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Lonely Planet Estonia Latvia & Lithuania (Lonely Planet Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania)
by Nicola Williams, Cathryn Kemp, Debra Herrmann
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 June, 2003)
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Reviews (12)

3-0 out of 5 stars Useful, but needs some work
As usual, Lonely Planet guides give the most detailed information on the "nuts and bolts" of travel (bus and train instructions, locations and practicalities.) We found this particularly useful in a region where we did not share a common language with the people.

However, tourism to the Baltic region boomed in 2004 with these countries' entry into the EU, making the book's hotel listings completely inadequate. I don't fault the authors/editors for not anticipating the boom, but rather comment that, for example, with only 3000 hotel rooms in Vilnius a guidebook now needs to list a lot more hotles so visitors can hope to get one of those now-coveted rooms!

The other drawback of this book is common to most other Lonely Planet titles: the information on cities, buildings, monuments, etc., is very dry (lacks color) and is overly terse. For such information, I have come to enjoy Rough Guides which usually include enjoyable walking tours of the major tourist areas.

5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Concise
The authors managed to stuff everything you need to know in a relatively small book. I have been in the Baltics three times and know Latvia quite well, but this book will enrich my next trip (the relatives and locals can only do so much).
I recommed it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Lonely Plantet - Estonia Latvia & Lithuania
A major disappointment. I bought this book expecting useful information on travel between the three Baltic Republics but found virtually nothing of value. The book does devote a half page to Trans-Siberian train travel with mention of side trips to Lake Baykal and Mongolia. Figure that one out. Most of the "Getting There and Away" has to do with getting to the individual Republics from Europe and other parts of the world and even a lot of this is out dated. It seems that much of the book is cut and paste and lacks continuity between the various pieces. This book is need of a complete overhaul. Sorry to say, it's better than nothing, but not by a significant margin. ... Read more

Isbn: 1740591321
Sales Rank: 32534
Subjects:  1. Europe - Eastern    2. Former Soviet Republics    3. General    4. Russia    5. Travel    6. Travel - Foreign   


Lithuania, 3rd: The Bradt Travel Guide
by Gordon McLachlan
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 May, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best available guide to the country (at the time of review)
Make no mistake, I am no devoted fan of Bradt guides. I have read my share of shoddy, poorly edited, lazily researched and prejudiced Bradt guides. So I approached this book with a very healthy dose of scepticism.

The fact is, the guide is very well researched, very up-to-date; even airline info is accurate and relevant! That's actually a great compliment: most big and respectable (?) publishing houses like Lonely Planet are still struggling to come up with anything more substantantial than "common sense" (in most case, it isn't even that) factoids such as their supreme insult to inteligence "pack as little as possible but take everything you need". But enough about Lonely Planet - they are my favorite whipping boy and this review is not about them.

So we agreed that Bradt is well-researched and accurate. The regional information (outside Vilnius and Kaunas and Klaipeda) is, at the moment, second to none; main cities are also covered very well. The writer had enough sense to seek extensive advise in Lithuania from everyone who is anyone in travel writing business. It seems that the (formerly) glorious publishers of Vilnius In Your Pocket (they were incredibly good before they overstretched themselves, spread their editorial effort too thin and apparently stopped investing into their famous gold-standard research) quietly helped Bradt with all their knowledge, in return for a modest and barely noticeable plug. Not fair? Well, maybe, but it helped Bradt.

This book is worth every penny. Besides practicalities, it has good articles on history and language and culture, too. There is very little to fault on content side. It looks like there's nothing missing, and I don't say things like this too often.

Having said all that, I am still not impressed with their graphic design. It looks amateurish; a bit of gloss and color and visual guidance would be in order. Some places look as if they were designed by your uncle in his free time on home computer. Maybe it appeals to some people, but many will be put off, thinking - why should I spend good money on something that looks like a college newsletter? This would be a superficial reaction, but one which does no favors to publishers when trying to sell the book.

Overall, the book is still worth your money - by all means. For Lithuania, you don't need to bother with Lonely Planet, who were so far in the lead six or seven years ago that it seemed like no-one could catch up with them. Since then, LP stood still and Bradt evolved incredibly, and now fortunes are reversed. Again, at the moment (September 2003) there is nothing better on the market. ... Read more

Isbn: 1841620491
Sales Rank: 16504
Subjects:  1. Europe - Eastern    2. Former Soviet Republics    3. Travel    4. Travel - Foreign    5. Lithuania    6. Travel & holiday guides    7. Travel / Europe / General   


Songs & Dances from Lithuania
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 January, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Lively dance music
As dance instructor for a Lithuanian folk dance group, I found this recording absolutely beautiful. Not only is the music and instrumentation lovely, the dances are actually dance-able! This is very rare in commercial recordings of folk dance music. I recommend this CD to all Lithuanian folk dance instructors and to anyone who would like to get acquainted with Lithuanian folk music. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars I agree with C. Danute Cekauskas-Voelker!!!
Okay, so I haven't actually listened to the CD, but I am here to add some fuel to the statement that Lithuanians are NOT Russians!!! Are Colombians the same as Chileans? Are Sicilians the same as Romans? Excuse me, Amazon, but Lithuanians and Russians do not even use the same alphabet. By the way, I do not have anything against Russians! (Let's get that straight) I unfortunately cannot speak Lithuanian, but I am just as proud of my Lithuanian heritage as the first reviewer. So, Amazon.com, since your'e such an oh-so wonderful website, think you can have a little more insight and realize that just because some countries are close in proximity does not mean that they are all the same ethnic groups??

5-0 out of 5 stars SONGS & DANCES FROM LITHUANIA
My rating may reflect my bias for Lithuanian music. I am a Lithuanian-American whose sister gave her this CD for her birthday. It is a very special CD of highly ethnic Lithuanian music. I don't know however why Amazon has listed it under "Russian" music.Lithuania is NOT part of Russia and hasn't been since winning back its independence in the early 1990s.We are proud to be a very old and passionate culture. Our music reflects the spirit of our people and its love of nature. The folk music in this tape demonstrates this. I am afraid, however, that non-Lithuanian speaking people would not be able to fully appreciate this tape.The words themselves are very lovely and will lose on those not understanding them.For all of those who proudly claim to speak the Lithuanian language, ENJOY!!! ... Read more

Asin: B000056K03
Sales Rank: 73744
Subjects:  1. Int'l & World Music    2. Lithuania    3. Pop    4. Russia / Eastern Europe   


Rick Steves' Amsterdam, Bruges, and Brussels 2003
by Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw
Paperback (February, 2003)
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Isbn: 1566914531
Sales Rank: 416256
Subjects:  1. Europe - Benelux Countries (BelgiumNetherlandsLuxembourg    2. Europe - Benelux Countries (BelgiumNetherlandsLuxembourg)    3. Museums, Tours, Points of Interest    4. Travel    5. Travel - Foreign    6. Travel Guides   

Lonely Planet Walking in Switzerland (Lonely Planet Walking in Switzerland)
by Clem Lindenmayer
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 November, 2001)
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Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book
Excellent book with fine maps and accurate descriptions.It was an outstanding resource for planning out some long trail runs, and was nicely complemented by the efficient Swiss trail signs.Lonely Planet does a very good job with travel guides, but excels the most when doing the walking/trekking guides.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful, detailed, accurate
Last summer I went to Switzerland with my girlfriend. She had this book with her. It was great! It helped us to see interesting places, find affordable hotels, good restaurant. I recommend this book to anyone who is planning on going to Switzerland.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic resource, very detailed and accurate
This was by far the most helpful resource that I took to Switzerland--extremely detailed, logically organized, and quite accurate.Walking in Switzerland was extremely helpful in its well-written trail andregional descriptions as well as precise information on surroundinglogistics.A must for anybody who intends to hike (seriously or casually)in the region.At the risk of gushing overmuch, this is quite possibly themost useful travel guide I've ever bought. ... Read more

Isbn: 0864427379
Sales Rank: 104820
Subjects:  1. Europe - Benelux Countries (BelgiumNetherlandsLuxembourg)    2. Europe - Switzerland    3. Hiking    4. Travel    5. Travel - Foreign   


Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 February, 2004)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Where did you go?
When the Bluetones burst onto the scene in 1996 they were lauded as being the heirs to the Stone Roses' vacant throne. 7 years later you'd be forgiven for thinking the band had gotten a little sidetracked along the way.However, they've now put out 3 albums of high quality, intelligent power pop and haven't lost a member or succumbed to drug addiction.Mind you, they haven't set the world on fire either and they release on their own record label, perversely independent and anti-business they might be the truest "punk" band in the UK.
This, their 4th album (not counting last years greatest hits compilation), however sees them move away from their jangle-pop days of old and rip a page from the punk handbook.The guitars clang, the rhythms stop and start and the lyrics are more direct than poetic.The Bluetones have never been scared of reinventing themselves before (previous albums have covered mexican-tinged rock and Kinks-esque nostalgia) and that this album changes their sound entirely won't come as a complete surprise to fans. The question is, is the album any good?
Thankfully the answer is a wholehearted "Yessir!!".The 'Tones take to the punk/emo sound very well, with rhythms and time changes that Fugazi would be proud of and guitar crunches that indicate someone bought the guys a copy of "Veni, Vidi, Vicious" in the 3 years since they last released an album...it's still possible to imagine Mark shuffling round the microphone as in days of old, but mostly he's shouting and not whispering anymore.In fact this album sits better with Idlewild and The Get Up Kids comparisons instead of the Stone Roses (debut album) plagerisms they're normally accused of.
The Bluetones are highly capable songwriters, crafting harmonious middle eights and big choruses into the new noise, which raises them above modern pretenders such as the Strokes or the Hives.If you're a Bluetones fan you'll love it and anyone else interested in British pop music at its finest should check it out too.IMHO the best tracks are "Fast Boy", "Liquid Lips" and "Never Going Nowhere", in-between which the album gets a little indistinguishable but it's better than "Science and Nature", if not quite as good as "Expecting to Fly".I can't wait to hear what their next album will sound like! ... Read more

Asin: B00008XUTM
Sales Rank: 217596
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock    3. Rock/Pop   


Macedonia: The Politics of Identity and Difference (Anthropology, Culture and Society Series)
by Jane K. Cowan
Paperback (01 December, 2000)
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Isbn: 0745315895
Sales Rank: 385465
Subjects:  1. Anthropology - Cultural    2. Current Affairs    3. Eastern Europe - General    4. History & Theory - General    5. Macedonia    6. Macedonian question    7. Nationalism    8. Political    9. Politics - Current Events    10. Politics/International Relations    11. History / Europe / Eastern   


Dances of Macedonia and the Balkans
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars magnificent!
As a macedonian, an avid listener and understander of macedonian folklore, and as a folk dance instructor and choreographer i am shocked at how well Adam Good and his team of american musicians were able to produce such an outsanding album. With the dynamic strumming of the "tambura" and the peaceful sounds of the "kaval" such relaxing and famous traditional melodies from macedonia and (some)bulgaria are created. this album has surpassed my expectations i have no regrets that i purchased it. I am inparticularfascinated by the way foreigners explore and express the culture i have grown up with...track 14 there is even singing in macedonian! Good is good. ... Read more

Asin: B00006SHH6
Sales Rank: 156974


Roots of Greek Music, Vol. 11: Music of Macedonia
Audio CD (01 November, 1995)
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Asin: B000003YGK
Sales Rank: 402500
Subjects:  1. Greece    2. Int'l & World Music    3. Macedonia    4. Pop   

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