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Every time I plan a trip to a new city I find myself overwhelmed by the choice of guidebooks. So many to choose from, and way to many to lug around in my backpack.  Add to that the abundance of travel information available on the Internet and often I find myself suffering from information overload.  In my dream world I long for a clean drop down list of all the possible highlights of my destination city, something I can just click through, selecting items of interest, ignoring that which doesn’t strike my fancy.  Why do I need to haul around a book full of hotel listings when my accommodations have already been selected?  Who needs 10 pages of out of date restaurant suggestions?  Sometimes I just wish there were a way to compile all of the various tidbits I’ve collected and print them out as one handy, lightweight personal travel guide for my personal use.

Well, I think I’ve just stumbled upon something that just might do the trick.  Offbeat Guides lets me choose my destination city, my travel dates and generates a clean, easy to read guide just for me.  By including my dates I can even find out about events that are happening during my stay.  And before finalizing my order, I can review my book, omitting sections that aren’t important for my specific vacation.

The book costs $24.95 and they even offer gift certificates for the traveler in your life.

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By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!