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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: 0.7 x 5.1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book in 2007 for my 2008 trip to Romania.
Rimon A. Toma
It seemed to focus on the corruption of the government and not the beautiful aspects of the country.
T. Wilson
I had a great time using this guide through Bucharest, Wallachia and Transylvania.
Mai Nguyen

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Cottrell on September 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is great.

Last summer I took my first overseas trip in my life. Being a lazy American, I did no real research and I landed in Bucharest Romania with nothing to fall back on but the 3rd Edition of Lonely Planet's "Romania & Moldova."

I was supposed to meet a friend who was traveling from Russia, but long story short... I was not able to meet up with him until 5 days later. I did not have any travel itinerary but this book allowed me to make the most of those 5 days by myself.

After those first days on my own, I finally met my buddy in Budapest Hungary, but then we traveled back to Romania for another 5 days or so.

The information in this book made it possible for me to have the trip of a lifetime. The only thing wish I did differently was take a Romanian language book with me.

That said, this book was hands down an invaluable asset to me.

I used this book to visit Bucharest, Deva, Hunedoara, Sighisoara, Sibiu and Poienari. (Except for Bucharest

I did not know anything about these towns and cities but this book helped me find them)

Traveling in a country where I could not speak the language and very few people could speak English was a tough experience for me, but this book helped make my trip an awesome adventure.

If I every make it back to Romania, I will be taking this book with me!
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Teodor Dornea on November 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
To be upfront with people I'm originally from Romania and thus know a lot about the culture and places. I bought the book to see what somebody else has to say about my home country and I loved it. If you are new to Romania, maybe you don't know where it is, maybe you just heard about it, or something than definately buy the book to see what it's all about. Romania as described here is an "exotic" country with many traditions and fantastic places but not enough visitors.
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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
Format: Paperback
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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Derix on February 7, 2005
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There is not much to find about Moldova.

If you go there first time, like me, then its the best book you could wish for.

Lots of good tips and all you need to know..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Wilson on April 29, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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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