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Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die - Steve Davey



Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IN A WORLD of diverse beauty, how do you choose only 40 so-called unforgettable places?

Steve Davey has attempted just that in his fascinating and aptly named book, Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die.

But what exactly is it that makes a place unforgettable? Hopefully, the answer will present itself as you take an armchair journey to 33 countries, across five continents, to places that are as familiar as others are remote. But will your favourites be included?

Top of my list would be the Grand Canyon and Taj Mahal, and I wasn't disappointed.

 

But what of Florence, or the stunning Na Pali coast of Kauai? And what of England, which didn't merit a single entry?

Is it only unforgettable because of the weather?

These are, however, minor quibbles when page after page presents beautiful images, accompanied by an informative and uncomplicated text.

But what makes this book different is the nature of the photographs for, according to Davey, each and every one might just as easily have been taken by any ordinary tourist and not by the professionals that they were.

Marc Schlossman was, incidentally, co-photographer on the project.

For proof, I duly compared my images of Ephesus with Schlossman's and discovered he was right.

So, what you see, is most definitely what you get which makes each of the 40 places depicted all the more remarkable.

This is indeed, a delightful book and will appeal to seasoned and armchair travellers alike and will, I'm sure, become the subject of fierce debate.

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