Lonely Planet Greece 7th Ed.: 7th Edition Paperback – Mar 15 2006
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"Down to earth accurate information for every budget, enthusiastically written." -- Travel and Leisure
About the Author
Korina Miller spent the first 17 years of her life on Vancouver Island and has been on the move ever since. Her travels have taken her to many corners of the world, from Alaska to Sicily and Colombia to Scotland. She studied in Japan and Denmark; lived and worked with remote tribal peoples in India and Southwest China; ran a hotel in the mountains of Ecuador and arts organizations in Vancouver and London. En route, she picked up a degree in Communications, an MA in Migration Studies and a limey husband. She's now roaming New Zealand in search of a home. Korina is the co-author of LP's China and South-West China and the author of Beijing Condensed. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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A relucant 4 stars to each, and a slight preference for RG. We certainly found the books serviceable, and they gave us good ideas of where in Greece we wanted to go. But they were much less valuable in their listings for individual destinations. They were the least valuable compared to the other LP and RG travel books we've used (Portugal, Italy, Thailand, Tokyo).
As usual, they both overstate their hotel rankings which to me make sense only if you've been sleeping out on the beach from necessity, and now have finally scraped some money together for a room. An exagerration, but I've lost patience with gushing praise for facilities which are usually no better than serviceable and sometimes less than that. And, we're not into spending money on fancy accommodations. Occassionaly the books are on the money, but often not.
On the smaller islands RG usually had more accommodation listings, but occassionally LP did. There were at least two instances when LP had none, just saying that rooms were available.
The ferry schedules in the books, pretty much consistent between them, bore little relation to reality, even though we were there in the high season.
I want to complete with my usual gripe about these and other guide books: we don't know which restaurants and hotels were actually visited by the writers (and by which one) and when. To paraphrase from my review of RG Portugal:
LP is out front in saying that its reviewers do not stay at all the hotels or eat at all the restaurants they list. I would like it if the reviews would be initialized by the reviewers with the date.Read more ›
In Athens, I stayed in a couple of budget accomodations in Plaka that received glowing reviews from the guide -- both places didn't even come close to the authors' high praise. In Delphi, the phone number provided for the hotel where I wanted to stay actually rang at a completely unrelated pension several blocks away. A description of which bus to take into Athens from Bus Terminal A and B would have been incredibly useful, and saved me an afternoon of wandering.
I also referred to this book many times for information about the towns and sites around Ancient Corinth, only to find it totally useless. Clearly the authors' own distate about places accounts for this gap. For example: "Loutraki: The town was devastated by the 1981 earthquake, and subsequent reconstruction has resulted in its reincarnation as a tacky resort with dozens of modern, characterless hotels along the seafront. Loutraki hardly warrants an overnight stay." That's it.
Color-photo sections are a nice selling feature of the book, but don't help much when you're trying to find your way around Greece. When I referred to this book I often ended up more lost than found. Browsing through some of the comparable guides, such as the Rough Guide or Let's Go, I unfortunately found them to have very similar shortcomings. Lonely Planet forced me to approach more Greeks and ask directions, and to learn how to find my way around on my own -- perhaps something I can thank them for after all. Next time I go to Greece, I'll leave the guidebook at home.
Most recent customer reviews
Lonely Planet Greece 9th ed. is a great book. I am so glad that I got it to plan my trip to Athens. I also ordered the Athens Encounter and it too was a great book. Read morePublished on May 2 2010 by Natalie D. Zmidzinski
This book helped us so many times when we travelled to Greece. The sccomodations recommended were awesome. The book is well written with many very good suggestions. Read morePublished on March 8 2009 by S. Black