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Beautifully presented guide but not perfect,
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This review is from: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Loire Valley (Paperback)
I have to admit that the DK Eyewitness guides are without doubt the most beautiful and comprehensively illustrated travel guides on the market. I bought this recently for our first trip to the Loire Valley and I found it very useful in choosing which sites to visit and very informative on those sites.
Where it falls down, in my view, is that there is very little practical information on things like restaurants. For the whole of this quite large area of France there are only 6 pages given over to restaurants so that, for example, there is only one mentioned for Amboise, a quite large town. As it also happens to be quite an expensive restaurant, you are left rather to your own devices. Other guides I have used in the past have been more comprehensive on this aspect and at least given a choice of differently prices restaurants for each town.
The same seems to be true for accommodation. As it happens we were renting a gite, but only one hotel is given for Amboise and that is a very expensive one.
I guess it rather depends what you are looking for in a guide but this series seems to be focussed very heavily on tourist attractions rather than practical information which is fine, so long as you are aware of that when you buy it.