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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 2 edition (13 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841624519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841624518
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andrew Bostock was born in Kenya in 1972, but grew up in South London. An English degree at Oxford did nothing to prepare him for the real world, and he has pursued the typical 'varied career' of many writers. This has included teaching English in Greece, tour guiding, managing bookshops, and trying to compete with John Simpson and the BBC in getting news out of Zimbabwe. Now a semi-professional travel writer who has been published in several national newspapers and magazines, and apparently a responsible parent, he has spent the last few years trying to decide whether he lives in Greece or England, or should maybe try somewhere else

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Andrew Bostock has been travelling to the Greek Peloponnese for 20 years, and moved there with his family in 2005. His articles have been published in The Observer, Conde Nast Traveller, TNT and Olive.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. James Butler on 14 Sep 2013
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I bought this for a friend who visited the Peloponnese a week ago, and am assured it became an indispensable part of the trip, the first of many it is hoped. Andrew Bostock writes with authority and humour, and the information is pretty up to date in the fast moving and dire economic situation in Greece. One of the first casualties has been the credit card, which has been mostly dumped by suppliers in favour of cash. So the budget needs to include cash for car fuel, meals and accommodation. Andrew's love of the area comes out clearly in the well researched and beautifully produced publication. Hooray!
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In the light of the 8 good reviews of this book (5***** and 3****) I found this book very disappointing indeed. Different people, of course, are looking for different things, but many people will be going to the Peloponnese for the wildflowers, most of them in March and April, but some, too, in the Autumn. And yet there is almost nothing at all about them (the flowers themselves or where to find them), and what there is, on pages 3 to 7, is embarrassingly amateur. This is listed as one of the 50 best wildflower sites in the whole world by Bob Gibbons' in his book "Wildflower Wonders of the World". There are huge numbers of orchids of at least 50 species and more than 300 indigenous plants that are found nowhere else. In a guide which covers such a small area you expect to find something detailed about all of this. In fact it is ironic that the Rough Guide to the whole of Greece contains more useful information and, since most people who haven't been to Greece before will want to spend a night or two in Athens as well, it makes a much more sensible purchase.
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I purchased this book prior to a family holiday in the SW of the Peloponnese (area of Gialova). I found it to be highly informative. The recommended sights we visited all lived up to the expectations the book generated and more. The notes on general history and on each sight made visits more interesting and entertaining (Messene in particular was excellent). The book is easy to follow, well written and has the odd touch of humour to lighten things up. Great guide by an author who seems to really like and know the region. My only comment would be that some of the routes to locations such as Apollo's Temple at Bassae were a little hairy (lots of hairpin bends, sections of damaged roads and collapses section where the road was narrowed). I would also recommend trying out a wider range of restaurants than suggested as we found the recommendations for Gialova, for example, did not cover what in our opinion was the best restaurant in town.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pietro on 4 Oct 2013
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Well written and researched and pleasant to read but a bit confusing. The maps in particular do not seem to correspond to the descriptions. e.g. places are named in the text but when you look at the corresponding maps they are not there, so you always need another map handy.
And often, if the map is Michelin's the problem is compounded as they have their own ideas as to which placenames are relevant.
We sometimes seemed not to find a correlation between what we could see on the ground (road signs, town names, etc.) and what Michelin thought that should be there. These maps were probably drawn by older ones without any real survey of the land.

The guide is also in need of some updating. In Messene for instance almost no mention is made of the Stoa which is becoming an important site. And some of the descriptions, direction, etc. make it a bit difficult to find the various sites and monuments.
Also some of the accomodations' prices are out of date i.e. lower, fortunately for us but not for the Greeks.

Best used following the author's itineraries which seems to follow a counter cloackwise pattern.

All in all the author, evidently passionate and knowledgeble about the area, did an excellent job and I'm sure that with a few corrections this will be the go-to guide to this beautiful area.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nimue on 13 Jun 2014
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I wanted a guide just for the Peloponnese, as most of the Greece guides only have one chapter for the main land.
This book contains very useful information presented in humorous writing.
Literally everything you need to know or want to know is mentioned in the guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Viktoria Borsi on 16 Feb 2014
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We went to the Peloponnese for our honeymoon in August, 2013. This book was really great in historical details and local recommendations.
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