I spend all day on a laptop, and all evening web surfing, so when this arrived, I opened it up, and what a joy.
As long as books like this remain in print, paper copies of books will not disappear any time soon. Flicking through this cannot be done on a PC. The tint of the paper and pastel drawings give it a nostalgic feel (because they're old anyway, but last reproduced in 2005).
Endnotes provide updates to show how things have changed since the drawings were done, and so there's not too much disappointment if the kids go to Venice and things aren't the same. But there are few of these as Venice has barely changed in 200 years.
The graphics are simple, detailed, and alive, the best thing about these books.
The text is short, and straight to the point, giving children a reason to pick it up and look through and imagine, without being bogged down with words.
If I'd known about these books earlier, I would have bought one for every holiday destination for me (I mean my kids).