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Explore Paris the fun and easy way

Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, stroll the Champs-Elysées, or linger in a cozy cafe. Take in the theater, symphony, or opera, or dance the night away. Enjoy gourmet French cuisine or a picnic in the park. Go power shopping or bargain hunting. With this guide, your trip to Paris will be trés magnifique. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Cheryl A. Pientka is a literary scout and freelance writer. She is the coauthor of both Frommer’s Paris From $80 a Day and France For Dummies, and a contributor to Frommer’s Europe on $70 a Day. A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Delaware, she lives in New York when she can’t be in Paris.

Sean Stevens (a contributing writer) studied art history, then followed the family calling into politics before finding his passion in the restaurant world. When not in New York working for world-renowned chefs, he splits his free time between Paris and Delaware.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dummies Travel (Book 32)
  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (March 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764576305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764576300
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,806,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Naresh on December 24, 2006
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My wife and I (very unitiated to Paris) returned from a beautiful trip there last November -- a large part of that due to this book. Ms. Pientka really tries hard to let you get the well known and not so well known of the city and explains the pros/cons to areas so incredibly well. Other books might have more specifics about attractions, but they won't be as comrpehensive as this one. We loved her restaurant choices (even as Vegeterians she had some places for us!). The book was the basis for our trip and we felt we hit everything we wanted (included an out of the way flea market -- my wife loves going to them here and was excited to learn that one happens on the weekends in Paris). The only cons were that it would have been nice to have metro stops (and lines) listed next to each entry and her hotel list could have been more comprehensive. We booked a hotel on our own (not in her book) and loved it. Whether you are going to be in the City of Lights for a 2-3 days or a month, you will love this book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 2004
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A great all round guide, took the guesswork out of most aspects of the trip. If you take time to read and digest this book, this may be the only reference guide you will ever need (plus a decent map like the Streetwise) -- especially if you are going for the first time. We went to two of the restaurants mentioned in this book and they were both top notch, with excellent food and service (in English) and low prices -- a definite rarity in Paris. That alone paid for the book twice over. Also, the walking guides and tips were very useful in planning our days.
In fact, the only advice in this book that I'd disagree with would be "Tips for dressing" -- I wore ratty jeans with black sneakers all through, even to the decent restaurants, and found to my surprise that so did everyone else. In fact it makes you fit in better with local young and the hip :-)
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 2003
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I looked at several travel guides of Paris and found that this one had the most practical advice and suggestions. The metro stop information on each point-of-interest and accomodation suggestions by neighborhood was invaluable. It made our travels around Paris much easier. I also highly recommend taking the bike tour of Paris, which is listed in this book. It was a lot of fun! Ignore the clothing advice though, people in Paris do where blue jeans!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William E. Walker on November 16, 2007
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Full disclosure: I own the 2nd edition of this guidebook, so maybe the omission I found has been corrected.

For the daytrip to Versailles, the author lists two methods of transporation: driving a car or taking a tour bus. However, the easiest, quickest, and cheapest way is to take the RER. It deposits you about 200 yards from the palace. I was shocked that this info wasn't included as every other guidebook mentions it. I hope the newest editions have been updated to include this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Ripley on November 21, 2010
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Having found out with little time to plan that I was traveling to Paris, I purchased this guide and found it to be wonderful.

Clearly laid out and easy to follow, the maps and tips made for a great experience.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Esther B. Sparberg on May 18, 2007
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Excellent, well-written, with a great deal of practical, currrent information , a treasure to take with you to Paris
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