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DK Eyewitness Travel France (Dk Eyewitness Travel Guides France) [Paperback]

Rosemary Bailey , Roger Williams , Robin Gauldie , Katherine Spenley , Lyn Parry , Ian O'Leary
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17 Jan 2011 Dk Eyewitness Travel Guides France

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: France will lead you straight to the best attractions France has on offer. Packed with photographs, illustrations and clear maps of France, the guide explores everything region by region; from Champagne in the north to the sun-blessed corner of Provence and the Côte d'Azur, the world-class architecture of the Louvre to the island-life of Corsica and rolling vineyards of Bordeaux. With 3D cutaways and floorplans as well as street-by-street maps of the major towns and comprehensive historical background, you can explore all the must-see sites, the best hotels, châteaux, resorts, restaurants, cafés and nightlife in each region for all budgets. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: France explores the culture, history, architecture and art of this charming country - with a perfect balance between thriving cities and gorgeous countryside, high fashion and rustic charm, plus there's up-to-date information on getting around by train, car and on foot.

Don't miss a thing on your trip with the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: France.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Dk Pub (P) (a) (17 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756669391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756669393
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 12.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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The holiday starts the moment you open the guidebook (The Guardian) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best 2 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
Eyewitness Travel Guides are beautifully presented with good detail and photographs. The France guide is no exception. My wife and I recently drove around France for three weeks. We planned it as we went, stayed one night in each hotel and with the help of an atlas and this guide saw the secluded France we were hoping for. We drove on D roads wherever possible and chose the most beautiful places to visit. At least half of these we would have missed without the help of Eyewitness. A great guide and thanks for a great holiday.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Picture book. Good for planning. 5 Nov 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
When I was assigned an ex-pat position in Europe, I bought a bookshelf full of travel guides. The Eyewitness series attracted me because of their colourful, graphic pages. Now that I'm here and actually using them, I confess I find them actually useful. I am able to plan excursions, get rates (using the provided phone numbers) and such. Of all the ones I bought, this series is the one I come back to over and over again.
Look for their Paris book for more specifically on Paris. The Great Britain book is good as well. I would also highly recommend the Michelin Green (& Red of course!) Guides.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All of the sights, none of the detail 17 Dec 2008
Format:Vinyl Bound
This book was purchased for me by a well meaning relative. It has the usual Eyewitness Guides layouts and is extremely well presented.

The problem is that a book that covers such a large subject will by definition spread itself thinly. The information presented appears accurate to my non expert eyes but to get a decent feeling for particular areas, towns and regions it must be better (if more expensive) to buy more local guides.

I do thoroughly recommend Eyewitnesses French regional guides but do check out Rough Guides for a different point of view.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a great travel guide 14 Jan 2010
Format:Vinyl Bound
In general I like the Eyewitness Guides. They are well-presented and of a very good quality. However, considering the guide is intended as a guide to France as a whole, it could stand to be a bit larger.
It manages to include a huge amount of sights and attractions but doesn't give particularly detailed information for most. The Rough Guides are slightly more detailed though, arguably, not as user friendly. The Eyewitness Guide to France is a very good starting place for an overview of the country. Perhaps the lack of detail isn't a negative. After all, part of the fun of travel is finding things by yourself. If you can see and read everything about a place in a book, it takes something away from the actual visit.
Overall, I would recommend this as a guide to France but it is by no means the definitive one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book! 7 Aug 2009
By Stephen Citynskyj TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We bought this to help in planning a touring holiday in France this year (2009). It proved itself to be excellent in almost every respect. The information is arranged by region, though the cross-references enable you to flip around to related places and subjects quite easily. It has a good mix of text, photos and maps. The illustrations are highly commendable - Stephen Conlin, John Lawrence, Maltings Partnership and John Woodcock have knocked out some pretty good bits of artwork for the book (I do the odd book illustration myself!)

If anything lets it down, it is the lack of price information. Some guides give the previous year's prices, which are a reasonable guide to what to expect. Cost is an important factor in deciding if a place is good value, and worth a long journey.

The "where to stay" section was almost useless to us on our travels. Outside of Paris, the selection of hotels is too thin to bother with, as is the selection of restaurants, bars and cafes - most of which seem to be on the expensive side. For hotel bookings, we did most of our hotel searches online beforehand, and booked online for the better deals.

I like this book a lot. I have used others in the range before, and found them reliable and a good read. However, I have a few criticisms about this one: I was mainly touring the Loire. I have to say that its write-up about Chateaux d'Usse and Montreuil-Bellay does not do the places justice. Also, it ought to say something about the diabolical traffic and parking arrangements in Amboise. That chateaux was a nightmare to get to in a car. Height of the season, the place was chock-a-block with camper vans and large cars (ours was a little roadster). The two-pages about Versailles are insufficient.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Eyewitness Convert 14 April 2009
Format:Paperback
This was the first Eyewitness guide I have bought after previously buying Lonely Planets, Rough Guides and the like. After using it over the last week, I'm a convert. The layout is well suited to getting quick and handy information on the run, or if you have time to spare, it proves to be an interesting read with it's many pictures, detailed maps and facts. It seemed to be up to date on prices, opening times and contact details. I didn't use the accommodation section, so can't comment on that, but tend to have that sorted pre trip anyway. The general section at the start of the book gave great background to France, it's history and culture. I love how it has suggested walking routes on it's section maps and how everything is cross refernced. The only potential negative is that it doesn't provide much information on bars, pubs and clubs - but a local whats on style guide could be better for that and more up to date. A glance around the museums and attractions we have seen seemed to show that this was the most popular range of guides for France - and I can see why. To put it simply, I'm an Eyewitness Convert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars France
I purchase the same book for Germany and found it really helpful on our trip last year. This one for France is just as good and gives really good write ups on places to visit. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs P Elliott
4.0 out of 5 stars book on france
book was very useful and interesting in finding us places in France we haven't visited and now intend to do so
Published 2 months ago by Tina
4.0 out of 5 stars Must for touring France
This book gives the major 'must see' places in the country. Succinct and with illustrations I shall be keen to try it out later in the year.
Published 2 months ago by Peter Alastair Woodrow
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview
Perfect for holiday reference and full of ideas of what to do in the various regions. Excellent for anyone travelling to France.
Published 2 months ago by Mel
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the detail
May look like any other travel guide but if you read the detail then you'll be amazed and get the very best from your visit
Published 3 months ago by Mr Peter I Howarth
4.0 out of 5 stars Info on the French Guidebook
It's a big book to carry while on holiday,but useful to come back home and read in depth about the various interests in a particular area.
Published 3 months ago by anna thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent
Very usefull, helps you to find speciel places. Helpfull when you are searching some minor roads and cities outside the motorways.
Published 4 months ago by Tapio Lehtimaki
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant guide
I love this book, it's really bright, lots of tourists does and places of interest. Much more comprehensive than other guises I've read.
Published 6 months ago by Eimear Sheridan
5.0 out of 5 stars DK make fabulous books, very helpful of knowledge where you are going.
DK books are easy to carry and gives you all of the places of interest, saves a lot of time.
Published 6 months ago by C J Rate
5.0 out of 5 stars our trip
very informative and will be so useful when we embark on our trip around France arrived quickly good service many thanks
Published 6 months ago by barry stafford
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