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500 Hidden Secrets: City Guidebooks for Curious Travellers

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Let’s face it – it’s almost impossible to explore cities likes Rome or Prague without getting stuck in hordes of tourists at historic sites or spending hours looking for decent restaurants with a vacant table. I hate crowds. More specifically, I hate large groups of loud and disrespectful tourists. At the same time, however, my bucket list contains a few super touristy cities, including Budapest and Florence.
Let’s face it – it’s almost impossible to explore cities likes Rome or Prague without getting stuck in hordes of tourists at historic sites or spending hours looking for decent restaurants with a vacant table. I hate crowds. More specifically, I hate large groups of loud and disrespectful tourists. At the same time, however, my bucket list contains a few super touristy cities, including Budapest and Florence.
Now, to be honest, I do indulge in touristy activities when I’m in a new city. I mean, you can’t go to Paris without scaling the Eiffel Tower, right? However, I also try to explore a city beyond its main attractions.
If, like me, you enjoy getting away from rowdy tourists and discovering a city’s hidden secrets, I have the perfect travel companion for you. Hint: it’s small, super knowledgeable and doesn’t complain.
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My husband and I got married in Cuba last December, and we spent our honeymoon in Havana. Before our trip, I headed to my local Waterstones to get a Lonely Planet guidebook. We have been collecting Lonely Planet’s guidebooks since our trip to Morocco in 2014.
Well, I was out of luck that day, so I just grabbed a few guidebooks by other leading travel publishers and tried to decide which one to get. As I was about to head to the cash desk with one of the books, I spotted a shelf lined with beautiful guides to different cities. I grabbed the Havana book, flipped through its pages and immediately fell in love with the style of the guide. I thought this would be the perfect guidebook for us.
And I was so right. Thanks to The 500 Hidden Secrets of Havana, Douglas and I got to explore the city beyond its ‘glamourous’ and touristy side. We dined at quirky cafes, explored urban neighbourhoods and found hidden gems right in the heart of the city.
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The 500 Hidden Secrets series promises just that – 500 secrets about a particular city, which are neatly divided into different sections, for
– 5 Best Places for Coffee
– 5 Amazing Local Markets
– 5 Most Interesting Bookshops
– 5 Best Bars for Live Music
& loads more.
These are just some of the cities included in the series:
I wish I had come across these books sooner! I am actually tempted to choose my next destination by randomly grabbing a 500 Hidden Secrets book from that shelf at Waterstones with my eyes closed. Would you do that?
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