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The Rough Guide to Languedoc and Roussillon (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – 3 Jun 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 2nd Revised edition edition (3 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843532441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843532446
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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I used this guide when driving around this area of France this summer and found that not only did it provide accurate factual information, but that it also captured the atmosphere of the area. It covers individual towns and villages in sufficient detail that you do not need to get individual guides, and the coverage ranges from describing the architectural features of a building to where you can go white water rafting.
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.
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The guidebook concentrates on the southern portion of Languedoc-Roussillon region and along the coast. It misses completely the northern part of the Gard department and all of Lozere. As I bought it for a trip to the region above Nimes it is only of limited use. Very disappointing that the full region is not covered, and frankly misleading.

The info about the areas that are covered is very good... as usual with these guides. Still miffed though!
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This is easily the most feeble of all the many Rough Guides I have used while abroad. If the author did all the research and writing on his own, than that's a mistake which shows. He's clearly uninterested in art (viz. cursory descriptions of Musee Fabre in Montpellier and Musee Goya at Castres), so someone who is interested should have been employed to help him out.

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.
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One of the enjoyments of any holiday for me is buying the guide books in advance and reading them in bed last thing at night for at least the month before going away! Being restricted by weight considerations (flying) to how many I could take with me on holiday with me this summer, after much reading I ended up taking the Rough Guides to (1) the Dordogne and the Lot and (2) Languedoc and Rousillon.
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.
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Very detailed travel guide, although not quite as good as others that I have purchased for other parts of the world. Met all my needs though as all that was really missing was more descriptive plans of churches and other buildings. Not the end of the world. It does also need updating a bit as last issued in 2010 and some of the restaurants it recommended were now closed. However, others we tried were just as good and I would still recommend this as a good guide to buy when visiting the Languedoc region.
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A decent modern guide to the area but a little shallow with a lot of space devoted to eating, shopping and accommodation. If you have less interest in these the Lonely Planet opinions of that stuff (it is by no means comprehensive, it's only a relatively small book, and maybe you already have your own ideas or knowledge) or want more in-depth historical information or references to the more obscure towns then perhaps get the Michelin Green Guide. Ideally get both as between the two you'll get a broader perspective on the region.

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.
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A guide book is able to give headlines in terms of what is worth seeing, and this serves the function for doing that. However, in some of the detail I had to wonder the people writing this had actually visited the places they were writing about.

The area is definitely worth a visit, but I'd try a different guide book.
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Overall good guide book. Some omissions that could have been included - for example no mention of the famous indoor market in Narbonne. Would also have been good to have more city and village maps and to have been more up to date with restaurants and bars, but these are all minor gripes for the large and fairly comprehensive guide.
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