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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Cook Publishing; 12th Revised & enlarged edition (3 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848483619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848483613
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 13 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nicky Gardner is a writer and editor with a particular interest in slow travel. She co-authored a Manifesto for Slow Travel (see www.slowtraveleurope.eu) and writes mainly on cultures and communities across Europe - from pieces that delicately unpick aspects of everyday life in remote villages in the Balkans to articles that examine the nature of sacred spaces on Europe's Celtic fringe. Quite arty stuff, you might suppose, but Nicky has more prosaic interests too. For example, she is a keen advocate of public transport and you are much more likely to find her on a ferry, slow train or local bus than in an airport departure lounge. Yes, she takes slow travel seriously.

Since 2005, Nicky has been co-editor with Susanne Kries of hidden europe magazine (www.hiddeneurope.co.uk), and she has also worked with Susanne on a number of other major editing and writing projects - including three of the books shown here on www.amazon.co.uk (viz. Europe by Rail, Bus-Pass Britain and Bus Pass Britain Rides Again). The two women share a common interest in public transport issues. Indeed, Susanne and Nicky were described in the June 2011 issue of E&T Magazine (aka Engineering & Technology Magazine) as "the doyennes of European travel and the subtle connoisseurs of Europe's railways." That same article described the 2011 edition of Europe by Rail (by Nicky and Susanne) as "a sheer delight, an indispensable book for both real life and armchair travellers and a spectacular achievement, of which the likes of George Bradshaw and Thomas Cook would feel proud." You can find out more about that book at www.europebyrail.eu.

Nicky's writing has featured in media across Europe. She writes regularly for hidden europe of course, but beyond that you'll find nicely woven words by Nicky in such disparate sources as the Kyiv Post, the Barents Observer, CGA Magazine and Journeys Magazine. Nicky writes regularly for Russian Life magazine and was a columnist for the Brussels-based business mag E!Sharp (writing in every issue until it sadly ceased print publication in 2011). You'll find her byline in a number of British papers and magazines: from the political weekly New Statesman to the Independent and the Tyneside regional paper Sunday Sun.

Nicky's articles on European travel, cultural and politics are regularly translated into other languages. Over the last five years her work has appeared in Italian, German, Russian, Ukrainan, Polish, Basque and Spanish.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Frank E on 30 Mar 2011
Format: Paperback
A compact book, but really packed with information. About 700 pages in all, and written by a team that know Europe inside-out and love train travel. It is not just the Inter-Rail and Eurail brigade who now travel by train, but many budget-conscious travellers who want to explore Europe in an eco-friendly way. "The train makes sense," as they used to say in old TV ads in Britain. This book is the perfect guide for those looking for some great holidays by train around Europe. Some of the routes are very straightforward (for example London to the Med), but still described with a spark and a lot of attention to detail. Other routes really take readers off the beaten track. This is not a book for train buffs, but a great guide for ordinary travellers who just want to see the best of Europe. Little on the actual trains (thankfully, I say), but plenty on the routes they follow. Little historical titbits and lovely descriptions of what kind of scenery you might find on each route. Lots of tips of ticket deals, travel planning and journey times. For me, the best bits are the descriptions of journeys to places I'd never really want to go, like the fourth class train to Moldova. And it is not just trains in the guidebook, because the writers sensibly include quite a few recommendations of bus and boat links to places that you just cannot reach by train.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Queerpike on 8 July 2011
Format: Paperback
Great info and ideas for planning a European adventure.
Since I got this the other day I have spent hours reading it. It is informative and interesting and making me think of visiting many more places than I originally intended.
Each station / stop off on the 50 routes it details has a tourist descripion and an "Arrival, Information, Accommodation" section.
Particularly scenic routes are highlighted and there are side paragraphs detailing possible side trips and attractions.
At the back of the book there is a 250 page section on each major "hub city" and country (food, culture, nightlife) and general travellers and train pass info.
This all in a packable 13cm x 18.5cm x 3cm format.
Best travel book I have ever bought!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By btiw on 2 Oct 2011
Format: Paperback
Gives a great overview of traveling through Europe on trains. Lots of hints and tips as well. Very useful so far in my research! Handy little guide.
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