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France (Lonely Planet Country Guides) [Paperback]

Nicola Williams
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18 Mar 2011 Lonely Planet Country Guides
France seduces travelers with its unfalteringly familiar culture woven around its cafe terraces, village-square markets and lace-curtained bistros with their "plat du jour" chalked on the board. Nicola Williams, Lonely Planet writer Our Promise You can trust our travel information because Lonely Planet authors visit the places we write about, each and every edition. We never accept freebies for positive coverage, and you can rely on us to tell it like we see it. Inside This Book 10 months of research in France13 authors137 mapsThousands of calories consumedInspirational photosClear, easy-to-use mapsPull-out city map3D plans of iconic sightsComprehensive planning toolsSpecial features


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  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 9th edition edition (18 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174179594X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741795943
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
True to the tradition of providing up-to-date information for the independent traveller, Lonely Planet's 'France' combines coverage of the main regions of interest with excellent detail in its 1150 pages. There are perceptive descriptions of localities with witty gems gleaned from travellers' experiences of hotels and restaurants suited to all budgets. The section on Paris is particularly thorough and is better than many guide books on the capital. Written for an international readership, the book gives invaluable information for the novice and experienced traveller who wants to access the country from different parts of the world. It's one of the best in the series and it will repay its purchase price many times over. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
My work involves visiting the world's major shipwrecks. Whilst I may not be looking for those major tourist attractions which are always found in the places I visit, I do have need of local information which tells me where I can stay and eat and so forth. Consequently, I am often found seeking the same information in some out-of-the-way port as any other visitor.

Over many years I have consulted a great many books which claim to be visitor guides. Because I have neither the time nor the patience for false, misleading, out-of-date or simply inaccurate information, most of those so-called guides have ended up in the bin. This is not so with the Lonely Planet country guides and this one is as good as they get.

In short; Thoroughly recommended. Just make certain you purchase the latest edition.

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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for anyone wanting to see the real France 11 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a perfect accompaniment for anyone travelling or even living in France. I used it on many occasions and would have been stuck without it. Handy maps and accommodation details set it apart from other guides, and its authors are honest and give you their true opinions. Put it in your bag with your baguette and you've got all you need!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I'm a big advocate of Lonely Planet guidebooks and have used them around the world, but I was disappointed with FRANCE. The book is just too big with too much information, most of which is not that interesting or useful and furthermore the information is repeated endlessly. They could have made their 1000+ page book 500 which some careful editing.

The problem with this particular guidebook is that it does not clearly give interesting overviews of the areas one might visit with interesting things to do. (To be fair, they do have interesting and sometimes quirky things to do, but one has to read a lot of superfluous information to get it.)

I believe the problem is that the typical Lonely Planet format, which I usually love, is not appropriate for a country like France in the age of the internet. You don't need to know, for example, in every small city section which trains and buses and go there. It is plenty to know that France has an impressive train system that goes most places, and one can check on the internet to get up to date information on exactly what time and at what cost a train runs from Marseille to Nice. Additionally, Lonely Planet's own website or a hostel booking site or tripadvisor.com will tell more useful and up-to-date information on accommodation at any price level. Therefore, a guidebook for a highly developed country like France should tell more about why one wants to visit Marseille or Nice or Lyon. Of course there will be a way to get there and a place to stay once you are there.

I'd recommend one of the "colorful" guides like Eyewitness and then use information gleaned from the internet for the practicalities of travelling. France is not diffiult to navigate and people are very friendly and helpful to non-French speakers.
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35 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many museums! 25 Mar 2003
By Emyr G
Format:Paperback
While most of the information in this book was factually correct, I found that it didn’t add all that much to my holiday experience. The overviews of the towns and areas were too brief and didn’t concentrate enough on the practicalities of getting around, buying food and getting a feel for the places.
If you want to spend time in museums, art galleries and opera houses, then this guide is for you! If you want to see the real France without spending a fortune, I’d look elsewhere.
It’s all a matter of taste (and budget!) I suppose!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet's poor knowledge. 13 May 2011
By Mark
Format:Paperback
I bought this guide because I already own the Rough Guide equivalent, and wanted more listings and recommendations. I wish I had not bothered. This is a very populist guide. One of the cities we will be visiting in France, during the summer, is Bourges. It's cathedral of St Etienne is one of the 'first order' gothic giants of France. Yet nowhere in this 'expert' guide does the city of Bourges appear. When queried with the publishers, they responded that they have to omit some places because of the limitations of space.

The omission of Bourges in a guide to France is akin to publishing a guide to the United Kingdom and omitting Durham or Ely!

Save your money. Stick with The Rough Guide.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet misses the mark 9 May 2007
Format:Paperback
Always been a very big fan of Lonely Planet guides... they have helped me round India, Nepal, Pakistan, France, Italy and Ireland. As my old copy is pre-Euro I thought I'd get a new up to date copy. Wish I hadn't. I've been looking at the Paris section... we are taking our children and I was interested in Parc d'Asterix... no mention. Several pages on Disney. Lots of other destinations on our 'tick list' are missing.

Nice photography as ever, and the usual clear concise style. I realise they cna't put everything in the guide but these are major omissions. Not recommended. Sorry Lonely Planet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product.
Published 1 month ago by Michael B.
5.0 out of 5 stars reliable
excellent book, very interesting and arrived fast. as ever, useful for trips and reliable etc. however, maps can be a bit small for bad eyesight so probably better off with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Emma Gillard
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for France
I just cant see past the lonely planet guides for information when travelling.
I used this book everyday when travelling in France and would have been lost without it.
Published 8 months ago by Paul M
4.0 out of 5 stars ok guide
The lonely planet guide wasn't as informative as the India version of the book I have purchased. The content is very vauge on some areas and the selection of resturants it... Read more
Published 13 months ago by sam410
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice General Guide
I picked up this after learning that a some of the other Lonely Planet guides on France where just chapters from this book repacked. This seemed better value on the whole. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr L
5.0 out of 5 stars Tried other guides, always come back.
I've tried other guides, but none of them have the indepth information that LP does. It's got everything. Read more
Published 16 months ago by AJL
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but feeling 'tired'.
I only bought this in a hurry for some info to help plan our summer holiday ..... of course this book would have been better suited to a planned backpacking trip, not a relatively... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rachel Carlisle
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
A useful concise travel guide with some great restaurant recommendations. The only problem is the lack of usablility on a kindle - while very useful to have in your handbag,... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ella Percival
5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy Useful Tips
Bought for travelling parents as they spent months in France, and went everywhere, so very VERY useful like a bible!! Thanks
Published 18 months ago by ABeardmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet - nothing better
We have a motor home, we do not always have access to the internet when travelling and we find that a Lonely Planet book gives us background information on places nearby. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jackie Hoyle
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