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Lonely Planet Paris (Travel Guide) Paperback – 16 Jan 2015
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It begins with a quick start guide to the top sights, local life and four day-by-day itineraries for those short of planning time with all the must-sees included. Then there's the 'Need to know' guide, which explains what to plan ahead and budget for in advance, what to do when you arrive and how to get around once you are there. A coloured chart of Paris neighbourhoods also cleanly point out where the main attractions are, which is then expanded in the following chapters with helpful street maps and additional historical information, alongside the usual things you'd expect from a guide like this, like recommended places to eat and nightly entertainment to look out for.
Finally, the last section explains more about Paris' "Best Walks", and "Best Things..." from Architecture, Cooking, Markets, Gay and Lesbian Paris, to Parks, Fashion and even Gourmet Shops - everything you can think of, plus more. It really is a useful resource and with the fold out city map with a full street index and travel details included, author Catherine Le Nevez has left no Parisian stone unturned.
The coverage of Paris was solid and pointed out a lot of stuff I'd have missed. If you're new to Lonely Planet guides, as I was, they split down the city / territory covered into neighbourhoods, which was invaluable if you like wandering around. When strolling into an area it would be quick and easy to work out what other things there were to do in the area. Paris was well covered, though to be honest the tourism support there is so solid that the book itself wasn't used as much as I'd have though. However it is still nice to have a run down of all the stuff you could / should see in one handy guide. It also provides a few outline itineraries which take in as much as possible.
The pocket book still had plenty of detail, maps etc and slipped easily into my back pocket, avoiding looking too much like a tourist.
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