You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you "really" need to know when cruising the Mediterranean. In this guide, Rick Steves focuses on some of the grandest sights in Europe. As always, he has a plan to help you have a meaningful cultural experience while you re thereeven with just a few hours in port. Inside you'll find one-day itineraries for sightseeing at or near the major Mediterranean ports of call, including: Barcelona, Marseille, Toulon, Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, and MonacoFlorence, Rome, Naples, and VeniceDubrovnik, Split, Athens, Mykonos, and SantoriniIstanbul and Ephesus "Rick Steves' Mediterranean Cruise Ports" explains how to get into town from the cruise terminal, shares sightseeing tips, and includes self-guided walks and tours. You'll learn which destinations are best for an excursionand which you can confidently visit on your own. You'll also get tips on booking a cruise, plus hints for saving time and money on the ship and in port."
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when cruising the Mediterranean. In this guide, Rick Steves focuses on some of the grandest sights in Europe. As always, he has a plan to help you have a meaningful cultural experience while you’re there—even with just a few hours in port. Inside you'll find one-day itineraries for sightseeing at or near the major Mediterranean ports of call, including: Barcelona, Marseille, Toulon, Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, and MonacoFlorence, Rome, Naples, and VeniceDubrovnik, Split, Athens, Mykonos, and SantoriniIstanbul and Ephesus Rick Steves' Mediterranean Cruise Ports explains how to get into town from the cruise terminal, shares sightseeing tips, and includes self-guided walks and tours. You'll learn which destinations are best for an excursion—and which you can confidently visit on your own. You'll also get tips on booking a cruise, plus hints for saving time and money on the ship and in port.
This fully updated 6th edition has had a complete facelift and is now published in full color in a new format. Throughout, the work has been updated, and in places expanded. It now includes a list of useful waypoints and routes ofr the entire Mediterranean which are shown on overprinted charts folded into the back of the book. The Mediterranean Cruising Handbook is a constant companion to the Imray Mediterranean Almanac and provides information on climate, equipment, radio, naviagation, routes to the Mediterranean, history, marine life, food and basic information on each Mediterranean country.
Rod Heikell is the acknowledged expert on Mediterranean sailing, and this is the perfect guide for anyone cruising the area. Thoroughly updated and in colour throughout, this new edition conveys the magic of Mediterranean cruising, as well as giving practical first-hand advice on sailing these enticing waters. Although the Mediterranean provides wonderfully diverse cruising opportunities, it can also deliver a few surprises to the unwary. Rod Heikell gives sound advice on anchoring, berthing bow or stern-to, what weather to expect, facilities and the costs of keeping a boat there, plus advice on navigation, popular routes, formalities and what to expect ashore. Each country around the Mediterranean is covered, and there's even a handy section on shoe-string cruising for those on a tight budget. 'Offers time-served advice to both the novice and the old-hand.' Nautical Magazine
A guide for cruisers in Mediterranean region, a melting pot of cultures, landscapes and cuisines. It covers the region's best, including: Barcelona, the Balearics, Rome, Venice, the Dalmatian Coast, Athens, Greek Islands, Cyprus, Istanbul, Ephesus, Alexandria, Tunis and Tangier.
The best-selling, compact guide, featuring excellent local maps, hundreds of color photographs, concise background information and recommended excursions for ports-of-call throughout Greece, Italy and the Mediterranean. Useful introductory chapters cover cruising, history, art & architecture and nature of the Mediterranean. With a pull-out map and hundreds of color photographs.

Looking for a new adventure, Patricia Vellinga and her husband buy a boat-a big boat that turns out to be more a yacht kit than a yacht. Their simple plan is to cruise Europe and the Mediterranean for one year. Their journey, however, is far from routine. As Pat and Ray motor through the canals of Holland, Belgium, and France, then sail to Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Spain, they find beauty and danger, towering locks, salty characters, peaceful anchorages, treacherous winds-and even a forest fire. Forced at gunpoint to cast off into the raging Sane River, they struggle to safety. Even so, they get hooked on a cruising lifestyle that takes them well beyond their one-year plan. Sailing There, Cruising Across Europe and the Mediterranean is a rich and entertaining tale of a couple's lively voyage with the wind through ancient ports and history."
An overview of the best Mediterranean sights to help you plan your visit, whether you're traveling by cruise ship, car, or train.
Three-dimensional cutaway illustrations and floor plans of key landmarks complement these richly illustrated, fully updated travel handbooks that also include enhanced maps, street-by-street guides, background information on a host of popular sights, and an expanded traveler's survival guide providing tips on hotels, restaurants, local customs, transportation, medical services, museums, entertainment, and more.
A thorough update for this cruising season, with extensive details on every vessel travelling in the Med. The author, a cruising veteran, covers all facts from level of service, cabin size, decor and layout, to ship amenities, passenger/crew ratio and dining options. Sailing routes are reviewed candidly, and the pitfalls and bonuses of each are given, making you an educated cruise traveller. Port profiles are tailored to the cruising visitor - taxi tours, dockside phones, the best shops, plus a list of operators who are familiar with cruise schedules and will get you back to your ship on time. You'll find walking tours and out-of-town attractions keyed to detailed maps.
"Discover Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi and Panarea" Everyone has his own Italy: the Rome of Bernini and the Colosseum, the beaches of Rimini or Cattolica, the slimy canals and aristocratic palaces of decaying Venice, or the small towns encountered as if by sheer inspiration: Anagni, Bevagna, Pienza, Palestrina, Monselice. Erice... My Italy is rocky Perugia of the windy winters, magnificent Florence whose streets are paved with sculpture, and something more than a handful of infinitesimal volcanic peaks rising like greeny-brown icebergs from the Tyrrhenian sea north of Sicily. This is not the Sicily one reads of in Pirandello or Verga: the Catania of Capuana or Martoglio; the Syracuse of Vittorini; the Palermo recorded by Lampedusa and discovered again, teeming and afraid, by the saintly Danilo Dolci. It is not the Sicily that Plato knew. Civilization brought Lipari and her sisters some neolithic villages, shipwrecks of course without number, a great citadel, a few nondescript churches and simple houses. Otherwise, the Aeolians are timeless. Their scale is geological rather than historical and the spitting, fiery Stromboli is their symbol. With an unerring sense of the dramatic. Jules Verne chose Stromboli for the climax to his "Journey to the Centre of the Earth." I have kept the dialogue to a minimum, not because talk isn't important to an Aeolian (not one I met would read or write rather than talk) but because straightforward translations miss the range of modulation and intonation on which a Sicilian prides himself and because any reported conversation with Italians necessarily lacks the accompanying vocabulary and gesture and facial contortion. If you haven't listened to a Sicilian argument, I can't do it for you. If you have, you'll never forget it anyway, and will easily imagine whatever I omit. PHILIP WARD Part of the Oleander Classics series, this 1973 title has been reproduced using the highest-quality modern scanning technology in order to keep this and other important works from the Press's 50-year history from going out of print. In this way, the invaluable resources provided by books in the series remain available for general readers, academics and other interested parties.
An alluring, evocative summer voyage on the Mediterranean and into the enchanting seaside towns of France and Italy by a young American chef aboard an Italian billionaire couple’s spectacular sailing yacht. Having begun his cooking career in some of New York’s and San Francisco’s best restaurants, David Shalleck undertakes a European culinary adventure, a quest to discover what it really means to be a chef through a series of demanding internships in Provence and throughout Italy. After four years, as he debates whether it is finally time to return stateside and pursue something more permanent, he stumbles upon a rare opportunity: to become the chef on board Serenity, the classic sailing yacht owned by one of Italy’s most prominent couples. They present Shalleck with the ultimate challenge: to prepare all the meals for them and their guests for the summer, with no repeats, comprised exclusively of local ingredients that reflect the flavors of each port, presented flawlessly to the couple’s uncompromising taste—all from the confines of the yacht’s small galley while at sea. Shalleck invites readers to experience both place and food on Serenity’s five-month journey. He prepares the simple classics of Provençal cooking in the French Riviera, forages for delicate frutti di mare in Liguria to make crudo, finds the freshest fish along the Tuscan coast for cacciucco, embraces the season of sun-drenched tomatoes for acqua pazza in the Amalfi Coast, and crosses the Bay of Naples to serve decadent dark chocolate-almond cake at the Isle of Capri. Shalleck captures the distinctive sights, sounds, and unique character of each port, the work hard/play hard life of being a crew member, and the challenges of producing world-class cuisine for the stylish and demanding owners and their guests. An intimate view of the most exclusive of worlds, Mediterranean Summer offers readers a new perspective on breathtaking places, a memorable portrait of old world elegance and life at sea, as well recipes and tips to re-create the delectable food.
Detailed and timely information on accommodations, restaurants and local attractions highlight these updated travel guides, which feature all-new covers, a dramatic visual design, symbols to indicate budget options, must-see ratings, multi-day itineraries, Smart Travel Tips, helpful bulleted maps, tips on transportation, guidelines for shopping excursions and other valuable features. Original.
A guide for cruisers in the Mediterranean, presenting descriptions of ports en route. It offers at-a-glance information on the itinerary, passenger/crew ratio, dining options, berth layout and capacity of cruises. The author also profiles the shore excursions available at each port.
"Where to stay and eat for all budgets, must-see sights and local secrets; ratings you can trust."
Connecting Europe, Asia, and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea has been for millennia the place where religions, economies, and political systems met, clashed, influenced and absorbed one another. In this brilliant and expansive book, David Abulafia offers a fresh perspective by focusing on the sea itself: its practical importance for transport and sustenance; its dynamic role in the rise and fall of empires; and the remarkable cast of characters-sailors, merchants, migrants, pirates, pilgrims-who have crossed and re-crossed it. Ranging from prehistory to the 21st century, The Great Sea is above all a history of human interaction. Interweaving major political and naval developments with the ebb and flow of trade, Abulafia explores how commercial competition in the Mediterranean created both rivalries and partnerships, with merchants acting as intermediaries between cultures, trading goods that were as exotic on one side of the sea as they were commonplace on the other. He stresses the remarkable ability of Mediterranean cultures to uphold the civilizing ideal of convivencia, "living together." Now available in paperback, The Great Sea is the definitive account of perhaps the most vibrant theater of human interaction in history.
Rates and describes various cruise lines, provides information on dining, shopping, and attractions at ports of call, and offers tips on selecting and booking European cruises and planning shore excursions.
Thomas Keller, chef/proprieter of Napa Valley's French Laundry, is passionate about bistro cooking. He believes fervently that the real art of cooking lies in elevating to excellence the simplest ingredients; that bistro cooking embodies at once a culinary ethos of generosity, economy, and simplicity; that the techniques at its foundation are profound, and the recipes at its heart have a powerful ability to nourish and please. So enamored is he of this older, more casual type of cooking that he opened the restaurant Bouchon, right next door to the French Laundry, so he could satisfy a craving for a perfectly made quiche, or a gratinéed onion soup, or a simple but irresistible roasted chicken. Now Bouchon, the cookbook, embodies this cuisine in all its sublime simplicity. But let's begin at the real beginning. For Keller, great cooking is all about the virtue of process and attention to detail. Even in the humblest dish, the extra thought is evident, which is why this food tastes so amazing: The onions for the onion soup are caramelized for five hours; lamb cheeks are used for the navarin; basic but essential refinements every step of the way make for the cleanest flavors, the brightest vegetables, the perfect balance—whether of fat to acid for a vinaigrette, of egg to liquid for a custard, of salt to meat for a duck confit. Because versatility as a cook is achieved through learning foundations, Keller and Bouchon executive chef Jeff Cerciello illuminate all the key points of technique along the way: how a two-inch ring makes for a perfect quiche; how to recognize the right hazelnut brown for a brown butter sauce; how far to caramelize sugar for different uses. But learning and refinement aside—oh those recipes! Steamed mussels with saffron, bourride, trout grenobloise with its parsley, lemon, and croutons; steak frites, beef bourguignon, chicken in the pot—all exquisitely crafted. And those immortal desserts: the tarte Tatin, the chocolate mousse, the lemon tart, the profiteroles with chocolate sauce. In Bouchon, you get to experience them in impeccably realized form. This is a book to cherish, with its alluring mix of recipes and the author's knowledge, warmth, and wit: "I find this a hopeful time for the pig," says Keller about our yearning for the flavor that has been bred out of pork. So let your imagination transport you back to the burnished warmth of an old-fashioned French bistro, pull up a stool to the zinc bar or slide into a banquette, and treat yourself to truly great preparations that have not just withstood the vagaries of fashion, but have improved with time. Welcome to Bouchon.

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