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Wallpaper City Guide: Istanbul 2009 Paperback – Dec 1 2008

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; 1 edition (Dec 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714848247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714848242
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.3 x 16.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 118 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,069,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'the answer to every short-breaker's dream ...The jewel-coloured guides look beautiful and are exquisitely designed.' The Times '...gorgeous photography, sharp graphics, and design-savvy, waffle-free text, written by city insiders rather than bearded backpackers.' The Independent 'Glamorous, global and affordable.' Telegraph magazine 'packed with insider knowledge and eye-catching photography' Vogue 'Ultra-glam, uber-chic' The Observer 'Attractive and well-researched.' USA Today 'Ultra-stylish.' Time Magazine 'Sophisticated but simple.' The New York Times 'Small, stylish and beautifully illustrated, the Wallpaper* City Guides make everything else look old hat. ... The photographs and maps are superb.' The Sydney Magazine

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Wallpaper* City Guides are compiled by the magazine's travel experts, both by in-house editors, and correspondents who actually live in the highlighted cities, providing up-to-the-minute information.

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By TP on May 10 2010
I went to Istanbul during the summer of 2009 for my honeymoon. I bought two guides because I love to cross-reference. My other guide was good for everything "traditional". The wallpaper guide helped us discover the modern side of Istanbul. This was great, because after seeing many very old monuments, seeing modern things give you a breath of fresh air and a whole new perspective on the city. Through the wallpaper guide, we went into a few of the coolest bars I ever went to (on top floors of appartment buildings). We also went to the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art which is great (and has a delicious restaurant overlooking the water). Finally, we went to the Reservoirs that are in the middle of the place but underground, so they often go unvisited; these were surreal! All in all, I have to say the restaurants and bar were a bit on the expensive side, but they are definetly worth the premium. I would definetly recommend this guide to anybody who want to have a trendier perspective on old classics (for the old classics you have all the other guides that will send you to all the places where all the tourists go!).
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By Pierre Gauthier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 29 2009
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This is the first guide of the Wallpaper series that I consult.

Though the colour photographs are attractive, one does not get much for the money: the book is small and thin and many pages are `graciously' left blank for the reader to write in his own notes.

It certainly succeeds however in being different from other travelbooks and Hagya Sofia for instance is hardly mentioned at all.

But one can only be skeptical with the guide's statement that `all the ancient sites can comfortably be taken in over a single day', presumably to devote more time to high-end shopping and dining.

Since many of the recommendations are likely to be quickly out of date, a web site would seem a much better medium to convey the information than an overpriced book.
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HASH(0xa666bb40) out of 5 stars For The Trendy Set April 18 2009
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This guide is written for those who wish to pursue the current fads in style. The problem, of course, is that fads, by definition, are constantly changing, so the book is outdated by the time it is published.

At a more basic level, the book contains 128 pages, seven of which are for the reader's own notes. The hotels it recommends are all very expensive; you can put together a better list by going to the New York Times Travel website, sorting by price (high to low), and looking at the most expensive ones. The same is true for restaurants.

A far better guide to hotels, restaurants, shops, etc. is StyleCity Istanbul. The places it recommends are more interesting and are likely to be around a lot longer.

There is also a Hedonist's Guide To Istanbul 1st Edition (A Hedonist's Guide to...), which I have not read, but appears to be aimed at the stylish set.

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