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1,000 Places to See Before You Die, updated ed. (2010) (1,000 Before You Die) Paperback – Bargain Price, March 15, 2010
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For a person who loves to travel, I just had to purchase this book to see what places I need to go to and review places I have been to.
According to the author, I missed a lot of places because I was too busy to vistit all the recommended 5 star hotels. For an example, Torres Del Paine, Chile is one of the most beautiful nature wonder of the world with its glaciers, lakes, peaks, and majestic views. Instead of writing this, the author decide to descibe in detail about the over-priced hotel in the park.
Author consistently writes about:
1. Hotel, hotel, and more hotels. Not just any hotel, but the most expensive accomodation in town.
2. Hotels, of course. I have not counted, but I can guess about 250 places to see are hotels.
If you like hotels, this is a book for you, otherwise look elsewhere.
But I must admit this small-but-thick book intrigued me. Most of the criticisms of something like this will be of specific choices the author makes: How could she overlook X? Or what was she thinking when she included Y? And while I admit that I scratched my head at a few curious omissions and chuckled at some of the choices that did make the cut, I must say that overall, the selection is very good. Every traveler or would-be traveler will find selections of interest on its pages, whether they are looking for luxury or natural beauty or history or art or culinary masterpieces or thought-provoking journeys.
But I think the real strength of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die is author Patricia Schultz' lively writing. Ms. Schultz has a real gift for description, and her love and enthusiasm for the places she writes about at once manage to excite the reader about the place being described and to give him or her a small taste of it before even diverting the eyes from the page.
All that said, I would be disappointed to scan someone else's copy of this book and see places that have been already visited crossed off in red ink or to discover that future trips were being planned to maximize the number of the 1,000 places that can be visited in a short time.Read more ›
Certainly people would quibble with my list of 1000 places, but here is why I believe this book is not appropriate for anyone who doesn't get an AARP discount:
- Euro-american focus. The book is almost insulting in its lack of coverage of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. For instance, there is nothing listed in Delhi except a restaurant vs. nine sites in over-touristed Morocco. There is virtually nothing in places not covered by travel guides, such as Central Asia and almost anywhere in Africa that doesn't have pyramids or characters from "The Lion King." Iraq is the cradle of civilization, but apparently UFOs in Roswell and Disney theme parks are more important. At least Schultz acknowledges the bias, saying that places like Kolkata and Madagascar are "arduous choices."
- Cultural insensitivity. Schultz's use of the most anglicized names possible and long-replaced colonial monikers (like Calcutta and Laotian for Kolkata and Lao) makes her occasionally sound like Mr. Burns asking for "the Prussian consulate in Siam."
- Intended for traveler-writers with unlimited budgets. Despite claiming with a straight face that she's "never a travel snob," Schultz typically choses the most expensive way to see a place. I am a travel snob, but sometimes Schultz's recommendations of tours are too outrageous even for me. For instance, Ayuthaya, Thailand, is easily reached by a comfortable air-con first class bus from Bangkok for 95 cents, but Schultz recommends a $390 tour.
- Questionable rationales.Read more ›
At least 200 of the "places to see before I die" are hotels, which blows my mind. I figure maybe 10 or 20 hotels are historic enough to really warrant being destinations in their own right.
Fully 3/4 of the pages of this book are dedicated to Europe and US/Canada. Obvious slumming in the US: Vail, Telluride, and Aspen are all listed while the entire countries of China and India get about 15 listings each (including hotels).
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Really pretty pictures! I will probably buy next years calendar also.Published 1 month ago by Armando Plascencia
This is a great Book. I got it as a going away present for my friend when he was moving to London. It's fun to turn the pages and learn about new places to visit one day. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mamadoesitbest
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This is a beautiful calendar with gorgeous pictures. I read the other reviews and was surprised to learn that it wasn't as large as others described. Read morePublished 2 months ago by AJ
Such a waste of money. It says 1,000 Places - but honestly...it's twelve measly places, eight of which you'd probably never want to see before you die. Skip it.Published 2 months ago by Elanora R.
These are one of my favorite calendars. I love to go through each day with a new picture to look at. Read morePublished 2 months ago by E. Trostle