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Rhone-Alpes (Cadogan Guide Rhone Alps) [Paperback]

Philippe Barbour
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31 May 2007 Cadogan Guide Rhone Alps
This work guides you from the spectacular mountain scenery of the Alps to the tranquil beauty of the Rhone Valley. It explores the towns of Grenoble, Lyon and Montelimar; discusses the history, art and architecture of the region; reveals the best places to ski and snowboard; and picks out the most charming chalets in which to stay, the best places to indulge in some gourmet cuisine and the most relaxing spas in which to unwind.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Cadogan Guides; 2nd Revised edition edition (31 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860113575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860113574
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 457,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"'Prestigious publisher Cadogan and perceptive travel writer Philippe Barbour have together at last done justice to Rhone-Alpes' - Daily Mail"

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Philippe Barbour Domicile London/Brittany Philippe Barbour is half-Breton and half-British, and has written extensively about France, including some of Cadogan's most successful France titles.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 9 Nov 2011
By K.T.
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.
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By Lionel
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This second hand book would not have been better if it were brand new. As for the text it is also excellent. I am reading it as a book worth reading, rather than as a source of travel information. The author has something to say about everything rather than going into great detail on specific locations. He is very positive unlike for instance the Rough Guide which can at times be discouraging. I have a degree in geography and when I was younger (ie before 1980) I enjoyed reading geography books. These are hardly ever published nowadays and a good guide book is the nearest equivalent. Guide books have improved enormously in recent years and this is a good example. If I had more time I would buy other guidebooks in this series, even though not intending to visit the area. There were times when I would have appreciated a little more historical information, for instance the reference to General Benoit de Boigne in Chambery, but of course one can look him up in Wikipedia. The maps were excellent.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, unless you want to stay in the car 24 Sep 2010
I bought this hoping it would provide a useful guide for own holiday in the Rhone Alps - this area is sadly lacking in decent lonely planet or rough guide coverage. My advice would be not to bother and to get local tourist information advice. There is such limited detail on the towns and sites that it's pretty useless - especially when it comes to finding somewhere to eat or stay. It's very difficult to just dip in and get the information on individual places because of the style - it tends to cover a large area in very dense text - usually in the form of an itinerary for a day or so of driving. If you actually want to get out and about and explore this area properly, as opposed to taking a few photos from the car window, don't bother with this guide.
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3.0 out of 5 stars MK Savoie 2 Sep 2011
By Michael P. Kern, MD - Published on Amazon.com
We recently visited Annecy, and Lac Leman. Annecy is a delight with beautiful old quarter. Stayed at Les Tresoms, which has a panoramic view. The book is informative but not the best guide. Have not seen a better one for this part of the country. Not too many English speakers there, but very friendly.
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent resource 30 Aug 2008
By Kathleen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent guide to the Rhone Alpes region. It was one of my only purchases before embarking on a year living and working in a small town in the area, and it was well worth the investment. The book helped me to take advantage of living in such a rich region of the world, including attending the December light festival and museum visits in Lyon, hiking in Mont Pilat, skiing in the Alps, and finding just the perfect bargain hotel for my family when they visited. It greatly enriched my unforgettable year there, and I hope someday I can return to explore more.
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