- Series: Rick Steves
- Paperback: 712 pages
- Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 2012 Edition edition (November 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612380069
- ISBN-13: 978-1612380063
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (797 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rick Steves' Paris 2012 Paperback – November 29, 2011
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What makes Steves' guides so useful is that he addresses himself to Americans who are not used to foreign travel with the principal goal of eliminating their fear by helping to get their feet wet. To this end, his guides are more PRESCRIPTIVE than DESCRIPTIVE.
For a good DESCRIPTIVE guide, I would turn to another guide such as Lonely Planet or Rough Guide, supplemented, perhaps, by Rachel Kaplan's excellent "Little-Known Museums In and Around Paris."
A PRESCRIPTIVE guide like this will urge that you avoid the Madeleine, Opera Garnier, and Pantheon because they aren't worth it -- and don't bother with the Bastille, because it was torn down over 200 years ago. Steves concentrates on accommodations and restaurants in only three parts of Paris: Rue Cler (near the Eiffel Tower), the Marais, and the Rue Mouffetard area. That saves perhaps a hundred pages and makes the book more compact and easy to carry during a trip.
One of the strong points of the book is the merging of material from Steves' useful "Mona Winks" art guide into his Paris book. "Mona Winks" shows how you can visit the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, the Cluny Museum (highly recommended), and Versailles without killing yourself. For the Louvre, as an example, he concentrates how you can devote your attention to parts of the Sully and Denon wings and see the key works in about 2-3 hours. (Okay, if you're a purist, don't flame me: You and I would, of course, devote more time -- but that's not the issue here.Read more ›
The back of the book includes a detailed map of Paris, and a map of the Metro. These were invaluable to us, and much more informative the the tourist maps you get at the hotels, which are festooned with ads. They were sturdy too. Despite our flipping back and forth, taking the book in and out of backpacks, the map only ripped in one corner (the one attached to the book).
The remainder of the book contains several walking tours of major sites: Historic Paris (Notre Dame area), Louvre, Orsay Museum, Eiffel Tower, Rue CLer, Versailles. It gives detailed information on how to take the train to these areas and which stops to get off. Telephone numbers are given.Read more ›
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Don't go to Paris without this! We are just back from Paris where this little gem really improved our experience. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Steve W
Convenient size although you definitely look like a tourist when you pull it out! Reviews and pointers were all 'right on'. Wouldn't leave home without it!Published 4 days ago by Catherine C. McCain
I rarely write reviews, but felt compelled to offer my two cents for this great little guide. Outside of the fact that it's nice and compact, it offers a distillation of the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by DPep
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Walking tour of Cite was great. Louvre tour had key items highlighted for a couple hour visit. We used the audio feature as we walked around. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Regan S. Poston