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reviewed Into the Wild (book). January 13, 2007
Into the Wild
I read Krakauers "Into Thin Air" some years ago and was really impressed with his writing--especially his ability to make me feel like I was gasping for air when he was writing about being in high up …
reviewed Italy (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide). November 24, 2006
Italy (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
Lots of lovely photos, good history of Italy, interesting cultural info. But the hard information about places to see is superficial, and since this guide was written in 1996, dated and incorrect. Look …
reviewed Sketches in Holland and Scandinavia. September 15, 2006
Sketches in Holland and Scandinavia
"You see but you do not observe. The distinction is clear," Sherlock Holmes once complained to Watson. And never more so, he might have added, than in travel writing. The powers of observation and description …
reviewed Turkey. September 06, 2006
Turkey
Pros: Wonderfully historic and diverse country; beautiful people and country.      Cons: Terrorism seems to be on the rise; so too is religious zealotry.     The …
reviewed Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search f.... July 11, 2006
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I waited, and waited, in ever such impatient patience, until the duct-taped box from my daughter arrived. It was one box among many, but this particular box, she had promised, would have within it her …
reviewed London (Eyewitness Travel Guides). July 04, 2006
London (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
After looking through many other travel guides, mostly copy-dense volumes with only a section or two of color photos, I admit to having been skeptical of the utility of this large, colorful, profusely-illustrated …
MYSTERY READER'S WALKING GUIDE: LONDON: SECOND
I've never been one for following walking tours precisely how they're laid out in guidebooks, and that's not how I used this volume either. However, "Mystery Reader's Walking Guide: London" was one of …
England As You Like It: An Independent Traveler's Companion
Having just finished Susan Allen Toth's earlier collection of essays "My Love Affair with England," I knew her travel-tastes run to gardens and rural pathways, and her writing-tastes run to lengthy descriptions …
My Love Affair with England: A Traveler's Memoir
I find it kind of interesting that a later Susan Allen Toth book (which I plan on starting about as soon as I finish posting this review) is called "England as You Like It." The England of this book is …
Molvania: A Land Untouched By Modern Dentistry
My subject line rephrases the title of Malcolm Bradbury's travelguide spoof from the pre-Wall 80's, "Why Come to Slaka," itself a spin-off of his academic satire "Rates of Exchange" behind the Iron Curtain …
reviewed Molvania: A Land Untouched By Modern .... January 04, 2005
Molvania: A Land Untouched By Modern Dentistry
I agree with many of the reviewers who say that this book has one joke, and stretches it out over many, many pages. But remember that this is a parody of a travel guide. And how many people sit down and …
reviewed Southwest Airlines. December 08, 2004
Southwest Airlines
Pros: Cheap, Safe, Boarding with no assigned seats     Cons: Lugging bags up flights of stairs!     The Bottom Line: Solid airlines - they fly a lot of places in …
reviewed Explore Mount Kilimanjaro. November 15, 2004
Explore Mount Kilimanjaro
Explore Mount Kilimanjaro is a guide detailing two trails (The Marangu route and the Machame route) to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. The two routes differ in distance, roughness of terrain, degree of …
Hyenas Laughed at Me and Now I Know Why: The Best
Hyenas Laughed at me and Now I Know Why is a collection of twenty-eight humorous travel stories written by various travel writers. These stories educate, terrify, and entertain readers with cultural miscommunications …
Moon Handbooks Alberta: Including Banff, Jasper,
Moon Handbooks Alberta Including Banff, Jasper, and the Canadian Rockies is the ultimate overview for traveling within Alberta, Canada. This book contains 467 pages of travel information but is still …
reviewed Boston. July 23, 2004
Boston
Pros: Lots to do, historical, pretty, decent subway     Cons: climate, roads     The Bottom Line: Beantown!     Boston, the capital of Massachusetts, …
reviewed Los Angeles. February 24, 2004
Los Angeles
Pros: Lots to do     Cons: Rude people; Expensive; TRAFFIC!!!     The Bottom Line: I hate LA. Always have, always will. Avoid this place like the plague.     …
reviewed Los Angeles. February 24, 2004
Los Angeles
Pros: Lots to do     Cons: Rude people; Expensive; TRAFFIC!!!     The Bottom Line: I hate LA. Always have, always will. Avoid this place like the plague.     …
reviewed Gifts from the Sea. December 19, 2003
Gifts from the Sea
Pros: Beautifully written story, full of emotion, different from other recent teen novels     Cons: Wish it were longer!     The Bottom Line: Read this simple but …
reviewed Sofitel Los Angeles. June 17, 2003
Sofitel Los Angeles
Pros: Location, Swanky     Cons: None     The Bottom Line: First Class Accomodations - a thumbs up!     Had a job interview at Cedars Sinai. …
reviewed Air New Zealand. June 09, 2003
Air New Zealand
Pros: free alcohol, nice ground staff in Los Angeles     Cons: HORRID service, terrible seats, don't care about the customers     The Bottom Line: Air New Zealand …
reviewed American Airlines. March 22, 2003
American Airlines
Pros: cheap, kinda roomy, easy luggage retrieval     Cons: late, no amenities, small overhead compartments, satellite terminals     The Bottom Line: American Eagle …
Between the Woods and the Water
Fermor's second installment of his trilogy (I assume the third volume remains unfinished?) focuses on Hungary and Transylvania, and is an easier read than his first volume that described largely the German/Austrian …
reviewed Paris Las Vegas. December 09, 2002
Paris Las Vegas
Pros: The Buffet, Great Rooms, Speedy Service, Excellent Spa, terrific staff     Cons: Can be pricey if you don't have a deal(so join the Park Place Connection)     …
reviewed Eyewitness Travel Guide to Great Plac.... September 21, 2002
Eyewitness Travel Guide to Great Places to Stay in
Another wonderful travel guide from Dorling Kindersley, this one covering accommodations in fifteen European countries Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, …
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