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Leaves No Parisian Stone Unturned
on 16 November 2012
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.