About the Authors
Donald Olson (Chapters 1–11 and 15) is a novelist, playwright,
and travel writer. His newest novel, Confessions of a Pregnant
Princess, was published in 2005 under the pen name Swan
Adamson. His travel stories have appeared in The New York Times,
Travel & Leisure, Sunset, National Geographic books, and many
other publications. His guidebooks London For Dummies,
Frommer’s Best Day Trips from London, Frommer’s Irreverent
London, Germany For Dummies, and Frommer’s Vancouver &
Victoria are all published by Wiley. He also writes England For
Dummies, which won a 2002 Lowell Thomas Travel Writing Award
for best guidebook.
Liz Albertson (Chapter 12) worked as an editor for Frommer’s
Travel Guides for four years before making the leap to the other
side of the computer as the author of Ireland For Dummies. When
she isn’t researching and writing, Liz spends much of her time in
Ireland sitting in on traditional music sessions, fiddle in hand. She
currently teaches fifth and sixth grade in New Haven, Connecticut.
Cheryl A. Pientka (Chapter 13) is a freelance journalist and a literary
scout. She is the author of Paris For Dummies and co-author of
France For Dummies. A graduate of Columbia University Graduate
School of Journalism and the University of Delaware, she lives in
New York when she can’t be in Paris.
George McDonald (Chapter 14) is a former deputy editor of and
currently contributing writer for Holland Herald, the in-flight magazine
for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. He has written extensively about
Amsterdam and the Netherlands for international magazines and
travel books such as Frommer’s Belgium, Holland & Luxembourg
and Frommer’s Europe.
Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince (Chapters 16 and 17) have
written numerous best-selling Frommer’s guides and are coauthors
of Frommer’s Europe. Porter is a former bureau chief for
the Miami Herald, and Prince, who began writing with Porter in
1982, worked for the Paris bureau of the New York Times.
Hana Mastrini (Chapter 18) is a native of the western Czech spa
town of Karlovy Vary who became a veteran of the “Velvet
Revolution” as a student in Prague in 1989. She is the author of
Frommer’s Prague & the Best of the Czech Republic and co-author
of Frommer’s Europe and Frommer’s Europe by Rail.
Bruce Murphy and Alessandra de Rosa (Chapters 19–21) are parttime
residents of Rome. Murphy’s work has appeared in magazines
ranging from Cruising World to Critical Inquiry. An avid traveler
since her first cross-Europe trip at the age of 2, de Rosa was born
in Rome and has lived and worked in Rome, Paris, and New York
City. They are the authors of Italy For Dummies and Rome For
Neil Schlecht (Chapters 22 and 23) is a writer and cycling aficionado
who has lived in Spain, Brazil, and Ecuador. He has
worked in Spain as an English teacher, a consultant on social and
economic development projects for the European Union, and as a
contributing writer for a Spanish art and antiques magazine. He is
the author of a dozen travel guides, including Spain For Dummies.
Vancouver-born Tania Kollias (Chapter 24) longed to travel since
a teen trip to England to meet the relatives, and used a Frommer’s
guide for her first solo journey to Europe. A degree, four continents,
and many journals later, she now lives in her father’s native
Athens, Greece, where she wrote the country’s first comprehensive
listings book for expats, edited the Now in Athens monthly for
the 2004 Olympics, and still works as a journalist and writer. She
travels in and out of Greece whenever she gets the chance.