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Great for short stays,
This review is from: Lonely Planet Pocket Paris (Travel Guide) (Paperback)
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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.