Rough Guides Book Review - Ready, Set, Travel

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Summer travel season is heating up with families, singles, groups, and couples, hitting the road, hopping the next flight, escaping, with the one thought of leaving everyday life behind . . . for just this moment.

"Make the Most of Your Time on Earth" the brand slogan for Rough Guides, the travel guide publication whose brand of destination books are imprinted with those words, have built an empire of introduction selections for the well-traveled path and far off locales.

Rough Guides brands books which are available in three sizes; a larger, complete in-country destination preparatory study guide, a narrowed to specific regions and two or more cities and the a Pocket Rough Guide specific only to a singular city and surrounding area.


Amsterdam Exposed Book Review - Edgy, Scandalous; An Unforgettable Read


With Europe the most common destination for US students, couples, singles and groups, Rough Guides presents for the 2018 season a fully updated 15th Edition of Greece, the destination of mythical gods and goddesses as well as those seeking the romantic, historical, spectacular beaches and delicious cuisine.

The Greece Rough Guides begins with the basics, where and when to go and of course things not to miss. The editors have also put together itineraries which may help when deciding which ancient ruins to visit first, especially if Athens is a stopover for the famous Greek islands.

The Guide is divided into sections with Basics explaining all the important details most may not know, where to go if documents are lost or stolen, cultural etiquette, standard modes of transportation and how to bargain with offending the locals and of course the travel essentials.

After landing The Guide is divided into eleven sections from Athens and around the general area to Crete to Santorini to The Ionian Islands. As each island has a particular culture, wild to mild, one may find it best to review the area before deciding which island to book the longest stay.

Sections contain a brief intro into the area, how to get there, the tourist highlights, and where to stay and eat. Athens, the largest and most culturally diverse sections, explains the rich history that has withstood the ravages of time. With a major city Athens also contains the hot spots, local hangouts, where the best of the city, and yes, even the worst of the city can be found.

Athens Tourist destinations are presented with maps of the site and the editors also present the top 25 of not to miss which includes, Sunset on Santorini island, swimming in Shipwreck bay, The Meteora Monasteries, Wine Tasting, Nikos Taverna, (Mykonos), The Acropolis and Pantheon, (Athens), Delphi, climbing Mount Olympus, and course in addition to taking in all the Greek cuisine one can consume.

One other noted destination the island of Skopelos, where the film Mama Mia and the sequel, Mama Mia, Here We Go Again was filmed.

Germany

Also updated for the 2018 Travel season by Rough Guides, a fully updated, 4th Edition, of Germany.

Bordering nine countries, Germany has become a Traveler's Mecca with each region unique to its own with specialty from Haute Cuisine to nightlife and cultural destinations, to the charm of tradition with a Beer and Bratwurst toast.

Germany is noted as one of the most progressive nations in Western Europe, and with that a large LGBTQ population. Diversity has become a key element in Germany with many new to the nation living among those who see no need to travel any further than the local city center.

Like all Rough Guides, Germany begins with the introduction section of where and when to go, itineraries, and the author's pick of what not to miss. As Germany is a land of dichotomies narrowing the trip to an immersive experience or choosing the cities before landing.

The updated Germany Guide divides the nation into 15 sections taking the traveler through Berlin and Brandenburg to Saxony, and Saxony-Anhalt and the Harz, Thuringia, to Northern Bavaria: Franconia, to Munich and Central Bavaria, then The Alps and eastern Bavaria, onto Baden-Wurttemberg, The Black Forest, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, Hesse, North Rhine Westphalia, to Lower Saxony and Bremen to Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein and finally to Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.

The guide book, at 890 pages is exhaustive detailing each section with a regional map, with what to do and see, what not to miss and where to dine, dance, visit and stroll for the most memorable vacation possible.

For Germany the authors have put together a list of 32 destinations not to be missed beginning with Kareval in cologne, Schloss Nueschwanstein, Leipzig, Long Distance Cycling, The Berlin Wall, Jegendstil in Darmstadt, Baden-Baden Spasa, Lenbachhaus, Munich, Wilhelmshohe, Hesse, Christmas Markets, Beer Gardens, The Romantic Rhine, Oktoberfest, Munich, Ostalgie, Berlin, The Zwinger, Dresden, Romantic Road Fairy Tale Villages, Mercedes Museum Stuttgart, Cologne, Hamburg, Wurst, Berlin's Nightlife, The Ruhr's Industrial Heritage Trail, Wieskirche, Bavaria, The Rathaus, Bamburg, Rugen, German Wine, Skiing, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Lubeck, Aachen's Cathedral, Christopher Street Day (A homage to NYC Christopher Street with a wild party hosted by the LGBTQ population from Berlin, Munich, Cologne and Hamburg), North Frisian Islands and Saxon Switzerland.


101 Things To Do In Key West Book Review - A Guide To One Unforgettable Trip to Paradise (Pictures)


With so much to do where does one start? Rough Guides also publishes a Pocket Rough Guide for each city.

Each city Rough Guide will help make the most of any trip. Unlike the Rough Guide Country bible, the Pocket Guide includes a pull out map, details on the city's transportation system, a pull out subway map, specific reviews of the city's best hostels, B&B's and hostels, and a language section for those who have not immersed themselves or don't speak the local language fluently.

For Berlin, like the complete Guide, the city guide narrows the city into easily managed sections. Finding the must see's in proximity to the hotel, finding dining establishments operated by Michelin starred chef's or the highly reviewed hole-in-the-wall around the corner.

The Rough Guides and Pocket Guides will take the mystery out of Berlin, and every city, and leave only the allure and romanticism of a modern Germany rich in culture and history and wholly progressive with a contemporary pulse that welcomes all.

Pocket Rough Guides updated for the 2018 travel season include, Madrid and Barcelona, Tuscany & Umbria and Copenhagen.

Take to the highway, the byway, the road less travel, the city of your dreams and make the most of your time on earth! A world of worlds await!

Haute Tease

  • Money News: DOW, NASDAQ, S&P and Top Ten World Markets Close Up

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The DOW Jones Industrial continued to keep the bull market running as the world markets kept pace with the New York Stock Exchange managing to close with impressive rallies for the third straight week.

     
  • 4 Cool Summer Tools That Make Entertaining a Breeze

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With summer just around the corner, temperatures are heating up and it’s time to think about some ways to get the most out of the season, including cool tools that make summer barbecues, soirees, and family time sizzle.

     
  • Curls Hair Care Creator Celebrates a Decade in Business

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Mahisha Dellinger, CURLS hair care founder and creator, has for the past ten years embraced the ethnic hair care market, running riglet's around her competition with her Curls brand product line.

     
  • CES 2012 and Consumer Robotics: Informative Yet Confusing

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    CES 2012 was a mammoth display of the trend toward smart, connected devices for every form of consumer activity: Toys, appliances, entertainment, health, mobility, etc. More than 20,000 new products were launched at this year’s CES and a large portion of them could be considered "smart." 

     
  • Family Friendly: The Top 10 Cities With The Most Holiday Spirit

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Widely accepted as the time for giving, the holiday season brings out the best in people. For many Americans, the month of December elicits more giving in general — not only to friends and family, but to charities as well.  

  • Victim in South Carolina Police Shooting Owed Child Support

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A South Carolina police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man after a routine traffic stop in which the victim ran as he could not produce insurance or registration papers for the vehicle pulled over for a faulty tail light.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Announces New Cabinet Nominees

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Barack Obama announced two additional cabinet nominees, over the past week, to succeed the departing Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

     
  • Massive Fire Destroys Brazilian National Museum

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A massive inferno broke out in the evening hours of Sunday at Brazil's National Museum, engulfing the nations national treasure and in the process reducing 200 years of artifacts, research, and historical finds to rubble and ash.

     
  • Book Club Review - Fun Tale of Finding Love After Fifty Shades

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Book Club, from Paramount Pictures and June Pictures, presents the story of four successful friends, a book club and the sudden appearance of Christian Gray, who resurrects the idea of romance and risking for the sake of love.

     
  • Wild Card Review – House Wins in This Vegas Action Thriller

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Wild Card, a Las Vegas action adventure, from Lionsgate, brings to the screen a high octane, supercharged, testosterone fueled, hand-to-hand, fast moving muscle thriller complete with high rollers, lady luck, gambler’s frenzy and a mini mob war.

     
  • Crave Review – Bizarrely Interesting In Moderation

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    “Crave,” from Another Green World Productions and Phase4Films, presents a psychotic thriller, a pulp fiction fantasy ride into the mean crime filled streets of Detroit, deviling deep into the actions that arise from suppressed addictions.

     
  • Hands of Stone Review – Engaging, Solid, A Box Office Knockout

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Hands of Stone, from The Weinstein Company, presents the epic story of Roberto Duran, a dirt poor Panamanian slum baby pegged for boxing greatness who rose to rule with the help of a legendary New York trainer Ray Arcel.

     
  • Brooklyn Review - A Classic Romantic Love Story

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    BROOKLYN, from Fox Searchlight Pictures, brings to the screen a story of hope, courage and bravery, of embracing the chance of finding a new life, of sacrifice, and the hope of the future and the eyes to see when destiny arrives.

     
  • Business News: German Anti-Piracy Copytrack Platform Hits ICO Phase

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Copytrack, the blockchain powered copyright registry, mediation and enforcement platform is preparing to enter the second round of the crowdsale as the highly successful pre-sale comes to an end. The Copytrack ICO will go live January 10, 2018.

     
  • HL Health, Wellness: Feeling Less Than Frisky - Ten Foods to Get You In the Mood

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching and instead of making reservations to some over-hyped trendy spot, stay in and prepare a "Lover's Platter" full of indulgent aphrodisiacs guaranteed to heighten our interest in a full dessert menu making it a steamy night to remember.