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Top 10 Normandy (DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides) Paperback – 16 Jun 2014

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DK Eyewitness Travel; Fol Pap/Ma edition (16 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1465402756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465402752
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.1 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 622,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mister G HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 23 July 2015
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:
 Normandy Highlights
 Mont-Saint-Michel
 Bayeux Tapestry
 Honfleur
 Abbaye de Jumieges
 Cathedrale Notre-Dame, Rouen
 Caen
 Deauville and La Cote Fleurie
 D-Day Beaches
 Pays d'Auge
 Fondation Claude Monet, Giverny
 Top 10 Moments in History
 Top 10 Areas of Natural Beauty
 Top 10 Parks & Gardens
 Top 10 Norman Abbeys
 Top 10 Museums & Galleries
 Top 10 Culinary Highlights
 Top 10 Gourmet Restaurants
 Top 10 Unspoilt Villages
 Top 10 Forests
 Top 10 Activities for Children
 Top 10 Outdoor Activities
 Top 10 Festivals & Events
(This is some, not all)

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'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 50 Squirrels of Grey TOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 July 2015
Format: Paperback
This 144-page book - the June 2014 print edition - is a colourful and informative guide to the attractions of the French province of Normandy; for real visitors and armchair travellers alike. It has all the usual features, including excellent maps and articles. There are excellent colour photos breaking up the text columns, so you can see what you are looking for. It is a handy up-to-date guidebook, with all the usual topics a tourist guide provides, as well as chapters on the top ten sites (Mont-St-Michel; Bayeux Tapestry; Honfleur; Abbaye de Jumieges; Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen; Caen; Deauville & La Cote Fleurie; D-Day Beaches; Pays d’Auge; and the Fondation Claude Monet, Giverny).

The Contents include -
P006: Normandy’s Top 10 (and other touristy stuff)
P075: Around Normandy (4 entries)
P115: Streetsmart (practical touristy information); including -
P126: Places to Stay
P134: General Index
P142: Phrase Book
P144: Town Index
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Janet Russell on 20 Mar. 2015
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Great book, lovely pictures, tells me all I needed to know
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HELEN J on 24 Sept. 2014
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Clear and concise as these guides usually are
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
an excellent guide to Normandy, easy to reference while traveling 24 Nov. 2014
By Craig MACKINNON - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I don't know if it's the geography or the history of Normandy, but this Top-10 guide was really all we felt we needed when visiting Normandy for 2 weeks. I've found other Top-10 guides in this series to be great for ideas on what to see, but because they take a shotgun approach, it's inevitable that some things are left out. Conversely, this guide seemed to include everything in its mostly geographical divisions, while giving good overview highlights in other sections.

Norman geography follows a mostly linear coastline, and inland in mostly farmland and forest. Thus, the geographical variety of, say, Provence is not present here, so that could be one reason why this guide can be more comprehensive - geographic divisions are not natural, so a list covering all of the coast is a natural division. Also, the roads are excellent, allowing end-to-end driving in a few hours. Historically, the region has little remaining of its pre-Roman and Roman history, so the historical main sites naturally divide into medieval (religious and secular) and WWII, with little else such as art galleries or Roman ruins that need to be covered in a separate list. That's not to say that the region is dull: the medieval sites and cathedrals are massive and ornate, while the Battle of Normandy sites are modern and evocative. Finally, Normandy has virtually no wine industry, removing yet another complexity that clutters other regional guidebooks.

This year (2014) was the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which prompted our trip. This guide included all the main sites (the 5 landing beaches) but also suggested several others we had not initially considered, such as the Nazi battery at Longues-sur-Mer, Pegasus Bridge, and Pont-du-Hoc. It also many good suggestions for what to see in town, including the Tapestry Museum and public garden in Bayeux, the abbeys and fortifications of William the Conqueror in Caen, and, of course, Mont-Saint-Michel (this last is arguably in Brittany, but it is famous enough to belong in both Norman and Breton guidebooks!). Traveling as a family with two boys (aged 9 and 6), we were never at a loss for things to do, rain or shine, and in fact did not even have time to cover all the most promising leads this book offered in our 2-week stay.
Beware - old info in new printing 6 Jun. 2015
By Paul Stevens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I did indeed receive the edition published in 2014 as advertised, but outdated content from the original 2004 edition remains. I recommend that you buy a different book that doesn't have old obsolete information.
Great guide, really useful lots of information I couldn't ... 11 Feb. 2015
By Stanny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Great guide, really useful lots of information I couldn't find anywhere else even when I tried searching for it. The only reason it's not a perfect score is... I have no idea if this is made up or not!
Lovely 16 July 2015
By M. Fuller - Published on Amazon.com
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Enjoyed using this for planning purposes, and then again after returning home as a memory book. Gorgeous pictures, well designed diagrams and maps.
good, but not great 22 July 2015
By W. Frame - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I bought this because the Top 10 London ended up being the only book I carried with me on that trip. This was less useful.
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