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Romania and Moldova (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 May 2007


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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 4th Revised edition edition (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741044782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741044782
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2005
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent follow up to the previous book on Romania and Moldova from LP.
The information is concise, and lists not only the good places to stay, but also the ones to avoid.
The Maps in all the LP series now follow a similar format to those of the "Rough Guide" series, which, I personally, do not think are as good as the previous LP maps.
In a fast changing East Europe, the books manages to keep abreast of the changes, and the differences to the same book published in 2001 by LP are clear to see, and offer a more balanced view of Romania. In 2001, Bucharest in particular (and to an extent Constanta) were given a bit of a hard time. True, that these cities do have their problems (as do all cities), they were perhaps exagerated a bit. The 2004 version does well to offer the view that Bucharest is as safe (or dangerous) as any other place.
I was in Romania for over 1 month, and the information was invaluable. Whilst this shouldnt be treated as a bible, it is very handy to dip in and out of.
1 thing I would point out, Sibiu is under heavy reconstruction due to it being the European Capital of Culture in 2007, so bear this in mind.
All in all, this proves and essential guide for someone visiting Romania for any length of time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. N McGahan on 8 Aug 2006
Format: Paperback
I stayed in Brasov (in Romania) for 2 months and thought that this book might not be that helpful as I wasn't travelling much around Romania but staying in one place. However I found this book so helpful, I was always driving into it, finding the best place to eat, where to go, how to get there, how much it costs, what to do etc. It is very detailed with a lot of places covered in it.

There is also lots of background covering the countries history and culture, which is interesting to read when you have some free time.

Only down side is there aren't any pictures so you can't really compare places much to decide the best place to go, you just have to go and see for yourself and trust what they say (they are nearly always right).

A Romania friend of mine sat up till 2am reading the book as she found it so interesting and she said she learnt loads about her own country that she didn't know. So if you want to know Romania better then Romanians this book is a great place to start.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By reader/listener on 27 Aug 2007
Format: Paperback
All I can say is that I'm glad this book has just been reprinted. I can only comment on the Moldova section as I've just returned from there, using - or at least trying to - this inaccurate, out of date, unhelpful guide. For example, this book says there are 11 trains daily to Odessa, Ukraine, from Kishenev in Moldova. There hasn't been a single train for 3 years. I hope the new edition improves on this HUGELY. And, if you're thinking of travelling across the Ukraine-Transdniestr-Moldova border, DO NOT DO IT. Even spending any time in Transdniestr is VERY difficult at this time (NOT as stated in this guide book) and you will get a lot of unwelcome attention from lawless police, border guards and army. Find another way across the border. Please. And Don't bother buying this book (on Moldova anyway)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sigrid on 17 Sep 2009
Format: Paperback
A pretty poor guide - Loneley Planet has really gone downhill over the past few years - coasting on their earlier reputation.

I travelled with a friend, and between us we had the LP guide and the Rough Guide. Rough Guide is a much much better book.

The writer(s) of LP are more concerned with writing 'cool' and 'hip' prose than with conveying useful information and as a result their comments are often difficult to understand - not to say bizarre! Cutting out all the slang and returning to plain english would make an immediate improvement.

At a less subjective level, LP has poorer city plans and fewer accomodation/restaurant listings than Rough Guide. When an establishment was in both books, the RG description was more useful than the LP one.
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