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AA Best Drives France Paperback – 15 Jan 2007


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Automobile Association; 5th Revised edition edition (15 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749550775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749550776
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. M. Weaver on 8 Jun. 2007
We have a motorhome and use these guides to get to see the off-beat bits we didn't know about. It takes you around a small region and introduces you to its local history and places to see on the way. If I have one criticism of these books, it is that although they do have a small panel saying how many miles (kms) between one point and another, when actually reading that section of directions, it will say sometimes obscure instructions without giving you any indication of whether you have to travel a few hundred yards to the next instruction or a few miles. In France with roadsigns actually ON the actual road itself, this can be often difficult....BUT... the use of a GPS really helps as they give you in advance (or my Nuvi does) a note of the road number so you can be ready for the turn....

Excellent book and so far - having followed about 19 of the tours we are getting to know France a lot better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stan404 on 11 Feb. 2011
I purchased this book along with Frommer's "France's Best-Loved Driving Tours" and was very disappointed to find that these two books are chapter-by-chapter, word-for-word, picture-for-picture identical. I believe the Frommer version is a few year out of date, but I did not find any immediately noticeable differences. The AA version included a section with somewhat detailed maps, but as a driver you should be buying the Michelin book of maps or something comparable, so it does not add any value. Save yourself some money and buy one or the other, else you will also be very upset.

As for the content, the book contains only about 170 pages of actual content, much of which (~40%) is pictures. It includes some useful information like thinks to keep your kids busy, hikes and walking tours where you can leave your car and follow some footpaths, and places where you can get some extra history education. The pictures are all professionally done and provide a useful snapshot for what you will be seeing. Road directions are provided but are all very brief and do not provide any information as to potential difficulties or landmarks to help make navigating the highways a bit easier.

I was tempted to give this book a 2 star rating, due to the mix-up with the Frommer's book, but decided it was my fault that I did not research more. The 3 stars is intended to rank this book's content by itself. It is average at best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 April 2010
After having gotten and enjoyed AA Best Drives Britain we tried this for our relatively frequent trips to France. The book does not disappoint and has many of the same strengths - it will introduce interesting places, not all standard tourist fare, and provide sufficient detail on them to know where to go, what to do and what to look out for. There are not many food and hotel recommendations, in line with the series but all the ones we tried were very accurate and excellent - well worth sampling.

One thing I would have wished more of, given that the guide was compiled by the AA and is called Best Drives is some more pointers to great driving roads in France. It is not a major fault and one can find some of those elsewhere (Classic Motorsport Routes (AA Illustrated Reference Books) is quite good), just a caveat emptor for a buyer hoping this is what they are getting and being disappointed with the result.

What loses the book the fifth star in my opinion is that the maps, while relatively easy to follow, only really work in conjunction with a satnav, or a much more detailed map of the country - a bit of preparation is necessary. On the bright side this means that the book is relatively handy and that it fits well in even the tinier sized gloveboxes.
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By Monty on 20 Aug. 2013
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As a new motor caravanner , wanted a book to light some nice drives in France, great little book ,
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. J. Spendlove on 31 July 2009
This book was too good not to buy. We got it out of the library and are going to France on holiday.
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