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Istanbul: The Collected Traveler: An Inspired Companion Guide (Vintage Departures) Paperback – September 15, 2009
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For Travelers Who Want More Than a Guidebook
Bringing The Collected Traveler along on your trip is like having your own savvy personal tour guide who knows the place intimately. This unique guide to one of today's hottest tourist destinations combines fascinating articles by a wide variety of writers, woven throughout with the editor's own indispensable advice and opinions-providing in one package an unparalleled experience of an extraordinary place.
THIS EDITION ON ISTANBUL FEATURES:
• Seductive, colorful, and in-depth articles that illuminate the dazzling treasures and monuments of Istanbul, from the Grand Bazaar to the Sultans' palaces; the delights of Turkish cuisine; the rich pageant of Istanbul's history; and the people and personalities that define it today.
• More personal pieces that take the reader beyond the usual tourist highlights, offering intimate reports on everything from the heavenly scent (and taste) of Turkish roses to the glitzy nightlife of this city of “minarets and miniskirts” to the unusual pleasure of being pummeled to within an inch of your life in an historic Turkish bath.
• Enticing recommendations for related reading, including novels, histories, memoirs, and the most useful guidebooks.
• An A-Z Miscellany of concise and entertaining information to arm you for your trip-on everything from Alexander the Great and Ataturk to Whirling Dervishes and Turkish Wine.
• Interviews, Q & As, and commentary from visitors and residents, ranging from the 18th-century society wit Lady Mary Wortley Montague to Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk.
• Spotlights on unusual shops, restaurants, hotels, and experiences not to be missed.
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"Part guidebook, part recipe book, part history book, part character study. A fat series of essays, interviews, critiques and travel tips, the collection is a delightful read from start to finish, mainly because the choices are so juicy. . . . Whether you're planning a trip or just visiting from the armchair, this is an engaging journey." —Denver Post
"Istanbul: The Collected Traveler unfolds before us a city so full of fun and adventure that to not want to explore is impossible. . . . [It] lets you fall in love with the history, but keeps you intrigued with recommendations for the present. If it’s your dream to get lost in the emotion and color of Istanbul, this book educates without making you feel like an outsider, with the hope that you will be just as much in love with the city as the people who call Istanbul home." —Bridal Guide Magazine’s Travel Blog
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- Publisher : Vintage; Original edition (September 15, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 624 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0307390594
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307390592
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.16 x 1.25 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,741,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Travel guides are useful, but they're (a) no longer the freshest or even most reliable source of information and (b) generally leave me with the haunted sense that following the itineraries and advice will give me a lot of advice without a lot of perspective.
The Collected Traveler, though, is all context, which makes it both useful and durable. If you are the kind of person who travels on curiosity, it's a treasure map of essays, articles and criticism that plunges into Istanbul. It's full of beguiling facts (garden parties at Topkapi Palace were once illuminated by hundreds of turtles with candles strapped to their shells) as well as a variety of hands tracing the lines of power, commerce and art through the city. Highly recommended.