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Top 10 Provence & Cote D'Azur [With Map] (DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides) Paperback – 17 Feb 2014

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley); Fol Lam Pa edition (17 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1465410066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465410061
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.2 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 774,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I have a large number of these travel guides. What I like about them is their format - each book gives an overview (rather than lots of detail). It provides a summary of what is on offer. Inside is not just the obvious i.e. the Top 10 sights to see. Also you get things like the Top 10 museums & galleries, Top 10 markets, Top 10 Arts & Crafts, Top 10 events etc. - even the Top 10 things to avoid. That makes them very useful, and a unique approach to travel guides. I use them to decide what to do, and then use another book (or a website) to give me more detail if I need that.

This book covers, for example:
 Palais des Papes
 Grand Canyon du Verdon
 Aix-En-Provence
 Casino de Monte Carlo
 St Tropez
 The Camargue
 Roman Sights
 Painters in Provence
 Areas of Natural Beauty

The book in its physical format is small - just small enough to fit inside a DL envelope (i.e. the standard white envelope, designed to accept a sheet of A4 paper folded twice). It is actually a few centimetres shorter than a DL envelope. This compact size makes it easy to fit into your pocket.

This book can't provide detail - it can provide `the big picture'. I now normally take two travel guides with me - a DK Top 10 one like this and a detailed travel guide, to get the best of both worlds. If you just have a detailed travel guide, you can miss out on things that you wish you had visited.

On a separate issue, I originally bought my Top 10 books in the Kindle format (because I am a Kindle lover) and to my surprise found the Kindle format terribly irritating. It taught me that when using a travel guide, you want to be able to flick quickly through it and jump around easily - that's SO much easier with a physical book.
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By Haigh on 9 Aug. 2014
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Excellent book with lots of useful information about the area.
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By Fedefederiv on 29 Sept. 2014
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So very useful during my trip. A good purchase!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
excellent!!! 10 Jun. 2008
By Martin Vazquez - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of very useful information, tips, maps, images, history. Having everything ranked in top 10s is great when you have to quickly chose what you have to do in cities you don't know.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Useful for ideas in a pinch 18 Jan. 2012
By Adam Leary - Published on Amazon.com
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We used this book on our trip to help with ideas of what to see and where to eat. For example, in Orange, it began to pour (we were there in the winter) and so we dove into the book to look for recommended museums and found the Museum of Ancient Art which was a nice respite from the deluge.

We also used it to stop off at a few cafes during our day strolling around Aix. The recommendations were spot on. This book also led us to visit a wonderful confectionary shop in Carpentra filled with artful fruit confit of tangerines, melons, figs, pears...

It shouldn't be your main guide but is a fantastic supplement.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as the bigger DK books... 12 July 2010
By Melissa H. Dees - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm sure part of the problem with this book was that I was only going to Nice and Monte Carlo and this just covered too many other places. But, I have had the regular travel books from DK and LOVED them. This was just a little disappointing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not well organized 18 Feb. 2014
By Acksummer - Published on Amazon.com
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I love DK books. For some reason this was not that great. For instance, it listed restaurants in Cannes and Monte Carlo in the same section. If you have been, it's not like you can go to a restaurant in Cannes and then decide maybe I want to go the other restaurant which is located in Monte Carlo. It's not like let say Barcelona old town and you decide you want to go to alas Ramblas instead, it's still walking distance or a short taxi ride.

I was a little disappointed to say the least considering I have enjoyed DK Top 10 Paris, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Miami, etc..
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
What it does, it does well, but it's not supposed to be a comprehensive guide 24 Nov. 2014
By Craig MACKINNON - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
These Top-10 books are, by their very style, selective and subjective. Obviously what someone likes best is going to vary from person-to-person. So don't buy this book as your only reference source when touring Provence and the Riviera. However, it is a great book to flip through for ideas. Looking for a club in Nice? There's a list for that. Interested in the Roman period? There are lists for that. Want to take a boat trip to a scenic island? There's a list for that. Again, though, choosing what to make lists of tends to leave out small or one-off items. And some of the choices are bizarre to say the least: the list of top beaches, for example include several that require long hikes to find, and others have no parking or are inaccessible to people with disabilities. If you just want to take the kids somewhere with soft sand, safe surf, and a bathroom, you'll find no useful information here.

Having said that, the opinions and choices of the editors and contributors seem to be quite closely aligned with my own. I'm not afraid of crowds, so a midsummer trip to Les Baux, with its medieval re-enactors and crossbow-shooting lessons was great. Similarly, I would not have considered visiting l'Abbaye Notre-Dame-de-Senanque had it not been #9 in the overall Top-10 list, but it remains one of my favourite sites in Provence (and we've been here 3 months now).

So: I would suggest getting this book as a supplemental guide. The maps are not comprehensive, and it tends to be difficult to navigate because of its Top-10 structure. On the other hand, it's fun, it's quick to refer to in a pinch (as another reviewer pointed out, it's a great source for back-up plans in case of rain), it's light, and it's quirky. Perhaps the last is the strongest endorsement, because it might lead you to a site you never thought would be interesting, but which turns out to be a favourite experience.
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