Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die Paperback – Jul 3 2004
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A call to travel. (Laura Robin National Post 2004-10-02)
An irresistible title with an challenge -- and the photographs -- to get your pulse racing... hidden gems. (Sunquest Magazine)
Compact text and augmented by beautiful illustrations... a rich travelling life. (Brad Hooper Booklist 2004-09-15)
Look through these 256 pages, and you may become obsessed with trying to figure out how to see as many of these places as possible. (Millie Ball New Orleans Time-Picayune 2004-09-12)
The 300 photographs in the book are mouth-watering... Davey's writing is opinionated and to the point. The dude's been around. (Dana McNairn Edmonton Journal 2004-10-17)
A compelling list of 40 must-see places, lavishly embellished with spectacular photos... compact yet poignant essays (and Davey's prose equals his pictures)... highly recommended for all public libraries. (Lee Arnold Library Journal 2004-09-15)
Those who enjoy less strenuous and more leisurely pursuits will also be able to appreciate what's here... Gorgeous photographs add to the appeal. (Chicago Tribune 2005-07-24)
40 wonders worldwide with, of course, great photographs is sure to be a conversation piece and a stimulus to travel. (TravelScoop)
Lush photographs and exotic locales... high-ticket laundry list for places that are still beautiful, and in some ways even pristine. (Globe and Mail 2004-08-14)
A sumptuous volume for the tourist in all of us... the photographs are stunning... will tempt you to get up and go, even if it means mortgaging everything you own and selling off some of the children. (Michael Hanlon Toronto Star 2004-12-12)
Each being the kind of place that is so fascinating that it entices you to go there as soon as you discover it exists... The photography is uniformly excellent... This book will transport the armchair traveler and excite the globetrotter. (Joy McDonell Canadian Camera)
Personal and eclectic... some of the most photogenic locations on the globe. (Alex Good Kitchener-Waterloo Record 2004-10-16)
The first installment in what has become a beautifully photographed series... The subtitle says it all: 1,000 Ultimate Travel Experiences. (Westworld)
An insider view of such mad adventures as chasing down white Spirit Bears in the rainforest and traveling by camel in Jordan... it's the little things that really flesh these stories out. (David Freed Hooters Magazine)
About the Author
Steve Davey is a photographer and writer whose work is published in magazines and newspapers worldwide. He contributed to the Digital Photographer's Handbook.
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The information wasn't terribly important to me: if I really want information about Machu Picchu, for instance, there are several books filled with great information on that topic. But if you really don't know anything about Machu Picchu, this book will give you a bare idea of it.
My top 40 places would be different of course, and so would everyone else's. For instance, number one on my list would be Jerusalem, and number three would be Istanbul: neither got in here. Well, that's his perogative and I can't dis the book over it.
Some selections did surprise me. For instance, Shanghai is listed, but Xian isn't. I think most people would reverse that. Of all the great places in India, of course Varanasi (my number 2) and the Taj Mahal appear, and then the Jaisalmer Fort. Well, that's a reasonable choice, but I would have strongly preferred Mumbai or Amritsar.
Anyway, the real problem is choosing 40, rather than 80 or so. The world's a big, wonderful, interesting place after all. No mention here of the Amazon or the Congo, of Meteora or Mashhad, and so on.
The real reason that I bought this book is to inspire my girlfriend to travel with me: I think we all have that kind of thing in mind. For that, it'll do.
There are some other books that I'd recommend checking out before you spend your money. For instance, "The Spirit of Asia" by Michael Freeman is excellent for that part of the world; and Joe Cumming's book "Buddhist Stupas in Asia" will inspire a lot of travel throughout Asia. I own those two books, but a few others also look very good to me: "Sacred Places Around the World," "100 Things to do Before You Die," "The Travel Book," and, for pure photography, books by Art Wolfe or Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
Amid such company, I feel that this book is fine, and I don't regret buying it at all. But it's not exceptional in any regard, so I give it 4 stars. At Amazon's price ($13.50 as I write this), it is certainly a good deal, as some of the books I prefer are more expensive.
Perhaps a slight exception is the inclusion of Manhattan and the Bund in Shanghai, both of which brings to question why other top-ranked metropolises are not included. Alas, this is apparently the start of a series of books Davey plans to put out, in which future volumes may put such questions to rest. The photographs are superb, and that is inarguably the main reason to consider purchasing this book. In case you're wondering, the remaining destinations are St. Petersburg; the Grand Canyon; Aitutaki in the Cook Islands; Pyramid of Kukulchán in the Yucatan; Iguassu Falls; Rio de Janeiro; Taman Negara Rainforest in Malaysia; Havana; Wat Phra Keo in Bangkok; Venice; Dead Vlei in Namibia; College Fjord in Alaska; Jaiselmer Fort in Rajastan; Karnak Temple in Luxor; the Galapagos Islands; Lake Titicaca; Greece's Santorini; Drakensberg in South Africa; the Great Barrier Reef; Tibet's capital Lhasa; Ephesus in Turkey; Monet's Garden in Giverny; both Ngorongoro Crater and Zanzibar in Tanzania; Makalu in the Himalayas; Australia's Uluru (Ayers Rock); Varanasi in India; Guilin in China; Dubrovnik; Samarkand in Uzbekistan; and Killlary Harbour in Ireland.