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Lonely Planet France Paperback – April 1, 2011
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We believe that travel leads to a deeper cultural understanding and compassion and therefore a better world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Lonely Planet has City and Out To Eat Guides. They are all about the experience so they focus on doing, being, getting there, and this means they have the best detailed information, including both inexpensive and really spectacular restaurants and hotels, out-of-the-way places, weird things to see and do, the list is endless.
These are time tested guides that pride themselves on being updated annually. Although I think the guides below provide information that is in more depth or more concise (depending on what the guide is known for), if your main concern is that the guide has very little old or outdated information, then this would be a good guide for you.
Famous for their quality reviews, the Red Michelin Guides are for hotels & Restaurants, the Green Michelin Guides are for main tourist destinations. However, the English language Green guide is the one most people use and it has now been supplemented with hotel and restaurant information. These are the serious review guides as the famous Michelin ratings are issued via these books.
Fodor's is the best selling guide among Americans. They have a bewildering array of different guides.Read more ›
We were new to the country and traveling by train. The first 160 pages of the guide were packed with all the many essentials of travel -- trains, monetary system, telephone cards -- the little things that make a huge difference. Who wants to spend the first few hours in France trying to figure out how the phones works?
We wanted to see France, not a heap of tourist attraction wizzing by us. Everywhere we went, this guide showed us the not so traveled places. Even in busy Paris, with help from our trusty guide, we visited flea markets and neighborhoods where tourists don't often venture. These were the places that gave us the real flavor of France.
I loved my trip to France. I can honestly say, due to this guide I was able to relax and enjoy the visit more. We relied upon it for finding accomidations and entertainment. It never failed us. We love you, Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Guides are not pretty, but they are useful when traveling around a country. I usually leave them back in the hotel room for consultation as needed. I've also carried photo copies of portions of them when I've been certain that's all I'd need. I would not be as likely to carry one if I was sure I was only going to stay in one city. They make it easy to take a sidetrip on the spur of the moment --especially when you're on a budget and traveling sans computer and Internet connection. (They also list cybercafes.) And, finally, I've found a few intriguing tidbits and advice not offered elsewhere.
If only staying in Paris, and it's your first visit, I recommend also carrying the AAA Spiral Paris Guide and the National Geographic Paris DestinationMap as they are pocket-sized. If you have more to spend, I'd also research using other books ahead of time and make hotel reservations based on other books, e.g., Michelin Green Guides, Fodor's Guides, etc. If you're on a budget and back-packing, make reservations using this guide. (Important to make reservations in Paris.)
OK, it is young in spirit, and it does read like a book about France (i.e. high on atmosphere). And unlike most of the other guides of this series, it does cater for those who are not on a shoestring, as well as its regular low budgeted audiences.
However, when it comes to descriptions, it is simply beaten by the opposition, mainly the Eyesight guides. When it comes to France, the Lonely Planet's cheap format of black & white paper, without too many pictures, maps and photos, cannot stand up and face more modern competition.
As France is expensive anyway, you're better of with one of the alternatives even if you are on a shoestring; use other resources, like the web, for the kind of help you usually rely on Lonely Planet to supply you.
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It's Lonely Planet....it's great, spot on and a fantastic guide. Best in the business in my opinion. We learn a lot more from Lonely Planet than any tour guide ever gave us.Published 16 months ago by Dr. Robert S. Hoover
A good comprehensive book which is really worthwhile reading ahead of each place we have visited. helpful and suggests good options for various needs.Published on May 31, 2014 by Barbara McLay
There is a lot of good information in this book, but it's a little verbose & could be more condensed for carrying backpacking.Published on February 26, 2014 by kenc
Incredible! The replacement book this seller sent to me is MORE damaged than the first one that I complained about. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Sylvia Grossman
As a 7 year expat, I've used many Lonely Planet guide books. I bought the Kindle version to replace the pdf version I downloaded 2 years ago. Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by expat
This guide is packed with info that will help you plan, enjoy, and survive your vacation to France.
This guide starts out with a "plan your trip" section. Read more
I have been to France 4 times now, and decided to use a new book on this trip. Lonely planet had many areas where it was ok - but equally disappointing in other areas. Read morePublished on June 3, 2012 by Jeffrey A. Barnes
And isnt that the point of a great, well written travel book? Tons of information and lots of history, great photos, intriguing ideas for activities during your trip, this is an... Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by Sealed Fate