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baedeker introThe Baedeker travel guides were a popular travel guide from the late 1800’s all the way through the 1960’s before other guides came out like Fodor, Frommer, etc. I prefer to do my own research and sometimes am able to purchase an old Baedeker guide like the one shown here.      baedeker cover                                                                                                                    They are extremely accurate and detailed usually without photos and teach us many things, for example: What the economy was like in those years; what transportation was available and very important, and what travelers or tourists would like to see.                                                                                                                                                                                                             In that sense, they allow us a glimpse into the social and economic past of each town or country described. In comparing editions with intervals of let us say ten or twenty years, we notice the changes when a town described in one page now gets a two page description, etc. Since not everyone is a history buff, I pulled out the town to show you of Le Havre in Northern France on the Channel Coast which was completely destroyed by bombardments during WWII. I would love to take a trip there with this old Baedeker in hand and see what is still there and what has changed. What about you?   baedeker lahavre2baedeker lahavre3