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Welcome to France

A country that seduces travelers with its unfalteringly familiar culture woven around café terraces, village-square markets and lace-curtained bistros with their plat du jour (dish of the day) chalked on the board.

France Outdoors
3D Map of Versailles
Cultural Savoir Faire

France is all about world-class art and architecture, Roman temples and Renaissance châteaux, iconic landmarks known the world over, and rising stars few yet know. Stroll the lily-clad gardens Monet painted and savour un café (an espresso) at the Parisian café where Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir met to philosophise. See glorious pasts blaze forth and imagine the life of a French king at bourgeois Versailles. View tomorrow’s art stars in squats secreted in abandoned 19th-century Haussmann mansions in Paris, or at new headline-grabbing museums up north. Drink cocktails in a shabby-chic Nantes warehouse. Listen to Marseille rap and Parisian jazz. Sense the subtle infusion of language, music and mythology in Brittany, brought by 5th-century Celtic invaders. Yes, French culture offers never-ending possibilities to fill any stay in France.

Food Experiences

Indulging in the country’s extraordinary wealth and variety of gastronomic pleasures is reason alone to travel in France. From north to south, every region safeguards its own unique culinary products and traditions, while dining well is a value shared by all.

Wine, Glorious Wine

Lonely Planet France Offers
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  • Eat & Drink Like a Local
  • Travel with Children
  • Regions at a Glance

About the Author

A British writer living on the southern (French) side of Lake Geneva in a house with lake and Jura mountain views, Nicola is well and truly spoilt...so much so that she only eats in places that cook up real McCoy lake fish (most comes from Eastern Europe) and if the sky is not blue she refuses to ski. A journalist by trade, she worked in the Baltic region as a newspaper features editor and later as In Your Pocket city-guide editor for several years before trading in Lithuanian cepelinai for Lyonnais andouillette in 1997. She has authored numerous titles for Lonely Planet, including first editions of The Loire, Provence & the Côte d'Azur and Languedoc-Roussillon.
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Product Details

  • Series: Travel Guide (Book 10)
  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 10 edition (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742200362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742200361
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This must be the best of times for travellers looking for fine guidebooks to European countries! We travel to Europe for a month or more each year and pick from a range of nations, France among them. This edition of 'France' was published in March, 2013 and came out just as we finished extensive work with a range of guidebooks for this year's travels in Champagne, Alsace, Lorraine, Burgundy and Paris. Having so much background, I selected this new guide for a Vine Voice review.

Like the new Paris city guide from Lonely Planet (that I reviewed earlier), this edition is really fresh and lively, with the 'full colour' treatment, copious and brand new general and detailed maps and the same fine pull-out map found in the new Paris edition. Any traveller who is interested in France can benefit from this guide but Lonely Planet particularly speaks to travellers in three budget categories, calculated on two factors: food and lodging. Advice falls into 100 Euros and under, basic lodging plus one midday meal; 100-200 Euros, mid-price hotel double occupancy plus prix-fixed menus at a modest brasserie or restaurant; and 200 Euros and up for 'name' hotels and gourmet meals. These categories leave no room for any incidental expenses like local travel or snacks or admissions to attractions. Local travel, train travel and car rental and supplementary food stops are on top of that so even disciplined budget travellers should plan on spending more than this guide envisions.

No guide to France can be truly comprehensive but this one is at least HUGE: 1006 pages plus pull-out map, including a large, well-organized index. The book can be started from either the front or the back(!
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My work involves photographing and researching the world's major shipwrecks and other leading scuba diving sites. Whilst I may not be looking for those major historic attractions which are found in the countries I am visiting, all the other local information relevant to my trip remains vitally important. Consequently, I am just as likely to be seeking the same information as any other visitor.

Over many years I have consulted a great many books which claim to be visitor guides. Because I have neither the time nor the patience for false, misleading, out-of-date or simply inaccurate information, many of these so-called guides have ended up in the bin. Not so with the Lonely Planet country guides and this one is as good as they get.

In short; Thoroughly recommended. Just make certain you purchase the latest edition.

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I bought the Kindle edition of this guide. I would advise not to buy. Perhaps this is the problem with any ebook Travel Guide but it is virtually impossible to find anything. There is really nothing I would call a conventional index and there is very little in the way of interactivity one would expect in a electronic travel guide. While this may be the nature of the beast I really think if Lonely Planet is going to sell ebook guides they should put some effort into the electronic side. There are a number of (free) apps which do a better job.
If you must buy the hardcopy but not the ebook.
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Buy the hard book! As a travel guide the Kindle version is impossible to navigate and so frustrating to use. I gave up trying to use it on our trip and kept referring to various articles on the internet instead when I could get an internet connection. Not easy in hotels in France. I thought that having a copy on my iPad would be useful instead of the heavy book, also the Kindle version is about half the price. Well, it was a waste of money.
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This is a hefty tome of over a thousand pages as befits a country as large and diverse as France. The first fifty or so pages cover the usual general topics such as a month by month guide, suggested itineraries and the obligatory fifteen top sites which are largely subjective, but included the obvious ones such as Mont St Michel and the Eiffel Tower.

The meat of the book is in the next 850 pages and is divided into the 19 regions of France. Generally what is covered are the main attractions within the area together with where to eat, where to stay and other relevant information. Looking at the Loire, which is an area I am familiar with, the general attractions of the area were very adequately covered and there was information on such essentials as opening times and pricing. The information on eateries was generally OK, but on occasion did seem a little out of date to me - I imagine it is asking a bit much to expect a book of this size to be totally updated for each edition. Personally I am not normally too interested in the accommodation data as I find sites such as Tripadvisor give much more accurate and timely information than a guide such as this.

Towards the end there is quite a lot of general information including the history of France, architecture and a very useful survival guide, which has been a recent and welcome addition to Lonely Planet guides. Overall I found this to be a very comprehensive guides, and whilst if you are visiting Paris you may find a specific guide covering the city more helpful, this will contain everything you need for a trip to France.
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