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Rick Steves Venice

Rick Steves Venice

Steves, Rick
$21.99
Glide along the canals and meander down the cobblestone alleys as you soak up the art, history, and culture of Venice with Rick Steves by your side. Inside Rick Steves Venice you'll find:
  • Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring Venice
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from St. Mark's Basilica and the Rialto Bridge to the charming city of Padua
  • How to connect with local culture: Say buongiorno to the fish mongers at the morning market, snack on chicchetti at a local wine bar, and people-watch on a sunny piazza
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax with a scoop of gelato
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and museums, plus a Grand Canal Cruise tour
  • Detailed neighborhood maps and a fold-out city map for exploring on the go
  • Useful resources including a packing list, an Italian phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading
  • Over 400 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
  • Complete, up-to-date information on the San Marco District, Santa Croce, Cannaregio, and more, with side trips to Padua, Vicenza, Verona, and Ravenna
  • Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Venice.
    Spending less than a week in the city? Check out Rick Steves Pocket Venice!
    Birds of Italy

    Birds of Italy

    Taylor, Marianne
    $16.00
    This text is a compact, easy-to-use bird identification guide suitable for any birdwatcher visiting Italy. The book features descriptions of 256 species, thumbnail silhouettes for ease of use, up-to-date tips, and information on bird biology and behavior.
    On the Plain of Snakes

    On the Plain of Snakes

    Theroux, Paul
    $17.99
    The legendary travel writer drives the entire length of the US-Mexico border, then goes deep into the hinterland, on the back roads of Chiapas and Oaxaca, to uncover the rich, layered world behind today's brutal headlines.

    Paul Theroux has spent his life crisscrossing the globe in search of the histories and peoples that give life to the places they call home. Now, as immigration debates boil around the world, Theroux has set out to explore a country key to understanding our current discourse: Mexico. Just south of the Arizona border, in the desert region of Sonora, he finds a place brimming with vitality, yet visibly marked by both the US Border Patrol to the north and mounting discord from within. With the same humanizing sensibility he employed in Deep South, Theroux stops to talk with residents, visits Zapotec mill workers in the highlands, and attends a Zapatista party meeting, communing with people of all stripes who remain south of the border even as family members brave the journey north.

    From the writer praised for his "curiosity and affection for humanity in all its forms" (New York Times Book Review), On the Plain of Snakes is an exploration of a region in conflict.

    Amur River: Between Russia and China

    Amur River: Between Russia and China

    Thubron, Colin
    $27.99

    The most admired travel writer of our time--author of Shadow of the Silk Road and To a Mountain in Tibet--recounts an eye-opening, often perilous journey along a little known Far East Asian river that for over a thousand miles forms the highly contested border between Russia and China.

    The Amur River is almost unknown. Yet it is the tenth longest river in the world, rising in the Mongolian mountains and flowing through Siberia to the Pacific. For 1,100 miles it forms the tense border between Russia and China. Simmering with the memory of land-grabs and unequal treaties, this is the most densely fortified frontier on earth.

    In his eightieth year, Colin Thubron takes a dramatic journey from the Amur's secret source to its giant mouth, covering almost 3,000 miles. Harassed by injury and by arrest from the local police, he makes his way along both the Russian and Chinese shores, starting out by Mongolian horse, then hitchhiking, sailing on poacher's sloops or travelling the Trans-Siberian Express. Having revived his Russian and Mandarin, he talks to everyone he meets, from Chinese traders to Russian fishermen, from monks to indigenous peoples. By the time he reaches the river's desolate end, where Russia's nineteenth-century imperial dream petered out, a whole, pivotal world has come alive.

    The Amur River is a shining masterpiece by the acknowledged laureate of travel writing, an urgent lesson in history and the culmination of an astonishing career.

    Stone Offerings : Machu Picchu's Terraces of Enlightenment

    Stone Offerings : Machu Picchu's Terraces of Enlightenment

    Torrey, Mike; Arana, Marie (IN
    $40.00
    Over 100 stunning color photographs of Machu Picchu taken at both the June and December solstices by architectural photographer Mike Torrey. With hardly any visitors evident, these photographs appraise the artistry of the man-made celebrating the natural, as well as the mystery of how, why, when this magical place was constructed. Includes a photographic map of site plus points of interest descriptions, and a complete index of photographs. Marie Arana's passionate introduction appears in both English and Spanish and illuminates the inspirational essence of this wonder-of-the-world. Author's Note describes how photographer created images without showing all the visitors.
    Fodor's Belize

    Fodor's Belize

    Travel Guides, Fodor's
    $19.99

    Whether you want to dive the Blue Hole, explore Mayan ruins, or go cave tubing, the local Fodor's travel experts in Belize are here to help! Fodor's Belize guidebook is packed with maps, carefully curated recommendations, and everything else you need to simplify your trip-planning process and make the most of your time.

    This new edition has been fully-redesigned with an easy-to-read layout, fresh information, and beautiful color photos.

    Fodor's Belize includes:

  • AN ILLUSTRATED ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE to the top things to see and do
  • MULTIPLE ITINERARIES to effectively organize your days and maximize your time
  • MORE THAN 20 DETAILED MAPS to help you navigate confidently
  • COLOR PHOTOS throughout to spark your wanderlust!
  • UP-TO-DATE and HONEST RECOMMENDATIONS for the best sights, restaurants, hotels, activities, side-trips, and more
  • PHOTO-FILLED "BEST OF" FEATURES on "10 Best Diving and Snorkeling Sites," "10 Best Mayan Sites," and "Best Ways to See Wildlife in Belize"
  • TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS AND PRACTICAL TIPS on when to go, getting around, beating the crowds, and saving time and money
  • SPECIAL FEATURE on "What You Need to Know Before You Go" and "How to Do Belize Off the Beaten Path"
  • HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL INSIGHTS providing rich context on the local people, cuisine, geography and more
  • LOCAL WRITERS to help you find the under-the-radar gems
  • COVERS: Cave tubing, jaguar trekking, fishing, diving and snorkeling, bird-watching, Mayan ruins, jungle lodges, the Blue Hole, Glover's Reef, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, ATM, Barton Creek Cave, Placencia, Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Caracol, Altun Ha, Shark Ray Alley, a side trip to Guatemala, and more
  • Planning on visiting Mexico? Check out Fodor's Cancun & the Riviera Maya.

    ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor's has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years. For more travel inspiration, you can sign up for our travel newsletter at fodors.com/newsletter/signup, or follow us @FodorsTravel on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We invite you to join our friendly community of travel experts at fodors.com/community to ask any other questions and share your experience with us!

    *Important note for digital editions: The digital edition of this guide does not contain all the images or text included in the physical edition.

    Fodor's Essential Scandinavia

    Fodor's Essential Scandinavia

    Travel Guides, Fodor's
    $24.99

    Whether you want to explore Norway's fjords and Denmark's historic sites, shop for innovative Swedish design and eat Nordic cuisine, or soak in an authentic Finnish sauna or Iceland's geothermal pools, the local Fodor's travel experts in Scandinavia are here to help! Fodor's Essential Scandinavia is part of the award-winning Fodor's Essential series recognized by Booklist as the "Best Travel Guide in 2019." This guidebook is packed with maps, carefully curated recommendations, and everything else you need to simplify your trip-planning process and make the most of your time.

    This new edition has been fully-redesigned with an easy-to-read layout, fresh information, and beautiful color photos.

    Fodor's Essential Scandinavia includes:

  • AN ILLUSTRATED ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE to the top things to see and do
  • MULTIPLE ITINERARIES to effectively organize your days and maximize your time
  • MORE THAN 30 DETAILED MAPS to help you navigate confidently
  • COLOR PHOTOS throughout to spark your wanderlust!
  • UP-TO-DATE and HONEST RECOMMENDATIONS for the best sights, restaurants, hotels, nightlife, shopping, performing arts, activities, side-trips, and more
  • PHOTO-FILLED "BEST OF" FEATURES on "Norway's Natural Wonders," "Iceland's Museums," "Scandinavia's Fairytale Castles," "Picture-Perfect Towns Across Scandinavia," and more
  • TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS AND PRACTICAL TIPS including when to go, getting around, beating the crowds, and saving time and money
  • SPECIAL FEATURES on "Aurora Borealis 101," "What to Watch and Read Before You Visit," and "What to Eat and Drink"
  • HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL INSIGHTS providing rich context on the local people, politics, art, architecture, cuisine, music, geography and more
  • LOCAL WRITERS to help you find the under-the-radar gems
  • NORWEGIAN, SWEDISH, DANISH, FINNISH, AND ICELANDIC LANGUAGE PRIMERS with useful words and essential phrases
  • COVERS: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland
  • Planning on visiting Germany or Great Britain? Check out Fodor's Essential Germany and Fodor's Essential Great Britain.

    ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor's has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years. For more travel inspiration, you can sign up for our travel newsletter at fodors.com/newsletter/signup, or follow us @FodorsTravel on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We invite you to join our friendly community of travel experts at fodors.com/community to ask any other questions and share your experience with us!

    *Important note for digital editions: The digital edition of this guide does not contain all the images or text included in the physical edition.

    Moon Budapest & Beyond

    Moon Budapest & Beyond

    Walker, Jennifer D.
    $17.99
    From soaking up Budapest's poignant history and vibrant nightlife to soaking in thermal baths, savor one of Europe's most stunning cities with Moon Budapest & Beyond.
  • Explore In and Around the City: Get to know Budapest's most interesting neighborhoods, like Castle Hill, South Buda, South Pest, and the historic Jewish quarter, and nearby areas, including Gödöllö, Lake Balaton, the Eger wine country, Pécs, and more
  • Go at Your Own Pace: Choose from multiple itinerary options designed for foodies, history buffs, art lovers, outdoor adventurers, and more
  • See the Sights: Soak in the thermal Széchenyi baths, meander through Magyar history at the Hungarian National Museum, or take in views of the city from 170 meters above the Danube. See Europe's largest synagogue and catch a performance at the palatial Opera House. Hike to the top of the Elizabeth Lookout, or go cave-diving in the Buda Hills
  • Get Outside the City: Explore the vineyards of the Valley of Beautiful Women, stroll through historic Hungarian folk villages, or go canyoning in the Pilis Hills
  • Savor the Flavors: Grab a mouthwatering lángos from a food truck, tuck into a rich authentic goulash, linger over coffee at a riverside café, or indulge in contemporary farm-to-table cuisine
  • Experience the Nightlife: Hop between eclectic ruin bars in the bustling Jewish Quarter or attend a Saturday "Sparty" in one of the city's famous spas. Sample Hungarian wines at a tasting room, sip creative concoctions at a cocktail bar, and watch the sunset over the Danube with a local craft beer in hand
  • Get to Know the Real Budapest: Follow honest suggestions from Budapest local Jennifer D. Walker
  • Full-color photos and detailed maps, including a full-color foldout map
  • Handy Tools: Background information on Budapest's history and culture, plus tips on sustainable travel, what to pack, where to stay, and how to get around
  • Day trip itineraries, favorite local spots, and strategies to skip the crowds: Take your time with Moon Budapest & Beyond.

    Exploring more of Eastern Europe? Check out Moon Prague & Beyond.

    Wine Lover's Bucket List

    Wine Lover's Bucket List

    Woolf, Simon
    $36.95
    An inspirational guide designed with the globe-trotting wine lover in mind--vineyards to visit, seasons to go, vintages and organics to drink, and how to get the most out of each wine region.

    The adventures featured in this atmospherically illustrated book will fuel the wine lover's imagination with an almost endless array of vineyard visits, must-see sights, and must-do events--harvest festivals, vineyard picnics, wine-region weekends, tasting tours, wine-
    focused restaurants.

    Designed to highlight the world's most rewarding wine destinations, this guide spans the spectrum from traditional (a wine luncheon in Bordeaux or touring Portugal's port lodges) to fun and quirky. Some ideas are active--a cycling tour of the Champagne region or grape stomping in the Italian countryside--while others are more urban, such as a tour of Vienna's summer wine gardens or Rome's iconic enotecas. Sidebar panels throughout detail what makes each region special and include lists of the top five local wines to seek out.

    There is something here for all palates and all levels of expertise--from regular contributors to #WineWednesdays to the budding oenophile just starting out.