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Author : Alta Macadam
ISBN : 0393312747
Genre : Florence (Italy)
File Size : 27.26 MB
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Twenty-two walks provides a personalized tour of Florence, and carefully selected day trips offer a glimpse of the marvelous Tuscan countryside. Includes new recommendations for the best hotels and restaurants. 20 illustrations. 8 maps. 14 ground plans.
Category: Florence (Italy)


Author : Alta Macadam
ISBN : 190513102X
Genre : Florence (Italy)
File Size : 69.88 MB
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Florence is one of the most popular destinations in Italy, and this Blue Guide provides extensive, up-to-date information on museums, galleries, churches and palazzi, both in and around the city. Details of hotels and restaurants are also included.
Category: Florence (Italy)

Anderson S Travel Companion

Author : Compiled by Sarah Anderson
ISBN : 9781351958394
Genre : Literary Criticism
File Size : 27.95 MB
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A selection of the best in travel writing, with both fiction and non-fiction presented together, this companion is for all those who like travelling, like to think about travelling, and who take an interest in their destination. It covers guidebooks as well as books about food, history, art and architecture, religion, outdoor activities, illustrated books, autobiographies, biographies and fiction and lists books both in and out of print. Anderson's Travel Companion is arranged first by continent, then alphabetically by country and then by subject, cross-referenced where necessary. There is a separate section for guidebooks and comprehensive indexes. Sarah Anderson founded the Travel Bookshop in 1979 and is also a journalist and writer on travel subjects. She is known by well-known travel writers such as Michael Palin and Colin Thubron. Michael Palin chose her bookshop as his favourite shop and Colin Thubron and Geoffrey Moorhouse, among others, made suggestions for titles to include in the Travel Companion.
Category: Literary Criticism

To Florence Con Amore 90 Ways To Love The City

Author : Jane Fortune
ISBN : 9788890243486
Genre : Travel
File Size : 76.90 MB
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"From famous frescos and family restaurants to meditative spots that soothe the soul, To Florence... reveals unsung treasures and fascinating cultural gems. ...intimate collection of "must-sees" is an indispensable guide...."-- Back cover.
Category: Travel


Author : Christopher Hibbert
ISBN : 9780141926247
Genre : History
File Size : 52.76 MB
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This book is as captivating as the city itself. Hibbert's gift is weaving political, social and art history into an elegantly readable and marvellously lively whole. The author's book on Florence will also be at once a history and a guide book and will be enhanced by splendid photographs and illustrations and line drawings which will describe all teh buildings and treasures of the city.
Category: History

Just As Well I M Leaving

Author : Michael Booth
ISBN : 9781446485798
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 89.78 MB
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'The next Bill Bryson.’ New York Times Having been dragged against his will to live in Denmark, Michael Booth discovered one of the great secrets of travel literature - Andersen's A Poet's Bazaar - a fascinating travelogue through a Europe on the cusp of revolution, by an author who invented children's literature. He discovered, too, his chance to escape Denmark. In 1840 Andersen was also desperate to flee, writing as he sailed: 'It is just as well I am leaving, my soul is unwell!' In Germany he was enraptured both by steam travel and the fiery Franz Liszt. In sultry Naples this latent bisexual wrestled with his erotic demons before travelling to Athens (little more than a village), seeing the dervishes dance in Istanbul, and sailing home up the Danube. Booth follows him every step of the way, reflecting on Andersen's life, work and pathological self-obsession, encountering his own cast of characters, from an accommodating Hamburg prostitute to a bemused Danish Ambassador to the first ever female dervish, who whisks him off to meet her guru.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Inferno Decoded

Author : Michael Haag
ISBN : 9781847659989
Genre : Reference
File Size : 71.87 MB
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In this illuminating companion to Dan Brown's Inferno, historian Michael Haag sets out the truth behind the novel's myths, mysteries and locations. How do the clues unveiled in symbology professor Robert Langdon's daring quest from Florence to Venice and Istanbul overlap with history? What codes and symbols did Dante employ in the Divine Comedy and which secret religious, philosophical, and scientific themes are hidden within his work? What lies behind Botticelli's Mappa dell'Inferno? And what are the cult scientists known as transhumanists really up to? Inferno Decoded is a book that ranges as widely as Dan Brown's novel, from the terrors of the Black Death to the scientific debates around population growth and prolonging of life-spans, and from the economic, political, and religious tumult in Florence at the dawn of the Renaissance to real-life locations in Florence, Venice and Istanbul today. It is a must-read for anyone who has read Inferno and wondered just how its enigmatic questions are real or relevant.
Category: Reference

Building The Cold War

Author : Annabel Jane Wharton
ISBN : 0226894207
Genre : Architecture
File Size : 68.31 MB
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In postwar Europe and the Middle East, Hilton hotels were quite literally "little Americas." For American businessmen and tourists, a Hilton Hotel—with the comfortable familiarity of an English-speaking staff, a restaurant that served cheeseburgers and milkshakes, trans-Atlantic telephone lines, and, most important, air-conditioned modernity—offered a respite from the disturbingly alien. For impoverished local populations, these same features lent the Hilton a utopian aura. The Hilton was a space of luxury and desire, a space that realized, permanently and prominently, the new and powerful presence of the United States. Building the Cold War examines the architectural means by which the Hilton was written into the urban topographies of the major cities of Europe and the Middle East as an effective representation of the United States. Between 1953 and 1966, Hilton International built sixteen luxury hotels abroad. Often the Hilton was the first significant modern structure in the host city, as well as its finest hotel. The Hiltons introduced a striking visual contrast to the traditional architectural forms of such cities as Istanbul, Cairo, Athens, and Jerusalem, where the impact of its new architecture was amplified by the hotel's unprecedented siting and scale. Even in cities familiar with the Modern, the new Hilton often dominated the urban landscape with its height, changing the look of the city. The London Hilton on Park Lane, for example, was the first structure in London that was higher than St. Paul's cathedral. In his autobiography, Conrad N. Hilton claimed that these hotels were constructed for profit and for political impact: "an integral part of my dream was to show the countries most exposed to Communism the other side of the coin—the fruits of the free world." Exploring everything the carefully drafted contracts for the buildings to the remarkable visual and social impact on their host cities, Wharton offers a theoretically sophisticated critique of one of the Cold War's first international businesses and demonstrates that the Hilton's role in the struggle against Communism was, as Conrad Hilton declared, significant, though in ways that he could not have imagined. Many of these postwar Hiltons still flourish. Those who stay in them will learn a great deal about their experience from this new assessment of hotel space.
Category: Architecture

The Traveler S Handbook

Author : Miranda Haines
ISBN : 0762701455
Genre : Travel
File Size : 47.42 MB
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Containing a voluminous and detailed directory of useful information as well as informative and engaging essays on traveling in the '90s, this book is the quintessential traveler's companion and the ultimate resource for what you need to know to go anywhere.
Category: Travel