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This review is from: 1000 Ultimate Sights (Lonely Planet 1000 Ultimate Sights) (Paperback)
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I can see what Lonely Planet are trying to achieve with this guide but unfortunately I don't think they manage too successfully to pull it off.
This guide tries to offer ideas to the traveller who would "like to see this building" or would "like to see that natural phenomenon". The guide is broken down into sections which contain a theme. A couple of examples being - Most Impressive Waterfalls, Most Visionary Architects and Their Works and Most Bizarre Monuments, and there are many more themes within. As you can see from the titles this is not your normal travel guidebook. What this attempts to do is give you ideas (quirky and the norm) of places to visit and if you have all ready booked to fly somewhere places to see in that area.
You get a short description (3 - 5 sentences or so) on the place or the building or the natural phenomenon, so that you have an idea of what you will see and the background behind it. However where this guide fails is that visually there are not enough images to inspire. Lonely Planet produce excellent travel guides, you get lots of factual information and they are known for this (you don't get lots of photos in their guides) in fact you don't expect lots of images from them. However, this type of book needs images to make the reader think "oh I'd like to go there". You also don't get that much information on the places (scanty in places).
I also found it to be quite disjointed and if you are looking for sites to see in a certain place this book doesn't really work that well. If however you are looking for something to pick up and flick through, this might be the guide to inspire you.