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Not sure about the new format - Not perfect but still the best!,
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This review is from: Lonely Planet Istanbul (Travel Guide) (Paperback)
I have long considered Lonely Planet the best books to actually use 'on the ground' but the format of this new Istanbul guide was a bit of a culture shock. They seem to have moved everything around and placed it as unintuitively as possible.
Prettier graphics, colour photos through the guide rather than just a few sample pics at the start, coloured text!! Are they feeling the heat from the glossier pic heavy guides?
Was a little unimpressed initially but having taken this and the DK guide with me to Istanbul last week (as well as several on kindle) I can say that this was the one that we actually used.
Take the restaurant reviews with a pinch of salt, but the sights were well dealt with and the essential information was all there (even if it wasn't where you necessarily expected it to be!) making this the best pocket guide I have seen so far. Maps were accurate and intelligible too.
Still not sure about the racier format but it delivers the goods!!