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Lonely Planet France: 10 (Travel Guide) [Paperback]

Lonely Planet , Nicola Williams , Oliver Berry , Stuart Butler , Jean-Bernard Carillet , Kerry Christiani , Gregor Clark , Emilie Filou , Catherine Le Nevez
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1 Mar 2013 Travel Guide (Book 10)

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet France is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Soak up the beauty of a Parisian sidewalk cafe, stroll along the Champs-Elysees, or set off on a Champagne-soaked day-trip in Reims; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of France and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet France Travel Guide:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, architecture, politics, food, and wine
  • Free, convenient pull-out Paris map (included in print version), plus over 110 colour neighbourhood maps
  • Useful features - including Walking Tours, Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), and Travel with Children
  • Coverage includes Paris, Lille, Flanders, Normandy, Champagne, Alsace, Lorraine, Brittany, Loire Valley, Burgundy, Lyon, French Alps, French Basque Country, Pyrenees, Toulouse, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence, French Riviera, Monaco, Corsica, Limousin, Massif Central, the Atlantic Coast, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet France, our most comprehensive guide to France, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for just the highlights of France? Check out Lonely Planet's Discover France, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions.
  • Looking for a guide on Paris? Check out Lonely Planet's Paris guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer, Lonely Planet's Discover Paris, a photo-rich guide to the city's most popular attractions, or Lonely Planet's Pocket Paris, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Nicola Williams, Alexis Averbuck, Catherine Le Nevez, Daniel Robinson, Emilie Filou, Jean-Bernard Carillet, John A. Vlahides, Kerry Christiani, Miles Roddis, Oliver Berry, Steve Fallon, Stuart Butler, and Tom Masters.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

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  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 10 edition (1 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742200362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742200361
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 4.1 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best guidebook I've ever used 22 April 2013
By Max
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I have a deep ambivalence towards guide books, and particularly towards Lonely Planet efforts. I've always felt that following a guide book too closely removes the best of exploring by reducing the sense of discovery you get from a new place. In addition, I've seen the 'Lonely Planet effect' in action, whereby a hotel/resturant/attraction's success or failure depends almost entirely on whether it makes it into the guide book, and whether it gets a good review. And whether it does so depends, unfortunately, on far more than how good the place is.

Having got my misgivings out of the way, what's this tenth edition of the France guide book actually like?

It's just stunning. I've never seen a guide book so good. Despite my misgivings above, the upside of the Lonely Planet series is that they are (on the whole) carefully researched, logically laid out and hugely informative. This edition has all of that in spades, and the presentation seems to have been stepped up hugely from previous editions that I've seen or used. In the past the maps and illustrations were a bit of a let down - this book has a huge number of high quality full-colour maps, and 3D illustrations of main attractions that act like a maps as well as a source of information about the attraction.

I am in the middle of planning three trips to France over the next few months: one to Bourg D'Oisans for a cycle trip, one to Paris and one to the Med. In each case I've found high quality information relevant to my trip in a logical layout and format, and its helped considerably with my planning.

My misgivings about guide books and about Lonely Planet remain. But, used in the way that makes sense to me, this guide book is just about as good as it possibly could be.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Having French family and generally visiting a couple of times a year, I'm no stranger to la belle France. I am more familiar with Normandy and the Parisian region than the south though and very much looked forward to this book piquing my interest to visit some new areas.

It is a very substantial book, weighing in at over 1,000 pages and includes a nicely-scaled fold-out map of central Paris. It's fair to say that Paris, along with the other major cities of Marseille, Lyon, Nice, Strasbourg etc. are very well covered here, with all the usual features you've come to expect from a Lonely Planet guide: sights, festivals, accommodation, eating out, entertainment and a little background to history and culture too. There are some artfully selected photographs along the way, including the expected beautiful landscapes, historical architecture and some simple evocative pics of wine barrels, baskets of lavendar and the like.

Now, if you can sense there's a "but" coming, you'd be right: many treasures I am familiar with in more rural France aren't covered. The département of Mayenne, for example, gets not one listing, nor does the stunning medieval town of Domfront. Whilst the Normandy beaches get very good coverage, the town of Ouistreham - often the first port of call for any traveller on Brittany Ferries, gets barely a mention. France is a big country though - two and a half times bigger than the UK, and to cover everything would obviously result in an impracticably huge book. One final slight criticism: there are many sections in the guide on eating out, but I could find no advice for the travelling vegetarian anywhere.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Guide 10 Sep 2013
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This is a hefty tome of over a thousand pages as befits a country as large and diverse as France. The first fifty or so pages cover the usual general topics such as a month by month guide, suggested itineraries and the obligatory fifteen top sites which are largely subjective, but included the obvious ones such as Mont St Michel and the Eiffel Tower.

The meat of the book is in the next 850 pages and is divided into the 19 regions of France. Generally what is covered are the main attractions within the area together with where to eat, where to stay and other relevant information. Looking at the Loire, which is an area I am familiar with, the general attractions of the area were very adequately covered and there was information on such essentials as opening times and pricing. The information on eateries was generally OK, but on occasion did seem a little out of date to me - I imagine it is asking a bit much to expect a book of this size to be totally updated for each edition. Personally I am not normally too interested in the accommodation data as I find sites such as Tripadvisor give much more accurate and timely information than a guide such as this.

Towards the end there is quite a lot of general information including the history of France, architecture and a very useful survival guide, which has been a recent and welcome addition to Lonely Planet guides. Overall I found this to be a very comprehensive guides, and whilst if you are visiting Paris you may find a specific guide covering the city more helpful, this will contain everything you need for a trip to France.
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Good guide, a bit chunky for a pocket but then it's got lots of info.
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I bought this but found it useless. It does not even come close to providing the same level of content as the print version. Read more
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Lonely Planet is my favourite series of travel guides, and this one is the same
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buy in paperback, not kindle version
If you are looking for a travel guide, get it in paper form, as I purchased this on my kindle paperwhite, and found it very hard to use, poor quality, and everything was in black... Read more
Published 3 months ago by P TAYLOR
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, informative guide.
A bit too big to lug around, but a good handbook for planning your trips. Up to date info on opening times and pricing etc, and comprehensive details on what to do in towns. Read more
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