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Lonely Planet Paris (Travel Guide)

Parisian Museums
Why I love Paris, by Lonely Planet author Catherine Le Nevez

Paris’ grandeur is inspiring but what I love most about the city is its intimacy. Its quartiers are like a patchwork of villages, and while it’s one of the world’s major metropolises—with all of the culture and facilities that go with it—there’s a real sense of community at the local shops, markets and cafes that hasn’t changed since my childhood. Yet because every little village has its own evolving character, I’m constantly discovering and rediscovering hidden corners of the city.

Inside This Guide to Paris
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • Champs-Elysees
  • The Louvre
  • Montmartre
  • Latin Quarter
  • Shopping
  • Eating
  • And much more!
A Sample of Paris' Outdoors
Cuisine in Paris
Lonely Planet's Guide to Paris includes 3D maps of top attractions

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"Paris: City Guide is a traveler's guide for those who want to get the absolute most out of their visit to the City of Lights." (Midwest Book Review 2013-03-00)
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Product Details

  • Series: Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 9 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742200354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742200354
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gottfried Schmer on February 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
The 2013 edition of Lonely Planet's guide to Paris lives up its hype as the most popular travel book for Paris. The guide contains practical advice, historical facts, travelers' stories, and inspiring photographs. It is the sort of guide for first timers or seasoned travellers to Paris.

The bottom line in buying any travel guide, is how useful is it? It depends on your interests and budget. If you want general knowledge of cultural and outdoor activities, LP is the best choice. On the other hand, if you aren't interested in straying off the beaten path, another travel guide such as Fodor's may be a more viable option.

There is plenty to do in Paris if you spend your whole summer vacation relaxing and seeing the sights. The guide is easy to use by looking up the best place to eat go shopping, buy an antique, and so on. However, with the popularity of LP, every place listed will raise their prices up to 25 %. A better alternative is to find places which are out of the way. Look for classified ads in the local newspaper (if you know some French) and go there instead of places which LP recommends. It can save you a lot of money and you may meet some interesting people.

The guidebook is slim enough (425 pp.) and it is compact enough to take on your trip. But with each new edition, valuable information such as emergencies and dangers are omitted. Some places in Paris during night are dangerous and tourists should be on their guard for purse snatching and pickpockets. Especially the Moulin Rouge area is notorious place for petty theft during night hours. The current edition does not have information for medical emergencies. This valuable piece of information can save a life and should be included in the next edition. Thus, I give 4 star rating out of 5.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By customer on April 18, 2013
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I've enjoyed Lonely Planet books for years, and Lonely Planet Paris (City Guide) is another great guidebook in the series. It is full of historical background as well as practical tips. I have never been to the city, but I am planning a trip now, and I have been going through this book to prepare. The Arc de Triomphe, for example, starts out with a brief history of the monument, explains some of the plaques, describes some of the sculptures, and concludes with the viewing platform.

WIKIPEDIA VS LONELY PLANET
It's all clear and well-written, but in this age of Wikipedia, how necessary is it? If you visit the Wikipedia page for the Arc de Triomphe, you'll find much more historical detail, many photographs of the plaques and so forth that are only briefly described in the guidebook, and better directions about how to gain access to the arch.

I've gathered a lot of Wikipedia entries for the trip and put them into my Evernote account, so I'll have them easily accessible. I also plan to have wireless access, so I doubt I will be consulting this guidebook as much as I would have ten or twenty years ago. Wikipedia is sometimes inaccurate when it comes to history (so is Lonely Planet), but it is usually on target when it comes to more practical matters like gaining access to a site like the Arc de Triomphe, and it has photographs galore.

If you have wireless access, should you bother bringing it along on your trip? I still think so, because it offers a handy way to find quick synopses of sites, and it still contains great tips on food (though Yelp!, like Wikipedia, is also a potentially more useful alternative). Gathering the Wikipedia entries takes a lot of time, and it is definitely easier to thumb through this guide, so it still has a role to play in planning for a trip.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Rosenbloom on October 2, 2013
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I bought this guide for the Kindle because I thought it would be great to have access to the information on my kindle and phone rather than having to lug the paper book around. But the navigation in the book was terrible, very hard to move back and forth between locations or to search for information about locations. And the maps were poorly reproduced so almost unusable on a mobile device. The e-book medium should be perfect for guidebooks, but the publishers need to move beyond simply porting the print edition.

Content of the guide itself was OK.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joe the Lion on January 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
I've been very loyal to Lonely Planet travel guides for trips I've taken all over Europe and Asia. Their recommendations are always spot-on. The downside was always that they weren't as lavishly illustrated as some of the other guides on the market. With this new 2013 edition, Lonely Planet has gone COLOR. Pictures and maps liven up the guide. And I'm very happy they've brought back their extensive maps at the back of the book (missing from the 2011 edition!). If you're really looking for the best Paris guide, Lonely Planet is it. Great background information, great tips on how to get the most out of your time there, and some excellent walking tour maps to inspire a day in a new neighborhood. Furthermore, I do enjoy how Lonely Planet always includes some information specific to LGBT travelers. Now my partner and I know where to go for a drink when we're there! Do yourself a favor and take this with you!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Reba Berryman on February 24, 2013
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This is the best. It's organized by neighborhood. All the sightseeing, eating/drinking and shopping for each neighborhood is in a separate section. The neighborhood maps included with all the sites noted just makes it that much better. All I have to do is take a section and map out of this book for my day's activities!
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