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Lonely Planet Discover France (Full Color Country Travel Guide) Paperback – April 1, 2010


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  • Series: Full Color Country Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741799929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741799927
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,215,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love Lonely Planet travel guides.
Mercedes J.
It is crammed with useful information about the weather, what to wear, what to bring and very importantly - selected itineraries for various cities and towns.
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The guide has beautiful color pictures printed in very good quality paper - one downside is that all of this makes the book a bit heavy to carry around.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By GX VINE VOICE on May 2, 2010
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Comparing and contrasting the Lonely Planet Discovery Series to the Classic Country Guide edition I would be hard pressed to recommend the Discovery series even if it was half the price - which it should be. If you cut the number of pages, use larger type and add lots of photos you can guess that it is the actual words which get eliminated. Although the page count is trimmed by 60% I would say the content is trimmed by about 75%. Paris suffers less, but places like Colmar only get 2 sentences versus several pages. Across the board, instead of getting 6 or 7 restaurant recommendations for an area, you get 1 or 2. To be clear, the photos are no 'DK Eyewitness' level you could probably get bigger photos from brochures.

What's Different with the Discovery Edition vs. the Classic edition
- Far less written content
- Less eating, drinking and sleeping suggestions
- Elimination of smaller cities
- Larger type, probably 12 point vs. 8 point in classic
- 408 pages vs. 1012 pages
- Heavier paper (so its probably 3/4 the weight of the 1012p edition)
- Less maps, but they are in color
- Same number of 'best of suggestions'
- Generally the same number of itinerary suggestions
- A few full page color photos
- Lots of small inline color pictures which are so small they aren't terribly valuable.

I highly recommend against the Discovery guide and recommend using the classic country guide for the same price. If you only plan on going to a few areas, it's easy enough to crack the binding and staple together segments you need to save weight and still get very detailed information on the places you want to visit.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SanjeevP TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 1, 2010
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Like all Lonely Planet books, Discover France, is profusely illustrated and gives a decent overview of France. Normally, these are the questions I have before and during the trip to a new place and the answers this book provides.

1. DO I WANT TO VISIT FRANCE? Yes, the book gives a good overview of the country, different regions, and all the big cities with a section devoted to each major area of France: Paris, Champaigne & the Northeast, The Loire & Central France, Brittany & Normandy, Bordeaux & the Southwest etc. The whole first chapter is France's Top 25 Experiences- Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysees, Chamonix, The Pont Du Gard and so on so forth.

2. THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO VISIT FRANCE? Pages 374-375 cover the climate in different cities at different times of the year.

3. HOW DO I PLAN MY TRIP? Top itineraries have a separate chapter but they are covered very briefly. Again, planning the trip on page 39 is also very rushed.

4. HOW DO I GET THERE AND HOW DO I GET AROUND THERE? Transportation is well covered from pages 384 to 394 and is the strength of this book.

5. WHERE TO STAY? A very small number of hotels are described, for example, two under SLEEPING in the chapter on Champagne. Descriptions in a couple of sentences are rather laconic, not like the AAA books "Staying at this three star place from center is like being a personal guest of Monsieur". Hotels are poorly covered and I wouldn't depend on this book to find me a place to stay.

6. WHAT DO I DO WHEN I AM THERE? This part is mostly well covered as ACTIVITIES under the description of each region although sometimes lacking in details.

7. WHERE DO I EAT? Restaurants are also very poorly covered, like hotels: for example only 2 in Burgundy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 14, 2010
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Lonely Planet has produced a book of brief images and descriptions of France. For the impatient that doesn't need or want much detail, this could be a good thing. For most travelers, I'm afraid there just isn't enough in this book to plan a trip to France.

The book is organized in a repetitive manner; each section has more information but repeats what was in the previous chapters. The first section describes the twenty five top experiences (five are oriented around Paris). The second section is three top itineraries, the fast food equivalent of touring France, and some practical tips. The bulk of the book is seven chapters about different regions of France. Each chapter is organized like the rest of the book, highlights, more information about each department, and finally itineraries. Paris is given roughly fifty pages, the equivalent of the one hundred calorie snack pack. Finally, there is a closing chapter about the French, their history, and customs.

The writing is good, the pictures are pleasant (they are in FULL COLOR!!! as the cover of the book screams) but small, and the layout functional. This book got me started, gave me some ideas of what to go see, but then left me wanting for more information.

I could debate each section of the book, was this itinerary good or bad, why did they choose these monuments or towns; I lived in France and have travelled the country extensively. Unfortunately once I began reading about an area, there was so little detail, there was no reason to even quibble over the choices. The restaurant and hotel suggestions are so few, it would be impossible to really debate this book.

Lonely Planet has gone a very poor direction with this guidebook.
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