- Paperback: 1064 pages
- Publisher: Rough Guides; 13 edition (1 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409362663
- ISBN-13: 978-1409362661
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.1 x 20.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Rough Guide to France Paperback – 1 Mar 2013
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Unlike many guides, this is not a glossy booklet dotted with colourful photographs to make it look superficially attractive, but a (literally) rough guide in terms of comparative paper finishes, but well-designed and presented, with readable text, useful maps, and (well-chosen) photographs only where space allows. The excellent design and layout means that you don’t need unnecessary spot illustrations to break up column after column of small-printed data.
The Contents are
P004: Introduction (Where to go, when to go, what to see, etc.)
P026: Basics (travel, transport, accommodation, food & drink, activities, and other important touristy stuff,)
P058: The Guide
This contains 18 chapters on the various regions of France
P886: Contexts (articles on history, art, architecture, etc.)
- Loads of information packed in, decent enough coverage for most smalls towns and up.
- The writers seem rather most honest than some other guides in telling you which places are worth visiting and which aren't.
- Good amount of practical information on transport, eating and sleeping.
- As already mentioned, the fascinating "Contexts" section.
- Compared to RG's guide for Wales, there's a lot less coverage of rural regions and the countryside. Wales is 25 times smaller than France but their guidebook for the country is 500p, half of France's, so it's to be expected that there's less detail.
- France is a big country with a lot to cover so it's understandable, but it's very big and heavy to carry around. RG also publish guides to Paris, Britanny/Normandy, Provence, Dordgoen and the Lot, and Languedoc, so if you're only heading to those regions it's a good idea to publish one of those books instead of this.
- Maps are OK (if you have access to the internet I definitely recommend using Google Maps, which also lets you search for adresses, instead of guidebook maps, or picking a map up from a tourist office) but for the larger cities they're a bit overcrowded, and hard to find the eating and sleeping listings.
Visited many attractions, stayed in hotel as and ate in restaurants none of which were even mentioned in this sad shadow of what a travel book used to be.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
France too big a country for one guide, so a bit superficial. Find a guide for your region(s).Published 3 months ago by karen maychell
A very big book which gives a good overview of all the regions of France. So, ideal if you are planning a trip and deciding where to stay. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ms. H. A. Booley
We went to the Dordogne in July and this guide was fab. I would highly recommend having a good read before you even think about booking anywhere and sitting with a map of France in... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Claire Smith
Great guide to the country. Was well worth the purchase. However a bit on the large side for traveling with, I would go for city guides in the future to take with me where... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bronte
Just what I needed to plan a trip while driving through France. Rough Guides are my 'guide of choice' and this one did not disappoint.Published 16 months ago by Mrs. L. Thompson
Item as described. Prompt delivery. Very satisfactory.Published 19 months ago by Jonathan D Cutting
Not much to say - it meets all of your expectations of a Rough GuidePublished 19 months ago by Chopper
The rough guide have slightly changed the format of how the information is presented, but it's all still there & easy to find. Read morePublished 20 months ago by KG