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Rick Steves' Snapshot Madrid & Toledo Paperback – November 3, 2009
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I loved this e-book bc it also included Toledo. There is a tourist info office in the main square area in Toledo (Zocodover Square), but it won't boil down the city for a day trip like Rick Steves does. No one makes a city come alive like Rick Steves!!!
Some comments about certain historical places and museums, making some easy jokes and calling propaganda to some historical inscriptions are out of place in this guide and that is why I put to this guide a 3 star even though in some aspects may be closer to a 4 star.
The recommendation to visit the Sta Cruz Museum in Toledo is great, it is a fantastic place to visit and it is still for free. The sarcastic comments about how it is run...not so great....this is a fantastically preserved place in a very historic city. If you have to decide between visiting Sta Cruz or El Alcazar in Toledo. Please visit the Sta Cruz Museum, so much better choice!
About Segovia...this is such an important historical place with over 2000 years of history!!...and this guide really does not take this wonderful little city seriously.Read more ›
Some criticisms I would have is that for some reason this version of the eBook doesn't have full maps. In another eGuidebook I purchased, the Seville Snapshot guide by Rick Steves, you would get a full map and then on subsequent pages, you would get sections of the map (in quarters). I suppose this was to allow you to view the full map, and then to be able to zoom in to quarter sections for more detail. However, in this version of the ebook, I only got the quarter sections, which was very inconvenient and made it very difficult to read the maps.
Also, the book could use a better table of contents or index. It would make it much easier to flip to specific sites, museums, monuments, etc. The table of content headings are too broad.
Lastly, for those who would use this guidebook on their phones, I discovered a disadvantage of this format when I was trying to follow Rick's self-guided walk through the Palacio Real. You're not allowed to use cell phones in the Palacio! They don't care that you're using it to read a guidebook - they won't let you use cell phones for any reason. I suppose they're trying to keep people from using their phone cameras, but I was very rudely told to put my cell phone away.
I didn't have any troubles in any of the art museums or cathedrals I went to, but it can be an issue.
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You can't go wrong with Rick. Read it prior to my visit to Spain which included Madrid & Toledo. I don't know. In alot of ways I got just as much off the web and maybe more. Read morePublished 23 months ago by DrJake
Great book for my four days in madrid. The self guided tour by city bus #27 was most informative. The self guide to the Prado got us to the main highlights with ease. Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by Woodman
While the snapshot was all full of good information, there were a number of places where the book stops providing information right where you need it, and it refers you to the full... Read morePublished on February 11, 2014 by Jessica M.
Very easy to follow self-guided tour and the very thorough descriptions of the side trips inspired me to take the train to Toledo for a half day of visiting. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Rachel Gervin
limited restaurant info….the book seems to be geared to backpackers and provides info on budget restaurants thus missing out on the vast choices to be had in madrid.Published on January 9, 2014 by Amazon Customer