The Places chapters cover the islands of Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu in detail and suggest excursions to the smaller surrounding islands. Full-colour photographs throughout give a true flavour of life in the country today. Detailed maps plot all major sights, and the Travel Tips offer selective advice on where to stay, the best places to eat and on the range of cultural and sporting activities.
New chapters on California cuisine, touring the wine regions, and exploring the great outdoors complement lively features on California's culture and history. Special magazine-style essays cover a variety of subjects, such as the moviemakers of Sunset Boulevard and San Francisco's cable cars. Our "Best of California" section is an easy short-cut to all that is unmissable - from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Napa Valley, Hearst Castle to the Redwood Forests.
Travel tips provide all the planning information you'll need, such as how to get around, how much to budget for your trip, plus our selective, independent listings recommend where to stay and where to eat in California. Whether it's your first time of visiting or your fifth, and whether you want a coastal drive or a hike in the mountains, a tour of Disneyland or a wine tour, Insight Guide California is the ideal companion.
Insight Guide Explore Melbourne is part of the latest batch of this brand-new series and is the ideal pocket companion for your trip: a full-colour guide containing 14 easy-to-follow routes in and around the city. Discover Collins and Swanston Streets' fabulous architecture, the cultivated green space of the Royal Botanic Gardens and the fashionable seaside at St Kilda, or head off on an excursion, taking in the Yarra Valley's wineries or the stunning scenery of the Great Ocean Road.
Insight's trademark cultural coverage sets the routes in context, with introductions to Melbourne's exciting cuisine, great shopping, sporting heritage and key historical dates. Our recommended places to eat and drink are highlighted in each route, with even more suggestions in the directory section, which also contains a wealth of useful practical information, including a range of carefully selected hotels to suit all budgets. All routes are plotted on the useful pull-out map, and evocative photography captures the essence of this most European of Australian cities. Insight Guide Explore Melbourne will lead you to the very best the city and its surrounds have to offer.
The book starts with the 10 top attractions in Oxford, including the iconic Bodleian Library and punting on the Thames, followed by essential background information on Oxford's culture, history, and food and drink. Next are 12 wonderful self-guided walks and tours taking in the best places to visit in Oxford, from the historic heart of the university to idyllic Port Meadow and beyond. The tours have clear maps, places to eat and drink, and top accommodation recommendations. The final section of the book offers a selection of listings for things to do in Oxford, with sections on active holidays (including boating and punting) and themed holidays such as walking and wildlife. There is also a practical information section and comprehensive accommodation listings.
Be inspired to visit by the fully-updated new edition of Insight Guide Vietnam, a comprehensive full-colour guide to this Southeast Asian star. Stunning, specially-commissioned photography brings this intriguing country and its people to life, while the Best of Vietnam highlights the country's top attractions, including the natural and cultural splendors of Unesco World Heritage Sites Halong Bay and Hue.
Descriptive region-by-region accounts cover the whole country from the charismatic capital of Hanoi to the lush canals of the Mekong Delta. Detailed, high-quality maps throughout will help you get around and travel tips give you all the essential information for planning a memorable trip, including our independent selection of the best restaurants.
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Overview: the book starts with a spread highlighting the Top Ten Things to Do in Jersey, taking in the island's absorbing heritage, stunning coastal scenery, historic forts and fortresses, and museums and manor houses. This is followed by an engaging introduction on the island's culture, geography, lifestyle and traditions, and an overview of where to find Jersey's best food and drink.
Walks and Tours: this guide features 7 irresistible self-guided walks and tours that will take you on a journey through the squares, markets and museums of Jersey's capital, St Helier, to the dramatic coastline of the windswept West with miles of sandy beaches. All are clearly timed and accompanied by easy-to-follow maps plus hand-picked places to eat, drink and shop en route. Special Features home in on what makes Jersey unique: its local festivals, prehistoric tombs and medieval fortresses.
Travel Tips: the final section of the book is packed with information on active pursuits, themed holidays and transport, as well as specially selected accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, from chic boutique hotels to family-friendly B&Bs.
Our unrivalled coverage of history, natural environment and culture provides an essential introduction to Costa Rica's rich heritage and contemporary life, to complement the in-depth coverage of the arts, activities and modern culture. The informative text, written by regional experts, is a pleasure to read and accompanied by stunning photography.
Lavish magazine-style features offer a unique insight into Costa Rica's kaleidoscopic plant and bird wealth, out-of-the-ordinary adventure sports, colourful crafts and volcanic activity.
All major sights are cross-referenced with the maps, and the travel tips section provides a wealth of practical information on how to plan your trip, as well as carefully selected hotel, eco-lodges and restaurant listings.
Stretching from mainland Europe to the North Pole's backyard, Scandinavia's vast territory covers all manner of environments. From well-tended Danish farmland to Norway's wild and breathtaking fjords; from Sweden's great lakes and islands to bear-filled Finnish forests; from the cosmopolitan capital cities to the remotest islands - there's a Scandinavian habitat to suit every mood, and Insight Guide Scandinavia will help you discover them.
Our History and Culture chapters cover Scandinavia's past and present with accessible essays on the people, the art and culture, the food and drink. Special features cover the Vikings, Danish design, Finnish saunas and the Hurtigruten, the post boat which cruises through Norway's fjords.
All major sites are cross-referenced with the maps, and the travel tips section provides a wealth of practical information on how to plan your trip, as well as carefully selected hotel and restaurant listings.
After an inspirational Best Of Myanmar section, the country's rich past and cultural heritage are described in a series of lively essays. Contemporary aspects of Burmese life - the changing political situation, the economy, food, architecture, wildlife - are also covered in depth.
The Places chapters describe all the sights that should be seen - from the incomparable temples of Bagan, serene Inle Lake, the lost world of Mrauk U and the beaches along the Bay of Bengal to the fascinating cities of Yangon and Mandalay.
Detailed, high-quality maps throughout will help you get around and travel tips give you all the essential information for planning a memorable trip, including our independent selection of the best hotels and restaurants.
Discover this most exciting of destinations with Insight Guide Myanmar (Burma).
This new edition of Insight Guide Belize is a comprehensive, full-colour travel guide packed with inspiration and information. It includes engrossing features on everything from Buccaneers and Baymen and the Creole language to Birdwatching and Ecotourism.
Inside Insight Guide Belize:
A detailed history section covers the ancient Maya people, the arrival of the Spanish, British colonialism and the battle for independence.
A brand new Best of Belize section lists the country's must-see attractions, from ancient monuments to wildlife reserves and adventure sports to jungle lodges.
The Places section covers the entire country from the Northern Cayes to Punta Gorda and the forests of the south. Specially commissioned photographs vividly capture Belize's beautiful landscape, exotic wildlife and diverse people.
Detailed full-colour maps help you get around, while the travel tips section is packed with useful information on transport, climate, festivals and outdoor activities, and provides answers to such questions as when to go and what to budget for your trip, and includes a selection of the best restaurants.
About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-color print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travelers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.
'Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type.' - Wanderlust Magazine
This guide gives you an in-depth knowledge of the island's history and culture - colourful magazine-style features offer a unique insight into Sicily's joyous festivals and folk art, Baroque architecture, as well as the extraordinarily well-preserved temples and monuments of the Greek, Arab and Roman periods.
A detailed Places section, with full-colour maps cross-referenced to the text, guides you from Palermo's Arab-Norman cathedral to Stromboli's smoking volcano, and from the Valley of the Temples to the sandy beaches and colourful markets.
Discover the island's best scenic drives, with the routes marked clearly on the pull-out touring map.
A Buddhist monk takes up arms to resist the Chinese invasion of Tibet—and spends the rest of his life atoning for the violence by hand printing the finest prayer flags in India . . . A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her closest friend ritually starve herself to death . . . A woman leaves her middle-class life in Calcutta and finds unexpected fulfillment living as a Tantric in an isolated, skull-filled cremation ground . . . A prison warder from Kerala is worshipped as an incarnate deity for three months of every year . . . An idol carver, the twenty-third in a long line of sculptors, must reconcile himself to his son’s desire to study computer engineering . . . An illiterate goatherd from Rajasthan keeps alive in his memory an ancient four-thousand-stanza sacred epic . . . A temple prostitute, who initially resisted her own initiation into sex work, pushes both her daughters into a trade she nonetheless regards as a sacred calling.
William Dalrymple chronicles these lives with expansive insight and a spellbinding evocation of circumstance. And while the stories reveal the vigorous resilience of individuals in the face of the relentless onslaught of modernity, they reveal as well the continuity of ancient traditions that endure to this day. A dazzling travelogue of both place and spirit.
Like a lively course from an expert teacher, The Wine Bible grounds the reader deeply in the fundamentals while layering on informative asides, tips, amusing anecdotes, definitions, glossaries, photos (all new for this edition), maps, labels, and recommended bottles. Karen MacNeil’s information comes directly through primary research; for this second edition she has tasted more than 10,000 wines and visited dozens of wine regions around the world. New to the book are wines of China, Japan, Mexico, and Slovenia. And through it all the reader becomes ever more informed—and, because of the author’s unique voice, always entertained: “In great years Pétrus is ravishing, elegant, and rich—Ingrid Bergman in red satin.” Or, describing a Riesling: “A laser beam. A sheet of ice. A great crackling bolt of lightning.”
Every entry from the original edition has been readdressed, rewritten, and made fuller, with more suggestions for places to stay, restaurants to visit, festivals to check out. And throughout, the book is more budget-conscious, starred restaurants and historic hotels such as the Ritz, but also moderately priced gems that don’t compromise on atmosphere or charm.
The world is calling. Time to answer.
Anand Giridharadas sensed something was afoot as his plane from America prepared to land in Bombay. An elderly passenger looked at him and said, "We're all trying to go that way," pointing to the rear. "You, you're going this way?"
Giridharadas was returning to the land of his ancestors, amid an unlikely economic boom. But he was interested less in its gold rush than in its cultural upheaval, as a new generation has sought to reconcile old traditions and customs with new ambitions and dreams.
In India Calling, Giridharadas brings to life the people and the dilemmas of India today, through the prism of his émigré family history and his childhood memories of India. He introduces us to entrepreneurs, radicals, industrialists, and religious seekers, but, most of all, to Indian families. He shows how parents and children, husbands and wives, cousins and siblings are reinventing relationships, bending the meaning of Indianness, and enduring the pangs of the old birthing the new.
Through their stories, and his own, he paints an intimate portrait of a country becoming modern while striving to remain itself.
As each individual story unfolds, Mehta also recounts his own efforts to make a home in Bombay after more than twenty years abroad. Candid, impassioned, funny, and heartrending, Maximum City is a revelation of an ancient and ever-changing world.
BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Hawaii.
Praise for Iberia
“From the glories of the Prado to the loneliest stone villages, here is Spain, castle of old dreams and new realities.”—The New York Times
“Massive, beautiful . . . unquestionably some of the best writing on Spain [and] the best that Mr. Michener has ever done on any subject.”—The Wall Street Journal
“A dazzling panorama . . . one of the richest and most satisfying books about Spain in living memory.”—Saturday Review
“Kaleidoscopic . . . This book will make you fall in love with Spain.”—The Houston Post
Drawing on novels, news reports, political memoirs, and his own encounters with ordinary Indians–from a supercilious prince to an engineer constructing housing for Bombay’s homeless–Naipaul captures a vast, mysterious, and agonized continent inaccessible to foreigners and barely visible to its own people. He sees both the burgeoning space program and the 5,000 volunteers chanting mantras to purify a defiled temple; the feudal village autocrat and the Naxalite revolutionaries who combined Maoist rhetoric with ritual murder. Relentless in its vision, thrilling in the keenness of its prose, India: A Wounded Civilization is a work of astonishing insight and candor.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Half a lifetime ago, Paul Theroux virtually invented the modern travel narrative by recounting his grand tour by train through Asia. In the three decades since, the world he recorded in that book has undergone phenomenal change. The Soviet Union has collapsed and China has risen; India booms while Burma smothers under dictatorship; Vietnam flourishes in the aftermath of the havoc America was unleashing on it the last time Theroux passed through. And no one is better able to capture the texture, sights, smells, and sounds of that changing landscape than Theroux.
Theroux’s odyssey takes him from eastern Europe, still hung-over from communism, through tense but thriving Turkey into the Caucasus, where Georgia limps back toward feudalism while its neighbor Azerbaijan revels in oil-fueled capitalism. Theroux is firsthand witness to it all, traveling as the locals do—by stifling train, rattletrap bus, illicit taxi, and mud-caked foot—encountering adventures only he could have: from the literary (sparring with the incisive Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk) to the dissolute (surviving a week-long bender on the Trans-Siberian Railroad). And wherever he goes, his omnivorous curiosity and unerring eye for detail never fail to inspire, enlighten, inform, and entertain.
PAUL THEROUX was born in Medford, Massachusetts, in 1941 and published his first novel, Waldo, in 1967. His fiction includes The Mosquito Coast, My Secret History, My Other Life, Kowloon Tong, Blinding Light, and most recently, The Elephanta Suite. His highly acclaimed travel books include Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, Fresh Air Fiend, and Dark Star Safari. He has been the guest editor of The Best American Travel Writing and is a frequent contributor to various magazines, including The New Yorker. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.
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