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The New York Times. 36 Hours. 125 Weekends in Europe [Flexibound]

Barbara Ireland
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25 Oct 2012 New York Times 36 Hours
From Paris to Perm and beyond

Dream weekends with practical itineraries in all corners of Europe

Culture, history, natural beauty, fine cuisine, artistic masterpieces, cutting-edge architecture and style Europe overflows with so many riches that a lifetime seems too short to appreciate them. But with the right guidance, you can go far in a single weekend. Stylishly written and carefully researched, this updated and expanded collection of the popular New York Times 36 Hours feature offers you 125 well-crafted itineraries for quick but memorable European trips, accompanied by hundreds of color photographs to fire your imagination. Explore the expected: the Renaissance in Florence, surfing in Biarritz, flamenco in Seville. And discover the unexpected: Sicilian mummies dressed in their Sunday best, a dry-land toboggan ride on Madeira, a hotel in Tallinn with a KGB spies nest on the penthouse floor. World capitals, ancient nations that once ruled wide domains, tiny countries with big personalities it s all Europe, and all fun to read about (whether you actually go or not) in this handsomely designed and illustrated book.

4,500 hours worth of insightful itineraries to make the most of your stay

125 European destinations, from major cities to lesser known gems

Practical recommendations for over 500 restaurants and 400 hotels

Color-coded tabs and ribbons to bookmark your favorite cities in each region

Nearly 800 photos

Illustrations by Olimpia Zagnoli

Easy-to-reference indexes

Detailed city-by-city maps pinpoint every stop on your itinerary

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  • Flexibound: 644 pages
  • Publisher: Benedikt Taschen Verlag; Indexed edition (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836526409
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836526401
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The editor:
Barbara Ireland
, a writer and editor based in western New York State, is a former deputy travel editor and deputy Op-Ed page editor at The New York Times. While on the Times staff, she commissioned and edited many "36 Hours" columns and wrote a few herself. She is a graduate of Cornell University and was a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful and well organised but... 10 Nov 2012
By Wil Andersen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This was another book I came across in Blackwell's and occupied me through my morning coffee. I find it quite hard to review - partly of course because I haven't actually taken it to an unknown city and used it - but also because it covers some places that I know quite well and where I would have written the guide differently.

The concept is excellent - a short schedule for a 36 hour stay in various cities in Europe - conveniently arranged by general area and then grouped by country.

The general descriptions are good and you can't quarrel with what they recommend you spend your time on - the Oxford one was not bad atall I thought - although I would dispute some of the food recommendations but other than that they hit the highlights. Bologna was OK; Venice I wasn't so keen on. And I think it is because the time is short they are concentrating on seeing all the key sites and missing some of the real pleasures in the cities which you find by accident as you wander around - the serendipitous discoveries.

This is particularly marked in the Amsterdam account - I know the city reasonably well and I guess I would have written it entirely differently. But that reflects my own preferences for sightseeing I guess - not ticking off the 7 must sees and moving on.

Not meant in any negative way but it is a very American guide and lacks - on the whole - quirkiness. But it certainly serves a purpose very competently. So if you really want to ensure you have spent your brief time seeing what you HAVE to see then it is probably excellent.

I would have liked more alternatives - but I suspect that would just have undermined its core purpose as a guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2014
By Chiara
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Awesome book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book! 28 Dec 2013
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A really lovely book full of inspiration and tip bits for lots of beautiful cities around europe- amazing photos to go with it so you can get a sense of each city
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"36 Hours: Europe" is an amazing book which covers almost all European destinations that are worth-visiting for a short mini break. The whole point of it is that you are offered a popular tourist destinations with the top ten or so points of interest to visit and, so to say, tick off your list. Of course, this guide is no way comprehensive and if you are looking for quirky places and unknown and hidden from the general tour mass spots, this won't be your ideal guide. I think not even a separate standing guide-book with 200+ pages devoted to one city could cover everything worth seeing and visiting, and as the cities are living and breathing organisms, they constantly evolve, new places appear while old ones close down, and sometimes you find yourself in an amazing church/spot/location/bar/restaurant/attraction of the city by pure chance, lucky enough to get to one or another pop-up attraction that won't be there in a couple of months. I don't think it is fair to blame this book for lack of description of such IT places.

But this tome serves its purpose well. "36 Hours: Europe" covers long established points of interest together with the best and the most popular eateries and bars. This is, ultimately, the only guide book you will need for all your short breaks away in Europe. It is cleverly divided into sections and loads of cities are covered. Besides, it is beautifully made with cloth covered cover and thick pages and rainbow for bookmarks.

I used "36 Hours: Europe" for a weekend in Paris, a long weekend in Edinburgh and a weekend in Porto and was not disappointed. The short time limit makes it difficult to follow even limited points of interest mentioned in the book.

The only disadvantage of this book is its size.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great to give as a Gift 10 July 2014
By Julie M
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I bought this as a gift for my son and he was very pleased. He and his wife are looking forward to planning their European weekends away!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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arrived quickly and as described
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clear,Concise and an excellent reference 28 Jun 2014
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a beautiful book - and the content is first rate so what more can one say - buy one for yourself
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4.0 out of 5 stars 36 Hours. 125 Weekends in Europe 13 April 2014
By Pedro
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Very good, it has lot's of good suggestions and not always mainstream. Not your ordinary traveling book, but it's better than that
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