The New York Times: 36 Hours 125 Weekends in Europe Flexibound – 25 Oct 2012
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About the Author
Barbara Ireland, a writer and editor based in western New York State, is a former deputy travel editor and deputy Op-Ed page editor at The New York Times. While on the Times staff, she commissioned and edited many "36 Hours" columns and wrote a few herself. She is a graduate of Cornell University and was a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University.
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The concept is excellent - a short schedule for a 36 hour stay in various cities in Europe - conveniently arranged by general area and then grouped by country.
The general descriptions are good and you can't quarrel with what they recommend you spend your time on - the Oxford one was not bad atall I thought - although I would dispute some of the food recommendations but other than that they hit the highlights. Bologna was OK; Venice I wasn't so keen on. And I think it is because the time is short they are concentrating on seeing all the key sites and missing some of the real pleasures in the cities which you find by accident as you wander around - the serendipitous discoveries.
This is particularly marked in the Amsterdam account - I know the city reasonably well and I guess I would have written it entirely differently. But that reflects my own preferences for sightseeing I guess - not ticking off the 7 must sees and moving on.
Not meant in any negative way but it is a very American guide and lacks - on the whole - quirkiness. But it certainly serves a purpose very competently. So if you really want to ensure you have spent your brief time seeing what you HAVE to see then it is probably excellent.
I would have liked more alternatives - but I suspect that would just have undermined its core purpose as a guide.
But this tome serves its purpose well. "36 Hours: Europe" covers long established points of interest together with the best and the most popular eateries and bars. This is, ultimately, the only guide book you will need for all your short breaks away in Europe. It is cleverly divided into sections and loads of cities are covered. Besides, it is beautifully made with cloth covered cover and thick pages and rainbow for bookmarks.
I used "36 Hours: Europe" for a weekend in Paris, a long weekend in Edinburgh and a weekend in Porto and was not disappointed. The short time limit makes it difficult to follow even limited points of interest mentioned in the book.
The only disadvantage of this book is its size.Read more ›
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