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Frustratingly Poor Guide,
This review is from: Cote D'Azur (Cadogan Guides) (Paperback)
Pro's:Only guide focusing on the Cote d'azur.
Cons: Misleading, uninformative, filled with irrelevant information, poorly bound.
I bought this guide as it is the only true travel book that focuses solely on the Cote d'azur and not on the wider area of Provence. The book seemed to hold promise as a viable alternative to the mainstream offerings of Lonely-Planet and Eyewitness. However thats where the positives end, the authors Mary-Ann Gallagher and Linda Rano ramble through the guide about events in the Cote'd'azur hundreds and even thousands of years ago, making the book feel more like a history lesson than and actual light read travel guide. The writers also appear to have a dislike for the area, they complain about the traffic, pollution and tourist stalls, while they describe many towns as 'tacky', which is something that cannot be said for the picture postcard villages of the cote d'azur. You certainly get the impression that these authors have never visited some of the towns they write about. Looking the section at Cannes three pages are written on its past, but little short of one page is written on the sights and activities of the town itself. The book also contains some wrong information about Bus stops and numbers, especially in Nice. By the end of our 6 days holiday in Nice the first 16 colour pages had fallen out, highlighting the fact thats its made down to a cost. Its a truly awful guide and should be avoided at all costs.