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The New York Times: 36 Hours 125 Weekends in Europe Flexibound – 25 Oct 2012

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Product details

  • Flexibound: 644 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN Gmbh (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836526409
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836526401
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The editor:
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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This was another book I came across in Blackwell's and occupied me through my morning coffee. I find it quite hard to review - partly of course because I haven't actually taken it to an unknown city and used it - but also because it covers some places that I know quite well and where I would have written the guide differently.

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.
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"36 Hours: Europe" is an amazing book which covers almost all European destinations that are worth-visiting for a short mini break. The whole point of it is that you are offered a popular tourist destinations with the top ten or so points of interest to visit and, so to say, tick off your list. Of course, this guide is no way comprehensive and if you are looking for quirky places and unknown and hidden from the general tour mass spots, this won't be your ideal guide. I think not even a separate standing guide-book with 200+ pages devoted to one city could cover everything worth seeing and visiting, and as the cities are living and breathing organisms, they constantly evolve, new places appear while old ones close down, and sometimes you find yourself in an amazing church/spot/location/bar/restaurant/attraction of the city by pure chance, lucky enough to get to one or another pop-up attraction that won't be there in a couple of months. I don't think it is fair to blame this book for lack of description of such IT places.

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.
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A really lovely book full of inspiration and tip bits for lots of beautiful cities around europe- amazing photos to go with it so you can get a sense of each city
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I bought this as a present and I am really impressed to say the least. The book is split into the five sections of Europe, within that are pages full of city break ideas. Every section begins with an illustrated map of that area- not only is this book informative, it's really quirky and different. Cannot recommend enough!
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Excellent book - very well put together. A pleasure to just read for inspiration aswell as a handy guide when actually travelling to these places. It is a large book however so you can't easily take it away or out and about with you.
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Nice book, but slightly dated looking, especially the pictures.
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I was looking for a coffee table book and spotted this. I really love this and the illustrations and pictures are great. I love to go on small road trips with my son around Europe and this is a good book to find new and exciting destinations.
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This is the great gift book to give to friends who are now takin regular short breaks rather than longer holidays- well researched and brilliantly laid out it excites and inspires- absolutely worth purchasing.
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