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Lucy Mallows
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14 Aug 2008 Bradt Travel Guides
Transylvania is a wild, wooded, intensely romantic region, filled with mountains, gorges and valleys, myths and legends, dragons, bears, wolves and vampires. This guide covers a whole range of attractions and gives full details of practicalities - accommodation, eating out and transport. Discover old Saxon merchants' towns such as Brasov, Sibiu, Cluj, Medias and Sebes; impressive citadels like Sighisoara, Bran and Hunedoara and the truth behind the Dracula myth. The villages of the historic Szekely region have been untouched for centuries, and there are many Dacian and Roman ruins to explore.


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 1 edition (14 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841622303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841622309
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 557,871 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') passion for the place shines through the pages of her guide, generating interest and curiosity on the part of the reader.' The Budapest Times 'Mallows brought with her a defined sense of the historical and cultural context of all the places she wrote about.' The Oldie '... an informative and easy-to-use travel guide' Food & Travel magazine

About the Author

Lucy Mallows is a freelance travel writer and translator. She currently works in Brussels and is the author of the Bradt guides to Slovakia and Bratislava.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A must have 24 Feb 2014
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If you are planning to travel to Transylvania and aren't just going there for the Dracula 'experience' of Bran Castle (which is really NOT Dracula's castle) and want to explore this fantastic country then you need a guide book. This is clear and descriptive with some excellent guides to make any trip more fulfilling. The only reason I've taken a star off the rating is simply because I would have liked more photographs of the cities and areas. There are some in the centre of the guide but these are a little generic.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Book 22 April 2013
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Would definitely recommend this book for anyone travelling to Transylvania. Has all information about each district, eating places, and the phrases were especially helpful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good comprehensive guide 14 Mar 2014
By Charles
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Well organised and helpful information. This will help any traveller to get the best out of a short trip to Transylvania.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
By Marley
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What I wanted
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Dracula. This is the real thing. 19 Nov 2013
By Jon L. Albee - Published on Amazon.com
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Here's something of which you can be sure: If there's a Bradt guide for your destination, it's the best one, and it's the one you should buy.

So what is it that makes the Bradt guides, and this one in particular, so good? First and foremost, each Bradt guide is lovingly crafted by an author who is absolutely passionate about their adopted home. You're not going to find an author who has spent a lifetime bouncing from one country to the next, churning out text for a broad swath of guidebooks. The key here is focus.

In this case, Lucinda Mallows is obsessed with all things Transylvania, and she brings that enthusiasm to you. All elements of this book are outstanding, from the cultural and historical content to the numerous and well-chosen listings. It may be true that the Bradt guides lack some of the flash of other high-profile guides, but none can match its rich, informative, and enjoyable content. The text features all of the medieval towns and sites that an informed traveler would expect, but also includes many unique outdoor locations and activities.

So, let's mention a few words about the content. Historical and cultural contexts are the obvious emphasis here. Visual content, such as maps and photographs, are more pragmatic than artistic. As with most other guidebooks, this guide includes several "coaching" sections of recommended sites, activites and itineraries. The practical information for travellers is deep, offering advice on more than just how to get there and what electrical adapter to take. Everything from how to tip to how to catch a train is included.

My only complaint is slight. Because Bradt guides are so rich in content, and maintain such high standards for inclusion, new editions are frequently four or five years between. You have to hope that your destination is close to an "on" year for a new edition, or the listings might be out of date. This book was published in early 2013, so you can expect it to be relatively current until 2015 or so.

The author's dedication to this region makes this book the best possible guide to its numerous, fascinating attractions.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 25 Jun 2014
By Susan S. - Published on Amazon.com
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I guess I thought it would cover all of Romania in more detail. I should have read reviews and description more carefully. Now I need to buy another book.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide book on Transylvania. I have been many times to Transylvania, and this is an great book! 1 April 2013
By David M . De Mille - Published on Amazon.com
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I travel often to Transylvania, and this is an excellent book on the area,covering all areas with great expertise. Strongly recommend.
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