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5.0 out of 5 stars
The Discerning Travellers Guide to Estonia, 14 Mar 2005
I live in Estonia and am now on my indispensable fourth edition of Bradts guide by Neil Taylor.
This is very much a book for the discerning traveller. The 40-odd pages about the general history, economy, geography and culture of Estonia are excellent. No other guide covers these subjects so extensively. The practical information is always up to date (important in a country where so much is changing so fast) as Neil Taylor visits regularly and has good networks `on site'. The travel information is scattered with interesting texts and quotes from such Estonian luminaries as Ants Oras and Lennart Meri, the Welsh/Estonian MP Lembit Opik (who gives an apt 1-page guide to Dos and Don'ts) and British travellers of the 1930's. In addition I can recommend the well planned suggested tours.
This is the only guidebook in English that concentrates on Estonia without lumping it together with the other two Baltic States. This is very much to Bradts credit as the States are far from homogenous and deserve a volume all to themselves. Bradt's Latvia and Lithuania are also recommended.
Bradt's is always growing and changing so, if you're heading for Estonia and want reliable information about the country's natural beauty, turbulent history, what to see, what to do and how much it will cost, don't go without it!
Hilary Bird, Vanemuise, Tartu, Estonia