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Registered: January 2003
Location: Los Angeles
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Review Date: Sun August 17, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Positive aspects of the product (pros): Pretty and interesting photos, great introductory essays about Russian people, culture, etc. that helps you understand Russia better
Cons: No detailed information about hotels, gives no idea about prices of things like food and accomodations

The Insight Travel Guide to Russia, Belarus and Ukraine has wonderful pictures that help you prepare to understand scenically which countries and places to visit, but because it lacks many details about accomodations, restaurants, prices of things, many specific cities, this book was not much help for me during my 2002 summer trip to Russian and Belarus.

Again, this book is wonderful if you would like decide which countries and areas in countries you would like to visit (by browsing the photos), but this guide lags far beind in specific practical help for the travelor during the trip.

One thing that is very nice about the Insight Guides (and is its strength from amongst the Lonely Planet Guide to Russia, as well as Let's Go Eastern Europe's Guide) is the detailed and interesting essays in the guide book regarding a variety of different topics about Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, including essays with photographs about Russian cuisine, the position and cultural history of Russian women, History of Russia, Russian art, and other essays.

I found that these interesting essays about Russia, as well as the many photos in the book, have value if you would like to learn about Russia and prepare yourself intellectually and psychologically for your trip. But as a practical companion to help you with finding accomodations, restaurants, and in making travel arrangements, it is necessary to purchase either the Let's Go Eastern Europe book, or The Lonely Planet Guide to Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

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