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Kenneth Klein "LordBalfor" RSS Feed (Seattle, WA. USA)

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Moon Tahiti (Moon Handbooks)
Moon Tahiti (Moon Handbooks)
by David Stanley
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Terrific Edition, February 25, 2008
David Stanley's books are always a worthwhile read, and his latest edition of "Tahiti" is no exception. Differing from his earlier "Tahiti: Including the Cook Islands", this book narrows it's focus purely on the islands of French Polynesia - stepping through island group by island group (and within each group, island by island) David does his usual great job of laying out where to go, where to stay, what to see and what and where to eat. I especially like the suggested itineraries that appear near the front of the book, pointing out some of the "can't miss" highlights of a trip to the region. There are also a great collection of maps and (or course) some beautiful photos of the incredible scenery the region is so famous for (these ARE after all, the epitome of the perfect tropical island).

So, I say - buy this book and weep that you are not there yet - but do it with a smile, for the knowledge within is all you need to know to plan the vacation of a lifetime.

Moon Handbooks Fiji
Moon Handbooks Fiji
by David Stanley
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to Davids' Usual High Standards., January 11, 2005
This review is from: Moon Handbooks Fiji (Paperback)
Davids' books are always a delight, and this one is no exception. The book is well organized, well written and interesting to read - crammed with useful information, but somehow never verbose or overly wordy. It is in short a great guidebook in my opinion and I'm looking forward very much to using it for planning my own trip to Fiji. Clear, concise and filled with interesting and helpful information - what more could you want in a travel book? I especially love the many highly detailed maps and would think that this book would be very good choice for anyone considering a trip to Fiji.

Ken Klein

Seattle Wa.

Moon Handbooks Tahiti: Including the Cook Islands
Moon Handbooks Tahiti: Including the Cook Islands
by David Stanley
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine work from David Stanley, February 4, 2004
The 5th edition of David Stanley's "Tahiti" guide is a terrific reference for anyone planning a visit that little corner of the world. Covering not only the languid lagoons of French Polynesia, but also those of the beautiful Cook Islands and the barren windswept hills of Easter Island, the book tells you pretty much everything you need to know when preparing yourself for a trip to paradise. Island by island, David takes you through the sights and attractions each location has to offer. This is followed by a "Practicalities" section devoted to providing you with the things you need to know in order make your dream visit become reality (such as accommodation, dining, transportation and shopping choices as well as the legal requirements needed to secure entry). There is also a great selection of maps so you can get an idea of where the various resorts, restaurants, and attractions sit in relation to one another. Furthermore, there's a fine selection of hints and tips designed to make every aspect of your trip more pleasant and enjoyable. All, in all, this book can pretty much do it all for you.
On a purely personal note, I feel I have to add that the authors love for this part of the world is truly evident. The South Pacific is a fine mistress, and as one who has dallied with her a couple of times myself, I understand fully the intoxication these idyllic islands can leave you with. David is smitten, as were Paul Gauguin, Herman Melville, James Michener, and countless other artists, writers and poets before him. Still, despite the obvious infatuation, David maintains a sense of balance and so you hear the bad with the good, so that you might arrive in paradise prepared for both.
Just from the research I've done for my own little write-ups on, I know just how much work can go into even a small travel article, so I can't even imagine how much effort must have put into a book with this much substance. If you are traveling to (or even thinking of traveling to) any of the areas covered by this book (especially French Polynesia), this book deserves a place in your collection.

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