We love this guide. We go to the beautiful Drome area in the south of the Rhone Alpes region every year and find the descriptions and insights in this book accurate and fabulously illuminating. There's a mass of details on what to do and see, even in the small towns like Nyons, Grignan or Buis-les-Baronnies, places the author brings wonderfully to life even if you've never been. The descriptions and history are extremely well researched; they're also written in charming style. We have always found the recommendations of restaurants to be bang up- to -date and delicious.
We are utterly puzzled by the monkeygirl review. Is she writing about the same book? Coverage of towns and sights is particularly strong in this guide. There's a cracking first chapter entirely devoted to Lyon, which talks tongue-in-cheek about the overblown monuments and the graffiti, as well as revealing the historic importance and beauty of the place. There's plenty of humour throughout this guide, for example, in the explanations of Beaujolais and the classic French novel on this glorious wine area, Clochemerle.
If you want a delightful, amusing and intelligent guide to this region, this is absolutely the book for you.