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e-Book Frommer'sTurkey: From the Blue Mosque to the Blue Lagoon (Frommer's Complete Guides) epub download

Author: Lynn A. Levine
ISBN: 0764544519
Pages: 444 pages
Publisher: *Frommers; 3 edition (June 25, 2004)
Language: English
Category: Asia
Size ePUB: 1810 kb
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Rating: 4.4
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e-Book Frommer'sTurkey: From the Blue Mosque to the Blue Lagoon (Frommer's Complete Guides) epub download

by Lynn A. Levine

You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go—they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us!

Frommer's Turkey explores the highlights of a country that is an amazing and diverse treasure trove of architectural styles and ancient ruins, most of which are still being excavated. You'll learn how to navigate the chaotic bustle of Istanbul, buy a rug and get the best deal, find the best and most undiscovered ruins, and the ins and outs of getting a Turkish bath. Readers also get language and etiquette tips, exact prices and directions, logistical advice, detailed two-color maps, and much more.

A useful book for visiting or just learning about Turkey, a truly ancient and yet modern country.
excellent source of places and things to do in turkey. Love the maps and explanation of places to see. and do
Love Frommer's.
good guide
Very good
Could use a little more detail in descriptions
Very useful on our trip
Saved us from going to places being pushed by our hotel staff
It is useful only for beginner travellers.
I missed the practical and detailed informations.
Frommers never dissapoints. I travel as much as possible with limited vacation time, and Frommers consistently provides good information for making the most with the time I have. My husband and I just got back from a 10 day trip to Turkey, and this Frommers guide was indispensible. We chose Frommers recommended hotels in all the areas we visited- Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Bodrum, and the hotels were exactly as Frommers described them, and were good recommendations. We also relied on their restaurant recommendations- while Turkey is filled with great food options everywhere you go, every meal counts when you only have 10 days. I especially like the price range they provide so its easy to select a few nice dinners and hotels, interspersed with budget options which are still good. Their ideas for tours and itineraries, such as a cruise down the Bosphorous and a Whirling Dervishes performance were among the highlights of our trip.

A few complaints. This book had inaccurate maps and poor directions. For example, it recommended a shop in Istanbul which it described as being near a certain entry of the Grand Bazaar. We nearly made ourselves crazy following their imprecise directions before finally giving up. Istanbul is massive and crowded, with very few street signs. I understand giving good directions in this book may be difficult, but if they're going to give recommendations of attractions, they need to do a better job helping people reach these places. Also, as anyone who's ever been to one could attest, trying to buy a carpet anywhere in Turkey is exasperating, to put it very mildly. While Frommers points out some of the problems with scammers, this guide offered very little by way of practical suggestions and genuninely helpful advice for negotiating a rug or finding a reputable dealer. That said, I will definatly still use Frommers on my next vacation.
Disclaimer: I don't pretend to be a Turkey expert. However, my experience during a 12-day trip Turkey is consistent with other guides much more than this one.
The author sometimes seems to be generalizing from experiences she had, to say that everyone will have the same experience (I didn't--and found other guides more reliable in terms of what to expect on a social & cultural level). Furthermore, many times I find myself wondering about the depth of research--asides like "(unless my guide was pulling my leg)," (p.101) are alarming and tend to indicate a lack of reliability and attention to detail (which extends to misspelled Turkish words--e.g. efendem for efendim). There was a sort of shallowness throughout that I can't pinpoint but which I found disappointing.
Even more startling are the omissions. Just for a sampling, the book gives no information on Edirne (Adrianople), Iznik (Nicea), or Kutahya; within Istanbul, it skips some of my favorite--not insignificant--mosques and churches (Rustem Pasa, Mehmet Sokullu Pasa, Sergius & Bacchus), the Bucoleon Palace ruins, and even the Theodosian Land Walls (which are mentioned in the introduction but the "see chapter 3" is a dead end). For even the most mildly curious about history/architecture, there is very little here. Even for those who only want to shop, the info on carpets conflicted with what I have read elsewhere (and saw with my own eyes--a fine carpet at 10 knots per inch? Shouldn't it be double that?--again, I'm not an expert, so correct me if you know otherwise) Anyway, there are much better guides out there. I won't pretend to have read them all, but for Istanbul the Eyewitness Guide was fantastic, and for the rest of Turkey, while Lonely Planet Turkey has many flaws, omissions are not one of them--it is encyclopedic (a term mysteriously used for this book by a reviewer on the flyleaf). The Blue Guide is also extremely helpful.
Better luck with the second edition.