Lonely Planet Eastern Europe 11th Ed.: 11th Edition Paperback – Oct 4 2011
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Tom's first travel memory is long overnight drives down brightly lit French autoroutes to Nice every summer to stay at his grandparents' house. Having convinced his parents to diversify to camping in the Black Forest, and on one occasion even Switzerland, rather than always going back to the same place, he's never looked back. Two decades later he has been to nearly every country on the continent, but can never get enough of anywhere Slavic or Mediterranean. Tom works in London as a freelance writer and can be found online at www.mastersmafia.com
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First, I would like to address comments in two other reviews. Yes, this is a heavy book. I don't know if I would actually take it on the trip. And on my copy the blue tabs are all properly labeled. My experience has been that the Kindle edition is awkward to use for detailed planning, but is great for traveling. We often whip out the Kindle in bus stations and on street corners when we need a refresher.
Eastern Europe is a big bite to chew up in one book. Lonely Planet, in my opinion, does an excellent job, within limits. It would be rediculous to expect the same coverage as a single-country, dedicated guide would provide. But combined with the Internet it is proving to be an excellent planning tool.
We will be traveling to multiple countries. Until I received this guide, I found it difficult to put everything into perspective well enough to make travel plans. I would not recommend this guide for someone visiting only one country, but I cannot imagine another single source that would be as helpful to the multi-country traveler.
And I particularly appreciate that Lonely Planet includes common phrases for all the languages one might expect to find.
If a book like this assists in avoiding even one blunder, it is worth the price.
Worse, there are a great deal of sites that are invisible from the TOC. These might be secondary sites or day trips from major cities (chapters). The only way to find these is to read through the entire chapter for a city, page by page. And the only way to find them again is to highlight or bookmark those pages. So, basically I end up creating my own index for the content, scouring each linked section page by page, highlighting interesting points so I can find them again later.
And for big chapters, let's say "Krakov," if I want to find just the transportation section one more time, quickly. Unless I've had the foresight to anticipate this, I'm either paging ONE by ONE through all of the Krakov section or going to the Poland main page, clicking the chapter after Krakov, then paging backward, searching for what I want and hoping there aren't too many side-trips from Krakov. That's completely weak. Aren't drop downs a possibility on this platform? Is a bigger TOC for each of the countries all that hard?
I don't know if this is a Kindle thing or a Lonely Planet thing. But the usability of this material has a long, long way to go. You can do better.
OH, finally, whose idea was it to make the key features, like museums and viewpoints, SMALL and GRAY text next to normal, black text. Seriously. It doesn't make it more readable. Less. I'm reading...squinting. Reading...squinting. Come on.
Even in the internet age, the LP trumps websites as the best reference when traveling.
I like that it list the actual admission prices for hotels and museums.
One complaint is that many restaurants and museums that were supposed to be open were closed when we arrived. So, when possible check online prior to visiting a place.
Overall, I love the LP.