The Rough Guide to Languedoc and Roussillon (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – 3 Jun 2004
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A good guidebook is essential - try the RG to Languedoc & Roussillon (Bella Magazine) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Brian Catlos spent over a decade living and travelling in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia before completing his PhD (Medieval Studies, Toronto) and joining the History Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a former President of the American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain, Co-Director of the Mediterranean Seminar, PI of the University of California Multi-Campus Research Project on Mediterranean Studies, an affiliate of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, an associate of Spain's national research council (CSIC), and a member of several journal boards. He has published extensively on religious minorities and Christian-Muslim-Jewish relations in medieval Europe and the Islamic world, and has received numerous grants and awards, including an NEH Faculty Fellowship. His first academic book, The Victors and the Vanquished, was awarded two prizes by the American Historical Association, and recent articles, 'The de Reys' and 'Accursed, Superior Men', won the Bishko Prize and the Webb Prize. In 2009 he was appointed to Religious Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, with cross-appointments in Jewish Studies and Humanities. He appeared in the PBS documentary 'Cities of Light', and writes travel guide books. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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I went to several of the hotels and restaurants mentioned in the guide and these had been accurately described and the prices in the guide were up-to-date.
The guide has a very helpful section on local food and wine, so that you can understand exactly what the regional specialities are before you order them.
I do however have one criticism: I did not find the maps of the city centres easy to follow.
If you are driving around this area, the green Michelin guide is also very informative and suggests lots of good routes along country roads.
The info about the areas that are covered is very good... as usual with these guides. Still miffed though!
There are glaring omissions - the rural area around the Herault Valley is fascinating and offers lots of walking possibilities, and there should have been clear advice on where the best beaches are on the Languedoc Coast in the Montpellier-Narbonne-Beziers sector; Catlos more or less dismisses this whole littoral, which is wrong, as there are a few nice, uncrowded places among the dross, and that's just the kind of thing that a Rough Guide should know about and pass on.
I also think it's pretty unhelpful, re accommodation, to say: "you could try the Hotel Moderne at x village" without any comment at all on its merits or prices.
They were both very helpful and the highlight was undoubtedly reading the section on Montsegur and its lost treasures to my companions as we surveyed the "pog" and fortifications on a pleasant Sunday evening with no tourists! Well worth the detour - although we decided we weren't upto the climb to the top.
However, I did search for two restuarants - one in Carcassone and one in Lautrec - which could not be found. I came to the conclusion that they may have closed or changed owners/names - or the directions needed to be improved.
The regional and town maps are small, fairly dull in monochrome ink and lack many street names but layout is pretty logical generally. Some nice colour pics but their choice seems very subjective and their placement in separate sections makes them feel like a bit of a sideshow rather than a genuine reinforcement to the text. Cheaper to produce that way, of course.
The area is definitely worth a visit, but I'd try a different guide book.
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Told us little known and useful tips about an area of France we had never visited beforePublished 5 days ago by late_lark
As ever, the Rough Guide proved a reliable and honest aid to our recent holiday to Carcassonne and surrounding areas.Published 2 months ago by Karen26
Waited a long time for it to arrive and not in the condition I expected.however readable and informative book with lots of information about the area.Published 4 months ago by Michael R. Esders
Seems fine but we haven't been yet so will be interested to see how useful it isPublished 4 months ago by linda jones
Used it all the time no complaints .
Easy to follow and liked how it connected one place to another
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