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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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The Lonely Planet Pocket Paris, as the name suggests, is a handy little pocket-sized book to have on your person for a trip to Paris. Whether you are after travelling to the famous top sights and acting like a proper little tourist or you aim to 'get on down' to the lesser known local attractions and haunts to taste life as a true Parisian does -- snails and all -- then this guide should make your visit as easy and painless as possible. And who better to share these expert tips with you than author, Catherine Le Nevez who not only has a Masters in Professional Writing, but lived in Paris from the age of 4 and still regularly visits. This is a fact I like, as I know I'm in good hands with this author and the publisher hasn't just commissioned an editor to research Paris from afar. Or at least, that's the impression I get.

It begins with a quick start guide to the top sights, local life and four day-by-day itineraries for those short of planning time with all the must-sees included. Then there's the 'Need to know' guide, which explains what to plan ahead and budget for in advance, what to do when you arrive and how to get around once you are there. A coloured chart of Paris neighbourhoods also cleanly point out where the main attractions are, which is then expanded in the following chapters with helpful street maps and additional historical information, alongside the usual things you'd expect from a guide like this, like recommended places to eat and nightly entertainment to look out for.

Finally, the last section explains more about Paris' "Best Walks", and "Best Things..." from Architecture, Cooking, Markets, Gay and Lesbian Paris, to Parks, Fashion and even Gourmet Shops - everything you can think of, plus more. It really is a useful resource and with the fold out city map with a full street index and travel details included, author Catherine Le Nevez has left no Parisian stone unturned.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 21 November 2012
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If you are planning a break to Paris (and why not, as a native I'd recommend it!) this isn't a bad buy. It is reasonably priced, small enough to fit in a jacket pocket, and has a neat map inside which you can fold out. My only gripe with it was how difficult it was to get that map out in the first place.

This book covers every touristy thing you'd want to do in Paris, especially the Eiffel Tower, Centre Pompidou (god knows why though!) and Notre Damme (you should visit that!). There are very good guides on getting there and using our Metro, including the Paris Visite card you can get for a weekend away. The guide is clearly written and does not have any awkward backgrounds to read from, so you can peruse this in the Metro while travelling. The pictures are glorious and show off the city very nicely.

So what sections can you expect from this? Well there's Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides, Arc De Triomphe et Champs Elysée, Louvre, Tuileries and Opéra, Sacre Coeur and Montmartre, Centre Pompidou and Le Marais, Notre Damme and the isles, Latin quarter and Musée D'Orsay and St Germain Des Pres. These all have plenty of ideas for eating, visiting museums and shopping, puts extra goodies you might want to see.

Altogether this is well thought out, but I think for me it is missing parts of the city, like Les Buttes Chaumont in the 19th, Canal St Martin in the 10th, and Belleville in the east of the city, nevermind Bercy and Parc André Citroen - which to me are all worth seeing. For those of you who want to see how the rich get buried you might want to see Cimetière Père-Lachaise (Gambetta - 20th) which is insightful.

Good guide, could have been a bit more in-depth and left field, what Lonely Planet used to be back in the day.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2013
Never judge a book by its cover. I wasn't all that impressed when this arrived and it looked a bit basic. Didn't read it until I was on the Eurostar and it was really useful. Some absolutely fantastic recommendations on where to eat and drink and the metro and street maps were invaluable. First visit to Paris in 15 years and this was a helpful, handbag sized guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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As a compulsive buyer of Travel Guides I have several Lonely Planet Guides in my collection. However, as so far all of these have been as wordy as 'War and peace', I have found them to be best for armchair travel on a cold winter's evening or for detailed planning before a trip rather than the sort of Guide I would carry with me. It was, therefore, a pleasure to encounter this pocket guide to Paris with its useful pull-out map - small enough to pop into a pocket or handbag. Although tiny it has some very handy tips - the price of the book would be justified just by its explanation on where to get discounted theatre tickets. The book is of much more use than this though, there are also details on how to avoid queues at busy tourist attractions and useful summaries of what to look out for when you arrive somewhere rather overwhelmingly impressive such as Notre Dame. I like the guide to the Louvre and it would be useful for first time visitors and returning travellers. I think a more 'user friendly' guide might have suggested the first time visitor avoid the Mona Lisa [which is always ridiculously overcrowded] in favour of the ajoining Italian gallery but on the other hand many visitors are determined to see this so at least this guide will advise them on how navigate through the Louvre to find it. Finally the day planner on page 14 is good [although if you want a really good day planner you are probably better with a Fodor guide] but overall this guide is comprehensive and would enhance any visit to Paris.fjs
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 19 October 2012
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I was really impressed by this guide to Paris. I'm planning my first trip to the city and found that for such a small guide I got loads of information. Unlike regular LP guides which while informative, can be so exhaustive they can become a bit dry and just purely used for reference; this book packs in loads of information broken up into easily digested sections. The pages and colourful and engaging too. The map in the back cover is very helpful, however you do have to tear it out. I can't help think it would be better to include a map in a plastic pocket at the back instead. Otherwise, a great guide ideal for a short trip to Paris, covers all the basics and much more. Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2012
The book was useful but the map was disappointing. Rather than a "full street index", as advertised, the map and its index only features the names of larger streets. I was looking for a restaurant on Rue Laplace, for instance, but that street wasn't listed even though it's in the area covered by the map. Annoying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2012
Bought this guide because it was on offer and wanted something I could stick in my jacket when not in use. Came with a good size pull out map that was clear and detailed. Like the way that the guide is divided into districts and found everything we needed to know for a five night stay. Tried two of the recommended places to eat and were very impressed by value and quality of the food, in particular Le Hide near the Arc De Triomphe. Great value little book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 5 November 2012
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I have this and the London pocket guide. I was very please with the London pocket book, not just for what it contained (I live in London), but for it's size and usefulness. My mother recently came to visit and it came in very useful for her. As always with these Lonely Planet guides you get a handy detachable city map which is, in my opinion, always better than having to browse to various pages to view tiny city section maps. The content is as well organised as ever and broken down in to manageable and specific sections.

Slightly too big for your pocket, though light, it's best carried in your daypack/handbag or whatever you're carrying around.

The info within is only slightly useful to me as I've been to Paris a few times but none-the less, this will prove a useful addition to an upcoming Paris trip in December. I'll also be looking into more quirky books for things to see and do there also as I want to get off the beaten path far more than this book details.

A highly recommended guide book to Paris for the majority!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2014
The Metro map is out of date and missing new stations, so when you are looking at the end of the line the wrong station is shown. This made it very confusing the first time i used it at the Metro. I got off at Chatelet Les Halles - a major shopping centre. There is no mention of it at all in the index. The indexes have the wrong page numbers. On Page 218 it says that Drinking, Entertainment and Shoppping are on P.216. Page 216 is actually blank for notes. Drinking and Shopping are on pages 222-223. There is no section for Entertainment. The Index has a little box in the bottom left-hand corner saying "Sights p000" and "Map Pages p000.

The map showing the Latin Quarter shows it in two separate places. I only spent a day in Paris but I suspect if I'd had more time there I would have found even more mistakes.

Don't waste your money as I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2013
Before receiving it, I didn't imagine how small and thin this guide is. It seems that it covers only the very very basics. Might be good for those who want it and the small size is really convenient, but I like a bit more background info and more details in practical info.
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