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Top 10 San Francisco [With Map] (DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides) Paperback – 17 Feb 2014
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This book covers, for example:
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The Wine Country
Top 10 Moments in History
Top 10 Historic Sights
Top 10 Museums
Top 10 Art Galleries
Top 10 Churches
Top 10 Architectural Highlights
Top 10 Scenic Drives
Top 10 Restaurants
Top 10 Cafes
Top 10 Bars
Top 10 Gay & Lesbian Venues
Top 10 Nightlife
Top 10 Outdoor Activities
Top 10 Festivals & Parades
Top 10 Beaches
Top 10 Day Trips
(This is some, not all)
The book in its physical format is small - just small enough to fit inside a DL envelope (i.e. the standard white envelope, designed to accept a sheet of A4 paper folded twice). It is actually a few centimetres shorter than a DL envelope. This compact size makes it easy to fit into your pocket.
This book can’t provide detail – it can provide `the big picture'. I now normally take two travel guides with me – a DK Top 10 one like this and a detailed travel guide, to get the best of both worlds. If you just have a detailed travel guide, you can miss out on things that you wish you had visited.
On a separate issue, I originally bought my Top 10 books in the Kindle format (because I am a Kindle lover) and to my surprise found the Kindle format terribly irritating. It taught me that when using a travel guide, you want to be able to flick quickly through it and jump around easily - that's SO much easier with a physical book. In addition, you want it to be in colour - you can cure that by taking your iPad with you but an iPad is bigger and heavier than this book in its paperback version. You can get round that if you have an iPad mini or a large screen smartphone (neither of which I had when I bought this) but you are still left with the problem of being unable to flick around the book quickly. Travel guides just don't work well in the Kindle format, in my opinion.
You may feel otherwise but that is how I feel. I found the relative awkwardness in flicking around the Kindle book a major handicap. And this is despite the fact that I buy most of my books in Kindle format.
The beauty of these books is that they give you an overview, which means that you end up doing things that you would not have done otherwise.
You get huge amounts of information, tips and ideas for a relatively small book.
The information is well researched and sound, the pictures relavant and stunning and the whole book is small enough to fit in your pocket to carry around with you.
HOWEVER, that criticism was minor. This is an outstanding ebook and well worth the price. It is full navigable, you can flick between items of interest or to the maps and photographs incredibly easily. Both maps and photos are "zoom-able", although both were still slightly too small for my lousy eyesigt.
I've read this guide from cover to cover and apart from my minor niggles, I thaught it was a wonderful guide. There are chapters covering everything from "cable cars" and "Alcatraz" to "Eccentric and Noteworthy Characters" and "Things to Avoid".
Generally an excellent buy. Watch out for how up to date it is, though.
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