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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Yes.

If you dig in the internet, you're likely to find a few nuggets of gold in all the dirt and common metals if you have enough time. Or, you can go to the jeweler and get a refined and polished ring.

These guides distill so much information that it is a HUGE time savings. The maps are much more convenient than trying to print your screen shots, and walking tours with notes on what you're seeing are nonexistent on the net - good luck trying to put one as good as these together! In addition there is the added benefit of a traveller's wisdom; few websites will tell you less expensive options for what they are trying to sell you! Even fewer come with a menu decoder!

Here's a promise: If you read this, you will probably save money and (more importantly) definitely save time during your trip.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Rick's books are the best as they provide travelers with detailed useful information on sites, museums, hotels and restaurants not available in other travel publications. We love Paris and Rick's Paris books are without equal. His books are a nice way to meet other people traveling who are also carrying one of his books. Also, we do get hotel discounts when we show his book at the front desk. His books are also great for touring certain museums. People will come up to us and ask where to get his book as the museums don't provide the details like his books do on how to enjoy and see important art in a specific museum. Thanks Rick.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I never travel to Europe without Rick Steves in my pocket. I had the Paris 2009 book from our previous trip and it led me to places that I had never heard of, but which turned out to be some of our favorite places in Paris. His tips for avoiding lines and getting the most of our time in another city/country are invaluable. And I learned new things from this revision to help us prepare for our trip there in the spring. (Last time we were there, you couldn't make a reserved time to go to the Eiffel Tower.) Plus, his comments and guides through the various historical sites are informative and interesting and often funny! We are planning day trips from Paris on this trip and I intend on buying his France 2014 book when it is released.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
for a fist time visitor, for a rush visitor, for a long term visitor, the book is a great way to learn everything about France, its people its history, and whereabouts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2014
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Buy the hard copy version. It is very difficult to use the maps and walking tours on the electronic version when you are out and about in Paris
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2014
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This guide helped me to:
1. Find my way around the city
2. Take informed walks to learn more
3. Find all the important museums, arrive on time, make the most of time there
4. Understand what I was seeing
5. Know how to communicate and to watch my manners

The map that was included with the book was the best I found. Print readable and clearly marked sites.

My only concern is that the commentary about the art and sculpture is too much tongue in cheek.
Other specific guides give a more educated perspective.

However this guide is very good in helping with the details of travel. Twice I found myself very appreciative of the specifics included. The section on how to figure out phone numbers and how to get a doctor to make a house call were invaluable.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2014
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Was very disappointed in this book. I used his Europe through the Back Door 15 years ago and had a great time. Now his recommended site are either tourist traps or not worth seeing. I also had much better luck using Yelp for restaurant recommendations - his recommendations serve overpriced, mediocre food.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2013
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I just started reading this guide, about 3 days, and am glad I bought it. more information than you will probably need. great buy
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
Rick can be entertaining in his writing, but the book omits whole swaths of France and concentrates on a reduced number of sites, meaning you will need another couple of guidebooks. Also, the fact that he shamelessly plugs businesses that give kickbacks if you show them his picture or book compromises the integrity of what he is recommending. Some sections are good, but caveat emptor.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Thought it would be lighter to have all my books in the kindle for a trip to Paris. Unfortunately, it was not paginated. This clearly does not work for a reference work, as one lacks any sort of reference to either major sections or specific content within them. I don't understand the "locator" alternative, as trying to recall locations is not nearly as intuitive as remembering a page. If one is going to use a locator in lieu of a page, then perhaps the table of contents should refer to specific locations, e.g., "Hotels: (location) 2193," which it does not. The contents are listed, but without pages or locators. So, one is forced to scroll back and forth through a 700+ page work to attempt to locate a particular data point.

Inefficient and frustrating, ultimately unworkable. "Tant pis," as I'm sure it would have been very helpful. Two star rating for atrocious formatting.
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