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Your ultimate Europe travelling guide for a year (subject to yearly updates)!,
This review is from: The New York Times. 36 Hours. 125 Weekends in Europe (Flexibound)
"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. It is huge and heavy and simply too big to take with you on a trip, especially if you are travelling with a hand luggage only (I had to photocopy a few pages for each city I visited and take those with me instead of a book). But it makes a great coffee table book and a point of talk with your friends. "36 Hours: Europe" also served a great inspiration for trip-planning - it is an amazing tool for daydreaming, too!
I got it as a present, but would definitely buy it myself. Highly recommended! I will be also checking out The New York Times, 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada and The New York Times 36 Hours: USA & Canada, West Coast (36 Hours (Taschen)) to complete my collection.