Crete: Discovering the 'Great Island' (Tauris Parke Paperbacks)

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Crete is a major travel destination with two million visitors per year. This guide is the product of a long summer the author spent living in a crumbling Venetian tower, explorer every inch of the island for future travelers. Packed with history, myth and travelogue, this should be an indispensable guide for all travelers to Crete. Included inside are maps and detailed itineraries that cover all the must-see cities, palaces, churches and places of historical and cultural significance on the island.

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John Freely (1926 - 2017) was born in New York and joined the US Navy at the age of seventeen, serving during the last two years of World War II. He had a PhD in physics from New York University and did post-doctoral studies in the history of science at Oxford. He was for many years professor of physics at Bosphorus University in Istanbul, where he taught physics and the history of science. He wrote more than forty books, including Light from the East: How the Science of Medieval Islam Helped Shape the Western World (I.B.Tauris, 2010), The Grand Turk, Storm on Horseback, Children of Achilles, The Cyclades,The Ionian Islands (all I.B.Tauris), Crete, The Western Shores of Turkey, Strolling through Athens, Strolling through Venice and the bestselling Strolling through Istanbul (all Tauris Parke Paperbacks).

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PRAISE FOR JOHN FREELY'S OTHER WORKSThe Cyclades: Discovering the Greek Islands of the Aegean'A charming and informative companion for anyone exploring these enchanting islands.'Andrew Steed, Stanfords Maps and Travel BooksThe Western Shores of Turkey: Discovering the Aegean and Mediterranean Coasts'...Enchanting guide...a work of genuine scholarship, lightly worn and charmingly conveyed. I fell in love with the book and stayed enamoured until the final page.' Paul Bailey, The Sunday Times'...the record of a journey undertaken by a man effortlessly able to convey in depth the meaning of what he sees.' Marlena Frick, Scotsman, EdinburghStrolling Through Athens'...John Freely's magnificent walking guide to the city.'Anthony Sattin, Book of the Week, Sunday TimesStrolling Through Istanbul'...a classic. The best travel guide to Istanbul' The Times

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