our trip. They are simply essential part of the travel fun.

    I recommend buying indiviual city/area book wherever possible instead of the country book. For example, buy Rome, Florence, and Venice books instead of Eyewitness Italy (unless your destination doesn't have its own Eyewitness). That way you get more detailed and targeted info.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I am very thankful for the DK Eyewitness Guides!
    As I've said in my review of the Eyewitness Guide to Rome, I am very impressed by the aesthetic qualities of the DK books. They make a great show and tell after you've taken the trip, save you from having to take many pictures, and inspire others to want to go there. The content, in terms of guided walks and tours, is just what you need if you're spending more than a day in the beautiful city of Florence. Face it, if you just spend a day, go to the Uffizi and the Palazzo Vecchio area, maybe the Duomo... and let them speak for themselves. But this book goes into decent depth for a variety of attractions and locations. If you are only there three days, you can pick and choose, and it doesn't skimp. I could see how the Eyewitness Guide to Florence would equip you for a month of travel in Tuscany, easily. I unfortunately couldn't get out of the city, but that leads to another praise of the book...

    I had a significant medical problem in Florence, and needed immediate attention. The book gave the address for a clinic specifically for tourists (I didn't see this listed in the other guides I had access to). All of the doctors at this clinic spoke English, and I didn't even have to speak to hospital staff or reception. The thing is, even if many foreigners speak enough English to impress, in health situations it's very different and easy to confuse and become confused. Trying to get surgery isn't like ordering dinner. So the directions to this clinic allowed me to get the surgery I needed from someone fluent in my language and made the rest of my trip so much more enjoyable.

    The bottom line is, if you're going to Tuscany, you can trust the DK guides to take care of what you need!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent travel guide
    This travel guide came in very handy during a recent vacation trip to Florence. It's one of the best I've seen, though not perfect. This book is packed with useful information about the major attractions, interesting historical tidbits, lots of color photos and illustrations, and suggestions on things to buy and foods to eat. The maps of central Florence are very helpful to anyone planning to wander a lot by foot which is really the best way to see the city. Most of the major sights are within easy walking distance of one another. There is also information and photos of other towns in Tuscany with brief descriptions. This guide book has sturdy laminated covers which means it won't fall apart on you, even after constant use. My biggest gripe concerns the hotel and restaurant recommendations. Most of the hotels listed are very expensive. And the restaurant list could be better, in my opinion. It would have also been helpful to have more information about bus routes to places of interest outside Florence. My wife and I, for instance, took a side trip to a small town just south of the city. We found a local bus that took us there and the fare was less than two euros. But all of these faults are minor. I would still strongly recommend this guide to anyone visiting Florence. ... Read more


    8. Frommer's Italy 2005
    by DarwinPorter, DanforthPrince
    list price: $22.99
    our price: $15.63
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    Asin: 0764568922
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-09)
    Publisher: Frommers
    Sales Rank: 7205
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    Book Description

    The definitive trip-planner to Italy-our bestselling international guidebook
    * Italy is a perennially popular destination for American travelers, with three cities (Florence, Rome, and Venice) among the top ten in the 2003 Travel & Leisure "World's Best" poll
    * UNESCO reports that Italy holds two-thirds of the world's artistic heritage sites
    * The Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the world's most popular tourist attractions, is once again open after a decade-long reconstruction
    * Includes a full-color photo insert
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    9. Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door 2005 (Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door)
    by Rick Steves
    list price: $21.95
    our price: $15.36
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    Asin: 1566916186
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-09)
    Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing, Rick Steves
    Sales Rank: 1904
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    Book Description

    From train and rail pass skills to strategies for visiting open-air folk museums, who else but Rick Steves teaches you the skills you really need when traveling through Europe? Learn how to deal with all of the small details of planning a trip to Europe with Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door 2005. America's number one authority on travel to Europe, Rick Steves has done the legwork, discovered the secrets, and made the mistakes-so you don't have to. Completely revised and updated, Rick's time-tested recommendations for safe and enjoyable travel in Europe have been used by millions of Americans in search of their own unique European travel experience. Rick's travel tips include: sticking to a budget; smart packing; planning ahead for visiting major sites; personal safety; avoiding tourist traps; and finding Europe's "back door" attractions. Smart advice is also offered on everything from social etiquette to booking a hotel and ordering food. Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door 2005 is an essential item on any European traveler's checklist. ... Read more


    10. Lonely Planet Thailand (Lonely Planet Thailand)
    by Joe Cummings, Sandra Bao, Steven Martin, China Williams
    list price: $25.99
    our price: $17.15
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    Asin: 1740593561
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
    Sales Rank: 5289
    Average Customer Review: 3.41 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Hotter than a 'rat-shit pepper', this best-selling guide gives you the goods on surviving crazy Bangkok, exploring exotic landscapes and discovering what lies behind that famous Thai smile.

    • 148 easy-to-read maps
    • hundreds of places to stay, from squat-toilet guesthouses to luxe spa resorts
    • indepth analysis of the intricacies of Thai culture
    • where to learn Thai massage and master meditation
    • special sections covering Thai art, music, theatre and religion
    • Thai script throughout for easy reference, and handy language chapter with essential Thai words and phrases
    ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet fan
    Re: other reviewers' comments on Pattaya: Thanks, Joe, for NOT dwelling on that tourist trap. ANY OTHER brochure, website, or travel agent offers equal information. Lonely Planet's info given is more than plenty to fully enjoy R&R in Pattaya.

    If you want to venture to the true beauty of Thailand, true land of smiles, than use LP as a terrific reference. If you want someone else to plan your whole trip and be part of a tour group, then call a travel agent or buy the "other" books.

    Re: 7th edition: "Loi Krathong" (Festival of Lights - last full moon in November) needs more detailed information for more cities in Thailand and the festival itself. For me, this was THE festival of the year - great to observe pre-celebration, too. The flowers, floats, parades, food, atmosphere... This was one of my highlights of the trip. (We spent pre-festivities in Bangkok; actual festival in Ayuthaya). Joe only briefly mentions that it's "best to celebrate in the North." Don't let this discourage you from celebrating it elsewhere in Thailand.

    Having traveled with various guide books, nothing so far beats the Lonely Planet guide books. But you must keep in mind as a user - all recommendations are merely recommendations. Investigate comments, take in the facts. (The comments are usually funny and helpful anyway). The cultural background information, history, and other side notes help make the difference to buy Lonely Planet instead of the others. Joe Cummings' LP books on Thailand, Bangkok & the phrasebook were superb. I liked his insight. LP helps you be a traveler, not just a tourist. (Other LP books used: Israel, Turkey, Greece, Western Europe, Baltics, Asia, and Hong Kong. They've all been worth their weight and size). If you can take your own luggage off the baggage carousel, you must use Lonely Planet.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    Couldn't have been better. I use Lonely Planet books as a loose guide to give me background information as a base for myself to build upon. I don't follow it like a bible, because then one is not being as spontaneous, curious, or as individualistic as they perhaps should be when traveling abroad. This Lonely Planet edition for Thailand had accurate information on accomadation, pricing, culture, food, language, religion, and historical background. Great "atmosphere" descriptions. The maps of the cities and towns were very helpful. I think the author Joe Cummings, did an excellent job as well as those who assisted. (Avoid tourist-trap, phony areas that are fake, and want your Baht.) It took me six years to return to Thailand, my favorite country in the world. How could I have taken so long? I will not make this mistake again. Best people, food, and culture in the world in my opinion.

    2-0 out of 5 stars poorly designed
    I was really disappointed with the newest Thailand edition to the Lonely Planet series. This is a huge volume and is more a history lesson then a guidebook. Learning the history of your destination is great but that information is not necessary when carrying around a guide to find a place to eat. Many of the authors' recommendations are already outdated. The price ranges for places to eat or sleep are not accurate or sometimes not given at all. My main problem is the way this guide links the map to the text. In order to find out where a place is located, you must refer to several different pages when reading the map. Why can't the description of a restaurant also tell the map page and grid point without having to look on a separate index? Poorly designed and not easy to use when on the go. Keep this one on your bookshelf and take a smaller guidebook when traveling. I recommend the Time Out series as my favorite.

    1-0 out of 5 stars same old, same old
    I enjoy writing, but this crummy book isn't even worth the effort. I noticed that amazon.com removed the 9th edition book, and all the reviews that went with it, possibly to try to help Lonely Planet, which is truly a faint and sad shadow of it's former, ancient (1980's) self.
    This book just repeats the same old info and "who cares?" attitude of the 9th edition.
    What the heck ever happened to LP I don't know, but they have changed from an inspired company to a cynical company that appears to not care about anything much anymore.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The cream of Thailand guides
    I live and work in Bangkok, and when travelling to other parts of Thailand on holiday I always take along the Lonely Planet guide. I've tried Rough, Footprint and a few other lesser known publications, but LP tends to more informative, and considerably more accurate, in fact more so than all the others combined.

    Another thing, I've been buying each new edition of the LP guide since the early 90s, and can't understand the amazon user reviews dated 1999 or 2002, etc, that identify this guide as the work of Joe Cummings alone. Since the late 90s it has been a team project (with Steven Martin initially, currently with a total of four authors), as any look at the title page or About the Authors page will reveal. So if you don't like the tone, blame the whole team (or more importantly the LP editors, who no doubt play a large role in determining how this book reads), not Cummings!

    One thing I did notice about the 2003 edition is that it is considerably shorter than the last couple of editions. Gone are some of the more interesting out-of-the-way destinations in the various regions. I suppose LP felt it had to cut down on the size and weight but I would personally rather see them return to a more comprehensive scope. ... Read more


    11. Lonely Planet Europe On A Shoestring (Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring)
    by Sarah Johnstone
    list price: $26.99
    our price: $17.81
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    Asin: 1740597796
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
    Sales Rank: 607809
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    12. Lonely Planet Costa Rica (Lonely Planet Costa Rica)
    by Carolina Miranda, Paige Penland
    list price: $21.99
    our price: $14.95
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    Asin: 1740597753
    Catlog: Book (2004-11)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
    Sales Rank: 2104
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    Book Description

    Stroll through pristine cloud forests and peer into simmering volcanoes, catch the perfect turquoise wave and howl back at howler monkeys, gaze at the waters of the Caribbean and the Pacific from the top of Mt Chirripo - Costa Rica is an adventurer's dream.Packed with expert advice on making the most of your trip, our authoritative guide will help you discover your own paradise in the land of pura vida.

    • GET WILD - our full-color wildlife guide gets you in touch with the swingers, the swimmers and the slitherers • GO NATURAL - an expert ecologist gives you the scoop on Costa Rica's stunning national parks in our environment chapter • TAKE IT OUTSIDE - our adventure travel chapter has you covered, from hiking and surfing to rafting and kayaking • GET AROUND - 77 user-friendly maps, more than any other guidebook to Costa Rica • REST EASY - from treehouse hammocks to luxury ecolodges, accommodations to please every style and budget ... Read more


    13. Inside Out London (Insideout City Guide: London)
    by Compass Maps
    list price: $11.95
    our price: $8.96
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    Asin: 1904766080
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
    Publisher: Map Group Inc.
    Sales Rank: 85469
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The London Insideout City Guide includes a 64 page Insiders Guide, compass, and maps to help you travel intelligently around London. A classic London itinerary is provided that suggests how to best enjoy this historic city. 42 must-see places, like Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, are outlined with descriptions, historical insights, and an alphanumeric index corresponding to one of the helpful maps. 38 places to shop are identified and organized by categories such as: Book Stores, Markets, Antiques, and Sporting Goods. After each category, the guide lists the stores' specialties. There are 54 entertainment venues covering themes from the Opera and Theatre to Dance Clubs and Sporting Arenas, with a detailed description of each, what it has to offer, and its location. The 60 restaurants included cover a wide range of ethnic tastes, as well as a price guide to rate the restaurants from inexpensive to high priced. Last but not least is a listing of all the practical information regarding London, including a directory that has everything you need to know to get the best out of this exciting city. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars How to be an inconspicuous tourist
    This book is great and the tiny size makes it easy to check your map without looking like a lost tourist (even though you are one)! The subway map was unbelievably accurate and the suggestions for things to see and do was very helpful. But again, back to the map (I'm slightly obsessed), it was a great help in navigating the city and had all of the neighborhoods and major sights clearly labeled on it. I'm looking forward to checking out the Compass Map guides for other cities. ... Read more


    14. Ireland (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
    by Lisa Gerard-Sharp, Tim Perry
    list price: $25.00
    our price: $16.50
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    Asin: 0789494248
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
    Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
    Sales Rank: 7344
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    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 Nice photos.
    Really a great guide to help you sort out what type of attractions you want to explore since it included so many nice photos of the various attractions. I agree with other reviewers that you certainly need a detailed road map to travel across Ireland, but this book was used to plot out our travel plans from start to finish. The survival section was a nice primer to read before the trip, since it discussed what to expect in terms of basic needs. Really a great guide.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Handy, Informative, and Necessary
    Here's the drill: You're planning the trip, know you NEED a book - you head to the Travel Section of your favorite bookstore and begin the long process of paging through every one in stock. "Gee," you say. "They all seem good." Well, maybe it's just me... For our trip, we settled on 3 books just to cover the bases & ETG's Ireland was by far the best. The color coded indexing was especially helpful - each section has illustrated map w/icons resembling the major points of interest in the area, along w/major hwy's. This is followed by the down and dirty information for all the sites. The back of the book has all the practical info you need; rail, bus, taxi service, ticket info, customs, religious, etc. The indexing at the back is also helpful.
    Bottom Line: This book went with us everywhere and we saw lots of other tourist toting too. It's colorful, informative, and will be a savior when planning your day trips...go for it and enjoy Ireland!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide!
    Our family moved to Germany almost 2 years ago. Before coming here I purchased the Eyewitness Travel Guide to Germany (also highly recommended). Since then, I have tried a few other books to use during our European travels. NONE of them come close to Eyewitness books. These travel guides are easy to use. They have awesome pictures. I am one who likes to look at pictures to see what is interesting and then read the info. so the pictures are a huge help. The guide for Ireland is just as great as I had expected it to be. The guide is broken into sections and regions. We did purchase a map in addition but for over-all ease and basic facts, the DK books are tops! I will always look to the Eyewitness books first when considering travel destinations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend - Beautiful Visuals
    I have to confess up front. I love these books. I must have 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 just bought my sister a copy of this book.

    On a cold day back here in the USA (or Canada) or elsewhere, have a glass of wine 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 traveling. The photos are that good.

    As I said, the photos and descriptions and the cutaway drawings are excellent and more than make up for any lack of small detail. But there is lots of detail here. The book includes the history of the country and many details on the art, art galleries, parks, culture, historical figures, 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 effort - lots of stuff to see and absorb.

    It has the other things too such as maps, accommodations, transportation, and the rest.

    You will be pleasantly surprised with the depth and quality of this book and it makes a nice souvenir to refresh your memory when you get home.

    Jack in Toronto

    5-0 out of 5 stars The only travel guide you'll need
    This is an outstanding guide in a brilliant series; I only wish I'd found it before I'd wasted my money on the Rough Guides and Lonely Planet books. It's so dense with information and it's all so well-presented that it's an entertaining read even if you're just staying at home. All the practical information is there, in detail -- from general information to the little quirks and inconveniences that could mean the difference between feeling uncomfortable and feeling like you're on vacation. I'll never go anywhere again without the accompanying Eyewitness Travel Guide.

    Of course, visit the tourist centers for the most up-to-date maps, phone numbers, and such. But for everything else, travel with confidence that you've got an encyclopedia of info that fits in your pocket. ... Read more


    15. Great Britain (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
    by Michael Leapman
    list price: $30.00
    our price: $19.80
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    Asin: 0789493853
    Catlog: Book (2003-03)
    Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
    Sales Rank: 7365
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    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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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Travel Guide, Beautiful Coffee Table Book!
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    Summary:
    Every Dorling Kindersley Guide has been a great and interesting book... and delightful to have and use, even if you are not traveling to that location, but are only interested in learning more!

    The Guides are well organized in a logical and easy to follow manner. They are beautifully illustrated, well developed with accurate information (it is unusual for hotel and restaurant information to be that accurate), have enough history to help the reader understand the people and cultural background, and have a lot of useful travel information and useable maps in the appendixes.

    But, the really great attraction to this book is several fold; it is:
    ............Very complete
    ............Easy to read
    ............Beautifully and artistically completed
    ............Good shopping, safety and other tips
    ............Gorgeous photographs too numerous to list.

    Summary Negative:

    The country books are too general to really satisfy all your needs in any given location. So, if your entire trip is spent in Wessex, for example, you will also want to get the specific guide for that city (but, the London Section is fairly good)

    Guide Specifics:

    The guides are organized as follows:

    How to use this guide
    Introduction to Great Britain
    ............Portrait of Great Britain
    ............History of Great Britain
    ............Great Britain Through the Year
    London, Area by Area
    Great Britain by Region
    ............Southeast England
    ........................Specific Cities / Towns
    ............West Country
    ........................Specific Cities / Towns
    ............Midlands
    ........................Specific Cities / Towns
    ............North Country
    ........................Specific Cities / Towns
    ............Wales
    ........................Specific Cities / Towns
    ............Scotland
    ........................Specific Cities / Towns
    Travelers Needs
    ............Hotels
    ............Restaurants
    ............Shopping
    Survival Information
    ............Practical Info.
    ........................Police, safety, buses, trains, etc.
    ............Travel Info.
    ........................Maps, tours, currency, etc.
    ............General Index
    ............Phrase Book

    Discussion:
    The book begins with "A Portrait of Great Britain", including a complete map, a review of Great Britain, it's history, and Great Britain's History (very interesting), and Great Britain though the Year - including events, etc.,

    Region with an "At a glance" overview, then has subsections of Cities / Towns, then specific locations, churches, historical monuments, bridges, galleries, etc.

    Architectural reviews include various views, and cutaways; given greater understanding and better perspective. They are all attractive, if not works of art - honestly.

    The travelers' Info. offers good and valid info. on prices, currencies, customs, important words, etc. I used the reviews on resorts, hotel's restaurants and nightclubs, etc. and found they were useful and accurate, and helpful with my touring and site decisions

    The books are so well thought out that it has multiple maps, with various lookup tables, and the book's flaps are designed to be used as bookmarks for map pages.

    Negative:
    The country-wide guides are by definition more general than the specific city guides. So, if you are going to Scotland, get the specific "Scotland" guide (another great guide). If you decide to get the "Great Britain" guide for your 3, or 4 city tour of England, understand that this guide may be a little to general for all your local travel needs.

    Conclusion:
    As the President, CEO of an International Meeting Planning Corporation we have many resources and techniques to learn about places we have meetings / groups at as well as the cities and sights. But, as a traveler, this book really is top notch and I would recommend it to anyone going on a personal trip, or wanting to learn about a city, or location.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lush Photography and Thorough Coverage
    When planning trips to Europe, I frequently consult Eyewitness travel guides, because of their great breadth of coverage and strong organization (regions in the specific country are divided into colors). It can sure make navigating through the pastoral Lake District and captivating city of London that much easier.

    Of course, the strongest point is the massive coverage of London. There are about seventy pages devoted to this stunning capital. All the main sights are covered, with their hours, photos/remarkable drawings, historical insights, and all the other necessary information included. From there, this book goes off into all the intricacies of Great Britain, from Bath to Scotland. Coverage remains strong, be it Cambridge or Wales. This travel guide is a nice change from Fodor's dreary presentation on stark black and white pages; reading about and planning travel should be enjoyable, not like reading a textbook. This book, on the other hand, does a nice job of making that happen.

    Another strong point, is the fact that the book is able to meld history, graphical representations, and all of the major sights, towns, and villages of Great Britain into its copious amount of pages. The introduction, with such information as a quick glance at British history and typical foods, is a nice touch. The countryside tours and stately home inserts are both informative and lavish, as are the "street-by-street" layouts, which are used for many of the towns and cities. This book disappoints, though, on the coverage of hotels; there is a rather slim representation of hotels available, especially in London.

    Overall, this book is well presented, thoughtful, and edifying - a necessary guide through what can be the intimidating isle of Great Britain.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A nice idea but so very far from the truth
    First of all, for all those who are not familiar to the UK (Great Britain)the Britain this guide try to show you has not excisted since the end of the 1950's. The images are buetiful, in fact I will complement it on selling such a romantic vision of contemporary Britain. But alas this is all false. Verging on 99.9 percent of the UK's people have never eaten cream-cakes or had tea and crumpets with the Queen in Buckingham Palace, likewise nobody in the country speaks like the Queen (sorry to tell it like it is.) Roads are concrete and Burger King & McDonalds lurk in every town. I can say as a UK citizen that this guide is giving out mis-information. I would recommend reading this book if you are planning on visiting the countryside or a museum but otherwise they are selling you a vision of Britain that has been dead for nearly 60 years. If you buy this guide, belelive what you read, and visit the country you will (and we see this happening on a regular basis in Britain) walk into the roughest and most run-down area of London for example, ask the first person you meet in a bar for scones and tea and then you and maybe your partner will be beaten to pulp and have your possessions stolen. By no means is Britain a hell-hole, but its far from the Britain shown in this Travel Guide. Sorry to tell it like it it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A No Brainer Buy It - Excellent
    Buy it!

    I travel and have 20-30 travel books. I discovered this series a few years ago and own a dozen in the series. What is really outstanding are the visuals in these books. They have lots of details - as do most good travel books - but the visuals are stunning.

    The color photos almost leap from the pages. Also there are lots of cultutal and historical facts with photos, cutaway drawings of famous buildings, and more. The historical part is excellent. Included are art galleries, churches, museums, special architecture, culture, political figures, maps, restautants all continuously updated so when you buy you get a current book not a book years old.

    A common feature in the series (Eyewitness) is an introduction at the start of the book with a history time line with lots of photos and information on politics and things to see.

    In addition it has the regular stuff in almost 700 pages such as detailed maps, accomodations and a comprehensive restaurant guides. My favourite books in this series are the city books so I would get the London book also.

    With the beautiful photos it makes an excellent souvenir after you get back home.

    Jack in Toronto

    5-0 out of 5 stars AN ANGLOPHILE'S TEXT BOOK
    This book covers everything. I'm especially impressed with the History of Britain section. It goes through each time period, prehistoric, norman, tudor, georgian, victorian, each illustrated with a beautifully drawn diagram of a building of that period and wonderful photographs of artifacts from the period. It has a section, also illustrated by photographs, of English food and dozens of easy to read maps. This is invaluable if you are traveling to Britain, but also precious to the person who isn't, as it virtually enables them to from their armchair. ... Read more


    16. Lonely Planet India (Lonely Planet India)
    by Sarina Singh
    list price: $27.99
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    Asin: 1740594215
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
    Sales Rank: 8689
    Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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    India is as spectacular and as diverse as a Bollywood movie - colorful, exuberant, exciting and loud.This top-selling guide is better than any blockbuster at conjuring up the highlights, be it soaring Himalayan peaks or sun-soaked Keralan beaches.

    • feast your eyes on the sights in our 16-page color highlights section • tease your tastebuds with reviews of thousands of restaurants and cafes • meet and greet the locals using our handy language chapter • find your way with 218 maps, including a full-color country map • follow the safest path with our vital information on health risks, scams and regions in conflict ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource
    Anyone planning a trip to India would be wise to take this book along. Start reading it a couple months before the trip (it's a thick book) and take it with you everywhere you go in India. I promise, any question you have, it will answer. Anytime I needed some information on language, customs, curiosities, cuisine, health issues, or even what time the local museum opens (I visited the Orissa State Museum in Bhubaneshwar), I found the info I needed. I like to refer back to it every now and then to dazzle my Indian friends with my knowledge of India and her culture (sometimes I even know more than they do!)
    And I learned it all from this book. This is the 9th edition; in my opinion the 10th edition has a prettier picture on the cover. But the info in this one is reliable and insightful.

    4-0 out of 5 stars If you use it you will get help from it.
    This is the second time to visit India.Both time I took the same Lonely Planet. Always I choose hotel from it and felt not bad. In some small city, hight rank hotel means good servie and the price was not so high as you image it. First all the price listed in the book is as same as in the hotel, so try to cut off nearly 30% off is the very important thing to do during the trip.
    Also I visited Jaisalmer on May, but if you following the book you will never go there in such cray summer. In fact, the summer was high enough, but still interesting. No more tourist means you can enjoy alone, and only myself in the hotel you can get nearly 50% discountdown for low season. If you read you can find a lot of things from the book, but on the trip everything is changed, you never image the book can guide you everything. Try to ask person around you, and get the most reasonable price.
    I will plan to go to india again, by the guide of Lonely Planet, but I think I need a new version.

    4-0 out of 5 stars No one guide has it all....
    One should never rely on just one source for a major adventure, as any trip to India is, and this very complete guide is no exception. This guide has excellent information on the history, culture and people of India, and the color section on Sacred India is a nice touch. It has lots of very practical information on what to bring, what you can and can't photograph, what to read before you go, how to avoid "cultural misunderstandings." It's helpful for preparing people for the assault Westerners often experience--ask for directions and you have a friend/guide for life, often accompanied by a very aggressive demand for money. The health and safety information is also pretty good--except that they say that tap water in cities is OK to drink--ignore this advice! I find this guide limited in its retaurant and hotel selections, especially if you're not a low-budget or student traveller. Also, information changes constantly--internet cafes spring up and close overnight, new restaurants and hotels open up every day, and the political situation bears watching up until the day you leave. And of course no guide book has really good maps. But why limit yourself--the internet is chock full of information on this wonderful, confusing, fascinating country!

    4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent accomplishment, heavy but well worth it
    This edition of "Lonely Planet India" is better than the previous one, which was very very good itself. Despite the immensity of India and the numberless topics and regions that therefore have to be covered, the authors have done an excellent job indeed. Some weaknesses are inevitable, and this is perhaps why this is not one of LP's masterpieces, but it is indeed inevitable for travel guidebooks to be the better, the smaller the region they cover - this is why this book should perhaps be complemented with the individual LP guides to different Indian regions. But in itself, this book does cover most of what a visitor will need or want to know. And in a place that is chaotic and tough for foreigners like India, this may indeed be an essential tool for the less experienced travellers. 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 on every single square foot of land in India !). 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 they are in India, information is subject to change, 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 grasp as much as possible of current circumstances on her / his own.

    2-0 out of 5 stars pinch of salt
    As mentioned earlier, this book can seem to easy to knock because of its veneration by the wide eyed and uncool. I recommend this book for travel information, ie buses, trains, etc., for the first time visitor. I disrecommend it for its recommendations of hotels and eateries. India is a land overflowing with places to stay and eat, and those mentioned in this book are full of aforementioned hordes of the 'uncool', and correpondingly overpriced.
    I also disrecommend it because info on local points of interest leave a little
    to be desired, the tone of the authors is often a little smug, and by buying this book you are funding the ruination of hard found havens by the unwashed hippy masses. But I suppose that's inevitable. ... Read more


    17. Rick Steves' Paris 2005
    by Rick Steves, Steve Smith, Gene Openshaw
    list price: $16.95
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    Asin: 1566916828
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-09)
    Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing, Rick Steves
    Sales Rank: 4886
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    Who but Rick Steves can tell you how to take self-guided walking tours along the Champs-Elysées and through the Marais? With Rick Steves' Paris 2005, you can experience the best of everything this beautiful city has to offer-economically and hassle-free. Completely revised and updated, Rick Steves' Paris 2005 includes color maps and photographs, 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 Paris have been used by millions of Americans in search of their own unique travel experience. ... Read more


    18. Prague (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
    by Vladimir Soukup
    list price: $20.00
    our price: $13.60
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    Asin: 0789494221
    Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
    Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
    Sales Rank: 5078
    Average Customer Review: 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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    5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Fabulous for Prague
    This book blew my mind. Before departing, it helped excite me about the people, history and art of the Czech Republic. Upon arrival, it served as the most perfect guide to Prague. From exquisite must-do walks to the breakdown and illustration of statues along the Charles Bridge, it covered everything worth seeing in Prague. Because of the precise maps and excellent directions, my friends and I were able to cover historic Prague in 4 days, visiting every site that we wanted to because we had such an excellent device for orienting ourselves. I would highly recommend this book to any traveler who loves to understand the history and artistic intricacies of a region. I plan to buy Eyewitness Travel Guides for all my future adventures.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Love These Books
    I have to confess up front. I love these books. I must have a dozen. I really like the Paris book, and the ones for Prague and Stockholm, and South Africa, and ...

    On a cold day back here in the USA (or Canada) or elsewhere, have a glass of wine 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 Paris or Stocholm or Prague. You are back in a small restaurant or museum.

    The photos and desicriptions and cutaway drawings are excellent. Plus they throw in some history and details on the art and many other things of interest. A solid 260 page effort - lots of stuff to see and absorb.

    Jack in Toronto

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best guide and best illustrations
    This is one of the best Guide I've ever used. It has many illustrations and tips. It provides you with a historical background of Prague. It helps in guiding your tours as it has descriptions + addresses of all monuments, restaurants, shops, ... It has also street's map,... There are many illuastrations in this book that you'll certainly need to label taken photos. It offers you a virtual tour of the city showing its best attractions.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Leave Home without It
    Just returned from the Czech & Slovak Republics. Recommend this book highly for use in Prague - a delightful, friendly city full of great castles, museums, restaurants, and shopping (and hotels that need to be air-conditioned). This book has good details, pictures, maps. Very helpful! Phrase section was all that was needed, so don't buy an extra phrase book. ... Read more


    19. Michelin Red Guide 2005 France: The Red Guide (Michelin Red Guide: France)
    by Michelin Staff
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    Asin: 2067109375
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-28)
    Publisher: Michelin Travel Publications
    Sales Rank: 595965
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    20. Eyewitness Travel Guide to Jerusalem & the Holy Land
    by Dorling Kindersley Publishing
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    Asin: 0789451700
    Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
    Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
    Sales Rank: 11316
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The guide that shows you what other travel books only tell you!

    Flanked by Africa, Asia, and Europe, the Holy Land encompasses Israel, Palestine, and parts of Jordan and Egypt. Jerusalem is the walled city at its center divided into three parts: Modern Jerusalem, The Mount of Olives and Mount Zion, and the Old City -- the Old City is made up of the Jewish Quarter, the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter, and the Armenian Quarter. Experience the Western Wall, Hurva Square, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and many other important sites. With more than 800 full-color photographs and detailed street-by-street maps DK's Eyewitness Guide: Jerusalem and the Holy Land details the history and beauty of this land from the Sea of Galilee to the Negev Desert. Whether you're visiting St. Catherine's Monastery or exploring the coral reefs in the Red Sea, this one guide is the only reference you will ever need. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars For DK, I was not impressed
    I got this guide because I love DK books, but I was disappointed by several things: the map of Jerusalem is incomplete, there are numerous typos and grammatical errors throughout the book, there is outdated material in the book, there are several biased opinions about the cultures, and it does not acknowledge some precautions travellers should take in venturing into certain neighborhoods that could be dangerous.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
    In preparation for, or in review of a trip to Israel, this guidebook is a must have. Outstanding pictures and concise, yet acuurate information abounds. One of the best Holy Land guidebooks on the market.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Quick Reference!
    This book is a rare treat. I've had the Dorling Kindersley guide for San Francisco for quite some time now, and have always found it colorful and helpful. But I am not a frequent traveler, so it never occurred to me that a travel guide might be useful for other things than trip planning. As usual, it takes a friend to give you something you would never have bought for yourself. Now that I have this little guide to the Holy Land I don't understand how I ever did without it.

    These guides are beautifully made for their size, and will outlast most of the disasters that plague the serendipitous. Illustrations, maps, and diagrams are many and all easy to read, even for one with eyes as bad as mine. Sections on history intersperse deep dives into the land, its sights and points of interest. While some of the history is oversimplified, the descriptive information is clear as a bell. It is impossible to turn more than a few pages without coming up with a list of must sees and things to do.

    The largest part of the book covers Jerusalem thoroughly (136 pages). Smaller sections then introduce the Holy Land overall, the Coast and Galilee, the Dead Sea and the Negev, Western Jordan, and the Red Sea and Sinai. Whew! Quite a lot! There are also good references on hotels, restaurants, shops, and entertainment. It finishes up with a handy survival guide. All in a moderate size that is perfect for a backpack or tote bag. My only complaint it that the publisher did not provide any blank pages for notes.

    So what does a non-traveler such as I want with such a volume. The truth is that it is a marvelously handy reference for anyone who has an interest in biblical history, archeology, or religion. Its maps, pictures and very complete index make it useful for getting enough quick information to bring ones reading or research to life. It would be just as useful for a modern history or politics buff. What is nice, is that it isn't a weighty, encyclopedic tome, but instead is lightweight enough to carry along with one's research materials. This is the perfect present, not only for the traveler, but the scholar or dreamer as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A guide which shows what other guides just tell about...
    If you want to see the world, these eyewitness books are almost as good as traveling. This book has over 800 full-color photographs taken especially for this guide. They show you Jerusalem and the Holy Land at its best.

    You will find detailed and accurate street finder maps which give you instant access to each district. The unique cutaways and floor plans are fascinating and help you explore public buildings so you don't have to purchase other guides. The "survival" guide shows you how to use local currency, public transportation and telephones.

    The cafes, hotels and restaurants listed are in all price ranges. On the front and back covers, there is a flip out flap which gives information on the color coded pages and symbols used in the book. This is quite handy.

    I could not help thinking that this book would be invaluable for those interested in the politics of the regions discussed. Too often we just see a snippet of news and a flash of video and we have no idea where the action is taking place. This book explains the Muslim Quarter, the Jewish Quarter, the Christian Quarter and the Armenian Quarter. You will know where the Dome of the Rock is and were the Western Wall is located.

    The guide begins with a introduction on how to use the guide and then gives an introduction to Jerusalem and The Holy Land. If you want to know the history of the region, that is also included. You will find information on Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Religious holidays are fully explained and this makes this book invaluable for writers as well.

    You can visually take a walk called the Via Dolorosa, which is said to be the path Jesus took from where he was tried to Calvary. Countless pilgrims walk the route.

    If you are heading to the Holy Land, there is also a section of what to buy. I would personally look for the beautiful Armenian Ceramics and the Bedouin fabrics. I already order the Dead sea products from a company called ONZE and I see that this book also explains the vast range of creams, soaps and salts available. It is the best skincare line I have ever personally used and is good for use in dry climates.

    This book has it all and is visually stunning. Now I truly do want to visit the Holy Land. This is the best guide I have ever seen.

    4-0 out of 5 stars a great guide for photographers
    This is a great guidebook for photographers because it presents at least one photo of each potential destination. So you can get a pretty good idea whether it is worth venturing out from your hotel. The guide is compact and perfect for a one-week trip to Israel. I used it when on business there and had a few extra days to prepare a photo exhibit for photo.net. If I were staying a month I'd probably want something thicker. Students on a budget will want to supplement this with a "How to get around cheaply" guide like the Lonely Planet or Lets Go. ... Read more


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