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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; 1st edition (August 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439246580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439246580
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7.9 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen C. Solosky is a Professor of Mathematics/Statistics/Information Technology at Nassau Community College, in Garden City, New York. When he is not traveling, he splits his time between homes in Garden City, New York and the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. Professor Solosky’s favorite place to visit is Paris, of course. Other international favorites include Belgium, Spain, England, Germany and Italy. In the United States, he enjoys spending time in Baltimore, Annapolis, Chicago, New Orleans, Florida, and Las Vegas. Professor Solosky has previously published six college textbooks. He was encouraged to write The Traveling Professor’s Guide to Paris by those who have traveled with him to Paris and by those who have attended his Paris travel seminars. His guide to Paris has been distributed to thousands of people worldwide. Professor Solosky is also an engaging and entertaining speaker. He is widely sought out for his advice on traveling to Paris and to Europe.

More About the Author

Stephen C. Solosky holds the rank of "Professor Emeritus" from Nassau Community College, in Garden City, New York. When he is not traveling, he splits his time between homes in Garden City, New York and the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. His favorite place to visit is Paris, of course. Other international favorites include Belgium, Spain, England, Germany and Italy. In the United States, he enjoys spending time in Baltimore, Annapolis, Chicago, New Orleans, Florida, and Las Vegas.

His guide to Paris has been distributed to thousands of people worldwide. He is also an engaging and entertaining speaker. He is widely sought after for his advice on traveling to Paris and to Europe.

Professor Solosky runs small group tours to Paris, Italy, Spain, Peru & Machu Picchu. He has been profiled in "The Wall Street Journal": http://goo.gl/hKVcEk

You may contact Professor Solosky at info@travelingprofessor.com or visit his website, http://www.travelingprofessor.com.

Customer Reviews

I recommend it to all who travel to Paris.
Heather Huntington
It is a nice concise guide, simple and straightforward, with a great deal of useful information.
James M. Furey
The money (and time) saving tips were also very helpful.
Paris Traveler

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Paris Traveler on November 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book as an afterthought after buying Frommer's and Rick Steve's guides. Both of those books stayed in my suitcase as I carried the Professor's guide on the streets of Paris.

The book's restaurant recommendations are excellent. The advice and info on attractions really helped us in terms of planning our daily itineraries. The money (and time) saving tips were also very helpful. My only regret is that I did not take the Professor's advice when selecting my hotel.

I think this book is a big improvement over those "traditional" travel guides and I heartily rate "The Traveling Professor's Guide to Paris" as a "buy".
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas W. Dellanno on January 10, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
My wife and I just went to Paris for our honeymoon. It was the first time either of us were there. She had a several-hundred-page Fodor's manual and I had Professor Solosky's book.

One of the best aspects is that I was able to read this book while on the plane heading to Paris, and, in the two or so hours that it took me to read it, I already had a good idea of where we might like to go without having done any research beforehand and well before the wheels of the plane touched the runway. My wife was reading the Fodor's manual for days, which, although filled with a lot of in-depth helpful information, didn't have some of the extremely useful information that this book has, such as which Museums take Museum Passes (which will save you a lot of time standing in lines) and comments on how to get along with the locals.

The information cabout interacting with Parisians was short, but very helpful. We followed the advice throughout our trip, and everyone was very helpful and polite in return. We watched a waiter (who had been very polite with us) give a nasty tongue-lashing to the tourist in front of us who was not following the same protocol.

There are a few drawbacks to the book, such as the lack of any maps. I would recommend buying Fodor's to conduct some more in-depth research of the sites that seem interesting from an initial read-through of Mr. Solosky's book, as well as to map out the locations and how to access the sites by public transportation. But for what this book is -- which is apparently meant to serve as a brief but fairly comprehensive overview for someone with limited time -- this book is definitely worth the time and money. I recommend this book for anyone who has never been to Paris before, and for those who have been but were not able to see nearly close to everything that Paris has to offer.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Ruggero on September 23, 2009
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This is a refreshing, honestly written and truly helpful guide to the beautiful City of Lights. The way it is written and orgainized makes you feel empowered to take on this grand city and feel completely at home. There is everything from romantic to gastronomic tips, to practical Metro data to lovely side trips that give you a satisfying big picture of France. Enjoy this portable, lovely guide and bon voyage!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gloria C. on January 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
I purchased the Professor's guide after my first trip to Paris. I wish I had a copy before my trip. The guide is very easy to read and filled with practical and useful information such as using the metro (yes, do hold onto your stub!), the VAT refund (didn't discover this until several large purchases were made)and tipping protocol (apparently I was excessively tipping). Had I known about this resourceful guide book, I would have saved myself money and aggravation. Luckily, I will be travelling back to Paris again in a few weeks to celebrate my birthday (could there be a better place?!). This time it will be with the Professor's guide book in my hand leading me in all the right directions. I must add that I was fortunate enough to stumble upon two of the Professor's recommendations on my own (hotel and restaurant) and do agree with him. The Professor has also been helpful via e-mail correspondence regarding my upcoming trip. Merci beaucoup Professor Steve for sharing all your advice and recommendations!!!!!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Baltimore on October 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
We just bought this "book." It has useful practical information, but it is really a pamphlet that is padded by lots of white space and blank pages, and it has no maps. It is also, although casual and informal in style, cryptic. More information about what you are seeing (when you visit a recommended site) would be very useful. Some of the practical information (such as the advice to take a copy of your passport and watch for pickpockets)is sort of standard for travel; on the other hand, some is quite useful and not always in other guidebooks (e.g., RER from CDG). Use this guide to annotate a more complete guide.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P.Forst on December 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
I first became acquainted with Professor Solosky through his blog and newsletter on Paris. I find them very informative.I purchased his book hoping that it would be as well written,organized and personal.I have not been disappointed. When I read his book I feel as if I am sitting across the table from a friend who has an extensive personal knowledge of Paris through his own travel experience to this beautiful city: Paris.It gives great support to someone who has never been there as well as to a more traveled individual.Professor Solosky's enthusiasm and appreciation for the city of lights shines through. One feels like packing up and catching the next plane!
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