Shopping is a revealing, entertaining and yet frequently overlooked part of travel. Guide books devote pages to hotels, historical buildings and art galleries but barely mention the fantastic specialist shops. Why not? Set up to meet the needs and desires of a particular community, they take you right to the heart of a place, into the living culture that is so interesting to come across and yet often so hard to find.
In the same way that you might seek out a good restaurant or museum, all the specialist shops in this book are worth revising your original route. You can join the Parisians who queue for the world-famous bread at Poilane’s; stroll with an ice-cream at midnight in Rome; or have a look at Smith’s, the excellent umbrella shop in London. At Gelbe Musik, Berlin, you can drop by for old and new sounds. Specialist shops are open doorways to tempting new worlds.
What goes on behind the counters is often energetic. A shop may keep an old fashioned appearance and sense of personal service, but you soon learn that it only survives through devotion and by never ceasing to change. Their future sometimes hangs by the fine thread of an individual’s commitment or a family’s sense of tradition. Some of the shop keepers have given up other careers to follow their parents. Will another generation so dutiful?
We have a part to play, too, in the survival of these exceptional “trading places”. As consumers, we can vote with our cash to enjoy, and, support the best.
They offer you export knowledge, best quality and uniqueness of a thing of its kind, just a step off the street.
1. What kind of a book this preface isn’t introducing?
A. A Guide to Tourist Attractions
B. A Guide to Museums
C. A Guide to Shopping Centers
D. A guide to Specialist Shops
由“barely mention the fantastic specialist shops”可知答案。
2. Judging from the examples presented in the passage, you can find the following shops in the book except one. That is _____.
A. Bakery B. Tea Shop （Coffee House）
C. CD’s Shop D. Restaurant
3. Most of the shop owners in this book are running their shop for seemingly a common purpose. That is _______.
A. to make maximum profits
B. to maintain a family tradition
C. to refine a special goods
D. to satisfy particular customers.
4. The concluding paragraph contains an understatement to _____.
A. encourage you to buy
B. do window shopping
C. pick up a bargain there
D. satisfy your curiosity as a tourist
5. For whom the book is written for?
A. Bargain hunters
B. international tourists
D. Average Customers