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Lonely Planet , Catherine Le Nevez , Christopher Pitts , Nicola Williams
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Book Description

18 Jan 2013 Travel Guide

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Paris City Guide 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. Blend in with the Parisians among the chestnut groves of Jardin du Luxembourg, ride the funicular up to the white-domed majesty of the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, or have a romantic rendezvous with French art at the Musee Rodin; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Paris and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Paris City 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, fashion, literature, cinema, and music
  • Free, convenient pull-out Paris map (included in print version), plus over 35 colour neighbourhood maps
  • Useful features - including Travel with Children, Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), and Day Trips
  • Coverage of Eiffel Tower, Western Paris, Champs-Elysees, Grands Boulevards, Louvre, Les Halles, Montmartre, Northern Paris, Le Marais, Menilmontant, Bastille, Eastern Paris, The Islands, Latin Quarter, St-Germain, Les Invalides, Montparnasse, Southern Paris, Day Trips from Paris, and more

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

  • Looking for just the highlights of Paris? Check out 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.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's France guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer, or Lonely Planet's Discover France, a photo-rich guide to the most popular attractions in the country.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Catherine Le Nevez, Christopher Pitts, and Nicola Williams.

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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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 9 edition (18 Jan 2013)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1742200354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742200354
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Midwest Book review, March 2013 "Paris: City Guide" is a traveler's guide for those who want to get the absolute most out of their visit to the City of Lights.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Less is more... 16 May 2013
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Things I like about this book.

It's divided by region/arrondisement and comprehensively covers attractions, eating and nightlife for each area individually. This is my favourite type of layout for a travel guide as it means you have access to all the necessary information for your locale, rather than having to sift through an entire chapter on, say, dining in Paris to find one decent bistro that's close by.

It goes into some depth on a number of key attractions ('Top Sights'), for example the Eiffel tower is discussed level by level, ticket purchase and viewing strategies, timing of the sparkly light shows, plus the history of the various paint jobs. Ditto Notre Dame, with info on the rose windows, treasury, towers and crypt, plus construction and historical timeline, and Haynes manualesque exploded diagram of the interior.

The general sections on fashion, architecture, visual arts, literary Paris are nicely done, as is the survival guide at the back - all the essential info on medical services, public holidays, electricity etc very well set out with bold headers and red dividers. Unusually comprehensive map section, with individual maps for particular regions rather than one continuous map that disappears annoyingly over the page!

Things I'm less keen on.

There's a lot of space devoted to accommodation. It's pointless, because almost everyone researches this on the net before they go.

There are just too many entries overall, and it's difficult to decide what might be worth reading (and thus visiting). There seems to be some sort of contest among the more serious guides to be as wordy and weighty as possible, when actually I find I get a lot more out of a more pared down format (see the Lonely Planet 'Discover Barcelona' 2013 edition for an example of a really successful layout).

Ok, but not a must-have in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful as always 10 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Lonely Planet is my go-to travel guide, wherever I travel to. The Paris one doesn't disappoint. It covers the city in the detail I have come to expect from the series. Well-researched and well worth getting if you're planning a trip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tells you everything you need to know 1 Feb 2014
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I bought this guide for my trip to Paris (who would have thought?) and wasn't disappointed. Having used Lonely Planet guides for years, I really enjoyed the new look of this guide. Colour pictures and additional details (incl. maps) of top sights (e.g. the Louvre) are really helpful, as are any other suggestions in this book. We've tried a couple of restaurants and coffee shops suggested and were never disappointed. Long story short, it's a great companion that tells you everything you need to know on your Paris trip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Informative 12 Sep 2013
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This Lonely Planet Guide to Paris follows the recent format for this series of books. The first seventy pages of this 430 page book are dedicated to more general topics such as general advice, what to do with kids, what's free, galleries and museums, month by month and, of course, the obligatory Top 16. The latter is less subjective than for a large country guide and includes such places as the obvious Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame.

The meat of the guide is in the next 230 pages or so which is divided into ten areas of the city. In each of these the major sites are described and there are suggestions as to where to eat and drink. Personally I find the where to go sections of this sort of guide to be the most useful. Too often the information on restaurants is out of date, whilst I personally use resources such as Tripadvisor to sort out suitable accommodation these days. However, to be fair the description of places to visit is well put together and there is a useful top sites by area guide for each of the neighbourhoods. The sort of information essential for the tourist is all there, such as when does it open, what is the cost etc. The book finishes off with more general information and a useful survival guide together with quite a comprehensive mapping section.

Paris is a large and diverse city. If you are planning a visit of more than a day or two it is probably worth your while to purchase a city guide rather than relying on the country guide. The detailed information here is about twice what you would find in the Lonely Planet France Guide and is comprehensive and informative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent maps and very easy to use 10 July 2014
By Hannah
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Excellent maps and very easy to use. Sometimes felt that there was too much writing so difficult to quickly grab the information you need while you're huddled under an umbrella and trying to keep a tight grip of your bag! Information is very useful when you have more time though!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best 31 May 2014
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You cannot beat Lonely Planet for their take on any country and this is a comprehensive look at Paris with pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parisian bible 27 May 2014
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Fantastic book covering each area of Paris in detail. Top recommendations and handy tips made this book an absolute treasure when planning our trip to Paris. Well done Lonely Planet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal 22 May 2014
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Ideal guide to the most fantastic city.
Absolutely loved our time there, and the LP guide is the most detailed we could find that was still in a usable format.
Parts of the city south of the Eiffel Tower could do with a bit more coverage, but apart from that it was very useful
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