Out of touch with modern travelers and unconcerned with contemporary lifestyles and interests, moat guidebook writers are unexciting and colorless, advising their renders to "pack a rain poncho" and "wear comfortable shoes". Not so with the Avant Guide series, which commands "Refuse to Be a Tourist!" as its tagline. Both up-to-date and up-to-speed, these travel guides combine colorized photos, interesting graphics, clever features, and coverage of current cultural scenes for the playful look of a top-notch urban magazine.
Comprehensive and filled with maps, charts, photographs, and no-holds- barred advice on sights, restaurants, hotels, nightlife, shopping, and more, Avant Guide Prague is as practical as it is fun to read. It offers the first word on what's new in that fascinating city, and the last word on everything else, with the inside scoop on film, music, art, and literature. As with the other books in the series, it makes heavy use of nontraditional type faces, undulating text, end other eye-catching design elements. The semisoft covers are extremely durable, enjoyable to hold, and, as a style accessory in themselves, don't make their users stick out like guidebook-toting tourists.
Travelers to Prague will appreciate the book's coverage of transportation, money, essential services, fitness and sports, "meals after midnight", cafes and tea rooms, day trips, overnight excursions, and helpful before-you-go planning tips. With Avant Guide Prague, readers will confidently explore Old Town, The Jewish Quarter, Mala Strana, and New Town; find bars, pubs, restaurants, and discos to their liking; see the best museums, exhibits, theater, and musical performances; and otherwise divehead-first into Prague's cultural delights without having to research them or think twice. Advice is given by people at the epicenter of each scene, including Oscar- winning director Jan Sverak, pop star Lucie Bila, parliament speaker Stanislav Gross, bestselling novelist Michael Vieweigh, and a dozen more.