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The Rough Guide to Slovenia - Edition 2 Paperback – 25 Jan 2007
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The "Rough Guide to Slovenia" is your definitive handbook to one of Europe's least discovered countries. The 24-page full-colour introduction highlights all the 'things not to miss', from Ljubljana's vibrant nightlife to the stunning cave network at Postojna. The guide reviews all the top hotel and restaurant options to suit every taste and budget and the brand-new 'Author's Pick' feature highlights the very best. This updated second edition includes expert guidance on a host of outdoor activities, from mountain hikes to skiing and whitewater rafting. The guide takes a detailed look at Slovenia's history, folklore, music and wildlife and comes complete with maps and plans for every region. It's like having a local friend plan your trip.
About the Author
Norm Longley is co-author of Rough Guides to Romania and Hungary and is a regular updater on The Rough Guide to Europe.
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This book covers a lot of details in depth. For sure the author has waded through every inch of the country. His recommentations of restaurants,bus transports, tips on the strategic locations around scenic spots. For example Lake Bohinj where he explains elaborately about various spots like Ukanc, Ribcev & how each place could hold significance in terms of visiting Mt. Vogel or the old church/bridge.
What the book lacks is a detailed map of the places in and around each tourist attraction. For example anybody planning a trip to Lake Bled wud know that the Bled castle & Vintgar gorge of Triglav national park are reachable by walk. Though the author says the sign boards marked with 'Grad' would take us to the castle, it would have been easier if he had a one pager map with spots marked. Same case with the other spots he suggests around Lake Bled. The near by villages could have been put in a map to easily identify. He has mentioned them theoretically but very difficult to decipher them especially when we ride bicycle or prefer to go by walk.
The tourist information offices in Lake Bled or near Lake Bohinj are crowded with private tourist operators.
There are no good maps available. I spotted lot of tourists asking the gondola owners & cafes about the directions.
On ljubjiana, the author mentions the heritage railway station is maintained impeccable and has a very good tourist information center. I disagree. The railway station is just okay. The tourist information centre had long queues as its under staffed & has an odd cleaning time around noon when we have no choice but to wait outside.
The book is definitely better than other books. Certainly in terms of detail and recommendations. However detailed maps of those scenic spots & supplementinformation like bus frequencies being different between 'school'& 'non-school' periods, etc would definitely make this book the best.
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