- Taschenbuch: 247 Seiten
- Verlag: Lonely Planet; Auflage: 7th edition. (1. Februar 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1741799619
- ISBN-13: 978-1741799613
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 1,4 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 12.799 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Istanbul (Lonely Planet Istanbul) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Februar 2013
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Tras trabajar muchos años como editora en la sede de Melbourne de Lonely Planet, Virginia decidió que sería más feliz escribiendo guías que encargándolas. Desde que tomó esa decisión, a viajado a nueve países para Lonely Planet, la mayor parte de ellos alrededor del Mediterráneo. Aunque reside en Australia, pasa gran parte del año haciendo investigación sobre guías de viaje, entre ellas, las de Turquía, su país favorito. Sobre Estambul escribe también para varias revistas internacionales y sitios web.
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The illustrations and colour plates are placed throughout the guide which does intrude into the text somewhat, so you do not want to be on street corner looking like an obvious tourist thumbing through the pages to look up some information, that said I always try and put together a quick crib sheet together and rely on that while out and about, and if needs must, will quickly dip into my guide book - normally in a café or such place.
Lonely Planet seems to have also introduced colourful text to illustrate important points or facts; I am still undecided on whether they add clutter or are helpful. While do not expect my guide books to be dripping in historical information, for my tastes I found this particular guide to be rather light, considering the location I was somewhat surprised if not disappointed by this lack of information. At the end of the guide is a rather useful city map. You get the usual tips and suggested itineraries, plus what and how do things once you arrive in town. All in all a nice guide, but for me there a few niggles - hence my four star rating.
The first forty odd pages are devoted to an overview of the city and include the obligatory ten top sites to see, for once quite uncontroversial as most would be in agreement as to the majority of this list. Also included is some general information, some suggested itineraries and other basic information. A quite useful and recently introduced feature in Lonely Planet guides is the What's New section and here the recently completed restoration of Aya Sofya is highlighted. This is definitely on the Must Visit list in Istanbul and it has a lengthy and fascinating history. It was originally a Christian Church built in 537 and the last Christian service was held there the day before the Muslim invasion of Constantinople in 1453.
The bulk of the book consists of a description of the six neighbourhoods of the city. Included here are details of the top tourist attractions, including entry fees and days of opening (the latter being important as not many are open all seven days here), where to eat, drink, shop etc. The eating information should be treated with care as in my experience the updating with a new edition is limited and you may well find the eating establishment you have chosen to go to is not as described.
The remainder of the book, some 80 pages, is devoted to an eclectic mix of history and useful information for the visitor including accommodation, though I, like I imagine most these days, tend to rely on sites such as Tripadvisor for the latter. I especially like the feature of the Survival Guide, which has been introduced by Lonely Planet. Overall this is a very useful little book and certainly enough for the visitor to enjoy a few days visit to this wonderful city. I found it easy enough to find my way around the book and a useful map is included at the end.
Like some of the other reviewers I'm not convinced that all the colour photos in the book are really necessary (chopping them out would have reduced the size of the book and hence what I needed to carry around), especially as some of them seem to have been selected mainly to make the book look attractive rather than to provide readers with a feel for what they're likely to see. That said, they do give the book greater visual impact than was the case for the somewhat dull previous generation of Lonely Planet guides.