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France for Dummies (Dummies Travel) [Paperback]

Darwin Porter , Danforth Prince , Cheryl A. Pientka
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15 May 2007 Dummies Travel (Book 87)
The French have mastered the art of living well. With this guide, you’ll master the art of vacationing well—seeing what you want to see, doing what you want to do, and enjoying every mile and every minute. In France, there are so many sights to see and so much fabulous food and wine to savor that you may have to pick and choose. This friendly guide helps you plan ahead with info on: Four great itineraries for exploring France and five daytrips from Paris Provence, with the famous towns of Avignon, Arles, and Aix–en–Provence, and the quaint village of St–Rémy The fabled French Riviera, including Cannes, Nice, and Monaco The D–day beaches at Normandy Biking in the countryside, climbing to the heights of Mont–St–Michel, visiting prestigious vineyards, and more Hotels, ranging from one built as a convent in the early 18 th century to an Italianate rose–pink villa from 1881 to a palatial hideaway in chic St. Tropez Museums, ranging from Musée de Louvre and Musée d’Orsay in Paris to Musée Picasso in Antibes and Foundation Maeght in St–Paul–de–Vence, a modern art Mecca Incredible castles, palaces, churches, and cathedrals, including Cathédrale de Notre–Dame in Paris, one of Western civilization’s greatest edifices Shopping for the latest fashions in the chic boutiques of Paris, for hand–painted pottery in Quimper, for home decorating items and antiques in St–Rémy–de–Provence, for fruits, vegetables, and area specialties at the famous fruit and vegetable market in Aix–en–Provence, and more Like every For Dummies travel guide, France For Dummies, 4 th Edition , includes: Down–to–earth trip–planning advice What you shouldn’t miss — and what you can skip The best hotels and restaurants for every budget Handy Post–it® Flags to mark your favorite pages Whether your style is grabbing a bite at a sidewalk café or savoring five–star haute cuisine…taking in the major attractions or exploring the French countryside, with this guide, you’ll have a bon voyage!

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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 4th Edition edition (15 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470085819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470085813
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 18 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,694,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Explore France with le savoir–faire Explore romantic Paris or quaint villages. Savor superb food and wine. Visit famous vineyards, storied castles, soaring cathedrals, the fabled French Riviera, or the D–Day beaches at Normandy. This fun guide gets you in a carefree, c′est la vie frame of mind.

About the Author

Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince: As a team of veteran travel writers, Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince have produced numerous titles for Wiley Publishing, including best–selling guides to Italy, France, the Caribbean, England, Germany, and Spain. Porter is also a Hollywood columnist and biographer, and his radio broadcasts devoted to popular culture are heard in all 50 states. His most recent biography is Brando Unzipped, which explores the private life of Marlon Brando. Formerly with the Paris bureau of the New York Times, Prince is today the president of Blood Moon Productions and other media–related firms. Cheryl A. Pientka (coauthor with Joseph Alexiou on all Paris chapters): Cheryl Pientka is the author of Paris For Dummies and coauthor of Frommer’s Paris on $80 a Day . She is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism and lives in New York City. Joseph Alexiou recently graduated from Tufts University with a degree in History. A hopeless francophile, he hopes to return someday to Paris (or anywhere in Provence) in some literary capacity. For now he resides very happily in Brooklyn, New York.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Pourquoi pas 4 July 2011
I bought this book as a bit of a joke for some American houseguests who believe that France is just Paris and the Riviera with the Normandy D-Day beaches thrown in for luck. But I was surprised at how good a basic overview and practical precis it is for someone coming to France without the lifetimes cultural connection that I have known as a Brit going back and forth. I even foudn out one of two things I really should have known earlier.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 28 Jan 2008
By Valaya Gaudet "Prassina" - Published on Amazon.com
I am a native of France and I found this book extremely useful. It contains much valuable information on the technicalities that can make or break a trip.( For example: how to get to and from the airport, how to buy a bus or subway ticket, how do obtain train schedules, etc...) As far as sights and accommodations, I agree with a previous reviewer that it is a bit lacking. Nevertheless, it is a book I will definitely take with me on my next trip despite its large size. One thing that I appreciated is that although it shows some humor, it is not so filled with cheap jokes (like a couple of books of the same kind that I've read) as to make the content more annoying than it is useful.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Dummy Friendly 24 Jan 2005
By Anthem76 - Published on Amazon.com
This book stinks. It lacks entire regions of France. For example, it omits the Dordogne, which is a large, economical for the traveler, region of beautiful countryside replete with prehistoric cave art and medieval castles. There are no photographs. Descriptions of lodgings are few and good budget lodgings nearly nonexistent. Despite having such little information, the book is large, thick, and heavy. This is not a book to carry around with you during your travels. I'm not sure who this book is designed for.
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