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Best of Brussels Bruges Antwerp and Ghent (Lonely Planet Best of ...) Paperback – 1 Sep 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications (1 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740597397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740597395
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 11 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,618,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For sheer global reach and dogged research, attention must be paid to Lonely Planet...' --Los Angeles Times, February 2, 2003


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This little book is very handy and provide quick information that you can easily understand a city; however, some information is out of date, probably because it's published years ago. Some shop even closed down now; and the metro map doesn't work at all, the lines changed. If you just look for a quick guide to chocolate and stories, this is the one.
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A very handy sized book that readily fits into your pocket yet loses nothing for being compact. Indeed it is a really useful guide for those visiting Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent being packed with some helpful hints and suggestions. LIke the way the author has her priorities right dealing with the fine things in life that you would probably want whilst on a city break - food, drink and culture. A highly recommended guide.
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I suppose this product does what it sets out to do - The four cities are covered, naming sightseeing, eating, and drinking places. On a positive note there is no wasted space on hotel listings as the assuption is that these will be booked before you leave. The maps are sufficient, at least to get bearings before finding tourist info-

What isn't so good is the travel information and I suppose by definition, the fact that very, very little outside these 4 cities is mentioned. I was hoping that some of the trenches etc near Bruge would be mentioned, but there was nothing. I imagine that want you to buy the whole Belgium book if you want this info, but for a half day trip I'm surprised they couldn't include a little extra.

Also I wasn't keen on the way things were listed as seperate entities. I like suggested walking itenaries (of which there are a few at the start of the book) so I found it a bit tricky to link the sights to where in the city they are. The Rough Guide generally does a much better job of this as it will basically say the sights and where to look in each area. I cannot comment on their version of this book though.

At the end of the day we went to all 4 cities in 4 days and this book, together with a few pages from wiki-travel helped us to have a pleasant trip.
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By ange on 21 Nov. 2011
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Bought this book for our trip to Ghent. 2 small pages devoted to "What to See". 10 pages to Shoppping, Eating and
Drinking. Don't waste your money. The Hotel gave us an excellent free guide with a first rate map.
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As this product was not delivered because the seller judged the quality of the edition as too poor for sale, after storing it, it was not sent and I ordered a different book instead. So unfortunately I do not have the book.
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I bought this guide before going to Belgium as a portable alternative to my Western Europe Guide from Lonely Planet (which is about a million pages and weights 2 tonnes).
It is much easier to use than the original LP format, friendly with its pictures and the organization into cities and then what to see, where to eat, shop and stay is very intuitive. However, I feel LP is going a bit into American Express' way, as many of the restaurants are a bit expensive, however, I don't know if it's their fault or the average price which is too high in some cities.
I think this is a great guide if you're not into true backpacking and are looking for some guidelines for your trip. Will definitely buy other Encounters for my future trips.
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This is a small paperback (10cm by 12cm?) with correspondingly small print and messy graphical design. So it has all the key information but is hard to navigate. The street maps in particular suffer from the small page size - there just isn't space to get enough on one page at sensible scale.

The information was accurate so far as I was testing it on a trip in December 2009 to Brussels and Brugge.

If you are middle aged and starting to get presbyopia then I advise going and looking at this in a shop first to see if you can get on with it.
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This guide provides decent summations of the city it's describing. Quartered to deal with the respective cities mentioned on the cover, the guide lays out things you must see, where to eat, where to sleep and other points of interest. This is all introduced with a couple of pages of history of each of the cities and a brief rundown of the culture of it's citizens.

One thing to note is that this was published in September 2008 and as of my visit in August 2011, a lot of hotels had either changed names or no longer existed. The street maps are largely intact as most of these cities (Brussels probably less so) are historic sites. But a lot of the entrance fees to Museums or attractions had also changed between 2011 and 2008. Naturally, all vade mecums will age, but it's worth nothing that there are more recently written guides to Belgium cities by other contributors.

This aside, a great pocket sized book with a pull-out street map for each city. Recommended.
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