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Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps and Corsica Paperback – 1 Aug 2002


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Whitehorse Press; 3rd edition (1 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884313329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884313325
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This third edition describes 79 individual trips, each lasting about a day. Every region of the Alps is covered: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, and even special Alpine lookalike places such as Corsica and Slovenia. Each trip has a detailed route description, easy-to-follow maps, and unique photographs, all brought to life by Hermann's informed, witty narration. Local customs, history, and amusing travel anecdotes dot every page to enrich your journey. You will find information on everything from colourful villages to special shops and restaurants and little-known spots where the views are particularly beautiful. He also tells where the local motorcyclists gather and the special roads they ride, including an 'Alps Pass-Bagging List' of 214 mountain passes to help you keep track of where you have been.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike Forrester on 22 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
If you want to go touring in the Alps, just buy this. Don't even think about it, just get it.

The author is a motorcyclist, and American, and his narrative is written from this perspective. He also seems to like Hotels and Guest Houses, where I prefer camping. But thats not criticism, its just his style - and he clearly loves the Alps as much as I do.

You get a good index, an overview-map of where each route is, and 3-4 pages on each route: a description of how to get there, major landmarks on the route, places of interest, and so on. He writes well, giving just the right amount of detail, without being overly wordy.

You get a small map of each route, though they are not enough on their own and you will need to buy a good detailed map as well.

I'd give this book 5 stars if the maps were a bit bigger and showed a bit more surrounding detail. Other than that, I can't fault it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Hepworth on 8 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
This book deserves 5 stars for effort alone. Clearly John Hermann is a dedicated Alpinist and he has painstakingly found most of the minor Alpine passes and dead ends by deserted lakes that the Alps has to offer, aswell as the stunning passes that we motorcyclists crave. The book is very accessible, but it would benefit from more comprehensive details on hotels in different regions and longer suggested routes linking up different parts of the Alps in my humble opinion.

It is an excellent reference point and useful for first timers thinking of an Alpine tour and for seasoned Alpinists.

I have been reading this book again as I plan this years foray into the Alps and I am revising my earlier review to give 5 stars as this really is a phenomenal book and a lifetimes work. Other than the above my only suggestion for a revised version would be for the maps to be better, but that is my only criticism of this epic work and any Alpinist embarking on any tour should have their own stock of maps anyway.
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By kevin russell on 7 April 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
great product, great value. the rest of this review does not need to be continued expect that this website waants a certain number of words
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tam Tam on 4 May 2009
Format: Paperback
A big disappointment. I spent a week touring Corsica and found nothing in this book of help. Buy the Rough Guides to Corsica and the Alps.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Still the best resource for Alps Touring 22 Nov. 2000
By "ldcleve" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I took John's first edition of this book and a map and rode the Alps and the Dolemites for ten days. We reviewed the routes and stops each morning and evening. This is a great resource if you are traveling in the area. I brought three other books on this topic and left them behind at hotels as the trip progressed, as I realized I did not need any other resources. Use this and an internet translator site (like Babelfish)and you can make your reservations in some of the same hotels that Edelweiss and other formal tour groups use.This new edition expands on the first by adding Corsica and updating the Alps/Dolemite section. It is a great read. John is the recognized authority on this area for those of us that don't speak other languages well, and don't live there.He is also correct in stating that the riding in this region is addictive.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Indispensable companion for an Alpine tour 24 Nov. 1999
By Eric and Bronwen Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Hermann has distilled the Alpine motorcycle experience perfectly. Being do-it-yourself types we were reluctant just to follow somebody's advice. In no time we realized that Hermann was providing incredible insight into how to approach an Alpine motorcycle tour. His itineraries outline the best order and ways to see the multitude of passes that exist. His suggestions for base camp towns always seemed to lead to the most picturesque, quaint spots. Hermann's directions, with their accompanying, simple to use maps, never led us astray. From his wealth of experience, he shares little gems that one would more than likely miss on one's own. We highly recommend this book for anyone planning a tour in the Alps, with a tour company or on their own.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The definitive book on traveling in the Alps & Corsica! 23 Feb. 2000
By Thomas R. Mooney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Don't leave home without it! No one should go to the Alps or Corsica without this 2nd revision in hand. It contains a wealth of additional information and is virtually a complete rewrite of the first edition. It should rightly be called "Journeys Through the Alps & Corsica" because it is indispensible for all travelers regardless of mode of transportation. Traveling the recommended routes by motorcycle may be more fun but every piece of information is invaluable whether you're traveling by car, van, truck or bus. Following the recommended routes will put you in touch with the real Alps & real Corsica as well a provide an enormous amount of cultural and historical background. Highly recommended for all travelers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Must Have Guide to the Alps 28 Aug. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I took a packaged tour of the Alps in 2002. Thank goodness I took this book with me. This book had so much more quality information than the touring company, it was unbelievable! Each night, we would return from some awsome ride (not on the base or recommended route). It became a nightly ritual to review where we went. People, including the tour guide, wanted to know how I knew of these roads, I showed them the book.
Next time, I will just take this book and go, no tour company! I am a heavy rider, 30K miles per year, close to 400K miles ridden.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic!!! 25 Jan. 2002
By Carlos Permuy Llambias - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I use to go on travel with my motorcycle just one or two times a year. I'm really busy and I haven't too much time to plan these travels so I bought this book thinking it could help me to plan a travel by the Alps. But it was a surprise!!! All the travel was perfectly planned in this book! Hotels, Restaurants, special places, roads, etc. Just a little deception: the pictures are black and white!
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