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With views of St. Basil's and the Kremlin, ice skaters glide across the katok (rink) on Red Square (see chapter 7).

  • Detailed maps throughout

  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas

  • Insider tips from local expert authors

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About the Author

Angela Charlton moved to Russia in the early 1990s and spent most of the ensuing decade in the former Soviet Union working as a journalist. She was a Moscow correspondent for the Associated Press for six years, and she also studied in St. Petersburg and worked in Kiev. She is currently a journalist based in Paris.
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Product Details

  • Series: Frommer's Complete Guides (Book 439)
  • Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 2 edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470194030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470194034
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,420,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The majority of restaurants and bars the book mentioned were no longer there.
J. Cohen
We finally stopped trying, so who knows how many more places recommended in this guidebook aren't really there.
D. Nehme
I accidentally left this book on a shelf in some store and I'm really not disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Nehme on August 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
The reason we got the newest edition of this book was so that we can look up restaurants and clubs to visit, and three times, we used the reviews in this guidebook to eat in one of the recommended places. One such place was in Moscow - we found the exact address, but it was a travel agency and there were no signs of that place ever being a restaurant. The other two places were in St. Petersburg, one was even a starred review. We did find one place, "beer exchange", but it was such a sad place that the blurb about it in this book was more like a deceptive ad than an unbiased review. We finally stopped trying, so who knows how many more places recommended in this guidebook aren't really there.
Also, the street names in the book are all in english only, but the street names in Russia are mostly in Cyrillic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Cohen on May 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
To start, I bought this book because is was more up-to-date (the 2010 edition) vs. the others that were in stock at the Bookstore, like Fodor's and the Lonely Planet, which were 2008 or 2009. I read that having an up-to-date guide was especially important in Russia, where restaurants, bars, clubs, etc. change frequently. Though I normally find Lonely Planet and Fodor's to be better in terms of info and reliability, I had to go to Russia for business with little notice and hence didn't have time to order a book. Plus, because I was going to be there for a month, I figured it would be a low-risk situation, as I'd have plenty of time to see everything even if there were a few bumps along the way.

BOY WAS I WRONG!

I don't see what was updated in the 2010 edition, because almost everything was wrong. The majority of restaurants and bars the book mentioned were no longer there. The opening times and/or days were usually long or didn't tell the whole story. For example, a site may be open from 10:00-18:00 as the book said, but half of that time may have been reserved for groups. The locations on the maps were only directionally correct, as the site indicated was just "sort of" near where the dot on the map was. Bus numbers and routes were wrong or incomplete. Most of the entrance fees and fare prices for transport were 50% off or more (some as much as 2-3x off).

Relying on the book got me into a few bad situations, like showing up at an isolated palace 2 hours early and being left with nothing to do. I figured out soon enough the book was just good for general recommendations or background information rather than specific logistical information, detailed explanations, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eliot J Clingman on October 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
This guide reads like a draft.... I don't think it was ever tested with a live tourist.

The Book format has the same information being partially repeated, with confusing cross references. In particular chapter "Suggested Moscow Itineraries" described the exact same places as chapter "Exploring Moscow", and the former chapter constantly referred to the latter chapter for details (WITHOUT page number!) which is annoying.

Addresses given are vague and often inaccurate: that is a big problem in Moscow where addresses (even aside from the problem with Cyrillic) are highly confusing to westerners: as a result I sometimes got very lost.

For example, the Kremlin tourist entrance was specified differently more than once, which is a big problem as the Kremlin is huge (e.g. p3 "The tourist entrance is on the north side ... at the Borovitsky Gates". p 117 has a map that doesn't show Borovitsky Gate. It shows the visitor's Entrance at Kufaya Towers on the west side. The latter was correct, the former in error).

The location of internet cafe "Time Online" was unclear. (p.73 "... on the bottom floor of the the Okhotny Ryad shopping Center near the Kremlin
(1 Maneshnaya Ploshchad" was very misleading because it was not mentioned the whole shopping center is underground and huge. I never found it after looking for 90 minutes)
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