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Provence and Cote d'Azur Footprint (Footprint Travel Guides) (Footprint Full-colour Guide) [Paperback]

Tristan Rutherford , Kathryn Tomasetti
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28 May 2010 Footprint Full-colour Guide
Sandwiched between Italy, mainland France and North Africa, Provence and the Cote d'Azur is blessed with an interesting history, tempered by a mix of cultural influences. The Camargue's pink flamingos give way to bustling Marseilles, France's second city. The Luberon's chestnut forests and lavender fields undulate down to the seaside towns and sandy beaches of the Alpes-Maritimes. From glamorous Nice to the smaller coastal towns, all synonymous with art, exuberance and untouched beauty: visit Picasso's museum and former home in Antibes, star-spot at the Cannes Film Festival or kayak the Caribbean-blue bays that surround the fishing village of Cassis. Including ideas for great days out, locals recommendations and travel tips to avoid the crowds and save money, FootprintFrance Provence & Cote d'Azur gives an insight into a region that will have you wishing for more holiday!

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Footprint Handbooks; 1 edition (28 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906098913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906098919
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 14.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,002,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Riviera to St-Tropez and Haute-Provence to Marseille, each sentence causes you to creep closer to a spontaneous trip. --St Christopher's, Top 5 Books, July 2010

A detailed, comprehensive guide in the Footprint series. With practical information on accommodations, food, events and sights. Perfect for the independent traveler. --Longitude, Summer 2010

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As this book went to press in 2010 we tallied up our 'research' program. We'd eaten in over 100 restaurants, laid on 50 beaches, visited over 80 utterly charming hotels and a dozen lovely campsites. It was a labour of love, and we piled on the kilos, but what a journey.

The result is a compact 300-page guidebook - the most up-to-date on the market - written by two enthusiastic travel writers who have criss-crossed Provence for the last decade. Several of the photos are up for awards, while the brilliant map will guide you around each city's best restaurants and bars; many locals-only affairs with bags of atmosphere.

As well as describing every museum from Avignon and Arles to Nice and Menton, we went one stage deeper. Also in the book are details of every bike hire scheme, every ferry route, and every scenic rail route than runs through the vine-covered hills. We've peppered the book with historical anecdotes, from Colette, Brigitte Bardot and David Niven, to more recent visitors including Brad Pitt, Jack Nicholson and Christina Aguilera. Press and readers alike have called it a fascinating read, and we hope that you like it too.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A poor contender for the "Footprint" series. 3 July 2011
By IntensiveCareNurse TOP 100 REVIEWER
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OK, I have several Footprint publications (Wales, Scotland & England) and have always admired those packed little guides for their no-nonsense appraisals of places to visit. If somewhere is over-rated, they would tell you, whilst also taking you off the beaten track somewhat...
Having visited Provence on many occasions, I yearned for a guide that would take me off the beaten track to places I had not been before, and with the "Footprint" reputation for straight-talking text that does not mislead, I felt I could not go wrong...
Although there is essentially little wrong with this guide (it is quite competent), I found it quite basic, uninspiring and limited.
The "Rough Guide" or "DK Eyewitness" are the ones to go for...
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By FM77
If you're travelling to the Provence or the Cote d'Azur then the chances are you're not just looking for somewhere with a bit of sun and an all-inclusive wristband. Leave that to the Alicante crowd...

Instead, you're more likely following the footsteps of royalty, aristocrats, movie stars, rock stars, artists and the rest of le Beau Monde. Legend, glamour, history and culture are inextricably linked with this sunny corner of France and make it a fascinating and exciting place to visit.

If this is the case then this guide is the one you should choose. As well as covering all the usual tourist destinations and recommendations you can find in the other guides, this guide also skilfully intertwines this information with rich and interesting anecdotes that bring the Cote d'Azur to life, and makes you excited to be there.

The other area where this guide excels is that it has clearly been written by authors who really have an inside knowledge of the area, and not someone who simply visited and scribbled a few notes as they went along. This gives one the feeling that you're more likely to discovering insider tips, rather than just following the general tourist trail.

So, if you want to be inspired as well as informed by your guidebook, buy this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not perfect 9 Aug 2010
This book is a good general guide to the area although halfway through our holiday we started to use Trip Advisor for restaurant recommendations instead of the book. There were 2 principal reasons for this as follows:
1. A number of recommended restaurants in Nice were closed. (Only the French would close a restaurant in a busy tourist resort in August!) The fact that the guide had such a limited number of recommended restaurants and that some of these were closed very much limited our choice - hence the switch the Trip Advisor.
2. The description and recommendations for eating at Eze (on the Cote D'Azur) was plainly wrong. The place to eat and be seen at is Chateau Eza. The guide said it was an extremely expensive restaurant and you could eat at 1/5th of the price and still get sea views at Pinnochio's instead. Chateau Eza is expensive but not horrendously so. The staff at Chateua Eza are extremely attentive and the views were truly breathtaking (and I mean truly breathtaking.) Pinnochio's is also pretty pricey and not that much cheaper than Chateau Eza. The staff at Pinnochio's were arguing with each other when we were there (although I don't blame the guide for that!) The guide is however completely wrong in saying that Pinnochio's has a sea view - it hasn't and given it's location I can't see how it has ever had sea views.
My preference for guide books remains the Top 10 series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as comprehensive as expected 25 Jun 2013
By Yair Melamed - Published on
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Better provence books are Eyewitness and Michelin. Much better than Fodors. Generally love the footprint series for other destinations. xxx
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