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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Paris Paperback – 1 Feb 2012

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; 01 edition (1 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140536873X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405368735
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The holiday starts the moment you open the guidebook (The Guardian)


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If time is tight, or you just like to arrive at a holiday destination very well prepared, a guidebook is a valuable and important investment. So choosing the right one is crucial.

Whilst I suspect that "Time Out" and "Lonely Planet" books probably sell in greater volume, having looked through them both I'm extremely glad I opted instead to use this Eyewitness Travel Guide for my recent trip to Paris. It helped me make the most of my trip.

As with most guidebooks this breaks down Paris into a series of districts - but then very clearly labels the key attractions, how to find them and even proposes short walks that will enable you to get the most out of your time in that area.

Accepting that flicking between pages as you try to find different streets, where to eat, where the nearest Metro station is (etc etc!) is a fact of life, the Eyewitness Guide makes all that extremely straightforward so navigating your way round each section is a breeze.

Also, unlike a number of other guidebooks, aside from numerous photographs this guide provides immensely useful illustrations of key attractions. So you don't find yourself pouring over endless pages of text - as a guide it's therefore clear and very easy on the eye.

All in all, this is probably the guidebook I've found the easiest to use and would highly recommend it.
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This book became our bible when we were last in Paris. It's packed full of useful and interesting information. As we love our food and wine, we found the information on restaurants especially invaluable. We ate at four excellent restaurants featured in the DK book: the menu, price, description and location were all accurately described in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone. When I travel to Prague next month I will definately be buying the DK's Travel Guide to Prague - I am sure that DK will provide the same accurate and interesting information.
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This was the simplest guide to take with us to Paris. It has an extremely good metro map and beautifully illustrated, informative, concise information. The bliss of it was only having to carry one not very heavy item which was both a guide and a very detailed map of Paris. The history items were clear and helpful. We had two days to do an awful lot and were picking out certain areas to visit. The Eyewitness Travel Guide to Paris really made it possible including a long desired visit to the abbey church of St Denis. I would recommend this to anybody on a day trip or longer to Paris.
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Paris is a city I know fairly well, as my in laws lived there for years so I had many a free holiday. This book is a very accessable guide to the city, as it is designed around accurate, 3D drawn maps that act as the centre piece for information about an area. Really easy to see how things fit togehter. The approach extends to major sites and buildings, with well drawn exploded pictures giving an easy summary of what there is to be seen. Conveys information at a very intuitive level, and allows you to spot the next place to go with ease. Recommended.
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We've just returned from a wonderful trip to Paris and took this as a chance to `road test' four different guidebooks. These were:

* Paris (Dorling Kindersley - Eyewitness Travel)
* Top 10 Paris [With Map] (DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides) (Dorling Kindersley - Eyewitness Travel),
* Frommer's Paris Day by Day (Frommer's Day by Day - Pocket)
* Thomas Cook Paris (Pocket Guides).

As you would expect, the DK publications are beautifully produced in full colour and on good quality paper. The larger of these, Paris, is a hefty tome, weighing in at around 700g and running to some 450 pages. Nevertheless, it has a huge amount of useful information which is easily accessible and the best diagrams in any of the publications, including interesting cutaways of Notre Dame, Sacré Coeur and the Panthéon. Most information is organised by area, although it does include 8 guided walks and copious background information relating to accommodation, eating out, travel and so on.

Top 10 Paris is a smaller, and more selective, publication which has good fold-out flaps with helpful maps of central Paris. It features the top 10 things to see in Paris and then moves on to suggest the top 10 restaurants, art galleries, museums and so on. It is helpful for those who want to see as much as possible in the shortest time, but is more difficult to navigate when out-and-about because of the way it is organised.
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My wife and I now have over 15 Eyewitness Travel Guides...obviously we like them. There are several reasons, and the Paris guide points these out quite well:

- the restaurant recommendations are spot on, at least for our taste. I have been to Paris more than 20 times, 5 or so for pleasure, the rest of business. I stay in different areas. I always pick a restaurant close to my hotel from this guide, and it never fails to meet my expectations (which were well set from the book)

- the maps and summaries of the attractions help you make the most efficient usage of your time. True, when on business, I do take a couple of hours to tour, but I cannot linger at the Louvre as I do when I am there for vacation. These guides help me map out what I want to see, where it might be in the museum, and even suggest when to go

- I try to go see Jazz and Classical performances while in Paris. I would not have had a great Jazz evening at the Bilboquet if not for finding it in this guide.

- What can I say, I am a convicted map-a-holic (which really irritates my wife, until we turn the corner and there we are!). I don't carry extra maps, I just carry the guide book, and use it's street maps and Metro maps to get around.

The final piece I like on these books are their simplicity. I had the rare pleasure to take my mother to Paris. Mom is not one for maps, but I let her peruse the Eyewitness Book, and she found some things that she wanted to see and where she wanted to eat (she loves mussels, and found several recommended restaurants in the guide book) and found places she didn't want me to take her (the Catacombs, but my son and I took her anyway).
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