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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 14 February 2009
We bought this guide to use on a driving holiday around Southwest France. It gives directions for a number of one-day driving tours in the Languedoc region as well as guides for walking tours in the major towns (ie: Montpellier, Perpignan, Narbonne, Carcassone, Toulouse and Albi). In a geographical sense, it doesn't cover the eastern part of Languedoc (Nimes is excluded) and it goes further west (including Toulouse, and the areas around Castres, Albi and Foix).

I tried several times to use it, but in the end I didn't find it terribly useful. While each suggested route has an accompanying map, it is near-impossible to navigate off these maps and driving directions are non-existent. (Cue unfair muttering from my husband about women and maps). The city walking tours were better but the maps varied hugely in scale and our experience was that they took much longer to complete than the indicated walking times.

I also didn't find the authors' reviews of places very reliable. The Narbonne we visited didn't bear much resemblance to the book's description and the Hotel du Languedoc has not been an "elegant hotel" for some years now. The walking tour of Toulouse is well planned but inexplicably takes you near but not past the wonderful Musee des Augustins - don't miss this former convent which was one of the highlights for us. No mention of it in the guide. Nor does the guide tell you how to arrange a tour of the Airbus factory which is also well worth doing (note that you need to book well in advance if you want take the tour in English).

On top of these, the book is heavy for its size and the photos are for the most part uninspiring. I did feel that it had been well researched and some of the background information was interesting. But as a driving guide, it failed for us.
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