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Frommer's Paris 2010 (Frommer's Color Complete) Paperback – September 28, 2009

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Discover The Best of Paris
Content from Frommer's Paris 2010

Discovering the City of Light and making it your own has always been the most compelling reason to visit Paris. If you’re a first-timer, everything, of course, will be new to you. If you’ve been away for awhile, expect changes: Taxi drivers may no longer correct your fractured French, but address you in English—tantamount to a revolution. More Parisians have a rudimentary knowledge of the language, and France, at least at first glance, seems less xenophobic than in past years. Paris, aware of its role within a united Europe, is an international city. Parisians are attracted to foreign music, videos, and films, especially those from America.

Though Paris is in flux culturally and socially, it lures travelers for the same reasons as always. You’ll still find such classic sights as the Tour Eiffel, Notre-Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, Sacré-Coeur, and all those atmospheric cafes, as well as daringly futuristic projects such as the Grande Arche de La Défense, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, the Cité de la Musique, and the Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand. Don’t forget the parks, gardens, and squares; the Champs-Elysées and other grand boulevards; and the river Seine and its quays. Paris’s beauty is still overwhelming, especially at night, when it truly is the City of Light.

Paris's Top Destinations by Category

The Most Unforgettable Travel Experiences

The Best Splurge Hotels

The Most Unforgettable Dining Experiences

The Best Things to Do for Free (or Almost)

The Best Museums

The Best Neighborhoods for Getting Lost

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Frommer's Paris 2010

Full Color Inside

With Foldout Map

Hundreds of color photos

  • Foldout map, plus detailed maps throughout

  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas

  • Insider tips from local expert authors


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Product Details

  • Series: Frommer's Color Complete (Book 815)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: *Frommers; 16 edition (September 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470470674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470470671
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,681,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dan Lebryk TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 23, 2009
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Strap on the reading glasses, sorry this is a long review. I happen to love Paris and France. I lived there for two years long ago, and have visited many times. This past summer, 2009, we vacationed in Paris. I have opinions about Frommer's guide.

The Reader's Digest version - this is an excellent guide to Paris. It is probably one of the best written I've seen in a very long time. It is not as beautiful as the Paris (EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDE); there are few guide books as beautiful as this one. It's not as American as Rick Steves, who does write very practical guide books. It's not on the cheap side like Lonely Planet. To me, this book hits a sweet spot, includes luxury, middle of the road, and inexpensive. If there was one criticism, the photography / images are not nearly as beautiful as I'd like. Some of the page layouts are not super appealing.

It is really difficult to write a good guide book. There is so much information available on the internet that some would wonder, why do I even need a guide book? To me, this guide book represented a starting point. It discussed visiting the city, and pointed toward choices you might want to make. Helped narrow the infinite information that can be found on websites.

OK, buckle up, strap on the glasses. My biased view of this guide book, along with some of my personal advice about Paris, a city I love dearly.

Introduction to Paris, the first three chapters, balance the beauty of the city, the cautionary tales of visiting a huge city, and practical advice.
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There just has to be a better way. That's what I kept thinking as I went through this guide to Paris. There has to be a better guidebook than this for the most delightful city on earth. Representing the dying genre of printed trip planners (even Fodor's has swtiched focus to their website, since a lot of us do all booking and planning online) Frommer's Paris 2010 guide is dull, unimaginative and occasional downright misleading (I've stayed at Familia-Hotel and I would not describe the owners as "dynamic"). If you only buy one guidebook, this should not be it.

Annoyances in this guide include an bland history of France (why not a guide to getting along with the French instead?), warnings that are too soft (a single line about taxi scams, while personal experience will teach you that unless you know exactly where you are going and a good idea of how you should get there Paris taxis should be avoided at all costs) and a uninspired list of lodgings. Paris has never been cheap, but the current dollar situation has made even a bare-bones hotel the price of a four star here. Yet you can get a studio in a perfect location for well under $100 a day and a bigger apartment runs just a little more. Frommer's only gives a few paragraphs to this method, but for those staying a week or more this is a steal and I wish more pages had been devoted to it. When economic times change guide books should change with them.

There's a couple of good things here--the Day Trips section is solid and the color photos spread throughout the guide are a much needed update. Overall though, this is strictly a book to thumb-through rather than a must-have.
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This is the best general-purpose, English-language guide with annual updates for the business traveler or short-term resident (such as a student). For a vacation, an American will do better with Fodor's Paris (for first-timers), Michelin Green (for experienced Parisian visitors) or Rick Steves' Paris 2010 (for experienced travelers on their first trip to Paris).

This book is bulkier than the others, and not as well-organized for finding things on the fly. It's a book you can spend some time reading before the trip, and keep in your hotel room or apartment for referral during the trip. It is more comprehensive than the others, it doesn't cover only hotels, restaurants, sights and shopping.

The information is accurate and up-to-date, with not a lot of opinion, and certainly no surprising opinion.
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"Some establishments in France might not accept your credit card unless you have a computer chip imbedded in it." ~ pg. 72

There are two books I'd recommend before taking a trip to Paris and this is one of them. The other book is Paris (DK EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDE). The DK guide is superior as far as pictures go but I liked the "Where to Dine" section better in the Frommer's guide. This book has interesting facts sprinkled throughout. You will read about the world's first movie being shown in Paris on December 28, 1895. There is also some information about Hemingway and lots of other famous people and where they ate when visiting Paris. There is a section on movies that gave me some ideas for what to watch while at home.

I wish I'd had this book the first time I went to Paris because it has some good walking tours in it. I took a weekend tour to Paris so reading this book showed me what I missed. I would still take a tour the first time because it is less complicated and you get to see all the main sites in a short amount of time. I think a week in Paris would have been better and with this book you can plan out your days more easily. This guide also comes with a pullout map of Paris.

Some of the highlights in this book include day trips. You probably don't want to miss seeing the Chateau de Versailles or Disneyland Paris. You have to visit Paris once in your life it is an amazing place to visit. So I'd suggest getting the DK book and this book to really plan out your trip effectively.

~The Rebecca Review
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