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Beach Reading and Good Guides

Whether you're an occasional weekend road-tripper or a restless world traveler, our extensive list of travel book reviews is sure to help your next expedition go off without a hitch. From the culinary treasures of Paris to the ins-and-outs of the underground club scene in Athens, our favorite travel guides offer the firsthand knowledge and tips that vacationers crave.


Reviews of Travel Guides


PARIS EN FAMILLE
Paris with Children
Kim Horton Levesque's latest book is full of practical information on the most child-friendly places to stay, eat, shop and play in the City of Light.

The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children helps you and your kids get the most out of the City of Light

Kauai by Jade Eckardt
GUIDE TO THE GARDEN ISLE
Kauai
From secret beaches to organic farms where you can work for your bed, Hawaiian native Jade Eckardt leaves no stone unturned in this smart guide to the Garden Isle.

CONTEMPORARY CREATIONS
Art Travel Guide
The perfect gift for culture aficionados, Connie Terwilliger's book highlights the little known and off-beat art destinations throughout the United States.
Art Travel Guide by Connie Terwilliger

Markets of Paris by Dixon Long & Marjorie R. Williams

SHOP PARIS
Markets of Paris
Foodies, aspiring chefs and art-lovers alike should make sure their Parisian vacation includes a trip to the markets. This helpful guide lists all the best food and arts and crafts markets with descriptions and directions, so you can easily fit shopping into your itinerary.


CHINA'S CAPITALIST PAST
The Bund Shanghai:
China Faces West

Peter Hibbard's informative guide to the Bund, Shanghai's former financial quarter, offers an in-depth look into the resurgent waterfront district.
The Bund Shanghai: China Faces West by Peter Hibbard

The Titanic Awards: Celebrating the Worst of Travel by Doug Lansky

SHARE THE LAUGHTER AND MISERY
The Titanic Awards: Celebrating the Worst of Travel

Doug Lansky's compilation of hilarious and horrific travel stories serves as a great travel companion, especially on those not-so-perfect vacations.


FOOD FOR THE SOUL
Walking and Eating in Provence

Escape to the captivating hillsides of southeast France and find out where to enjoy the best of Provencal specialties like bouillabaisse and ratatouille, all while strolling around this Mediterranean region.
Walking and Eating in Provence

Village Walks: Ireland
ONE LUCKY CHARM
Village Walks: Ireland
Journey through the strikingly verdant landscapes of the Emerald Isle with this convenient set of 50 cards, from Dún Aonghusa, a 2,000+ year-old stone fort on the island of Inis Mór, through Viking Dublin, to Falls Road in Belfast, the hotspot of "The Troubles."

START SPREADING THE NEWS
IDEO: Eyes Open New York
Take a peek into the city that never sleeps, through this book's 50 diverse—and sometimes obscure—experiences, all of which embody the essence of this thriving, dynamic metropolis.
IDEO: Eyes Open New York

Who Owns the Crown Lands of Hawai'i?
CONTROVERSIAL TERRITORIES
Who Owns the Crown Lands of Hawai'i?
Law professor Jon M. Van Dyke examines the history of Hawaii's Crown Lands, over 100 acres that were once set aside by King Kamehameha III in order to keep the islands under the possession of his people. Van Dyke says these lands—and its people—must be recognized.

ROME FROM HOME
This Is Rome
With their vibrant illustrations and humorous text, M. Sasek’s books are the perfect gift for burgeoning armchair travelers. First published in the '60s, his guide to Rome has now been reprinted.
This Is Rome

The Food Lover’s Guide to the Gourmet Secrets of Paris
FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE
The Gourmet Secrets of Paris

This travel guide, ideal for gourmands, recommends culinary hot-spots alongside popular landmarks in Paris, and includes tasty recipes to recreate the gourmet bites enjoyed abroad.

MAKE YOUR OWN TRAVEL GUIDE
Moleskine City Notebooks
Moleskine's City Notebooks provide public transportation and zone maps, blank pages to doodle down notes and experiences, and various other accoutrements. Pair these books with our 72-Hour Vacations to create your own customized, toteable travel guide.
Moleskine City Notebooks

100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life

PLAY OUTSIDE THE BOX
The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life
Tired of planning another generic beach holiday? Travel expert Pam Grout offers up 100 out-of-the-ordinary vacations that’ll spark your imagination. So whether you feel like channeling John Wayne at Arizona Cowboy College or Elvis at Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy camp, it’s all up to you.


NIGHT+DAY GUIDEBOOKS
Athens

It’s hard to imagine that the historic home of the Acropolis would be awake into the early morning hours. After the sun sets in Athens, locals and visitors alike flock to nightclubs, bars and live music venues to celebrate life. This is what the Night + Day book is all about—the idea that adventures can continue past sunset.

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(Updated: 04/12/13 JDM)

 


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