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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to boldly go where millions have gone before, relying only on the advice of a travel guide that's nearly a half century out-of-date.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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Douglas Mack has written for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, WorldHum.com, and other publications. He is based in Minneapolis with a digital home at www.douglasmack.net.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The author finds an old copy of Frommer's Europe On $5 a day. His mother is delighted in that she was part of the first wave of ordinary Americans to tour Europe on the cheap in the '60's. (Prior to then, touring Europe had been pretty much an exclusive enterprise of the very rich.) Finding this ancient relic inspires the author to visit Europe using the Frommer's as his only guidebook. The first two thirds to three fourths of the book is absolutely fascinating - a history of the modern tourist boon, how it began and how it has morphed into something very different from its origins. The negative is that toward the end of the book, the author tires. At that point, the book, like the author, begins to flag - lose its energy. Despite that, I would highly recommend the book for its scintillating beginning. Well worth reading, particularly if you (like the author's mother) had been part of the initial tourist boom.