Four Seasons of Travel : 400 of the World's Best Destinations in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall Hardback
Covering festivals, foliage displays, harvest celebrations, summer and winter sports and activities, local markets, animal migrations, and more, this lavish, beautifully photographed book is both inspiring and useful.
In-depth site descriptions, illuminating sidebars, and tons of insider tips will inspire you to plan your next getaway during a destination's showcase period-whether it's Christmas in New York, complete with ice-skating at Rockefeller Center and neighborhood holiday markets; springtime in Japan, when cherry blossoms create clouds of pink around picture-perfect medieval castles; summer's midnight sun in St.
Petersburg, Russia, during the city's annual White Night festivities; or autumn in Maine, when the highlight of Acadia National Park's Night Sky Festival takes you atop Cadillac Mountain to gaze up at a universe of sparkling stars.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages, 285 Colour Photos
- Publisher: National Geographic Society
- Publication Date: 14/10/2009
- Category: Travel & holiday guides
- ISBN: 9781426211676
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Review by detailmuse
This book left me frustrated. Overall, it seems like an excuse to publish a bunch of beautiful National Geographic photographs.It’s a collection of travel destinations, organized by the seasons of the year. Worldwide, but weighted toward Europe and North America, the destinations are a mix of the familiar and an idea book of unfamiliars. In most cases, it’s obvious why the location/event is matched to the season (e.g. conditions of nature, cultural calendars, etc.) but there are a few surprises (e.g. Yosemite in winter). Each entry is accompanied by beautiful photographs -- full-color; often full-page and even two-page spreads -- plus a bit about the location/event, sources for more information (e.g. websites), and a sidebar with some tips or trivia. Some of the entries prompt separate Top 10 lists (e.g. where to go for the best holiday lights, the best outdoor music venues, the best carnival-type celebrations, etc.).But the book just didn’t inspire me. There’s not much information, and the short essays that are sprinkled throughout (“recollections” by a few celebrities and some NatGeo writers) are underwhelming and forgettable. And it's gratuitously huge -- the pages are too thick and the book is too heavy. This is one to browse through at the library for travel ideas. Or, much better to browse (or to own) is <i>Off the Tourist Trail</i>.(Review based on a copy of the book provided by the publisher.)