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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: New York City Paperback – 1 Feb 2011
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This guide packs in a huge amount of useful information...The premise of the excellent 'Top Ten' series is simple: to guide you to what they consider to be the best of the city via exhaustive lists that cover everything from best shops to best comedy clubs (The Mail on Sunday)
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Great value packed into a pocket/handbag-sized guide.
This book covers, for example:
Empire State Building
Statue of Liberty
Times Square & Theatre District
Metropolitan Museum of Art
(This is some, not all)
Top 10 topics include:
Top 10 Museums
Top 10 Art Galleries
Top 10 New York Skyscrapers
Top 10 Historic Buildings
Top 10 Figures in History
Top 10 Performing Arts Venues
Top 10 Cabarets
Top 10 Romantic Settings
Top 10 Gay & Lesbian New York
Top 10 Festivals & Events
Top 10 New York Stores
Top 10 Places for Children
Top 10 Restaurants
(This is some, not all)
The book in its physical format is small - just small enough to fit inside a DL envelope (i.e. the standard white envelope, designed to accept a sheet of A4 paper folded twice). It is actually a few centimetres shorter than a DL envelope. This compact size makes it easy to fit into your pocket.
This book can't provide detail - it can provide `the big picture'. I now normally take two travel guides with me - a DK Top 10 one like this and a detailed travel guide, to get the best of both worlds. If you just have a detailed travel guide, you can miss out on things that you wish you had visited.
On a separate issue, I originally bought my Top 10 books in the Kindle format (because I am a Kindle lover) and to my surprise found the Kindle format terribly irritating. It taught me that when using a travel guide, you want to be able to flick quickly through it and jump around easily - that's SO much easier with a physical book. In addition, you want it to be in colour - you can cure that by taking your iPad with you but an iPad is bigger and heavier than this book in its paperback version. You can get round that if you have an iPad mini or a large screen smartphone (neither of which I had when I bought this) but you are still left with the problem of being unable to flick around the book quickly. Travel guides just don't work well in the Kindle format, in my opinion.
You may feel otherwise but that is how I feel. I found the relative awkwardness in flicking around the Kindle book a major handicap. And this is despite the fact that I buy most of my books in Kindle format.
The beauty of these books is that they give you an overview, which means that you end up doing things that you would not have done otherwise.
Good size (will fit into all handbags except the smallest, or a knapsack pocket, or a windcheater pocket. I would recommend this to anyone taking a New York holiday.
By no means, the most comprehensive guide , it however, is brilliant when you need to hit the highlights in limited time .
And of course, being an avid shopper , any pointers on those are always welcome !
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