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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Loire Valley (Eyewitness Travel Guides) Flexibound – 1 May 2013
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This is another stunning visual guide - with clear pictures, map and guidance. It includes all of the touristy things everyone is going to want to see for the first time visit but also plenty of more unusual and out-of-the-way places for those who are coming back for more.
Included are details of all the Chateaux to visit (a little potted history, opening times and phone number), maps of all the areas and street maps of important towns and cities, places to visit, the history of this area, places to stay and places to eat - in fact everything you could possibly want to do in the area.
The book is, as always, excellent value for money via Amazon so there's no excuse not to buy a copy before you go. In fact I usually by the Green Michelin Guide AS WELL as a DK guide just to ensure my holiday is packed full with places to see and so i don't miss ANYTHING!
DK's Loire Valley guide gets the 5-star thumbs up from me!
The guide is well illustrated and quite comprehensive on the major tourist attractions, and that I suppose is what it is for.
It falls down on the lesser known attractions with little coverage and I had to fall back on previous research online, but that is only my opinion.
The other item has been mentioned by others, this is not a Michelin Guide so why bother with the paltry entries on places to stay and restaurants when others do it so much better, best to give over that space to more aplaces to visit.
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.
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