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Lonely Planet France (Travel Guide) Paperback – March 1, 2013
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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.
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.
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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(!Read more ›
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.
If you must buy the hardcopy but not the ebook.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great book. helped me decide were I want to go when visiting FrancePublished 2 months ago by kathyc
We just returned from 5 weeks in France. We used this book thoroughly to plan our itinerary and took it along for reference as we traveled. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ChrisAn
It's huge but it does the job if you're going to several cities. I liked the guide to 9 works of art at the Louvre. It can be overwhelming. Read morePublished 6 months ago by RunningTheRace
We are planning a trip to France this Summer. I've bought a few books on the subject, but love the detail of this one. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Margo
Prior to a trip to France for an extended stay (9 months), my family purchased or were given a number of guidebooks. Of those guidebooks, I think my favourite is this one. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Craig MACKINNON