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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1st Edition edition (5 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470683325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470683323
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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British born Anna E. Brooke has been living in Paris since 2000. She fell into travel writing by accident in 2002, and has since authored seven guidebooks on Paris and France for Frommer's (including the bestselling "Day by Day Guide to Paris"). She is currently freelancing for The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Time Out Paris; and writing children's fiction projects (literature and film/TV). When not putting pen to paper, she composes music for her left-field pop act, Monkey Anna, and for Brooke & Bussy, a song-for-film duo, with French "victoire de la musique" winner, Xavier Bussy: http://www.soundcloud.com/monkeyanna. She can be contacted on annaebrooke@yahoo.fr.

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practical and thrifty guide for those who want to enjoy the finer things in life for less. (Destination France, May 2010).

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Explore the City of Lights and Left Bank without breaking the bank!
  • Dirt Cheap Art & Culture: How to have an authentic, local and unique experience at the city′s best cultural sites by living on a few euros a day.

  • Best Food & Drink: Where to enjoy the most delectable cheap eats like a local from Bistro bites to inventive hip cafes, Breton delicacies to the best boulangeries and bars.

  • Dirt Cheap Shopping: The best insider buys and bargains in Paris.

  • Free Music: Classical music, jazz quartets, and cutting–edge bands.

  • Free Films: Outdoors and indoors, from indies to cult faves.

  • Dirt–Cheap Stays: Insider tips on the best places to stay like a Parisian.

Can you really have a great time in one of the most expensive citiesin the world on just a few euros a day? Yes! And this is the guidebook that will show you how. Whether you live in Paris or are just visiting, you′ll find everything you need to live large without spending big on shopping, food, entertainment, places to stay, and more.

You can find love, romance, incredible cuisine and wildcreativity in the City of Lights on just a few euros a day.

Praise for New York City Free & Dirt Cheap

"Make your dollars go farther." The Times


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RM/TM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 July 2010
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I've been to Paris many times, but this guide had enough new ideas and hidden gems to make me want to book another ticket right on the spot. Tempting attractions include:- the Fragonard Perfume Museum complete with boutique, a night-time bike tour of Paris (ending with boat trip and glass of plonk), a free make-over by students at the Art Academy, spa treatments at the Mosquee de Paris, accompanied by mint tea and pastries, and, away from the city centre, the Musee de Montmartre, displaying original Art Nouveau posters.

Cheap eats suggested include Lebanese and Moroccan cuisine, as well as the more traditional French The salons. There's even a mini ice-cream guide!

Maps are better than those in the `London' version of `Free and Dirt Cheap', with more side-streets named, and (I think) a slightly larger scale employed.

Occasional black and white pics only, so definitely no frills in production (in keeping with the budget theme, perhaps?!), but certainly not short on essential info.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pallus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug. 2010
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Having enjoyed Time Out's 1000 Things to Do in London for Under £10 (Time Out 1000 Things to Do in London), I was immediately struck at how cheaply produced the book feels; no colour pictures and the paper feels a bit low grade.

HOWEVER, once you discover some groovy hang-outs to visit, the physical quality of the book isn't going to affect your experience one jot. And the book does seem to be full of some really cool suggestions of where to roam.

The recommendations are listed under Entertainment / Eating, Drinking /Living / Shopping etc. but there is also a 'Best Of' section which is useful if you're on a short visit and want to nail the top suggestions.

*[Update: There are a series of maps in the book but the same maps are repeated for each section (Kids, Living, Shopping, etc.). This info could be amalgamated with ALL attractions shown on a bigger map. This way the maps could cover more areas. As it is, is looks suspiciously like 'bulking'.]

My folks know Paris like the backs of their hands but when I described one of the 'Best kept Secrets' in the book they were surprised they didn't know about it and it may well justify a visit (Serres d'Auteuil Greenhouses).

*[Update My folks HAD been to this place but it was a lot less memorable than the book suggests so they had forgotten about it.]

Excellent book, highly recommended.

Why not 5 stars? -I rarely award 100% and for the price the book could have been glossier and/or had colour pics or a pull-out map or something. And I didn't think the 'Living in Paris' section with beekeeping classes etc. was really relevant to this book which is obviously aimed at visitors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Rodick TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 July 2010
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A curious compendium of places to go and stay and things to do in a city already made for wondering around and absorbing. It is the wealth of detailed information, aimed at enjoying your stay without a credit card shock waiting for you when you return home, which lends a certain focus to your visit. Things you just would not think about. Mama Shelter may have been found at Tourist Information points, but I doubt it somehow.

NEW VIDEO 1 AUGUST If you can not read the text in my video I hope at least you get a feel for the paperback and can see the plethora of maps and photos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Al on 23 Jun. 2010
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The main selling point of this book is that it enables the reader to find cheaper places to stay, eat, shop etc in Paris. It certainly seems to do that, but it would also be useful to anyone who wants to go off the beaten track rather than just going to the usual tourist places that are recommended in most other guides. It should therefore appeal to anyone who wants to save a few Euros or anyone who has done the main sights and wants to see more of this fantastic city.

The book is very easy to dip into to look for attractions in a certain area of the city. It is well laid out and presented, making it also a good book to flick through, to see what grabs your attention.

It contains plenty of maps and directions to the places featured. It also has their web site details, for places with a web site.

This is a very useful guide that offers a view of Paris that few (if any) other guides offer. Definitely worth getting a copy if you are going to Paris, even if you have been before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ani VINE VOICE on 17 Dec. 2010
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I generally buy Lonely Planet Country/City guide books, but I thought I would give this one a try.

It is a great book, but it is *different* than going with a Lonely Planet guide book. I'd actually recommending this as a supplement to a guide book.

For Paris, I have been there more than once, so this was perfect. It does just what it says.

The book is laid out pretty well, and while using it in Paris, I was able to find what I needed. The sections related to Entertainment, Eating and Drinking were most useful for me.

I'd sy it would have been nice to have more color/glossy pictures, but the book isn't that expensive to buy.

Not every place recommended is great, but that is too be expected. It is a book, and places change with time. That also means that not every place may be that cheap. Generally speaking, I enjoyed the book, found some great places, and likely saved some money.

Overall, well worth it!
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