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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides (20 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841620645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841620640
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,308,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Her descriptions exude physical beauty, comfort and historical treasures bequeathed by successive civilizations . . . . One of the more comprehensible short histories of the Balkans I have seen."--"San Francisco Chronicle" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Annalisa Rellie is a freelance journalist who specializes in travel. She lives in London.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By alsion on 2 Oct 2008
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Having just written a poor review for the Bradt Bosnia guide, this guide is quite a contrast and in my opinion excellent. Bradt gives their authors more freedom than other guides which means each book might not be to everyone's tastes or expectations from the series. Annalisa Rellie to me struck the perfect balance between showing a passion for the country (something often lacking in factual RG/LP guides) yet providing comprehensive and concise information. I did think that there was detailed information about the beaches, although I prefer hiking and found the descriptions of Durmitor and areas around Skadar lake to be very useful and informative. Montenegro is a very small country and we actually walked a large chunk of the coast in a couple of hours one afternoon. I also liked the inserted stories and reader feedback along the way, and Rellie's dose wit without being arrogant like I somtimes find LP authors (there's apparently a humouress twist on the tourist board slogan: "Visit Monetenegro - your car is already here!"). I used public transport and did find the practical information very helpful, although Bradt guides are always going to be phyisically shorter than a RG. I like the independence that Bradt guides give you by providing information on lots of places rather than just hand holding with fine detail on only a few places. And I also simply enjoyed the style of writing of Rellie - very enjoyable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MG on 10 Aug 2012
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This guide is a good general read about the country. However the style of writing and the layout make it difficult to get a clear, precise overview for someone spending a week there. Phrases like "where in April cream-and-gold water lilies are in Monet-like profusion, the whiskered term anchors her nest daintily on a floating lead and the frog hawks...." are a good example of this. In itself, it is a well-written book if you're studying English. But for a travel guide, I personally prefer clarity. That said, it is perhaps the most up to date of all the available guides, so a bit of a Wikipedia/Trip Advisor read + her flowery descriptions could work well.

The maps aren't all that great. We got AWFULLY lost in Niksic. According to the map we 'should' have parked in exactly the same place as we did on our way up to Zabljak, but clearly didn't and ended up wondering around in the dry heat having an argument on the neccesity of getting lunch and needing the loo. The book doesn't mention a bustling central street with outdoor cafes (OK, yes, mostly pizza and ice-cream, but still...) that we very fortunately stumbled across. I wish I could tell you where it was, but based on the map, I couldn't put the two together. That said, the maps are not terrible - generally you can get around, we used it in Cetinje and Podgorica without much problem (but didn't spend all that long there). If you have a smartphone, it's probably worth downloading a map - especially if you're driving round Montenegro and can't be bothered to pay for a satnav or the cost of downloading maps for satnavs.

She covers a lot of the country, even the tiny towns with about 3 houses along the main road get a half-page, but I would have liked a lot more detail on the main towns/cities.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emre on 21 May 2013
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Since Lonely Planet doesn't offer an up-to-date guide about Montenegro, this is what most people choose to get. Last couple of years has been very influential in Montenegro in any way imaginable and being printed in 2012, Bradt has a big advantage compared to LP. With saying that, Bradt usually has way less maps and illustrations then LP, with the Montenegro Guide as well. But with the Montenegro guide, the city maps an are just useless. As long as you own a map, the descriptions and points of interest are usually enough. Especially for Podgorica and Kotor - you just have to find accurate maps. In beach towns tourist information is easy to spot and open during work hours but in smaller cities, you can't even find a souvenir shop, let alone some where selling the maps. Of course this won't be a problem if you have a smartphone or a tablet, but then again, what is the point of buying a guide, if you have to check a lot of things online.

In Cetinje, "the best restaurant in town - Nationale" was closed. And in the monastery, when we inquired about the "tablija" where heads of Turks were displayed after war, we found out that, tablija was turned into a bell tower in the 20th century, so there hasn't been a tablija for the last century. In the introduction part of the book, giving women artificial sweetener was mentioned, as it was hard to find. But every market I have been to carried them; maybe that part belonged to an earlier time. It would be just stupid to gift someone sweeteners i would say.

My final impression is, the information can be a bit outdated and disorganised, but that is usually the case with many guides. But the punlisher should certainly invest in some better maps in the next editions, rather than the present ones, probably made using Paint MS.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Laszlo Wagner on 5 Sep 2006
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This book is probably the poorest one in Bradt's unique series of guides covering the relatively little-known countries of the Balkan region. While most other Bradt guides successfully combine insightful background info and coverage of sights with providing the useful and necessary practical travel information, this one fails on the latter front miserably.

Coverage of accomodation option was often poor, especially lacking the budget options - and for some towns listing no places to stay at all! Even worse is the complete lack of information on public transport. The author very obviously toured the country by car and couldn't be bothered to check out the existence and fares of buses and trains that are used to get around by most independant travellers!

While coverage of sights was mostly OK, it also proved pretty bad about, of all places, the nation's capital, Podgorica!

Without exception all those people whom I personally met using this guide were quite unhappy with it.

One can only hope that the publisher will eventually take note and either get a new author to rewrite the book, or provide some strong guidelines to the current author on what practical details are needed to bring this book in line with the quality of Bradt guides to the neighbouring countries: the ones covering Albania, Serbia and Hungary are all very good and could serve as a model.

Until that happens, you have a choice of buying this book just to plan WHERE you want to go (but not HOW!), or simply wait till you reach Montenegro and visit the tourist offices there that will provide you with just as many useful ideas on places to visit, and more heplful info on transport and accomodation!
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