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Greece: Instructions for Use, the Practical, On-site Assistant for the Enthusiastic (Even Experienced) Traveler (Instructions for Use Travel) Paperback – July 22, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Instructions for Use Travel
  • Paperback: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Illustrata Press (July 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885436459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885436450
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 6.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,018,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Friends don't let friends travel to Greece without a copy of Greece: Instructions for Use. -- Christopher Elliott, Ombudsman, National Geographic Traveler

I've looked at a lot of guidebooks, but absolutely none are filled with as good and useful info as this one. It's the only guide you need to enjoy your stay: even repeat visitors and residents of Greece will be surprised at how much they can learn. I only wish it existed the first time I came to Greece!- Chuck Owens, President, U.S. Military Retirees Association of Greece (USMRAG)

A true traveler needs three things when embarking for a new destination: local knowledge, common travel sense, and common courtesy. This guide provides the first two; it is up to the reader to bring along the third. -- Bernard J. "Hutch" Hutcheon, International Travel Guide

So comprehensive, so readable, I wish we'd had this guide for official U.S. Government travelers when I was posted at the Embassy and Consulate General here in Greece. There are literally hundreds of nuggets. It's not easy to snapshot the rapidly changing Greek environment, but Kat's done it. -- Alec Mally, Former First Secretary, U.S. Embassy in Athens; Social-Economic Counselor, USUN

A clever compilation of the best, most accurate info on modern Greece and tips found nowhere else, all presented in a clear, convenient and compact guide. It focuses on positive solutions, and it's suitable for absolutely anyone planning to be in Greece...and yes, even Greeks! Bravo! -- Spyros Skareas, Guide & Tour Leader

It will be "all Greek to me" in the best possible way with this invaluable little book! -- Sally Watkins, Top-125 Travel Super Agents, 2004-2008

You can learn about Greek history, hotels, and beaches from any guide, but none are filled with as good and useful information as Greece: Instructions for Use. -- Chuck Owens, President U.S. Military Retirees Association of Greece

In a country where changes happen continuously and without notice, you can "live your myth" with a lot more ease and understanding by taking along Greece: Instructions for Use. -- Kerri Michael, Tour Director and Greece inhabitant

The splendidly helpful Instructions for Use series is unique in that it doesn't tell you WHAT to see or do but HOW to do it. Greece is the subject of the latest entry (Italy and France have preceeded it), and it may be even more necessary, especially for first-time travelers.

Greece, after all, uses an alphabet few of us see outside of college fraternities and sororities, so this book's excellent language guide alone means a lot. In addition to info on ordinary forms of transport in Greece, the Instructionsincludes info on a wide array of nautical options-not just large, ship-like ferries but barges, hydrofoils, catamarans and caiques-each making different demands on purse and person. And tucked in-between all the major instructions are handy and often surprising minor ones, such as Don't buy produce off a pickup truck and Do bring plenty of mascara. -- Bill Marsano is an award-winning travel writer

About the Author

Kat Christofer began her solo travels to 20 Greek islands and more than 300 cities in 34 countries when wanderlust won over a chance to work for NBC. She moved to Greece in 1998 upon being moved to tears by the Greek national anthem, living in the shadow of the Acropolis to learn Greek as a fourth language and then briefly in New York's Astoria, before returning to a neighborhood named for the poet Lord Byron to write press for Athens 2004.

In addition to reporting for the Guardian, Kathimerini and San Jose Mercury News, Kat authors the multifaceted livingingreece.gr and is now compiling a living and working guide for those interested in making a more permanent odyssey. She poured her heart into Greece: Instructions for Use, so everyone can venture beyond the sun, sand and sights of Greece to see its soul.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Nordin on February 25, 2010
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Wow! Talk about a lot in a small package. You'll get this - 108 very small pages - and you may think you've been had, but that's not the case. The density of info in here must be close to a travel guide record. Compact, 'get to the point' style and an absence of big glossy pictures means there is a lot of data here.

As others have said, this is about 'practicalities' - making phone calls, hours of business, traffic, car rental, booking trains, taxies, road signs, strikes, food, shopping, medical care, etc., etc. If you'd like to live in Athens for a month or travel independently, this is the book you need, not yet another list of hotels and restaurants that will be gone by the time you get there.

The author lives in Greece, writes about it on her blog, and is just the epitome of common sense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve on September 30, 2013
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I recently went on a 3 week solo travel through Greece. I used this book throughout for its highly useful insider information of daily travel within the country. Read it before your travel and refer to it as you are there. Although I found that Greece is English language friendly as more people, whom I have encountered, speak it then not. This book still proved invaluable with many insightful tips, and customs, and advice. I love it. I wish this book was available to more countries besides Greece and Italy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Marsano on September 30, 2009
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By Bill Marsano The splendidly helpful "Instructions for Use" series is unique in that its slim, pocket-size guides don't tell you WHAT to see but HOW to do it. Greece is the subject of the latest entry in the series (Italy and France have preceded it), and it may be even more necessary, especially for first-time travelers. Greece, after all, uses an alphabet few Americans see outside of college fraternities and sororities, so this book's excellent language guide alone with be of inestimable help. And in addition to ordinary forms of transport, Greece offers an unusually wide array of nautical options--not just large, ship-like ferries but barges, hydrofoils, catamarans and caiques--each of which makes its own different demands on purse and person. Tucked in-between all the major instructions are handy and often surprising minor ones, such as DON'T buy produce off a pickup truck (here, we're used to thinking the pickup has just come from the farm . . .) and DO bring plenty of mascara (it's extremely expensive in Greece). And in addition to all this you get a link that allows you to download a handy (and free) trip planner. So . . .Don't Leave Home Without It, and Remember to Carry It With You.--Bill Marsano is an award-winning travel writer.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Shrager on September 12, 2009
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We used the the one for Italy (we took it on our second trip and still used it more than any of the others we bought), and for France, too - priceless. I just got the one for Greece and it looks wonderful...can't wait to use it on our October trip. They're little gems, full of info you can't find anywhere else - whatever I was looking for...I found! They're tiny, too, so they're easy to keep handy in any pocket. Don't leave for Greece without it!
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More About the Author

Kat Christofer began her solo travels to 20 Greek islands and more than 300 cities in 36 countries when wanderlust won over a chance to work for NBC. She moved to Greece in 1998 upon being moved to tears by the Greek national anthem, living in the shadow of the Acropolis to learn Greek as a fourth language and then briefly in New York's Astoria, before returning to a neighborhood named for the poet Lord Byron to write press for Athens 2004.

In addition to reporting for the Guardian, Kathimerini and San Jose Mercury News, Kat authors the multifaceted livingingreece.gr and is now compiling a living and working guide for those interested in making a more permanent odyssey. She poured her heart into Greece: Instructions for Use, so everyone can venture beyond the sun, sand and sights of Greece to see its soul.