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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Paris Paperback – 1 Feb 2010


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405347104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405347105
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.6 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 587,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a full-time travel writer, contributing to newspapers, magazines and websites in the UK and worldwide. My specialities are the USA< UK< France and Greece.

I also write about food and drink for the travel pages, covering vineyards in Greece and New Zealand, breweries in Belgium and Britain, restaurants in Paris, a chocolate shop in Lyon, the biggest wine cellar in the world (in Florida), interviewing an English sommelier in Paris, and sipping my way through the Champagne region of France, the distilleries of Cognac and the sherry bodegas of Jerez (no spitting). I invented the Time for Food series for Thomas Cook (purely so that I could go to places like Paris, Venice and Amsterdam and get paid for eating and drinking there).

I write specifically about spirits and have contributed to the US drinks magazine, Chilled, and publish my own website about vodka: http://the-vodka-guy.com.

Combining music and travel is another love: I have written pieces about Bob Marley, the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Hank Williams.

More exotic travels have taken me camel-trekking in the Sinai Desert (right), walking in the Great Rift Valley, learning to jive in Barcelona, looking for orang-utans in Sumatra, staying with a farming family in China and sampling a naturist holiday on Crete (photos available at a price).

I have also written or contributed to over 30 guidebooks, especially on Greece, France and the USA. In addition, I've written three radio plays for the BBC, presented a half-hour radio travel programme about Egypt, written fiction and humour for men's magazines, written a crime novel (Strip till Dead) and even written an erotic novel. I may be the only writer to have contributed both to Mayfair (I was in the same issue as Bill Bryson) and to The Baptist Times. Not to mention a few minutes of the UK's favourite TV soap, Coronation Street, when my father was a scriptwriter on the programme.

I also write regularly now for the internet. My wife Donna Dailey and I are co-editors of the 101 USA Holidays website (http://www.101holidays.co.uk/usa) and we also publish and write our own travel content websites about America's Pacific Coast Highway (http://www.Pacific-Coast-Highway-Travel.com), Beyond London Travel (http://www.beyond-london-travel.com), and about Greece (http://www.Greece-Travel-Secrets.com).

You can find out more about me and my current activities on my personal website, where I also interview travel writers and give travel writing advice: http://www.mikegerrard.net.

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"Easy-to-read and entertaining... These fascinating guides might inspire would-be travelers to re-read their favorite literature-or pick up a classic tale for the very first time." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mike Gerrard is a travel writer whose work has appeared in the pages of FRANCE Magazine, The Times, The Sunday Times, Wanderlust, CNN Traveller, Daily Express, The Washington Post, The Mail on Sunday and many more newspapers and magazines around the world. His writing and photography have won several awards from organisations including Travelex, The British Guild of Travel Writers and the Outdoor Writers Guild. He now divides his time between the fens of Eastern England and his home in Arizona. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By hmsoapy on 28 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book just before visiting Paris in April. It was very informative, containing just the right amount of information. It is a great size as it is light enough and small enough so you don't mind carrying it around with you (some of guides I have bought in the past have been so heavy!) My group stuck to the top ten things to see as we were only there for a couple of days. It was ideal! It has a few maps and underground map too which were very helpful.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. W. Horrigan on 23 May 2009
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My wife and I recently visited Paris on a five day tour. I had purchased the book some weeks before travelling and found it to be the best travel book that I have ever bought. Needless to say that by following the tips in the book we saw far more of Paris than we have seen on other visits to this beautiful city.
Worth its weight in gold.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Melissa M. Buhro on 18 Jun. 2003
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I never travel without either the full DK travel book or their Top Ten because no one does it better. Although I was in Paris alone I felt more informed than locals due to this book. Astounding tips, photos, and descriptions. The Top Ten will help you whittle down the many sights to fit the length of your trip but I suggest buying the full travel guide to France as a companion. It will inspire loads of future trips throughout the country.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By hamandcheese on 3 Nov. 2009
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Concise, user friendly. Excellent for key pieces to see in various museums and some useful history. Fold-out maps on both covers (one with metro map) were invaluable. The only downside was the lack of detail on the map around the Monmartre area where Sacre Coeur is situated, which made navigation slightly difficult. Still highly recommended though.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Ferner on 4 April 2010
Format: Paperback
I no longer have the book to check my comments, as my daughter-in-law liked it so much she took it back to America with her!

I bought it because it was up-to-date and small enough to fit in a pocket or handbag. I think for a first time visitor, it is ideal. It is well set out and easy to read. I was not so impressed with the maps, and felt the free ones handed out by hotels were better, but at least the ones in the book were easy to read when out, and the wind was blowing.

If you have been to Paris before, and have already seen the main attractions, you may find it does not give you what you want because it only covers their opinion of what constitutes the 'top ten', but for basic information I would recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BookWorm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2009
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An excellent guide book for a city break. This little guide is genuinely handbag sized but contains plenty of information, and is tough enough to survive life on the road. The fold out maps from the cover are very good and enabled me to get around Paris - there's one of the metro system too which is invaluable. Like all Eyewitness Guides, it's full of colourful pictures and photographs throughout, and the 'top ten' style makes for easy reading, especially on a short trip.

Whilst it doesn't include the in depth history or the full practical information of bigger guides, such as Lonely Planet, it does have all you really need for a short trip. A bigger guide could be used for those who want to know more - but this is the one to carry with you. My only criticism is that the division of the city into regions means it can be a bit confusing to find the right section when you're not too familiar with the city. But this would be hard to get around in any book.

Overall, if you're planning a short trip to Paris, this is the book to take with you.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R Thanawalla on 20 July 2003
Format: Paperback
Like all other books in the DK series, this guide is well-illustrated. Who has time to read pages and pages of opinions about Parisians and history, when you're in a city to have fun for only a short break?
This book is ideally-suited for just those people. Those nipping in and out within 3-4 days. The Top 10 restaurants, tourist attractions, places to live, etc are outlined clearly. The book still manages to be rich enough in detail to find out which cafes Picasso and Dali hung out in, where Sartre lived, what's special about the engineering behind the Eiffel Tower, etc. It could've been a bit more informative on travelling within Paris (e.g. L'Open Tour bus, the Metro, etc.). But I guess the publishers want to keep it thin. All in all a good guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emma on 28 Mar. 2011
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This series of travel books seem really good, this is the third I've bought. Lots of information for the size, easy to carry around with plenty of maps.
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