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Harry S. Pariser graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in...
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About the Author:
Harry S. Pariser graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Public Communications. He has traveled extensively throughout the world, and speaks Spanish, Japanese, Indonesian. In 1995 he was awarded The Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Award for "Best Guide Book." His other books include Explore Barbados, Jamaica: A Visitors Guide, Explore Belize, Explore the Virgin Islands (formerly Adventure Guide to the Virgin Islands), Explore Puerto Rico (formerly Adventure Guide to the Puerto Rico), and many more travel books. He lives in San Francisco.
Posted January 27, 2007
I do quite a bit of traveling and often buy a Lonely Planet guide as a basic reference. Lately, however, I've become somewhat jaded by its formulaic coverage and superficial approach. I'm also skeptical about how they go about choosing which accomodations and restaurants to include in their books. Pariser's book at first glance looks remarkably like a Lonely Planet guide--the same format and much the same information. However, Pariser puts more of himself into it and the book clearly is a labor of love. Pariser's guide compares to Lonely Planet like a family restaurant to McDonalds.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 5, 2006
If you are planning to visit the exotic, mysterious land of British-ruled Barbados, you will be met by a blend of English and African cultures, temperatures that can only be experienced near the equator and waters so blue you may wonder if you¿re seeing a mirage. This Explore Barbados guide provides everything you need to know whether you¿re an armchair traveler, a first time visitor or a returning guest. Learn about island history (Columbus didn¿t discover or name this island), people, flora and fauna, politics, climate, lodging, food, music, festivals and sight seeing opportunities you won¿t want to miss. The pages contain a diverse wealth of information that readers will not find in traditional travel guides. For instance, Pariser warns visitors about the poisonous ¿machineel¿ that grows along the beaches, the ¿poison tree¿ and the ¿cow itch vine.¿ Descriptive accounts of animals will make it easy for travelers to recognize Barbados Green Monkeys, Blackbelly Sheep and a variety of tropical birds and reptiles. I visited Barbados in 1998 and I wish I had read this guidebook before I traveled. Review by JoAnna Carey, Author of Rat Race Relaxer: Your Potential & The Maze of LifeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 7, 2002
We used this book (recommended in the October Conde Nast Traveler) on our trip. It took us to places we would not have found otherwise. We really recommend it for those travelers who want to really discover Barbados.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.