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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 1 edition (13 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841621889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841621883
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lucy Mallows is a travel writer, photographer, editor and translator who, ever hopeful of following in the hallowed footsteps of her literary heroes Dostoyevsky, Turgenev, Chekhov and Gogol, moved to Budapest in 1993 with the intention of writing the 'Great Gloomy Eastern European Novel'.
She worked for 12 years as a travel writer, editor, journalist, translator and photographer, working for local newspapers and magazines and writing about Hungary and the entire Central European region for Bradt Travel Guides, Rough Guides, Time Out, Zagat, DK Eyewitness and many more.
In 2005, she moved to Brussels where she worked as a freelance travel writer and photographer. She contributes regularly to many international dailies and magazines and has written for all the top travel publishers on countries from Estonia to Portugal. She is an expert on Central Europe and speaks six foreign languages including Russian and Hungarian. Her passions are travel, soul music and Chelsea FC.
Lucy now lives in south London where she translates from Hungarian, Russian and French when not rambling around Europe.

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"Lucy Mallows delivers a brilliantly informative, yet concise guide. I got the feeling she must have spent a lifetime exploring every town, valley and craggy peak of this magnificent country. Everything a traveler could possibly need to know is here; from which trains to catch to arrive at a chosen destination, to reviews on hotels, interesting things to check out, places to eat, even things to avoid. I especially enjoyed her own personal comments, which are sprinkled throughout the book. Thank you, Lucy!" --J. Kleinschmidt

"I've read your book from cover to cover - and love it!" --Richard Andolsen

"Good coverage, excellent maps, well informed." --Mr. S. Barton, London

About the Author

Lucy Mallows is a freelance travel writer and translator presently working in Brussels. She contributes to many international dailies and magazines and has written for all the top travel publishers on countries from Estonia to Portugal. She is an expert on Central Europe, having studied Russian, Czech and Spanish at university before living and working in Budapest for 12 years. She speaks six foreign languages, including Slovak. She first visited Slovakia in 1982 and returns regularly. She is the author of Bradt's Bratislava and Transylvaniaguides.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katarina Burnett on 17 Jun 2010
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My husband and I really enjoyed traveling around the north east of Slovakia using this book. Lucy Mallows has clearly done some thorough research even in the less travelled areas of the country. I was originally hesitant about buying the book as it's 3 years out of date (2007), but almost all of what she writes still holds (which cannot be said for many other guide books where information quickly loses validity/correctness) and we found ourselves relying on this book rather than another one we also had. That said, I would welcome a new edition post the Euro adoption and other recent developments in the country, which has changed so much over the last decades.
Her fondness of Slovakia and its people comes through very well in her writing, and it was obvious she enjoyed traveling around and doing her research. Particularly the inclusion of subtle cultural observations and her 'pozor!' notes adds real human value to the book, making the reading not only more interesting but also useful for the day-to-day encounters. I am myself Slovak so was able to appreciate and recognise many of them.
There are a few typos (especially in translations from English to Slovak), which I'm sure would disappear in a follow-up edition.
I'd happily use this book again traveling around Slovakia, also around the parts I am more familiar with, as it adds a lot of value even to the native reader, through its humour, passion, and detailed observations both of the country and its people.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By ChrisP on 6 May 2007
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I just bought this guide book and I was very impressed by the detail. I have never found another guide that dealt with Slovakia in such a thorough manner. It has been well-researched and well-written and includes some interesting and amusing boxes on Slovak culture and history. I am thrilled that somebody has finally discovered the Slovak countryside, especially the regions in the east. I recommend this book and also that travellers try the Spis and Saris regions, plus beautiful cities like Bardejov, Levoca, Kezmarok, Presov, Kosice and Zilina.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cristina Pimentel Dias on 22 July 2013
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To my travel to Slovakia I choose to buy this guide and it was a great choice. With a very detailed information about the country since the history until the places to eat and what to to. And is very well wrote.
Absuletly I recommend it!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chubs on 11 Aug 2010
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As there are limited options for Slovakia it was just great to have something to start me off. Found in particular the quite personal and indepth information really good but used the map from the step by step guide of Slovakia as a map wasn't in this one.

Must also say Slovakia have very good Information shops in most large towns and they have good local information and in English for summer and winter and OS maps.

As we were out side the normal toursit area of Bratislava it was more limited in our area but overall a good and useful book
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating Look at a Little-Known Country 24 Sep 2007
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Being of Slovak descent, I was always frustrated in my efforts to locate a good travel guide on the subject. Lucy Mallows delivers a brilliantly informative, yet concise guide to aid travelers to this, until recently, wonderfully mysterious destination. Reading it, I got the feeling she must have spent a lifetime exploring every town, valley and craggy peak of this magnificent country, and indeed, she has spent a considerable amount of time there. Who better, then, to introduce the world to one of the most vibrant, yet underappreciated places in Europe? Everything a traveler could possibly need to know is here; from which trains to catch to arrive at a chosen destination, to reviews on hotels, interesting things to check out, places to eat, even things to avoid. Also included is helpful information like important telephone numbers, and advice on how to protect yourself in order to better enjoy your trip. I especially enjoyed her own personal comments, which are sprinkled throughout the book. Slovakia is a gorgeous country with a rich history and has suffered centuries of misfortune and domination, part of which is what drove my ancestors to find a better life in the USA, for which I am very grateful. How wonderful to see that this new democracy is free to embrace its own culture at last and to welcome visitors to come and discover its many hidden treasures. Thank you, Lucy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very useful guide 29 April 2011
By Mary Anne - Published on Amazon.com
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My family will be traveling to Slovakia next fall. So, I needed a guide with practical advice. Other guides have a very limited section on this country. I was very pleased to find the information that I needed in this book. There are specific recomendations for each region of the country as well as maps and beautiful pictures. Now we won't be wasting our time trying to decide where to start. We will be having fun!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great guide to Slovakia 16 May 2011
By monomomo - Published on Amazon.com
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Not only was this book generally very useful, well-researched and easy to use, but the author's enthusiasm for Slovakia brought out much of the country's charming character and made this a really enjoyable, personal and interesting guide book. I found myself reading it for fun and wishing I had more time to explore different parts of the country. I absolutely recommend it.
Slovakia - the new travel destination! 25 Mar 2013
By Blanka Mazakova - Published on Amazon.com
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Great and very informative tour guide for anybody who is planning to visit this lovely Easter European country. I highly recommend it. It was delivered very quickly.
very informative 19 April 2011
By Happy Go Lucky - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book and it goes into every detail you need to know when you visit. I will be going this summer with my grandmother and my family is from there. I feel so much more prepared for my trip.
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