Insight Guides Oxford City Guide

Auteur: Insight Guides
Taal: Engels
Insight Guides Oxford City Guide
Auteur: Insight Guides
Uitgever: Apa Publications
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9789812822338
  • Druk: 4th Revised edition
  • april 2010
  • 288 pagina's
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Insight Guides


In the late 1960's a young German graphic designer, Hans Hoefer, trekked from Europe to Asia. He was especially intrigued by Bali, where he earned a living by selling his paintings of the Indonesian island to tourists. But he was frustrated by the lack of easily available information on Bali's colorful culture and people. Where did their beliefs originate? How did their art develop?

Hoefer searched for a guidebook that would explain the island's history and culture as well as describe its tourist sites. It would give an insight into its people's values and politics. It would use strong visual images to communicate directly the atmosphere of the destination and the everyday life of its inhabitants. And it would encourage readers to celebrate the essence of the place rather than fashion it to suit their preconceptions. He couldn't find such a book, so he decided to create it. With the financial backing of a local hotel, he published Insight Guide: Bali in 1970.

The book won a photography award and a gold medal from the American Society of Travel Agents. Hoefer meticulously produced other Insight Guides to Asian destinations, all illustrated with superb, full-colour photographs.

The concept found its market in the 1980s and by the early 1990s Insight Guides to more than 100 destinations all over the world were available in different languages. To meet the demand for the books and to maintain standards of production quality, Hoefer set up his own printing plant in Singapore, which had by then become his base.

When Hoefer would meet people around the world, he was struck by the fact that even Insight Guide fans would still ask: ""Yes, but what's your favourite restaurant in Paris?"" or ""Which hotel do you use in New York?""

To cater for this demand for personal recommendation, Hoefer launched the Insight Pocket Guide series, a radical concept which filtered information through a local correspondent - the reader's equivalent of a friend in a destination. Later, a full-size, fold-out map was added to give the books added practicality.

Hoefer responded to public demand by adding a third series: Insight Compact Guides. These were portable, keenly priced mini-guides which could be carried easily and quickly consulted while on the road. The concept was adapted from a market-leading series in Germany. Realising that substantial resources would be needed to update, improve and expand, Hoefer sold his share in the company over a period of years to the Langenscheidt group, which embarked on an ambitious expansion program.

Insight FlexiMaps, the first product in this new program, were an immediate success. Their clear cartography and the ease of use and durability provided by lamination showed that Insight Guides' innovation skills were as strong as ever. In 1999, Insight Guides forged a link with Discovery Channel to produce Discovery Travel Adventures. This acclaimed series of guide books takes a thematic approach to travel in tune with the growth of special interest tourism, from birdwatching to scuba diving.

Insight has added yet more series to their collection, including Insight Shopping Guides, Insight Eating Guides, Museums and Galleries Guides, and Kids' Fleximaps.

Op vind je alle boeken van Insight Guides, waaronder het nieuwste boek van Insight Guides."


This brand new edition provides a comprehensive and highly visual introduction to Oxford; over 600 superb photographs capture the rich history, local people and variety of everyday life in 'the city of dreaming spires'. The 'Places' section provides a detailed, district-by-district exploration of all the places to visit, from the hub of the University and around Broad Street to the rivers, meadows, abbeys and city outskirts. There is also information for those wanting to travel a little further afield, to Stratford-upon Avon, Warwick or maybe the North Cotswolds. Each place chapter is colour-coded to correspond with the orientation map inside the front cover for easy navigation at a glance and all principal sites along the way are clearly cross-referenced by number to the full-colour maps found throughout the guide. Expanded and updated restaurant listings feature the best eateries to suit all budgets within each area, providing the address, phone number, opening times and price range, followed by a useful review. A brand new 'Editor's Choice' section illustrates everything you simply can't afford to miss, including lesser-known attractions, family activities and money-saving hints. Expert local writers provide authoritative essays on the city's long and fascinating history along with interesting cultural features on the city's infamous colleges, literature and beautiful architecture. Special photo features offer visual coverage of the city's major sights and more unusual attractions. A fully-indexed street atlas enables instant orientation, helping you to navigate around the city with ease and also plots restaurants, bars and cafes. The comprehensive 'Travel Tips' section provides all the essential information you'll need for a hassle-free trip, covering how to get there, getting around, where to stay and what to do. There is also a handy A-Z of summarised practical advice and contact details, arranged alphabetically for quick reference. The unique combination of insightful exploration alongside extensive practical advice makes this guide a fascinating background read and an invaluable on-the-spot companion.



4th Revised edition
20 x 13 x 2 cm
Aantal pagina's
288 pagina's
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Insight Guides
Alexia Georgiou
Apa Publications



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