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Only In Guides/The Urban Explorer
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City guides for independent cultural travellers and locals keen to learn more about where they live
City guides for independent cultural travellers and locals keen to learn more about where they live

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A very special book. A Rosetta Stone for tourists." (The Vienna Review). Written by Duncan JD Smith and published by The Urban Explorer, "Only in Vienna" goes off the beaten track and tells the city's story through an eclectic mix of unusual historic locations. From Roman ruins and medieval wine cellars to eccentric Museums and abandoned cemeteries. Visit Harry Lime's doorway, the Fool's Tower, Klimt's last studio, and the Holy Lance. Discover more at www.onlyinguides.com +British Guild of Travel Writers
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"A great read and a handsome tribute to one of Europe’s loveliest cities” (www.eurocheapo.com). Written by Duncan JD Smith and published by The Urban Explorer, "Only in Paris" goes off the beaten track and tells the city's story through an eclectic mix of unusual historic locations. From Roman ruins and underground worlds to ethnic enclaves and unusual places of worship. Visit the Pagoda cinema, the Museum of Magic, Foucault's pendulum, and a subterranean necropolis. Discover more at www.onlyinguides.com +British Guild of Travel Writers
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10/2/18
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"A very good source of information for visitors interested in offbeat places in Prague" (www.praguecitytourism.cz). Written by Duncan JD Smith and published by The Urban Explorer, "Only in Prague" goes off the beaten track and tells the city's story through an eclectic mix of unusual historic locations. From wild valleys and forgotten cemeteries to Baroque gardens and candlelit cellars. Visit the Faust House, John Lennon's Wall, the English sewers and the Alchemist's Tower. Discover more at www.onlyinguides.com +British Guild of Travel Writers
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9/26/18
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"A really wonderful book" (Cologne Cathedral). Written by Duncan JD Smith and published by The Urban Explorer, "Only in Cologne" goes off the beaten track and tells the city's story through an eclectic mix of unusual historic locations. From religious relics and forgotten fortresses to abandoned cemeteries and little-known museums. Visit Napoleon's cemetery, a road beneath the Rhine, the city lighthouse, and where the Red Baron learned to fly. Discover more at www.onlyinguides.com +British Guild of Travel Writers +English Speaking Cologne
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9/18/18
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9/11/18
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"We like the book because even as specialists we were able to learn about some new aspects of Munich" (Munich Tourist Office). Written by Duncan JD Smith and published by The Urban Explorer, "Only in Munich" goes off the beaten track and tells the city's story through an eclectic mix of unusual historic locations. From atmospheric crypts and historic breweries to wartime air raid shelters and lost synagogues. Visit the gilded Antiquarium, a Jugendstil swimming pool, Little Asia, the sunken village, and Hitler's secret headquarters. Discover more at www.onlyinguides.com +British Guild of Travel Writers
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9/5/18
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Thanks to thetravelpages.net for a nice review of my "Only in Boston" guidebook. "Another excellent book in an excellent series". +British Guild of Travel Writers
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"Only in Berlin is a book for travellers rather than tourists, and for locals who delight in the quirky idiosyncrasies of their home city" (+hidden europe magazine). Written by Duncan JD Smith and published by The Urban Explorer, "Only in Berlin" goes off the beaten track and tells the city's story through an eclectic mix of unusual historic locations. From ruined churches and abandoned cemeteries to unusual museums and historic villages. Discover Devil's Mountain, the Bridge of Spies, Peacock Island, the Führer Bunker, Frederick the Great's coffin, and the Berlin Archaeopteryx. Find out more at www.onlyinguides.com +British Guild of Travel Writers
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8/30/18
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I've just purchased my first ever smartphone but will still be applying an 'old school' approach to my research in the field, as this photo in Budapest shows. A notebook, pen and paper map will remain my tools of the trade, whilst enjoying all the benefits of digital travelling. Here's to utilising the best of both worlds! +British Guild of Travel Writers
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It's good to receive emails from readers of my Only In Guides. I've just heard from KitYee Tong, who lives in Hong Kong. Remarkably she found a copy of "Only in Budapest" in her public library! The book took her to the little-known Mulberry Garden, a sculptors' studio established in the 1880s and still going strong, where she took this atmospheric black-&-white image. Thanks KitYee for getting in touch. More details at: https://www.onlyinguides.com/books.php?bookid=2
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8/27/18
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