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LP has got it wrong this time,
This review is from: Best of Istanbul 1 (Lonely Planet Encounter Guides) (Paperback)
As a guide from lonely planet, of which I have many copies for other countries, this one just isnt quite right.
It doesnt quite follow the usual and sucessful format of the 'standard' lonely planets and is therefore a quite confusing and vague. The usual mine of info on hotels, restaurants and concise descriptions of the sights etc are either watered down or non existent or in alphabetical order so you dont know which is best or what is nearby..
Perhaps The worst aspect of this book is the photos and descriptions of the sights. The descriptions are so poor and long winded that I am left not really knowing what the sight actually is, let alone what there is to see there, what is good about it or where it is. Instead you have to wade through a historical story which isnt quite relevant and extract something if you are lucky.
The photos in the book mainly consist either of the useless arty type that you sometimes get in the standard LPs- such as a close up of a local in front of a brick wall, or maybe just the brick wall... Otherwise there is a number of personal profiles with a full page pic of some guys face, his name and what he does (like a tour guide) ?!?
So whats good about it- well the book is a convenient pocket size and every now and then you get a few pages that more closely resemble an LP guide.
Its worth pointing out that this book is a lonely planet "encounter" rather than a standard lonely planet, which seems to be a lonely planet attempt of the style of the eyewitness top 10 books, which are quite good for small city visits where you already have all your accomodation etc taken care of and you just want to know details and good pics about what there is to see. However, with the LP "encounter" version you are left with neither of the good points you may have come to expect from either an LP guide or an eye witness guide.