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Bradt Guide: Belarus

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Mysterious and misunderstood, Belarus remains an enigma at the heart of Europe. This new edition of the first and only English-language guidebook to Belarus gives you all the information needed to get the best from this lost world. Explore Minsk, Belarus's modern city, built as a memorial to the glory of Soviet communism or step beyond the capital and find a wealth of riches that remain largely unknown to the outside world: the natural splendour of primeval forests, rivers and lakes; flora and fauna in abundance;...

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Overview

Mysterious and misunderstood, Belarus remains an enigma at the heart of Europe. This new edition of the first and only English-language guidebook to Belarus gives you all the information needed to get the best from this lost world. Explore Minsk, Belarus's modern city, built as a memorial to the glory of Soviet communism or step beyond the capital and find a wealth of riches that remain largely unknown to the outside world: the natural splendour of primeval forests, rivers and lakes; flora and fauna in abundance; stunning museums empty of visitors; rich culture and tradition; historical sites dating back to the Middle Ages; beautiful churches; Russian Orthodoxy and the genuine warmth of a people who believe that the rest of the world has either forgotten them or has no interest in their wellbeing.

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‘Nigel Roberts’ new guidebook to Belarus, just published by Bradt Travel Guides, is authoritative and insightful … This is the Belarus which is very competently mapped in the first ever English guidebook to the country … Nigel Roberts, author of the new volume, has produced a text that is authoritative, insightful and helpful for travellers to the country … Getting to grips with Belarus isn’t easy. Roberts has managed to get beyond Soviet-style monuments and hotels with dreary décor to write with enthusiasm about everything from Belorussian bathhouses to Old Believers. He is particularly strong in his accounts of everyday life and culture. The volume has decent coverage of Belarus’ six major cities… Roberts is strong again on national parks and nature reserves, a theme that has always been a feature of so many Bradt guides. And there are some wonderful descriptions of the extreme southeast of the country, an area devastated by fallout from Chernobyl.’ Hidden Europe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841623405
  • Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Series: Bradt Travel Guide Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 959,608
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Nigel Roberts is heavily involved with Belarusian communities on sustainable development projects. He speaks Russian and has travelled extensively throughout Western and Eastern Europe.

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‘One day, perhaps soon, I shall sit down to write a travelogue by way of homage to the truly astonishing people that I have met; it may or may not include the aged babooshka whom I was foolish enough, in a moment of utter madness and entirely baseless bravado, to challenge to a drinking contest. After an evening of sumptuous but simple provender in a rural homestead close to the Russian border, we sat down to exchange traditional songs, tell stories and debate big issues. Almost everyone you meet has an enviable grasp of significant international affairs. The level of intellectual debate on matters of relevance to the future of the planet and to society puts us to shame in the West. One toast followed another as each topic of conversation came to a head, then we reached the point at which only she and I had yet to refuse the inevitable invitation for our glasses to be filled to the brim. My exhortations for the granny to drain hers met with a nonchalant look of utter indifference. Her timing was perfect; having milked the moment for every last drop of drama, she proceeded to raise the glass to her lips, then slowly but steadily, drank to the bottom before returning it to the table with precision and a further look of indifference, this time, bordering on contempt. I should have seen the signs and backed away in shame. But I persisted. And as my foolish bravado led me on, she maintained her steady hand, inscrutable visage and a clear resolve to see me off. I’m told that it was wonderful spectator sport and that I didn’t admit defeat for at least four toasts after the first look of fear came into my eyes. And the babooshka? The only indication of any slight effect of the vodka was that she sang louder and louder, but no less melodiously. That apart, not a single word passed between us.’

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Table of Contents

PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION1) Acknowledgements(2) Introduction(3) Chapter 1 Background Information(4) Chapter 2 Practical Information PART TWO THE GUIDE(5) Chapter 3 Minsk City and Oblast(6) Chapter 4 Brest City and Oblast(7) Chapter 5 Grodno City and Oblast(8) Chapter 6 Vitebsk City and Oblast(9) Chapter 7 Mogilev City and Oblast(10) Chapter 8 Gomel City and Oblast(11) Appendix 1 Language 213(12) Appendix 2 Further Reading(13) Index

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Belarus, 2nd

The Bradt Travel Guide
By Nigel Roberts

Bradt Travel Guides

Copyright © 2011 Nigel Roberts
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781841623405

'One day, perhaps soon, I shall sit down to write a travelogue by way of homage to the truly astonishing people that I have met; it may or may not include the aged babooshka whom I was foolish enough, in a moment of utter madness and entirely baseless bravado, to challenge to a drinking contest. After an evening of sumptuous but simple provender in a rural homestead close to the Russian border, we sat down to exchange traditional songs, tell stories and debate big issues. Almost everyone you meet has an enviable grasp of significant international affairs. The level of intellectual debate on matters of relevance to the future of the planet and to society puts us to shame in the West. One toast followed another as each topic of conversation came to a head, then we reached the point at which only she and I had yet to refuse the inevitable invitation for our glasses to be filled to the brim. My exhortations for the granny to drain hers met with a nonchalant look of utter indifference. Her timing was perfect; having milked the moment for every last drop of drama, she proceeded to raise the glass to her lips, then slowly but steadily, drank to the bottom before returning it to the table with precision and a further look of indifference, this time, bordering on contempt. I should have seen the signs and backed away in shame. But I persisted. And as my foolish bravado led me on, she maintained her steady hand, inscrutable visage and a clear resolve to see me off. I’m told that it was wonderful spectator sport and that I didn’t admit defeat for at least four toasts after the first look of fear came into my eyes. And the babooshka? The only indication of any slight effect of the vodka was that she sang louder and louder, but no less melodiously. That apart, not a single word passed between us.’



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