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Martinique and Guadeloupe Alive! (Alive Guides) Paperback – 24 Jan 2002


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hunter Publishing; New edition edition (24 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588432629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588432629
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,597,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lars Kragh-hansen on 10 April 2009
Format: Paperback
I have used this book during a 2 week stay on Guadeloupe thus my comments are only refering to that island group.

The book is charaterized by describing the major part about Guadeloupe in a very drive-by manner. Description of sights are often done in very few lines and usually lack any reference to the rich history in the area. Recommandations of wether or not a sight is worth spending time on are most likely not explained.

The index of the book is really horrible and often you will find yourself having to browse through large parts of the book in order to find the towns or sights described in stead of just finding them via the index.

The only area which is getting a thorough explanation is the islands of Les Saintes. The book also contain good advice on how to hike the many trails in the national park of central Basse-Terre.

The book generally advises the traveller against renting a car due to: the driving style of the natives, the lack of A/C and automatic transmission in the cars. IMHO the natives are not driving any worse than what you see in any urban place on Earth, A/C is in fact present in most (if not all)rental cars. It is, however true that most cars on the islands use manual transmission.

Although the writer makes a number of comparisons to how things are in Europe, it is evident that the writer's knowledge of Europe is scarce at best.

If you understand even some French, my suggestion is to buy a French guide book in stead of this one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Worse than useless 13 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because it was recently published, but the quality was terrible.
The book reads more like something from the tourist office than an objective guide and so it's hard to tell what things are really like. I get the impression that the author does not really know the islands very well.
I only went to Martinique, so I have only read half the book. But here are some things that surprised me:
There is no mention of the hot springs on the trail near Precheur, even though these are a splendidly unusual attraction.
The maps in the book are woefully feeble. A map with all the beaches and major attractions on it would be a great help to anyone planning a vacation.
The book says that award-wiining French chef Paul Bocuse presides in the kitchen of the Novotel Carayou in Trois-Ilets. Yet at the hotel they have never heard of the great man. I would expect an extraordinary claim such as this to be checked before publication.
If you're going to the Frecnh carribean, buy a different guide.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Worse than useless 13 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because it was recently published, but the quality was terrible.
The book reads more like something from the tourist office than an objective guide and so it's hard to tell what things are really like. I get the impression that the author does not really know the islands very well.
I only went to Martinique, so I have only read half the book. But here are some things that surprised me:
There is no mention of the hot springs on the trail near Precheur, even though these are a splendidly unusual attraction.
The maps in the book are woefully feeble. A map with all the beaches and major attractions on it would be a great help to anyone planning a vacation.
The book says that award-wiining French chef Paul Bocuse presides in the kitchen of the Novotel Carayou in Trois-Ilets. Yet at the hotel they have never heard of the great man. I would expect an extraordinary claim such as this to be checked before publication.
Not surprisingly the details of the volcanic eruption that destroyed St. Pierre were inaccurate.
If you're going to the French Carribean, buy a different guide.
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