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Books and maps and online resources

I've rarely met a book that I didn't like, so I have a tendency to buy about forty-seven books for any trip -- each one has some tidbit that doesn't show up anywhere else. I tend to go a little berserk on the books (especially now that I buy a ton of them on ebay). They show up in drbs and drabs from all over the place, and I spend my evenings paging through the travel guides, historical references, and other reference books that show up .

Not only did I pick up the castle books from Mike Salter at Folly Publications (the best reference I've ever found, to be honest), I pertty much bought everything else I could find.

I have most of the travel guides, but my favorites are the Rough Guide and Footprint Guide. Chock full of information and packed with maps, suggestions for hotels, and detailed information about the sites and architecture. I have Frommers, AAA, Routard, and various other books, but I did primarily stick with the Rough Guide as our basic reference - it was amazingly accurate for times and prices.

Some links and useful stuff:


AmazonBarnes and NobleHamilton BooksellersAlibris BooksAbebookseBay

Travel Guide Sites

FrommersFodorRough GuideLet's Go On-lineMichelin Guides
The Insiders' GuideFalcon GuidesCNN City Guides

On-line Guides

Epicurious TravelCD-ROM Travel PlannersTraveling ChannelMagun's Compass
Web Travel SecretsMicrosoft ExpediaEurope Through the Back Door

Books and Magazines

Armchair Travel CompanyTravelers' Tales BooksConde Nast Traveler
Web Surfer Travel JournalAdventurous TravelerEasy Going Travel Shop


Ordnance Survey MapsInternational mapsRand McNally
World of MapsIntl. Map Trade Assoc.MapQuestTrailWalk

Travel Clothing

Tilley Endurables'sTravelSmithWalkabout Travel gearChanges In Latitude
Columbia Sportswear Company(r)CampMorThe Territory Ahead
Coldwater CreekThe Outdoor WomanNebraska Clothing Company
ExpeditionsPacific TrekkingEagle Creek • REIG.I. Joes

Travel Stuff

Magellan's Travel Supplies Travelers Emporium TravelSmith
Walkabout Travel GearEnglish walking sticks



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