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Product Details

  • Series: Full-color Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Fodor's; 9 edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140000523X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400005239
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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And this book . . . well, it just makes you want to go there.
David Field
One or more very nice color maps, with topographical features, grace each section, as well as a good selection of full-page and smaller color photos.
Terry Sunday
All in all, this is a very good regional guidebook to help in planning a trip to the south of France.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 3, 2011
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The south eastern area of France is one of the most varied and beautiful of the country. Fodor's has written an excellent in depth guide to this amazing region. This is one of the best guidebooks to one of my favorite areas of France.

The beauty of Provence, there is something for everybody, hiking (from plains to mountains), swimming (and beautiful people watching), fine dining, relaxing, and the fine arts. Fodor's has arranged itineraries and descriptions of towns around all this activities. With careful planning, just about anybody will be happy with a tour of Provence.

The first section of the book is a general overview of the region that serves as a guide to the more in depth sections of the book. Fodor's make an excellent pitch for a two week visit to the area, as Peter Mayle discovered, even with a year, it's hard to really appreciate everything this region has to offer. At first glance the itineraries seem time based, but in fact they are more aligned with the kind of activity - lounging on the beach, art, food, perfume, and wine.

The book is then subdivided into geographic areas. Each has its own personality and Fodor's does an excellent job reflecting the nuances. There are several focus sections marked by an orange edge on the pages. These are great in depth descriptions.

Fodor's is repetitive if you try to read this book cover to cover. Time of year to visit is repeated many times, it's hard to miss that it gets hot in Provence during July and August, and very windy and cold in the winter. From personal experience, heed the advice even if you live in Arizona or Alaska. Almost every section talks about the fabulous breakfast.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RanLo on September 27, 2012
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Just finished a 10 day trip through Provence, with nothing but this book (and a GPS) to help me. The book is very pretty and colorful, but that's about all the good stuff I can say about it.

- The book has plenty of inaccuracies - opening hours are often off, entry fees are inaccurate or missing, restaurants which closed more than a year ago are still 'recommended', names of restaurants are wrong - really irritating when you look for an hour for 'Chez Michel' in Nimes, only to find it is really named the 'Cheval Blanc', and was never named 'Chez Michel'; or when they advertise a restaurant as 30EUR when it's more like 60EUR.

- The maps in the book are completely worthless - Some main roads are not marked, most of the roads are missing numbers, none of the maps mention road distances, etc.

- Information about places is not always where you would expect it. For example, the entry of a little town may give you information about it, then 20 pages later, in an entry about 'Lavender', they refer back to the little town and give you an address in the little town. You get to the little town, and forgot the address? Good luck finding it again!

- The book is organized around the way THE WRITER expects you to experience Provence - From West to East. If you want to do it the opposite way - it's a constant search for 'Oh! Wait! Where's the page about the town I'm in?

- 'General Introduction' pages refer to (and recommend) towns about which there is no additional entry in the book.

I may be biased, as I was used to traveling with Michelin guides, which have great maps, lots of historical background, are organized in alphabetical order, and have a rating system of stars for attractions. Personally, I find that other style much more appealing. Anyway, Enjoy Provence! :)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By krebsman VINE VOICE on July 18, 2011
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What's extremely helpful about this book is the section of suggested "Great Itineraries." The authors suggest five itineraries, each with a specific goal. The first is a 14-day tour called "First-Timer: the Best Two-Week Tour, second is a seven-day tour, "One Week in Provence: Aix, Arles, and Avignon." Third is "One Week on the Riviera: Cruising the Cote d'Azur." Fourth is "The Modern Art Road," but the fifth, "Ancient Provence" is the one that really interests me. I specifically want to visit lots of archaeological sites, but at the same time, I want to see some of the places that where Van Gough and Cezanne (among many others) lived and worked. And of course, I have to do some nature walks and spend a few days at the beach, too. So I'll make the "Ancient Provence" route the skeleton of my tour, but with more research I can find detours that will enhance my Provence experience. So even with only a brief acquaintance with the book I've already planned the broad outlines of the trip. The book has some breathtaking color photographs and a few nice articles giving more details on such subjects as "Provence's wild west," "the lavender route," "The Riviera's best beaches," and "the modern art route." The logistics of getting from place to place without a car seem fairly detailed (I can't vouch for their accuracy until I've taken the trip) and the full color maps are legible. As usual, Fodor's skews toward the expensive side in its recommendations of hotels and restaurants, but there are other guides (as well as the Internet) that can solve that. I would never recommend using only one guidebook, but this one seems pretty good, especially for the traveler who is in the planning stages. My only disappointment is that the book does not mention Marcel Pagnol.Read more ›
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