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Rick Steves Paris 2015 Paperback – October 28, 2014
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About the Author
Steve Smith manages tour planning for Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door and has been researching guidebooks with Rick for two decades. Fluent in French, he's lived in France on several occasions, starting when he was seven, and has traveled there annually since 1986. Steve's wife, who is an expert on French cuisine and wine, provides invaluable contributions to his books, as do his two children.
Gene Openshaw is a writer, composer, tour guide, and lecturer on art and history. Specializing in writing walking tours of Europe's cultural sights, Gene has coauthored 10 of Rick's books and contributes to Rick's public television series. As a composer, Gene has written a full-length opera (Matter), a violin sonata, and dozens of songs. He lives near Seattle with his daughter, and roots for the Mariners in good times and bad.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you're heading to Paris any time soon, do yourself a favor and get this book at least two weeks prior to leaving. Once you get it, read through it-- it's quite entertaining AND very well organized. This was my first experience with Rick Stevens, so I'm not sure what he's exactly known for but what I got from it is that he writes with a very down-to-earth voice that's easy to understand, very practical, and knows what beginner travelers like us worry about.
Before reading the book, my wife and I had a bunch of questions that we weren't expecting to figure out before actually getting there, and Rick had an entire chapter devoted to those very questions. It's great that he provides a brief description of all the landmarks, but also goes into which days you should avoid for various reasons (like going to the Louvre on Wednesday instead of Tuesday because it's closed on Monday and everybody tries to go then).
The info you get from this book will help you set up a schedule (I recommend 1 to 2 locations a day, if you can-- and keep it flexible!) He has walk tours in the book (you can download audio versions of these, so you can play it on your media device as you're walking). There's a chapter of his favorite eateries with the full range of price brackets.
My only gripe about the book is the paper is very thin, so it's hard to flip through the book on location. It was cold in March and we were wearing gloves. Avoid downloading the digital version, however.