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Rick Steves' Spain 2006 Paperback – October 26, 2005
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HOWEVER...there is a major problem with his books. He's got these great city maps...great stuff. But on the maps, where he points out places of interest, there is no indication of where the review is. Argh!
For instance, you look at a city map, and it shows 10 restaurants. You're in one section of the area, and see 4 restaurants close to where you are. The next thing you'd do, of course, would be to check out the 4 reviews...alas, though, the 4 reviews are on different pages, and you have no idea where they are.
I literally spent 2 hours writing on these little maps, putting page numbers next to each restaurant/place of interest, etc. What a pain! It would take the Rick Steve's editors a couple hours to do this, and wouldn't take up much room (for instance, where it says on the bottom, "2. - XXX Restaurant", you could say, "2. - XXX Restaurant, p. 53." How hard would that be? Yeesh!
I also used Rick Steve's Italy to plan a trip to Venice, Florence, and Rome, and it worked perfectly. We loved every restaurant the book recommended and definitely avoided many of the tourist traps.
This is the most valuable investment you can make for your trip; we saved money even before we left the country and avoided horrible lines at almost all the major attractions.
The best example I can give is Seville, Spain. I just completed a cruise which only had a day stopover at a port a few hours from Seville. That left only a few hours to see the city of Seville. How do you prioritize? Rick does it for you. By using his self walking tour, I was able to cover as much of Seville in four hours what most other tourists cover in a full day or more. As for the B&B's and other hotels? I have never stayed at a Rick Steves recommended place that disappointed me. I knew what I was getting in advance. Most of the time they were even better than Rick described. Always clean, always quaint, always representative of the life in the area you're visiting. If you are lucky, even run by a local family that treats you as one of their own. I believe Rick is the reason many of these places are in business because you cannot help but notice many of the other guests holding Ricks books.
Ricks somewhat hidden although obvious hints and advice are invaluable. The best example is Spains AVE fast train. I took it from Barcelona to Madrid and an incredible web fare internet special reducing the cost by 60%. If it were not for Ricks somewhat hidden hint, I would have paid more. Read his books carefully. There are somewhat hidden gems around every corner, each of which will make your stay more enjoyable, more meaningful and more memorable.
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