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  • Series: Rick Steves
  • Paperback: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 2012 Edition edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612380069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612380063
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I travel I'll buy the other guides of Rick Steves.
Bea
The index is just text and links are not implemented so you have to use the Kindle search function to find anything.
Tom XYZ
All of Rick Steves' guides give great tips on avoiding lines, saving money, using transit systems, what to see, etc.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By MJ on April 17, 2012
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I love the book, hate the Kindle version. I had the bright idea that it would be so helpful to put a lot of travel books onto my Kindle, then I wouldn't have to carry around heavy books. I ended up not trying many different ones--they may all have similar problems, but this one was really poorly published for the Kindle. Maybe if I had a Kindle fire, it would be a bit better.
Here are the problems with the way it's been published for Kindle:
Color maps are completely unreadable--grey blurry with no legible words at all--in black and white format.
Regular maps which presumably are in black and white in the book but are on 2 pages are readable but barely, and they are of course put onto 2 consecutive pages, but without any indication that it's the second half of the first page--words (and roads) trail off and are difficult to locate on the continuation page. While you can increase the size of type in text, you could not enlarge the maps (and if you could have, they would have been really blurry, as I discovered when I used a magnifying glass to try to read what was on there).

Navigating the book is really difficult. On my trip, I met a couple who had 2 versions of the book--the wife had the paperback version and the husband had the Kindle version. They agreed that they could not get along with just the Kindle version. Anytime I wanted to go to a specific section, I had to go all the way back to the Table of Contents, try to remember under which chapter/section title the information I wanted was, and go there. You couldn't search the book, you couldn't even search the index, which was not very good anyway in terms of finding something.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lapimienta on February 17, 2012
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I've always used a Frommers or Fodors guide in my travels, but this was recommened to me by someone who'd been to Paris last year and used it. She said it was more practical, had lots of alternatives, and included things like what's worth the trek and what isn't. She was right. I really like this guide. It provides self-guided tours to most of the major sights and practical advice regarding spending your time and money. Lots of handy maps of the museums and different sections of the city, along w/street maps of East and West Paris and the metros. Typical reviews of restaurants and hotels, best times to visit the sights, day trips, etc. Smaller than some other guidebooks at 8"x4 1/2" x 3/4", it fits in my backpack w/o taking up too much room, and even fits in my jacket pocket. It seems like a guide for someone who wants a little more perspective than offered in a Lonely Planet Guide, but not so much that you're overwhelmed by the choices in it. I'll update after I've actually taken the trip and used it to review accuracy and usefulness on-site.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By PG on December 15, 2011
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All of Rick Steves' guides give great tips on avoiding lines, saving money, using transit systems, what to see, etc. In addition to the tips you get a solid background on the area you are visiting, making the trip even better. Saving time and money make vacations a lot more fun.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bfutrell on December 13, 2011
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LOVED THIS BOOK. Good ol Rick Steve did not disappoint us. Used this on a trip to Paris with my husband and were so glad we had it with us. Used it for food choices, our itinerary, ways to avoid lines (saved us SO much time), etc. BUY IT! You'll be glad you did!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Z. Mahdavi on January 8, 2012
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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay because of this guide. Everything was up to date. The tours are excellent, so be sure to download the podcasts onto your iPhones and iPods, and bring a set of headphones to the museums when you go. In addition, the many walks are long and scenic. I would highly recommend this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Addict on April 29, 2012
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We found this book invaluable. We learned about the Museum Pass, tipping standards, using the Metro, etc. His pick-pocket advice is so good that I managed to thwart a thief on the Metro. Order the book early and give yourself time to read it. The one section I missed was the Eiffel Tour and how to book reservations. We stood in line for 2 hours when we could've skipped the whole line with pre-purchased tickets. We did one of his walking tours and followed his advice when visiting monuments. Even his Museum tours are excellent. He's right when he says there are only a few essential French phrases to learn--many people spoke English, which takes the fun out of learning French but at the same time removes some anxiety for those who haven't. Bring sticky flags and highlighters to mark what you'd like to do.

I will buy this book again when we visit Paris in the future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By winemac on April 16, 2012
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Let's face it - Rick Steves' has been doing this for so long, he's got it down pat! If you want a concise guide to maximizing your precious vacation time while minimizing the hit on your wallet, Rick Steves is your guy(guide!) I deducted a star because most museums in Paris have now adopted a no-photograph policy. Although this is not his fault, I would have thought as a renowned travel writer he would have confirmed or been given this information prior to publication. Even so, his information was still applicable for all the other hotels, restaurants, and sites. Definitely worth it!
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