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Art for Travellers France: Essential Guide to Viewing: Art in Paris & its Surrou

Art for Travellers France: Essential Guide to Viewing: Art in Paris & its Surrou

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Thorough, accessible guide with art trail itineraries to some of the world's most remarkable collections.
Art for Travellers Greece: Essential Guide to Viewing Art in Greece

Art for Travellers Greece: Essential Guide to Viewing Art in Greece

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Thorough, accessible guide with art trail itineraries to some of the world's most ancient and remarkable collections.
Art for Travellers Italy: Essential Guide to Viewing Italian Renaissance Art

Art for Travellers Italy: Essential Guide to Viewing Italian Renaissance Art

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Thorough, accessible guide with art trail itineraries to the treasures held in Italian museums, churches and galleries.
Art for Travellers: Prague

Art for Travellers: Prague

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It is no exaggeration to call Praha (Czech for Prague) one of the most beautiful cities in the world; few places possess such atmosphere and history, such magnificent art and architecture. Part of its allure comes from its extraordinarily eclectic layers: a single vista can encompass soaring Gothic turrets, voluted Baroque gables, colorful Art Nouveau mosaics and jutting Cubist facades. Its museums and galleries hold masterpieces from medieval paintings to the latest in contemporary art, and many are found in buildings as fascinating as their collections. This guide introduces travellers to Bohemian art and architecture in and around Prague. It provides a fascinating art historical context, explaining history, styles, patrons, and artists and suggests easy-to-follow trails that lead art lovers through different sections of the city and nearby towns.
Arthur Frommers Belgium

Arthur Frommers Belgium

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Written by Frommer's founder Arthur Frommer himself, this seminal guide introduces you to the riches and wonders of what is Europe's most underrated country. In his usual soaring prose, Frommer dissects Belgium's fascinating history and contemporary culture, giving the readers the tools they need to better understand and appreciate this rich, complex, and sometimes puzzling country. His coauthor is a Belgian resident and a seasoned journalist, and she covers the practical side of the vacation, having personally visited every hotel, restaurant, shop, and nightspot in the guide. Together, the authors make Belgium come alive, and most importantly, tell you which attractions and venues are worth your time . . . and which you can skip without regret.
This book includes: a handy fold-out map, plus detailed maps throughout the guide; exact pricing, opening hours, and the other important details that make your trip smoother and less hectic; smartly conceived itineraries for travelers of all types, so you can shape your vacation to fit your interests; self-guided walking tours through some of Belgium's most exquisite neighborhoods, and savvy, sometimes sneaky, tips for saving money in all price ranges.
Atlas A-Z 4th Ed

Atlas A-Z 4th Ed

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Carry the world in your pocket with this fully revised and updated 4th Edition of DK's Atlas A-Z. Beautiful, high-quality mapping together with a comprehensive fact-file section, covering every nation of the world presented in a handy format, make Atlas A-Z an essential purchase for anyone seeking a reliable atlas and fact-finder at a budget price.
Atlas A-Z 6th Edition

Atlas A-Z 6th Edition

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Learn more about the world through maps, facts, and statistics with Atlas A-Z. Now in its fifth edition, this global guide is updated with new maps, facts, and stats to satisfy the trivia buff, supplement the news watcher, and keep modern families well-informed -- all in a handy, compact format with a budget price. Our trusted researchers put together an atlas that's trustworthy and complete, perfect for amateur geographers, students, and anyone interested in learning more about maps and the world around us.
Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura

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It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders--the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.

Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.

Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.
Atlas Obscura 2nd Edition

Atlas Obscura 2nd Edition

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Discover wonder.

"A wanderlust-whetting cabinet of curiosities on paper."-- New York Times

Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura is a phenomenon of a travel book that shot to the top of bestseller lists when it was first published and changed the way we think about the world, expanding our sense of how strange and marvelous it really is.

This second edition takes readers to even more curious and unusual destinations, with more than 100 new places, dozens and dozens of new photographs, and two very special features: twelve city guides, covering Berlin, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Moscow, New York City, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Plus a foldout map with a dream itinerary for the ultimate around-the-world road trip. More a cabinet of curiosities than traditional guidebook, Atlas Obscura revels in the unexpected, the overlooked, the bizarre, and the mysterious. Here are natural wonders, like the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can sit and drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M. C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby-Jumping Festival in Spain--and no, it's not the babies doing the jumping, but masked men dressed as devils who vault over rows of squirming infants.

Every page gets to the very core of why humans want to travel in the first place: to be delighted and disoriented, uprooted from the familiar and amazed by the new. With its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, and new city guides, it is a book you can open anywhere and be transported. But proceed with caution: It's almost impossible not to turn to the next entry, and the next, and the next.

Atlas of Cursed Places

Atlas of Cursed Places

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Atlas Obscura says this lushly illustrated New York Times bestselling guide to dozens of dangerous, eerie, and infamous locations is the perfect gift for those who believe the world is still full of mysteries to investigate.

Pick up the acclaimed Atlas of Cursed Places and visit the world's most nerve-wracking locations. With pithy historical profiles, vintage full-color maps, and haunting tales that will color your perspective (and send tingles down your spine), this is a clever gift for the intrepid traveler or armchair adventurer who wants to explore destinations both remarkable and daunting. Visit:

  • a coal town where the ground is constantly on fire
  • a Zambian national park where more than 8 million bats darken the skies
  • the infamous suicide location of Aokigahara Forest near Mount Fuji
  • the lesser-known Nevada triangle, in which dozens of aircraft have inexplicably disappeared
  • Beautifully packaged and written with a twisty sense of humor, Atlas of Cursed Places puts your quirky side on the map.

    Austin on the Hoof: A Guide to the Usual and Unusual

    Austin on the Hoof: A Guide to the Usual and Unusual

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    Informed by on-the-ground research, Herb Lester's handy, folded guides uncover what makes a city special - its most distinctive shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, museums and galleries, whether unmissable old favourites, exciting new arrivals or overlooked treasures. Each entry comes with its own brief description, and a basic map helps the reader get their bearings and make plans. This is an ideal companion to the Texas state capitol; well-versed in Austin's history and cultural attractions, it also has an eye to the wild side of life. The 49 entries encompass Tex-Mex restaurants and German beer halls, honky-tonks and cemeteries, record shops and natural springs. And, of course, there's barbecue too.
    Australia

    Australia

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    Insight Guide Australia is a full-color travel guide that offers a comprehensive approach to getting the most out of one the world's most enticing destinations. Engaging and inspirational History and Culture chapters explain the country's fascinating past of aboriginal culture and colonial rule, and the factors influencing its identity; from ancient aboriginal culture, through to the arrival of the British, to the country's development as a modern nation. The vibrant arts scene, local cuisine, sporting opportunities and breathtaking landscape are fully explored so that visitors can gain a sense of how Australia's character and culture have been shaped. Encompassing all of Australia's states and territories, the Places chapters cover Australia's major cities of Sydney and Melbourne in detail, and also suggest where to visit and what to do in Australia's great outdoors to help with planning a trip to some of the world's most amazing sights - such as the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, the Great Ocean Road, Fraser Island, and Kakadu National Park. Full-color photographs throughout illustrate the beauty of the Australian landscape more than any other guide to the country on the market and give a true flavor of Australian life today. Detailed maps throughout the book help visitors get around the different areas, with all major sites cross-referenced with the text, and the Travel Tips offer selective advice on where to stay, what to eat and the type of activities that are available.
    Australia - Culture Smart

    Australia - Culture Smart

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    Australia is different--a vast island-continent with distances so great that the capital of Western Australia is closer to Singapore than it is to Sydney. The landscape embraces magnificent tropical rainforests and deserts the size of several European states; temperate areas that sustain a flourishing wine industry, making Australia the world's fourth largest wine exporter; a sixteen-thousand-mile coastline of breathtaking beaches; and its unique fauna is testament to the country's "down-underness." Indigenous Australians have inhabited the continent for more than fifty thousand years, yet European settlement is just over two hundred years old. Since the end of the Second World War the country has opened its doors to a hugely diverse immigrant population and slowly shaken off the mantle of British influence, transforming what was perhaps one of the dullest nations into one of the most stimulating. The Australians' old settler mentality--regarding themselves as "battlers," and embarrassed by their lack of sophistication--has given way to a new national confidence. The achievements of Australia's artists, sportspeople, entertainers, scientists, and businesspeople puts them on the global stage. Despite the diversity of ethnicities there is a pervasive homogeneity among Australians: a generosity of spirit and a forthrightness, sometimes disarming for the visitor. A sense of fairness and equality is valued, as is the ability not to take oneself too seriously. Culture Smart! Australia introduces you to a young nation with one of the world's highest standards of living, "where people work to live" in order to enjoy a lifestyle that many across the globe covet, and in which Australians take great pride (and don't mind telling you about).
    Australia 2012

    Australia 2012

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    The Lonely Planet guides contain invaluable information on history and culture, accommodation, local cuisine, places and times to visit, language tips, maps, and health and safety advice. They are aimed at people on a variety of budgets.
    Australia, Fodor's 20th Edition

    Australia, Fodor's 20th Edition

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    NOW IN FULL COLOR! The ultimate guide to discovering Australia features a wide range of activities for the intrepid traveler, more maps and planning tools, and a photo-rich interior.
    Austria Marco Polo Guide

    Austria Marco Polo Guide

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    Discover Austria with Marco Polo! This compact, straightforward guide is clearly structured for ease of use. It gets you right to the heart of the country, and provides you with all the latest information and lots of Insider Tips for a thrilling Austrian adventure. - Includes a road atlas and an additional pull-out map - Clear, user-friendly structure and layout - Get your bearings with the 'Where to Start' panels and ensure you don't miss out on the key sights using the 'Highlights' section - The 'Best Of' pages feature unique aspects of the country and also suggest places to go for free, tips for things to do when it's raining and good places to relax. Insider Tips and much more besides: Marco Polo enables you to fully experience Austria, from Lake Constance in the west to Lake Neusiedl on the Hungarian border. From famous attractions such as Benedictine Abbey of Melk on the Danube to the impressive medieval fortress of Hochosterwitz on its rocky outcrop in Carinthia. Marco Polo also takes you to the lesser known sites: 'Kaiser der Paradeiser' tomato farm in the Burgenland (owned by Erich Stekovics) where you can marvel at an unbelievable 3,200 varieties of tomato, and you'll be astounded by Andre Heller's 14 'chambers of wonder' at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens. With the Marco Polo Excursions and Tours you can explore Austria along specific planned routes, and the Low Budget tips will help you to save money. The author's Insider Tips encourage you to experience the country in an individual and authentic way. Don't go on holiday without a Marco Polo guide!
    Authentic Italian Riviera: Genoa, Cinque Terre, Riviera del Fiori, Riviera delle

    Authentic Italian Riviera: Genoa, Cinque Terre, Riviera del Fiori, Riviera delle

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    Northern Italy's legendary Liguria is best known for its crystalline Riviera coastline and the picturesque villages that line it. This book highlights how to make the most of a visit to Liguria and the surrounding region that includes Genoa, Cinque Terre, and Portofino, as well as nearby mountain towns, some of which date back to medieval times. Like other titles in this acclaimed series, "Authentic Italian Riviera" includes one-, two-, and three-day walking or biking itineraries showcasing special topics of interest such as art, architecture, handicrafts, olive oil, pesto sauce, and winery tours.
    Authentic Umbria: Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Spoleto, Todi, Orivieto, Trasimeno

    Authentic Umbria: Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Spoleto, Todi, Orivieto, Trasimeno

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    Umbria stands out as one of Italy's most enchanting and desirable destinations, a region resonant with history. This guidebook, written by insiders who know the region intimately, hits all the high points for visitors: the magnificent architecture of the capital, Perugia; splendid Gubbio, rich with medieval and renaissance landmarks; and Terni, a modern industrial city that features some of the country's most beautiful churches. The book also includes natural wonders, including the Waterfall of Marmore, and the significant Christian destination Assisi, birthplace of Saint Francis.