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Pretty good travel guide,
This review is from: Lonely Planet Paris (Travel Guide) (Paperback)
The 2013 edition of Lonely Planet's guide to Paris lives up its hype as the most popular travel book for Paris. The guide contains practical advice, historical facts, travelers' stories, and inspiring photographs. It is the sort of guide for first timers or seasoned travellers to Paris.
The bottom line in buying any travel guide, is how useful is it? It depends on your interests and budget. If you want general knowledge of cultural and outdoor activities, LP is the best choice. On the other hand, if you aren't interested in straying off the beaten path, another travel guide such as Fodor's may be a more viable option.
There is plenty to do in Paris if you spend your whole summer vacation relaxing and seeing the sights. The guide is easy to use by looking up the best place to eat go shopping, buy an antique, and so on. However, with the popularity of LP, every place listed will raise their prices up to 25 %. A better alternative is to find places which are out of the way. Look for classified ads in the local newspaper (if you know some French) and go there instead of places which LP recommends. It can save you a lot of money and you may meet some interesting people.
The guidebook is slim enough (425 pp.) and it is compact enough to take on your trip. But with each new edition, valuable information such as emergencies and dangers are omitted. Some places in Paris during night are dangerous and tourists should be on their guard for purse snatching and pickpockets. Especially the Moulin Rouge area is notorious place for petty theft during night hours. The current edition does not have information for medical emergencies. This valuable piece of information can save a life and should be included in the next edition. Thus, I give 4 star rating out of 5.
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Initial post: May 2, 2013 2:36:15 PM PDT
Thom Mitchell says:
Safe Travel and pickpockets are discussed on page 348 and Medical Services are listed on page 346 and the number for emergencies is listed on 346 as well.
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