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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful guide book
This guide book is different from the traditional lonely planet, less details and far more interesting with wonderful pictures.
It is extremely useful in the plan of our trip!
Published on 25 Jun 2011 by VLee

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3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as their other range
i thought being newer this would be a better book. however it seems to be written for those who have already been to the places covered and are looking for something different to do/visit. i found it lacked some of the basic details that you need as a traveller/holiday maker that their old books did include. it has a less logical layout and there is more emphasis on...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as their other range, 7 Sep 2010
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i thought being newer this would be a better book. however it seems to be written for those who have already been to the places covered and are looking for something different to do/visit. i found it lacked some of the basic details that you need as a traveller/holiday maker that their old books did include. it has a less logical layout and there is more emphasis on presentation looking nice + glossy. hotels and restaurant recommendations were all well above our budget whereas the old style books usually had some suggestions for all budgets.
the most disappointing aspect was the maps which i thought, being in colour, would be easy to use but simply didn't cover enough area of the cities we visited (nice, lyon, paris).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Not that great for travel., 4 Jan 2011
While facing unplanned roadtrip around France, ordering "Discover France" was a good solution to decide on places we want to see on the way (it has many pictures!), gives great highlights of towns if you're only there for few hours, gives travel recommendations regarding small villages to visit. I also found very useful 2-5 days roadtrip around region recommendations. And when it describes sightseeing recommendations - it gives working hours and addresses.

However its not detailed enough for actual travel. Places mentioned in the guide are not mentioned or not easy to find on regional maps provided (so not clear how to get to them), maps are not detailed enough, some interesting places or big cities are not mentioned at all in the book, so when you stumble upon them while driving - the book gives you no information at all about what's there to do. "Eating & Sleeping" recommendations are only 2-3 per big city, that are only most famous/expensive ones.

Overall - I definitely missed a full Lonely Planet "France" additionally to "Discover France" - to take full advantage of the travel. However if you're not at all bothered about seeing everything and you're not travelling by car - this book might be just enough.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A triumph of presentation over content, 23 Nov 2010
Superficially this is an attractive book with pictures and an easy to read layout. BUT it is best described as a coffee table glossy, to leave out to impress your friends, rather than a source of detailed information.

Content is very superficial and very much limited to the basic 'must sees' for each area.

Don't waste your money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful guide book, 25 Jun 2011
This review is from: Discover France: Country Guide (Lonely Planet Country Guides) (Paperback)
This guide book is different from the traditional lonely planet, less details and far more interesting with wonderful pictures.
It is extremely useful in the plan of our trip!
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