Lonely Planet Cyprus 5th Ed.: 5th Edition Paperback – Mar 6 2012
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Becky is a freelance writer and cultural critic living in Portland, Oregon. For Lonely Planet, she has written about Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, the Great Plains states of the US, parts of England and Wales, and n primarily n Sweden. Becky grew up with a thick book of Swedish fairy tales illustrated by John Bauer, so the deep black forests of Norrland hold particular fascination for her. Hiking through them, she's alert for trolls and tomtes (which, to the untrained eye, look just like big rocks). Though raised in the mountains of Colorado, Becky has been exploring Sweden since childhood, while visiting her grandparents and other relatives in Stockholm and parts north. She's thoroughly hooked on pickled herring and saffron ice cream but has nothing good to say about Swedish beer. About ten years ago, having exhausted the potential of the role of copy editor at an alternative weekly newspaper in Portland, Becky spent the requisite year bumming around Europe on the mega-cheap. This did nothing to quell her urge to run off exploring new places every couple of months; quite the opposite. She has since spent time roaming around in Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England, Beijing, Panama, Mexico, and most of the US. In 2009 Becky rode a 30-year-old Honda SL175 motorcycle from Portland, Ore., to Knoxville, Tenn., with the infamous 555 crew and wrote about the experience for Cycle World magazine. She reviews movies on KBOO 90.7 FM radio in Portland and writes about books, food and miscellany for anyone who lets her. She's the lone female member of the Sang-Froid Riding Club and serves on the Portland Motorcycles & Scooters Citizen Advisory Committee. She has a master's degree in journalism from NYU's Cultural Reporting and Criticism program, and she's currently working on a book about motorcycles and the paradoxical appeal of risk.
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Although, there was plenty of useful information in this book, I felt it was lacking on several levels. The authors seem to feel that the ONLY way to see Cyprus is by car so they skimp on information on Intercity and local buses and other ways to see the country. I had to get the information on my own. Pafos especially was full of day tours offered for the entire country. It would have been good to have some guidance and direction ahead of time on where to look for tours.
I found myself seeking out information on my own more than with other editions of LONELY PLANET. The small maps included were not as detailed as I would have liked. I chose a hotel in Pafos based on the recommendation of LONELY PLANET. I was more than pleased with the hotel but I had trouble finding it based on the map in the book.
The LONELY PLANET guides are my favorite travel tools. I was a bit disappointed in this edition and for once found myself relying more on the EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDE that I also brought with me.
Of course, there'll always be details that are "in the eye of the visitor". I don't care much for stuff like the Rock of Aphrodite; of course, you can't just leave it out, but I do like when LP writers are critical about certain over-appreciated sights.
However, I liked the Ireland Kindle guide I got in that it had Google Maps links for all locations besides the mostly useless Kindle maps. The most useful maps on the Amazon device (probably different on a DX, though) were those split in 4 parts that you could zoom in, and that was sort of readable (I forget which guide that was in). The PDF maps compensate for that somewhat, although I haven't tried them on my device, where pretty much any PDF is hard to read. You probably need a laptop or a better tablet to use them, or, well, printing them would also do
Also, there's something of a section mismatch - in "Itineraries", "One week - Relaxing in the Republic" is the same as the previous one ("One Week - Essential Northern Cyprus"), so people looking for a quick plan for a week in the South might be disappointed :).
Disclaimer: we had arrangements made for lodging and ate at a friend's place, so I can't vouch for the food & accommodation part.