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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Madrid Paperback – 17 Jan 2013
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This book covers, for example:
Museo del Prado
Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales
Museo Reina Sofia
Museo de America
(This is some, not all)
Top 10 topics include:
Top 10 Moments in History
Top 10 Museums & Galleries
Top 10 Architectural Sights
Top 10 Spanish Theme Shops
Top 10 Parks & Gardens
Top 10 Children's Attractions
Top 10 Religious & Cultural Fiestas
Top 10 Entertainment Venues
Top 10 Nights Out
Top 10 Spanish Dishes
Top 10 Bars
Top 10 Tapas Bars
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.
I'm not sure I'd buy a Kindle edition of a guide book again, though. It was fine for planning but too unwieldy to carry round.
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