The Cities Book by Holly Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Cities represent civilization and human achievement: they are bubbling
microcosms of virtues and vices, vanguards of technology and creative
pursuits, incubators of traditions and melting-pots of diversity. More
than half the world's population now lives in cities, and for travelers
they hold an endless fascination.
This is a beautifully presented book on over 200 cities of the world. What I like so much about it is that not all the cities are famous, some you may never have heard of before, but they tempt you into wanting to get lost in its images and information about them.
My husband and I go on many trips a year and we like to think of ourselves as educated travellers, we enjoy going to places unspoilt from tourism and this book allows you to find those cities. We love to browse through the book 'planning' our next adventure.
Each page (sometimes 2) is on a city, it includes must sees and interesting facts about the place. It included strengths and weaknesses, places to eat and what to see.
I would not say this is a reading book, more of a browsing and dipping into book. I love it and all my travelling friends agree. It is an impressiive book to 'leave' laying around on the coffee table when you have a few guests!