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Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a Day: One Man, Eight Countries, One Vintage Travel Guide

Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a Day: One Man, Eight Countries, One Vintage Travel Guide

by Douglas S. Mack

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Prepare to Get Lost on the Beaten Path...

When Doug Mack picked up a 1963 edition of Europe on Five Dollars a Day, he stumbled on an inspired idea: to boldly go where millions have gone before, relying only on the advice of a travel guide that's nearly a half century out-of-date. Add to the mix his mother's much- documented grand tour through Europe in the late 1960s, and the result is a funny and fascinating journey into a new (old) world, and a disarming look at the ways the classic tourist experience has changed- and has not-in the last generation.

After a whirlwind adventure spanning eight countries-and costing way more than five dollars a day-Mack's endearing account is part time travel, part paean to Arthur Frommer's much-loved guide, and a celebration of the modern traveler's grand (and not-so-grand) tour.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101561423
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Douglas Mack has written for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle,, and other publications. He is based in Minneapolis with a digital home at

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Book That Started It All 1

Florence: Authentically Overwhelmed 19

Paris: Life in a Movie Set 47

Amsterdam: Live and Let Live It Up 73

Brussels: Baffling Capital of a Baffling Continent 93

Berlin: Twice the City It Was 111

Munich: If You Brew It, They Will Come 139

Zurich: Money Matters 163

Vienna: Mozart Didn't Blog 181

Venice: Brave New Old World 209

Rome: Eternal City of Tourism 233

Madrid: Better Living Through Tourism 249

Five Lists from My Travel Notebooks 267

Further Reading 271

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