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Paris (Lonely Planet Encounter Guides) Paperback – 1 Mar 2009
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Sherman's Travel, April 2007'...Encounter guides...discreet in size, but generous enough on page count to provide a fuller city experience minus the hefty guidebook load.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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First it is not very good at helping you get around - metro-vise. Second, the suggested routes are strange and sometimes we walked in stranged little areas with nothing to see. The biggest problm however was the recommendations and descriptions of things to do. Because of short time, we wanted to get as much done as possible and relied a lot on where the book suggested we go. The biggest let down was the street markets. Those suggested are extremely crowded (we are talking november - not tourist season) and all most all of it was food, crap from china or clothes found on the street. Another problem was opening hours. I know these things vary but we spend days looking at closed shops and very quiete neighbourhoods. The book wrote to go to the Marais on sunday as it is a jewich quarter and would be open and lively - was not! Then it said to go to the flea market og st. Ouen on monday to avoid crowded peolpe - it was completedly dead and closed.
We avoided most of the suggested eating placs because they were too expensive. The one we went to of the suggested was not tourist friendly at all. One thing is to have a local athmosphere which is nice, but they seemed almost displeased with our presence. And it was expensive.
Overall the book is either not accurate enough in its descriptions - or a lot have changes since it was writen. It has good maps and overview and local knowledge of the neighbourhoods. But it is not a very good guide! Especially if you are on a budget! It describe the most expensive areas and department stores without hesitation as quiete nice litte areas to do nice little shopping. In reality you end up in a crowded hell of people looking down on you while guiding your way through gucci and chanel and dior (no offence for those who actually go to shop there).
Dont buy this book if you dont have a lot of knowledge of Paris already!
Also, love the metro map and the unfoldable map in the back ;)
Up to date, easy to read, and plenty of information on generalities such as tipping and national holidays, as well as specifics recommending bike hire tips, and resteraunt info.
Good value and easily portable. Perfect for a short break.
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