Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps and Corsica Paperback – 1 Aug 2002
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This third edition describes 79 individual trips, each lasting about a day. Every region of the Alps is covered: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, and even special Alpine lookalike places such as Corsica and Slovenia. Each trip has a detailed route description, easy-to-follow maps, and unique photographs, all brought to life by Hermann's informed, witty narration. Local customs, history, and amusing travel anecdotes dot every page to enrich your journey. You will find information on everything from colourful villages to special shops and restaurants and little-known spots where the views are particularly beautiful. He also tells where the local motorcyclists gather and the special roads they ride, including an 'Alps Pass-Bagging List' of 214 mountain passes to help you keep track of where you have been.
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The author is a motorcyclist, and American, and his narrative is written from this perspective. He also seems to like Hotels and Guest Houses, where I prefer camping. But thats not criticism, its just his style - and he clearly loves the Alps as much as I do.
You get a good index, an overview-map of where each route is, and 3-4 pages on each route: a description of how to get there, major landmarks on the route, places of interest, and so on. He writes well, giving just the right amount of detail, without being overly wordy.
You get a small map of each route, though they are not enough on their own and you will need to buy a good detailed map as well.
I'd give this book 5 stars if the maps were a bit bigger and showed a bit more surrounding detail. Other than that, I can't fault it.
It is an excellent reference point and useful for first timers thinking of an Alpine tour and for seasoned Alpinists.
I have been reading this book again as I plan this years foray into the Alps and I am revising my earlier review to give 5 stars as this really is a phenomenal book and a lifetimes work. Other than the above my only suggestion for a revised version would be for the maps to be better, but that is my only criticism of this epic work and any Alpinist embarking on any tour should have their own stock of maps anyway.