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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2013
I'm one of those people who obsessively research for trips and usually buy multiple different types of guidebooks just to make sure I get all the information and I don't miss anything. The last time I traveled to Europe (month long trip), I purchased Fodors, Lonely Planet and Rick Steves' guides for the few places I'd been to. I will say without a doubt, that the Rick Steves was by far the most comprehensive, user friendly and most useful by far. Every restaurant I tried from his recommended list was amazing and I really enjoyed all the tips he had about avoiding lines, how to purchase metro passes and other logistics in the most money and time-saving manner possible, along with historical details or fun facts.

This Paris guide is no different. Again he has great comprehensive information about a variety of areas, covering multiple interests and budgets. His guidebooks tend to be more informative rather than just a seeming telephone book of hotels and restaurants with phone numbers and times (though he does have a good list of those for each area). He has a lot of self-guided walks through Paris as well, which I found to be really helpful the last time I was there (and way cheaper than taking an expensive tour!). Overall, I'm very pleased with the quality and detail of his books and am very much looking forward to my next trip to Paris this winter!
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
I bought the 2013 right before an early December 2012 trip to Paris and it became the 'guidebook' of choice for our traveling group to Paris. Between the six of us, we had several different guidebooks but based on my previous history with Rick's books - I knew this is the one I wanted to have. It quickly became a 'joke' in our group to ask what Rick Steves had to say about where we were. The reference materials for getting around Paris were great (opening times, what was open on Monday, what was closed for 2013) but the tours within the books of the several museums and different neighborhoods were awesome. It helped us quickly get around the Louvre and help us find the little off the wall places (we had lunch at the cafe featured in Amelie thanks to this book). It also helped us figure out a few mistaken assumptions before we mis-spent valuable time getting to the wrong place. (Jim Morrison is not buried in Montmartre cemetery but Pere Lachaise cemetery.) Take this book with you!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
I purchased the print edition to start planning a trip and was very pleased to see the kindle edition available.

I love Rick Steves programs and guidebooks. The kindle version has a few flaws. The maps at the beginning of the book are not legible, even when using zoom view. In fact they are even less legible and therefore, useless. Most of the inner maps are legible and one can zoom in a bit and see some detail. On the positive side the embedded links to websites and content in other parts of the book work. I use these versions on my ipad and look forward to having them with me on my trip.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2013
I got this to use on our recent trip to Paris last week. It was my very first international trip overseas, so I'm pretty green to the ways of international travel. There was such a vast amount of information in this book about just about every topic. It helped us greatly with what sights we wanted to see or not, explained things to do and not do in Paris in regards to tipping or other topics, and was a huge help with travel as far as what to use or not use. I think the one thing I would have liked to see more of in the book though were more maps, and more DETAILED maps of the city. I ended up having to buy a separate street and metro map to get around, but that's ok. This book was totally worth it for me. I ended up having the most amazing trip.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2013
I have to give this book 5 stars! I took this with me on my recent 8 day visit to Paris and it was so helpful. I would read about certain places the night before and that is how my husband and I would plan our next day adventure! Taking this book with us would allow us to learn the history of the places we were visiting and how to get to the next place. This book has everything you could need to plan your day, from metro stops to ticket prices and restaurants, its the ONLY book you will need. Definately follow the Historic Paris Walk exactly as this book describes as it takes you to many places, shows you lots of historic sites, and even gets you to a place for some great ice cream for a treat! Here is my advice: GET THIS BOOK AND GET IT NOW!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2013
I used to purchase three or four guide books whenever we whould travel somewhere. Now I realize all I really need is Rick on my trip. I've now begun purchasing them on Kindle so I don't have to drag around books which add weight to my packing. I download it on my IPad and on my IPhone so the information is always at my fingertips. Additionally you can download Rick Steve's Audio Europe App on your phone. This is a free app. It gives audio tours of attractions. All you need is your phone and a set of earbuds. Download all the Tracks you want to listen to BEFORE you leave for your trip and then you don't need wifi or internet service to use these in France (there are also many other countries he has free audio guides for). When you get to your location, plug in your earplugs, play the tracks from the app that apply to where you are and enjoy your own private tour by Rick Steves.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2013
I used this book when I went to Paris in January 2013. There is a section on transfers to and from CDG. If you use the one company you will get a discount of 10%.. The hotel, food, walking tours descriptions seemed to be accurate., but if you are taking your phone, don't rely on this book to help you with instruction on getting and installing a SIM card, check with your phone provider and get your phone unlocked. It is very complicated.

I have used metro pass and the museum pass in the past and the book does tell you it is more cost effective to by the book of carnets for the metro and if you are concentrating on one or two museums, it does not pay to buy the pass.. It is true. The tips in the book helped me save money. The money I saved more than paid for the book.

I would recommend the book for travelers to Paris. When I came home I donated it to my local library so other may use the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2013
It is a great guidebook. The only problem I see with the kindle version is the lack of a content table. You pretty much depend on the search function to find some specific informations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2013
I bought the electronic version of this because I thought it would be more portable than a paper copy, however the maps tended to be a little smaller than I'd have liked. Still, there was a lot of useful information and it was a helpful, and saved having to carry a lot of excess weight.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2012
This is the 3rd Rick Steves travel book I purchased, I love his guide books because he doesn't list "things to do" with an neutral attitude, I feel like I'm reading a friend's letter while I read his books, he has great humor & extensive knowledge about the destination, the book includes the most practical info, tips & map, he often gives alternative routes (scenic bus ride or speedy metro) & funny comments about artworks, we enjoyed it so much hopping into museums with this book & think that he is qualified to be a "comedian tour guide".
I'd recommend you to make bookmarks before your trip so you can easily navigate through the thick book on the go.
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