- Taschenbuch: 268 Seiten
- Verlag: Lonely Planet; Auflage: 9th edition. (1. Dezember 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1741791693
- ISBN-13: 978-1741791693
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,9 x 13,3 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
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Sydney (Lonely Planet Sydney) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Dezember 2009
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Sydney enjoys a sybaritic reputation, but there¹s much more to the city than surf, sex and biceps, and Lonely Planet's guide conveys the spirit of the place with panache. In September 2000, the city will host the Olympic games and become a Mecca for thousands of sport aficionados. The chapter on the games and their "history at a glance" is an additional bonus in this lively and informative guide.
Like other Lonely Planet guides, the format is straightforward and accessible, with a systematic chronology. The guide kicks off with general facts about Sydney, encompassing the city's history, followed by facts for the visitor, and including general tourist information about transport, communications and so on. The section on things to see and do, with its excellent street maps, propose some inviting and descriptive walking tours. Food in Sydney is a major attraction; the "places to eat" section highlights the vibrant cuisine which reflects Sydney's cosmopolitan melange of cultures. The huge variety of entertainment available for the visitor, ranging from concerts and ballet in the legendary opera house, to the world renowned Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, is richly chronicled in the entertainment section. One of the most interesting chapters, "Excursions", highlights drives, hikes and bushwalks, and includes stunning photographs. The Blue Mountains National Park merits the several pages it's been allocated, and an unusual extra is Lonely Planet's global communications service for travellers, detailed in the last few pages.--Philippa West --This text refers to an alternate Taschenbuch edition.
As usual the guidebook standard is set by Lonely Planet-- Outside --This text refers to an alternate Taschenbuch edition.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Im Gegensatz zum "kleinen" Lonely Planet über New South Wales, der eigentlich zum größten Teil auch im "Australia" enthalten ist, sollte man sich diesen City Guide wirklich noch zusätzlich zulegen, wenn man mehr als ein paar Stunden in Sydney zubringen möchte (und das sollte man auf jeden Fall!), denn hier kann man noch Informationen und Geheimtips finden, die man sonst vegeblich suchen würde. (Dies ist eine Amazon.de an der Uni-Studentenrezension.)
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I also an disappointed that my favorite dining spot from their 2008 small city guide was removed, Chinta Ria. Excellent Malaysian food, not sure why it was removed, it's great and reasonably priced.
1. Enough general information for everyone.
2. Map handout that you can pull out from the book.
3. Lots of summaries of excursions and what places to see.
1. Needs to have better descriptions of the top sights. For instance, get top 10 sites and directions how to get there.
Instead it is a pretentious and disorganized mess that leaves one with the feeling that, while the author obviously knows Sydney well, she is far too smug and self-congratulatory to share much of this information with you!
Yes there are maps--but they omit many street names and don't match up with each other. Good luck if the location you are looking for is on a street not deemed worthy of inclusion or if your path takes you from one neighborhood to another.
The book does provide spotty information on the city's transit systems (light rail, heavy rail, buses, mono-rail and ferries) but not enough to enable one to get around easily. Plan on spending extra time getting oriented and standing in line at information booths.
As far as culture, history, nature and local color--if it doesn't have to do with drag queen reviews, liberal politics or the hippest place to eat or drink, the author doesn't seem to be much interested.
Finally, the index-or should I say indexes as there are (strangely) several different ones! You'll probably just have to memorize page numbers as I did!
I spent four days in Sydney getting more and more frustrated with this book before I dumped it and started using "Sydney: The Official Guide" which is given out free by the local tourist authority. It was much more informative and much more user-friendly!
BTW--Lonely Planets has apparently decided to get rid of those sections of its city guides on getting there, transportation, local money, culture, customs, tips, etc., (which were always the most useful parts of the books) and has replaced these with expanded listings of recommended restaurants, bars and coffee shops. I did take a few of their recommendations in Sydney--and was uniformly disappointed.
One good thing about the book-if you are awake due to jet-lag, a few pages of the ponderous prose may help you nod off!
This was the 14th Lonely Planet Guide that I have purchased over the years--and the last. This is a once-great travel series that has completely lost its way. Too bad!