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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (4 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789483505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789483508
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.2 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,722,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a full-time travel writer, contributing to newspapers, magazines and websites in the UK and worldwide. My specialities are the USA< UK< France and Greece.

I also write about food and drink for the travel pages, covering vineyards in Greece and New Zealand, breweries in Belgium and Britain, restaurants in Paris, a chocolate shop in Lyon, the biggest wine cellar in the world (in Florida), interviewing an English sommelier in Paris, and sipping my way through the Champagne region of France, the distilleries of Cognac and the sherry bodegas of Jerez (no spitting). I invented the Time for Food series for Thomas Cook (purely so that I could go to places like Paris, Venice and Amsterdam and get paid for eating and drinking there).

I write specifically about spirits and have contributed to the US drinks magazine, Chilled, and publish my own website about vodka: http://the-vodka-guy.com.

Combining music and travel is another love: I have written pieces about Bob Marley, the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Hank Williams.

More exotic travels have taken me camel-trekking in the Sinai Desert (right), walking in the Great Rift Valley, learning to jive in Barcelona, looking for orang-utans in Sumatra, staying with a farming family in China and sampling a naturist holiday on Crete (photos available at a price).

I have also written or contributed to over 30 guidebooks, especially on Greece, France and the USA. In addition, I've written three radio plays for the BBC, presented a half-hour radio travel programme about Egypt, written fiction and humour for men's magazines, written a crime novel (Strip till Dead) and even written an erotic novel. I may be the only writer to have contributed both to Mayfair (I was in the same issue as Bill Bryson) and to The Baptist Times. Not to mention a few minutes of the UK's favourite TV soap, Coronation Street, when my father was a scriptwriter on the programme.

I also write regularly now for the internet. My wife Donna Dailey and I are co-editors of the 101 USA Holidays website (http://www.101holidays.co.uk/usa) and we also publish and write our own travel content websites about America's Pacific Coast Highway (http://www.Pacific-Coast-Highway-Travel.com), Beyond London Travel (http://www.beyond-london-travel.com), and about Greece (http://www.Greece-Travel-Secrets.com).

You can find out more about me and my current activities on my personal website, where I also interview travel writers and give travel writing advice: http://www.mikegerrard.net.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth F. Mcara VINE VOICE on 6 April 2012
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We've just returned from a wonderful trip to Paris and took this as a chance to `road test' four different guidebooks. These were:

* DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Paris (Dorling Kindersley - Eyewitness Travel)
* Top 10 Paris (Dorling Kindersley - Eyewitness Travel),
* Frommer's Paris Day by Day (Frommer's Day by Day - Pocket)
* Thomas Cook Paris (Pocket Guides).

As you would expect, the DK publications are beautifully produced in full colour and on good quality paper. The larger of these, Paris, is a hefty tome, weighing in at around 700g and running to some 450 pages. Nevertheless, it has a huge amount of useful information which is easily accessible and the best diagrams in any of the publications, including interesting cutaways of Notre Dame, Sacré Coeur and the Panthéon. Most information is organised by area, although it does include 8 guided walks and copious background information relating to accommodation, eating out, travel and so on.

Top 10 Paris is a smaller, and more selective, publication which has good fold-out flaps with helpful maps of central Paris. It features the top 10 things to see in Paris and then moves on to suggest the top 10 restaurants, art galleries, museums and so on. It is helpful for those who want to see as much as possible in the shortest time, but is more difficult to navigate when out-and-about because of the way it is organised.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Berowne on 28 Oct. 2008
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This book is a fantastic guide to Paris. As first time visitors to the city, we couldn't have managed without it. The maps are brilliant and the lists of things to see are incredibly useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By andham1 on 12 Nov. 2012
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For anyone wishing to get a quick overview of some key sights, tastes and shopping opportunities in Paris, this book works well. But while its nature means it's limited in scope, it needn't be quite so limited: I found that lack of detail in the information provided soon became frustrating. For example, better maps would improve the book's usefulness for tourists, as would more background information on the listed 10 key historical or cultural sites.
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By Lucy Felthouse VINE VOICE on 23 Sept. 2010
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Having never been to Paris before, I didn't know where to start. I bought this in advance of my trip and started reading through it to find out places I should visit.

The information is clear, thorough and useful. The fact it's broken down into top ten's means that if you've only got limited time, you can make sure you see Paris' top attractions. It's just a matter of prioritising them into what interests you.

The maps are excellent too - particularly the map which shows all the tourist attractions in Paris, as well as the locations of the Metro stations. This was invaluable as it means you can easily work out where your nearest Metro station is, then refer to the underground map to find out what lines you need to get where you're going.

A fantastic book. I'd definitely recommend this to travellers, particularly if you've never visited Paris before.
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By Sally on 21 July 2012
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We used one of these top ten guides when we were in Normandy and this Paris one didn't let us down either. Metro map, street map, pull out pocket map and all the top 10 information. For a whistle stop tour it's great for must sees. In the Louvre I checked to make sure I hadn't missed a big one (I could imagine getting home and realising I'd not seen the Venus de milo or similar!). It was great for telling us the top sites in each area we were in so we could see if there was something else we ought to have looked at close by so we didn't have to travel back that way. We used it for planning the next day. Basically we took one guide and used it lots and were extremely happy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian on 9 Mar. 2013
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I found this item to be invaluable on my resent mini weekend trip to Paris, it informed me of everything I needed to know to make my trip so enjoyable
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. E. Foxley on 24 Dec. 2012
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When you're only there for a short break, you need to make the most of it.
These DK "Top 10" are brilliant.
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This is an ideal book for the visitor to Paris. It has useful information on what to see, where to eat and how to get around. The added map is excellent and really useful.

I have Top 10 books for all cities that I have visited and would choose them first every time.
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