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Romania and Moldova (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 Apr 2001
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That said a lot of the accommodation and restaurant information is not great. It overlooks quite a few of the best places to eat and stay. I get the impression this edition was rushed out and not updated properly. As this information changes so quickly in Romania the best source of information is a magazine called Bucharest in your pocket. They also have a web-site.
A little disappointing was coverage of accommodation and entertainment in Bucharest. For example, Ibis, probably the best value hotel in the capital, is not even mentioned. Coverage of restaurants and clubs is also rather thin and out of date; one of the recommended restaurants seemed to have turned into a bar, and the few clubs listed had long lost their buzz and gone out of favour with the locals. In all fairness to Lonely Planet, Romania is a country undergoing rapid change - going from communist rule to EU membership in the space of 15 years. In such a fast changing country, information on places and services is bound to become out of date quickly, which points to the need for a new updated edition of this otherwise great book.
Would highly recommend taking a copy of the book with you, but make sure you also check locally the latest on accommodation and entertainment.
The only fault I can find really, is that the book occasionally focusses on very minute details such as printers of out of date maps! However, I am confident that there is a purpose behind each entry in the book, because despite its length, it is quite succinctly written.
There are also some colour photographs to illustrate some of the finer points of the country and culture which help to build a better picture of both Romania and Moldova.
As a point of interest, I have a Moldovan friend who has looked through this book, and she feels that it offers an accurate and comprehensive quide to her country and Romania. Key Romanian words are also included, so I can envisage that once in Romania, this is a book I will not be found without!
Other books I have found useful in my study of Romania and Romanian are the Berlitz phrasebook which is very compact, nicely pocket-sized! and the language course (definitely with the tape, without a native speaker to hand, the book would be very difficult to plough through!) by Alexader Vondriscu which is forming the basis of my learning of Romanian.
I would recommend this guide to anyone planning to visit Romania, or Moldova
Today I order the book "Hungary" from Lonely Planet, because we are having our vacation there this year. I wasn't searching for another book. -> I was directlly searching for this book about Hungary from Lonely Planet because I had so very good experience last year with this book about Romania & Moldavia.
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