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Romania & Moldova (Lonely Planet Travel Guides) Paperback – May 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 4 edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741044782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741044782
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rimon A. Toma on February 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in 2007 for my 2008 trip to Romania. I was impressed. I was on this trip with my girlfriend who is a native Romanian and live in Romania. Still, the book showed us stuff she wasn't aware of. And in the cities outside Bucharest the book was really specific and perfect. If you follow what is written in this book, you will enjoy this trip 100% and will be using your time effciently.
I have to admit, this book saved us when we were stuck in Sibiu trying to figure out how to go to the next city. Also is has very accurate maps..
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mai Nguyen on February 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Some of the reviewers here are focusing on tiny problems with what is a changing, tricky country to visit. And missing what is overall a great asset to a trip there. I mean, if you really want to go all the way to Romania to see an excluded copy of a 70s/80s American TV show set, then maybe you really don't need to be traveling all the way to Europe anyway!

I had a great time using this guide through Bucharest, Wallachia and Transylvania. It was all I needed to gauge where to go, where to stay and how to get around. Sure I found a few great restaurants not included here, and disagreed with a review or two, but isn't that the point of traveling on your own?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter P. Kalogiannis on September 28, 2009
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I've historically been very disappointed with Lonely Planet. I always go for Rough Guide or Frommers over LP which I find to be bland, non-opinionated and very P.C. My travel partner had already purchased Rough Guide Romania, so I figured a second reference source was needed. I was very surprised with this edition of LP. It was informative, interesting, opinionated, and had a flare that LP never had. I actually liked it better than the Rough Guide.
Highly recommend it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anon. on July 25, 2008
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This book was useful information-wise in visiting Bucuresti and Transylvania. However, I found the overall language of the book shallow and subtly pejorative and insulting to the local people of Romania, and I am surprised that Lonely Planet, a respected publisher of worldwide guides, has published this book as is. A big part of traveling is to show respect for the other culture and learn from it (especially spiritually). Obviously a guide also needs to be realistic and show the negative sides as well, but I disagree with the author's subtly suggested attitudes. I realize that there are two authors, I am only referring to the section I used, the one on Bucuresti and Transylvania.

I want to stress that I am NOT Romanian. Suffice it to say that I showed the book to a very educated and well-traveled Romanian friend who was very unhappy with the first random sentence they saw.

In conclusion, Romania is a great place that one should visit, but I wouldn't take this guide...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Wilson on April 29, 2013
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The information seemed to be somewhat negative towards the country of Moldova. It seemed to focus on the corruption of the government and not the beautiful aspects of the country.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Holst on September 12, 2007
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I bought this book for my recent trip to Romania. I should have passed on it and used the internet--the information would have been more useful. I especially found the information on the area around Bania Mare to be not only wrong--but useless. Sadly, I based a large part of my trip on the book. I also found the information on Brasov to be insufficient and in some cases just plain bad. I will say that the section on Bucharest was well done.
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