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Estonia (Bradt Travel Guides) Paperback – 15 Jul 2007

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 5th Revised edition edition (15 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841621943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841621944
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 16.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,801,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A thoughtful and well-written introduction to the country." The Lady "A wealth of practical information." The Yorkshire Post "This guide provides the essential information to prepare a successful trip." Reference Review "A must-have as it covers not only the country, but also offers fascinating information on short trips to the neighbours." The Baltic Times "Excellent on culture and history." Escape Routes "Bradt's Estonia is best - detailed, reliable, and pleasantly opinionated." Conde Nast Traveler, USA

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A guidebook really has many authors even if only one name appears on the title page. To be good, it needs to be supported regularly by travellers passing on up to date reports and views. I fortunately have the chance to visit Estonia about four times a year but there may be many developments, particularly outside the larger towns, of which I am unaware. I would welcome further comments to add to the one that is already on the site, and perhaps ideas for places and buildings to include in future editions that were neglected in the current book. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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It is surely never easy to satisfy within just a couple of hundred pages all the potential users of a guidebook. But Neil Taylor, in his Bradt Guide to Estonia, definitely comes close. Whether it be in Tallinn's turreted old town or in the delicate beauty of rural Estonia, I really found Neil Taylor's insights and writing to be something quite special.
One has a sense of being with the man, with his wry and witty comments on all things Estonian. 'Pleasantly opinionated' is how one of the book cover comments describes the book, and that really hits the mark. It is precisely because Taylor gives opinions that the book is such a good read, and gets beyond the usual bland guidebook routine.
This is a country with a fabulously complicated history, and the fact that Taylor manages to unravel that in manageable terms is much his credit. That he even succeeds in lots of details glossed over by other guidebooks is remarkable. There really are several strands of Orthodox belief in Estonia: the Old Believers, the mainstream Russian Orthodox and the Estonian Orthodox. Taylor (with a talented team of guest contributors) probes these details, and generally gets them right.
The book is at its best in its coverage of rural areas of Estonia - and, in my view, entirely eclipses the English language competition once you get outside the capital. But it's good on Tallinn too, and I'd certainly highly recommend it for city break visitors just jetting into Tallinn for the weekend, as well as for those bent on more serious explorations of this most engaging of countries.
Of course the book deals well with the brick and mortar of modern Estonia, but I also found it excellent in its handling of the intangibles: issues of social mood, cultural identity and popular belief.
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I live in Estonia and am now on my indispensable fourth edition of Bradts guide by Neil Taylor.
This is very much a book for the discerning traveller. The 40-odd pages about the general history, economy, geography and culture of Estonia are excellent. No other guide covers these subjects so extensively. The practical information is always up to date (important in a country where so much is changing so fast) as Neil Taylor visits regularly and has good networks `on site'. The travel information is scattered with interesting texts and quotes from such Estonian luminaries as Ants Oras and Lennart Meri, the Welsh/Estonian MP Lembit Opik (who gives an apt 1-page guide to Dos and Don'ts) and British travellers of the 1930's. In addition I can recommend the well planned suggested tours.
This is the only guidebook in English that concentrates on Estonia without lumping it together with the other two Baltic States. This is very much to Bradts credit as the States are far from homogenous and deserve a volume all to themselves. Bradt's Latvia and Lithuania are also recommended.
Bradt's is always growing and changing so, if you're heading for Estonia and want reliable information about the country's natural beauty, turbulent history, what to see, what to do and how much it will cost, don't go without it!
Hilary Bird, Vanemuise, Tartu, Estonia
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This book adequately covers all the main towns and areas of interest for the independent traveller, although nothing is dealt with in too great detail. Rather a flimsy book in that respect. Very clear town maps and good itinerary suggestions. Some more pictures would have been nice. I would have liked to see more info on the People, Food and Modern life, rather less of History, which is by far the most comprehensive section of the book. Rough Guide fans will like the layout and tone of this book, those of us who prefer Lonely Planet will be less impressed. It is, nevertheless, a useful guide if you're planning a trip to Estonia
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This newly revised guide is an excellent and comprehensive introduction to Estonia, the newly reborn Nordic country on the Baltic Sea.
I have been a regular visitor since 2000 and have travelled extensively around Estonia and cannot fault this book in any of its details, whether on history, recommended destinations or the ambience of hotels.
Whereas some guides tend to concentrate mainly on the capital Tallinn, this one goes on to give extensive detail on the regional towns. To anyone contemplating their first visit to Estonia they should plan to venture beyond Tallinn because that is where the true beauty of the country lies, in the forests and lakes and fields of wildflowers; and this book makes excellent reading on where to go.
The substantial entry on Estonian history is also essential to give an understanding on how extraordinary its current progress is and how a modern Scandinavian democracy has risen elegantly from 50 years of oppression and colonisation.
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I puchased this from Amazon as a gift for someone I knew was being taken toTallinn but knew very little about the city and the country. It whetted their appetite and made them very keen to go!.......they weren't disappointed when they visited this great destinaton especially as it was snowing. Tallinn is wonderful in the snow....I went there on my 50th with family and had a brilliant time! A highly recommended book!
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