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Lonely Planet Romania (Country Travel Guide) Paperback – June 1, 2010

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In 2003, Leif Pettersen was 'Kramered' by an unbalanced friend into abandoning an idiot-proof career with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and embarking on an odyssey of travel writing. He has since visited over 40 countries and lived in Spain, Romania and Italy. (He speaks all three languages in descending order of fluency). Leif's Lonely Planet work has appeared in Romania 5, Tuscany and Umbria 6, Eastern Europe 10, Italy 8, The Europe Book, Bluelist '07 and the LonelyPlanet.com features section. Leif writes an almost award-winning, "slightly caustic" blog, KillingBatteries.com, read by literally tens of people each month, where he dishes on travel writing, Romania, Italian internet, his grammar deficiencies, Berlin, the Baby Jebus and his remarkable-gift-for-hyphenation.
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Product Details

  • Series: Country Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 5 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741048923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741048926
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lonely Planet, why have you foresaken us (inquiring- and budget-minded travelers)? The guidebooks seem to be trending towards mediocre, and this is the worst one I've come across. It's short on both practical info. and historical/cultural context.

The maps are largely useless. I would say that on average, about half of the streets go unnamed (not even in the tiny print). Another failing is the pronunciation guide, i.e., there is none for the consonants. One can infer a rule for the sound of, e.g., the letter "c" before the different vowels (s- or ch-sound) by looking at the phonetic spellings given, but there is no reason to make the reader do so much work.

It would have been helpful to know more about business hours ("orar" or "program" in Romanian). LP says that "'Western-style' supermarkets and shopping malls are common in much of Romania". Well, if they say so; such are not common in the pedestrianised city centers where tourists otherwise have the most reason to be. I found that "non stop" convenience stores are abundant, so it is much easier to pick up necessities at odd hours than in, say, Germany or France. But it would have been very helpful to know that, e.g., there is a supermarket (Carrefour) in the Orchideea mall in Bucharest that stays open late. More generally, this LP has virtually nothing to say about what the old LP's called "self-catering". It would have been useful to know, e.g., that the "Angst" chain stores in Bucharest are groceries (wouldn't have guessed that from the name). And I wish I'd known sooner that Piata Amzei in Bucharest is the site of a nice produce market.

It would be useful for vegetarians to know whether the ubiquitous ciorba (soup) is made with meat stock. (I'm guessing it is.
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I bought this book for $16.00 and it might be a good book if I could actually see the tiny tiny print and no color maps and tiny maps as well save your money..If you want to carry a magnifying glass with you when you travel this is for you.Do yourself a favor and check out your libary before buying this book..
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Well written and full of necessary information for Romania.
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LONELY PLANET ROMANIA packs in over seventy maps and includes full coverage of Transylvania as it offers itineraries, insights into local culture, tourist suggestions, and more. This fifth edition includes color highlights, dedicated activities in a chapter packed with outdoors options, and a 'green' index to profile ecofriendly choices, making this a 'must' for any destination-oriented traveler and libraries catering to them.
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I first went to Romania in 1973 and have traveled over a lot of the country on many visits since that time. We operate a Children/Youth camp in the mountains near Beius, Romania. I've not had the time to read this book because that will come when I am next in Romania, and I use it to compare what I've known in the past with what I see this this next time. I could have used it in August 2010 when I was last there. I am building my new Romanian book library now with Amazon. You have one of the best selections available on the Web.

Dr. Dale

PS: I also ordered Water Pic fillers, but it was bumped out of the order???
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