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1.0 out of 5 stars Let down, 9 May 2011
This review is from: 1000 Places to See Before You Die (Paperback)
Asked for this book as a Christmas gift choice but wish I hadn't for all the reasons already given by other reviewers. Much of the list could have been compiled by referencing holiday tour brochures - I know because I have done a lot of them and was hoping to find places of more intense interest that might be overlooked by tour operators or classed as inconvenient or unsuitable by them for mass travel. Many items are too broadly defined - like a whole town or island which makes one wonder whether or not the author has personally been to all these places. Many of the places that are specific are expensive hotels or restaurants whereas pointing to (say) an the outstanding viewpoint for a piece of landscape would be better. The Smoky Mountains national park entry is typical of this. An entry like the Outer Banks fails to capture the magic of the place - the necklace of islands starting at Kittyhawk (not mentioned) where you can get a flight in a single engined bi-plane at an hours notice, going southwards, island to island, first by causeways then by ferries - that is the adventure, not the advertisement for the most expensive hotel en route.
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