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The Cities Book (Lonely Planet Pictorial) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2006
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New York Times, August 2006'...offers days of browsing pleasure.'
A pictorial coffee-table book that illustrates 200 cities in the world as voted by Lonely Planet travelers, authors and staff. This book includes topics, which contain statistics such as population, the age of the city and its local name, urban myths, city origins and the things to see, do, eat and drink.
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The reason why I didn't give it a 5 is that I bought it based on a recommendation from a camera magazine. I was expecting more photographs from the destinations but there weren't as many as I hoped for. A few less destinations and a few more pictures would have suited me.
Still worth buying though.
Each city merits a double spread page, with pictures and short paragraphs headed anatomy; people; typical inhabitant; defining experience; strengths; weaknesses; gold star; starring role in; import and export. There are also very (very) brief comments on what to see; eat; drink; do; watch; buy and after dark and also a section labeled 'urban myth'. However, given that all these sections are very short and brief many pages (including those for Jerusalem!) have large blank spaces. I can understand that there may not be much to write about Male (the Maldives) but Jerusalem?!?
I'm not really sure what the purpose of the book is, it's too big (and not detailed enough) to serve as a guide. Looking at the entry for Bath (a city I know) I didn't really think that it gave a good description of the town - half the total space was taken up by a photograph of a young couple in deckchairs!?! I suppose that the book acts as a taster for the cities included - but you would then need to buy a (Lonely Planet?) guide to actually use during your trip...
Each city has two pages devoted to it with sumptuous photographs to accompany the rather formal, bullet-pointed prose. The photography, it has to be emphasised really sells this book, dispelling many misconceptions and stereotyped thoughts whilst also helping to reinforce others - the photo of ugly apartment blocks in the low sunshine of Nuuk, Greenland is as arresting as any in the book while the four photographs which frame Los Angeles' entry do nothing to attract this reader to that particular city. One aspect of the book I did find both informative and, unwittingly, humorous was the list of "must do/see/eat/drink" for each city. For example in Tokyo the cold Big Boss coffee available from vending machines is undrinkable but very Tokyo while in Manila a visit to the Chinese Cemetry is a must to see the flush toilets provided for the deceased. Some of the recommendations are a tad tamer - a Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul - or downright cliched (a son et lumiere show at the pyramids outside Cairo) but the heart is in the right place. For myself I'll just keep hoping that the correct six numbers come out of that machine one Saturday night so I can hike up Table Mountain, watch the humpback whales on their way past Perth towards the Antarctic and still have enough time, energy and money left to watch Boca Juniors play River Plate in Buenos Aires. Bring it on!
Each destination is given a brief desription with high (and low) lights, with the main feature being a collection of three or four large, high quality photos aiming to capture the flavour of city life. These images are often breathtaking and surprising, staying true to the LP ideal of searching for places (and people) off the beaten track.
As always with such collections, the choice is a little idiosyncratic. Bath is a pretty little tourist place, well worth a day-trip but I much prefer the longer-lasting charms of Oxford and Cambridge, neither of which is included. Such qualms aside, this book is something to savour during winter nights, when planning your travel itinery for the months ahead.
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