Reviews by Amy Leung
November 8, 2011  | 11:11 AM  |  Fantastic (5)
I just came back from my first trip to Jordan, Israel and Egypt, and I must write how pleased I am with the Photoguide! It is a very well written guide; it It really been a mini-encyclopedia and has greatly enhanced my trip. It contains tons of useful information without being overwhelming.

Here are specifically the ways how the Photoguide has been helpful in my trip:

1. Before the trip:

I must admit I didn’t have time to read about every place I was going to visit, but I ...
I just came back from my first trip to Jordan, Israel and Egypt, and I must write how pleased I am with the Photoguide! It is a very well written guide; it It really been a mini-encyclopedia and has greatly enhanced my trip. It contains tons of useful information without being overwhelming.

Here are specifically the ways how the Photoguide has been helpful in my trip:

1. Before the trip:

I must admit I didn’t have time to read about every place I was going to visit, but I was able to study many of the places in advance with the Photoguide; it was almost like being there yourself even before you set out on the journey. The background information they provide, including historical background and bible references, were comprehensive but not overwhelming. It gives me a general feeling of the places, lets me know what I’ll be expecting, and what I should look for, and that has helped immensely with planning and preparation of the trip.

2. During the trip:

(i) Reading as you go: There were places which my friends took me to visit which were not in my itinerary, as well as places that I decided to visit ad hoc. With the Photoguide on Accordance on my iPad, I was always able to read about the places, literally on my way to the destinations. For example, I was taken to Acco and Rosh Hanikra by my friends; and I was able to read about them while I was riding in the car. I asked my friends for the biblical name of Rosh Hanikra, and though they were unable to tell me what it was called right away, it didn’t take a second figuring it out with the Photoguide - searching the content for “Hanikra” took me right to the entry, which had the name Misrephoth-maim.

(ii) As a contemporary guide: The guide does not only provide the biblical background on places, they even carry photos and information of general interest to tourists. For example, under the entry of Acco one can find photos on the underground passage built during the Crusader period as well as the Inn of Pillars built in the Ottoman period, and under the entry of Rosh Hanikra one can find photos of the chalk columns and grottos there. There are also postcard quality photos on the Haifa bay and Bahai Shrine on the entry on Mount Carmel.

(iii) I was generally able to get a more comprehensive picture of the places than I was able to see for myself! I’m not just talking about the magnificent aerial views, or views taken from the sea (such as the breathtaking views of the sea walls of Acco). For example though I did go to Qumran, I was not able nor did I have time to enter the caves (I think cave 4 was closed to tourists and other caves were too far away), but I was able to see how it was like inside the cave from the photos in the guide. It was also very nice to be able to see the exhibits of a Qumran jar as well as some scrolls and copper scrolls in the Jordanian Archaeological Museum on the iPad, all while I was at Qumran. Also, though we did visit Petra in Jordan, it was a huge place and we could not cover every corner in one day, so I was happy that I could see the places I missed on the Photoguide.

3. After the trip:

I came back home a coupe of days ago. Reading the Photoguide again I was able to find out more about the places that I have visited but did not have time to read on or before my trip. It also brought me back to the places I visited, and brought back good memories of the trip. :)

I would like to thank Accordance bible software for making available such a wonderful resource!
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