Rick Steves' Pocket Athens Paperback – May 15 2012
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Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. Rick produces a public television series (Rick Steves' Europe), a public radio show (Travel with Rick Steves), and a podcast (Rick Steves' Audio Europe) ; writes a bestselling series of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided tours that take thousands of travelers to Europe annually; and offers an information-packed website (Ricksteves.com). With the help of his hardworking staff of 70 at Europe Through the Back Door-in Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle-Rick's mission is to make European travel fun, affordable, and culturally broadening for Americans.
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Otherwise it was a very good book and probably the best on the market ( I liked this way better than Lonely Planets new Athens pocket guide)
The Athens City Walk, the Acropolis Tour, and the Ancient Agora Tour are especially good. The Acropolis Museum Tour seemed a bit short for such a premier facility. I can't rate the the Archaeology Museum Tour since it's been some time since I was there. The maps are very useful and easy to read. On page 7 is a map of Athens' central neighborhoods. The first timer reader won't notice it, but the experienced explorer of central Athens will. The various names are useful to give directions, to direct taxis, etc.
I got this book specifically because the new weight restrictions on most coach seats prevent me from taking the small library that used to accompany me. My all-time favorite guidebook of many years will have to remain in the US; this book and one other will make the trip. I'm very glad to have it.
(If you're staying in Athens by the way, do not be lured by cheaper prices outside the historical center, if you can swing it, stay as close to the Acropolis as possible (near Plaka neighborhood preferably) so you can walk everywhere, it's much nicer.)