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- Print Length: 796 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Blue Guides Ltd (August 4, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 4, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MFW7BSA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,745 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Blue Guide Southwest France, with Bordeaux, the Dordogne, Périgord, the Lot, Aveyron, the Tarn, the Gers, the Landes and Armagnac, Biarritz and the Pays Basque, Lourdes, the Pyrenees and Toulouse Kindle Edition
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This Blue Guide does have a serious weakness with the detailed maps included, the lack of any map index, and very poor correlation of text to map. By the time you wade through and highlight the text and do the map-correlation you will probably have a better grasp of SW France geographical , historical, and political subdivisions than the average American College graduate does of his home state. The names used by the text reflect local usage. The guidebook generalization of "Aquitaine" as a region in flux over several hundred years of war, with other historical names like Landes,Lot et Garrone,and Gascony..and newer political sub divisions (thoroughly political artifices like Midi and Haute Pyrennes) make for a thoroughly confusing introduction to SW France. In contrast, the city maps provide are very well integrated with the text, and useful enough for a "by the book" street guide to the historic center of many towns large to small. This is one of the primary strengths of this Blue Guide.
It is however an extremely detailed English language guide to SW France that you will not find an easy substitute for; The Rough Guide appeals to one audience,Michelin and DK Guide to another constituency. The Blue Guide is a poor choice for a short visit without a private vehicle. It is a poor choice for developing an itinerary in SW France for even 2 weeks. Beyond these limitations however, the BG is really helpful for a longish (a month) exploration of the area. It does need supplemental books and research. It definitely needs an easier to use, better integrated text-to- map index. The Micheline Green Guide with the associated Micheline Regional map would be an ideal choice. Still..I think that the serious traveler would still desire the BG in hand. As well as 5 or 6 other non guide books,well read on the home bookshelf.
Both the Dordogne Cave art sites and the historical bastide towns have their own literature.
I write this review solely to suggest that the 1-2 star reviews of this fine book, may be accurate, but only for those writers intended uses and needs. If you have the earned luxury of a month or two travel in this area...the BG and other books,will be a tiny percentage of your outlay. It is a 4-star guide, a 5 star review if they had provided more useful map-text coordination. Perhaps in this era of car GPS this maybe a moot point...however any area with a prehistory that stretches from the Magdalene era 300 centuries ago..I still want someone to draw me a useful map. :)
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