- Taschenbuch: 344 Seiten
- Verlag: Lonely Planet Publications; Auflage: 9 Fol Pap/ (1. Februar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1742207340
- ISBN-13: 978-1742207346
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 1,9 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 70.017 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Lonely Planet San Francisco (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Februar 2014
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Alison es licenciada en Historia del Arte y Relaciones Internacionales en la Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, un programa conjunto de las universidades Tufts y Harvard, lo que le confiere unas respetables credenciales diplomáticas que regularmente socava con incisivos comentarios culturales para periódicos, revistas, televisión, radio y libros, incluidas varias guías de Lonely Planet.
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I've heard that SF has more restaurants per capita than any other US city. I don't know if that's true, but there certainly are a lot. This book barely skims the sruface, but the places it does mention are excellent choices.
I think the day trip sections could probably be omitted. They don't really offer enough information to be all that useful.
And I did find a few factual errors. For instance, the mural in Caffe Trieste is not of a Sicilian town. In fact, it's ostensibly Trieste, which is in the far NE corner of Italy (but it has been asserted to me with some credibility that the mural actually depicts the nearby Croatian city of Rovinj). And nobody in SF ever, ever, ever refers to their city as Frisco.
Finally, judging by the number of shivering tourists I always see in the city during the summer, I think more prominent warnings about SF climate might be appropriate.
I actually have very little experience with travel guides because I'm more of a "pick a district and explore it" type of person. I lived in Tokyo for 23 years and this style served me well. Upon returning to the U.S., I have found that this serves me far less well and that it is better to have some guidance. The main reason for this is that it is much harder to get around in the U.S. (lack of intricate public transit) and much more time consuming. It was one thing to hop a train to an area of Tokyo and wander around and find there was nothing really of special interest. It's quite another to drive 90 minutes to San Francisco, pay $12 or more for parking, and then walk around and find there is little of value. The time commitment is higher in terms of round trip travel and the expense higher. Also, since the population density in most U.S. areas is lower, the number of potential "attractions" in a given area is lower. Because I have had the experiences that I've had, my reaction to a guide like this are likely different than those with other experiences. This is why I mention this background before I talk about the guide.
After several trips to San Francisco on my own (using web resources after targeting an area), and finding that I miss spots of interest or simply choose poorly, I find myself grateful for a guide that offers an overview of many options as well as organizes areas and events in such a way as to focus my attention. In particular, I liked the way the guide talked about events by month, areas by type of interest in several different ways (LGBT, food, kids, etc.) as well as discussed geographic areas and what is available to see in them. I view this guide as a starting point for honing in on where to go in general. Once I'm there, I can explore more intricately if I have the time and energy, but at least I'm not choosing based on vague information and internet searches and finding that a small area with little more than one high-interest spot is most of what is on offer.
I'm certainly with all of the other reviewers who value little known less "touristy" areas and how it is good to find information on those. However, I think those aren't necessarily what most people are going to be looking for on a first trip or what most people in general want to spend limited vacation time on. I was always looking for those hidden jewels in Tokyo, but I've found that you need to locate those after you've explored the bigger, better known spaces, not at the very beginning. If you want those hidden jewels, this isn't likely going to make you happy, but if you want to plan a trip around your general interests, I think this is immensely helpful and small enough to take along with you in a bag or backpack.
The content of approx. 69 pages of the book is shown by the Amazon.com's "LOOK INSIDE!" function. What cannot be seen is that the LP basic series including this ISBN 1742207340 San Francisco has covers laminated only outside, its text is detailed comparably to the Eyewitness, however not as profusely illustrated and mostly only in 4 colors: black, blue, red, and beige, except a few dozens of pages with photos in full color printed on low quality paper.
Though the LP Discover series is in full color, it is less detailed than this improved LP basic series, has fewer illustrations than, and is not as good as, Eyewitness, which is 1 inch longer and thus less handy, but has the excellent flexible vinyl bindings, greater number of details, superior layout, graphics, clarity, and - in general - the quality of being a souvenir\memento.
Update: I stand corrected. On a Tablet it's better to navigate the book than on the computer. I'll still give it a 3 stars but if after my holiday I have found it easier to use, I'll upgrade my mark. 04/06/14
San Francisco can be divided into various neighborhoods. Most of those covered in the book are in the north half of the seven by seven mile peninsula. The ideas for this half are numerous, the details specific, and the top tips invaluable. However, there are other neighborhoods in SF that are totally ignored and some have interesting parks, viewpoints, restaurants and shops. Some of those, such as Twin Peaks or Dogpatch, could at least have been mentioned for those who want to experience the hills, views, and some other "real" neighborhoods of SF. There are also many piers, other than the traditional Pier 39, which could be explored, but are not mentioned in this book.
For the tourist who wants to see the traditional SF sites, this book does a great job, but for those who might want to see out of the way spots, there is little information. There is a section on day trips, which is good, but for those who just want to explore all of the peninsula, more could be added. Still there are so many things to see and places to go for the traveler who has limited time and this book does a great job on that.