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DK Eyewitness Travel France [Paperback]

Rosemary Bailey , Roger Williams , Robin Gauldie , Katherine Spenley , Lyn Parry , Ian O'Leary
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Jan. 17 2011 Dk Eyewitness Travel Guides France
"DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: France" will lead you straight to the best attractions France has on offer. Packed with photographs, illustrations and clear maps of France, the guide explores everything region by region; from Champagne in the north to the sun-blessed corner of Provence and the Cote d'Azur, the world-class architecture of the Louvre to the island-life of Corsica and rolling vineyards of Bordeaux. With 3D cutaways and floorplans as well as street-by-street maps of the major towns and comprehensive historical background, you can explore all the must-see sites, the best hotels, chateaux, resorts, restaurants, cafes and nightlife in each region for all budgets. "DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: France" explores the culture, history, architecture and art of this charming country - with a perfect balance between thriving cities and gorgeous countryside, high fashion and rustic charm, plus there's up-to-date information on getting around by train, car and on foot. Don't miss a thing on your trip with the "DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: France".
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You'd be hard-pressed to find a more comprehensive, engrossing, and just plain fun-to-read guidebook than the Eyewitness Travel Guide: France. Spilling over with all sorts of useful information for the traveler, you'll find three-dimensional drawings, floor plans, and detailed neighborhood maps, as well as timelines, charts, even Metro stations. Broken into four sections--"Introducing France," "Region by Region" (covering Paris quite impressively, as well as the Loire Valley, Provence, Brittany, and Normandy), "Traveler's Needs," and "Survival Guide"--the guide paints a complete picture of the country. Readers will especially appreciate the hundreds of color photos of everything from ski towns in the Alps to the beaches of St. Tropez to vineyards of the Rhone Valley. You'll also find street-by-street illustrated city walks (Paris's Champs-Élysées and St. Germain-des-Pres are two good ones), not to mention the best brasseries, bistros, and boulangeries. --Jill Fergus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Travel Guide, Beautiful Coffee Table Book! June 25 2002
By Doulos
Format:Paperback
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Summary:
Every Dorling Kindersley Guide has been a great and interesting book... and delightful to have and use, even if you are not traveling to that location, but are only interested in learning more!
The Guides are well organized in a logical and easy to follow manner. They are beautifully illustrated, well developed with accurate information (it is unusual for hotel and restaurant information to be that accurate), have enough history to help the reader understand the people and cultural background, and have a lot of useful travel information and useable maps in the appendixes.
But, the really great attraction to this book is several fold; it is:
............Very complete
............Easy to read
............Beautifully and artistically completed
............Good shopping, safety and other tips
............Gorgeous photographs too numerous to list.
Summary Negative:
The country books are too general to really satisfy all your needs in any given location. So, if your entire trip is spent in Champagne, or Brittany, for example, you will also want to get the specific guide for that city (but, the Paris Section is fairly good)
Guide Specifics:
The guides are organized as follows:
How to use this guide
Introduction to France
............Intro. to France
............Portrait of France
............France Through the Year
............History of France
Paris and Ile de France, Area by Area
............Intro. Paris and Ile de France
............River View of Paris
............Ile de La Cite, Marais, Beaubourg
............Tuileries and Opera
............Champs-Elysees, Invalides
............The Left Bank
............Farther Afield
............
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Planning Guides I have used Nov. 29 2002
Format:Paperback
We have traveled to France the past 3 years and are in the process of planning the 4th at this writing. As always (since discovering these guides)I started with this guide to determine which part of France we will visit and the potential route. I also own the guides to Paris, Loire Valley and Provence. The Green Guides offer much more detail but are infuriatingly arranged in alphabetical order. Eyewitness guides are arranged by area and include some theme tours (wine,cheese,troglodyte, etc)This and the beautiful pictures make planning a joy. I just wish they published an area guide for Southwest France, where we are headed in 2003!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have if you are traveling to France July 2 2011
By Lucy
Format:Paperback
A friend lent me her copy of the book. I loved it so much, I ordered the newest version for myself. It is full of beautiful pictures and loads of information not just about destinations, but history and interesting facts. This one will be close at hand during our stay in France.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Tour Guide Book July 30 2009
By EG
Format:Flexibound
If you are going to multiple locations in France, I would recommend this book since it has all the information you need.

If you want a summary (in a brief paragraph or so) of the history of a monument, for example, this is the book for you. On the other hand, if you are the type that wants to know the complete details (2-3 pages dedicated to a monument), don't get this book since it does not provide complete details.

The book also has nice color pictures which is a great plus!

Only disadvantage is that the book is a little heavy so when carrying it around, it might get annoying (but if you have a Knapsack you should be fine).
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108 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La belle France May 21 2000
By saliero - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is certainly comprehensive, and was a fine companion through many parts of France, some not receiving very much coverage in some other guidebooks. The glossy paper and high quality colour reproductions are the usual Eyewitness standard.
I have used a variety of guidebooks in France - let's Go, The Rough Guide, Baedeker's, michelin, and this combines the best of them all.
To contrast one place, two books: Chartres. The Baedeker's includes a photo of the cathedral, and a smallish diagram showing the main structures internally and descriptions of the Royal Doorway and stained glass. There is some brief locational and historical material about the city of Chartres and mentions the well-regarded Museum of Fine Arts. Eyewitness, by contrast, gives the address, phone no and opening times of the museum (might or might not be helpful, depending on accuracy!) as well as its main attractions, as well as some brief info about Chartres. Then follow two double pages on the cathedral - one containing a 3-D type photo with cut-away, discussing all the important features (with some pictured), and a double-page spread on the stained glasses, including a colour diagram and key to all the windows. Eyewitness wins hands down. It is the same story with the general Michelin Guide to France, which also tends to be quite dry. Nevertheless, the regional Michelin guides are good if you are going to spend a lengthy time in one region. The cutaways, diagrams and maps in Eyewitness make it really special.
Eyewitness also includes great information about aspects of French culture and history, listings on where to stay and eat. If you want budget accommodation, it's a good idea to carry a Let's Go , Rough Guide or Lonely Planet type guide as well. The Practical information section is really a treat in Eyewitness guides, and this one does not disappoint : pictures of money, a pic of a standard French electrical plug even, how to operate one of the automatic, self-cleaning toilets (don't allow children under 10 to use them alone!), using phone card telephone, or a coin-operated one, and really useful for the driving tourist, typical road signs etc.
It' easy to rave about Eyewitness, with good cause. I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed with it (as long as you aren't using it as a prime source for accommodation, unless you have money to spare).
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the essential guide book to Paris-Eyewitness Travel Guide Feb. 11 2000
By cheri m. wheeler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I do not speak French and this was my first trip to Paris. My girlfriend and I are both over 40 and were going to spend 10 glorious days in Paris. Eyewitness was the most important item we brought with us. We were able to easily locate every place we wanted to visit and the most simple way to get there. The subway guide was absolutely the best. We were able to ride the subway all over Paris without the least problem and view all the attractions listed in the guide along the way. The guide gave us tips, like buying one pass for all museums, which we would not have known otherwise. I was amazed at how many other tourist had the same guide. It was more or less the bible for most tourists. I would highly recommend this guide to anyone planning a trip to Paris.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Go Home Without It! Aug. 25 2000
By Guy Delarosa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have just returned from our 3 week family (& Hector) vacation in France and I loved the book!! It is very insightful and easy to follow. The pictures will lure you to the wonderful locations in France. Buy the book you will never regret it!! After your trip the book and the pictures will bring back all the great memories of your trip. I had some other books as well with me, however this book was the best.
Au revoir
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Travel Guide, Beautiful Coffee Table Book! June 25 2002
By Doulos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
.
Summary:
Every Dorling Kindersley Guide has been a great and interesting book... and delightful to have and use, even if you are not traveling to that location, but are only interested in learning more!
The Guides are well organized in a logical and easy to follow manner. They are beautifully illustrated, well developed with accurate information (it is unusual for hotel and restaurant information to be that accurate), have enough history to help the reader understand the people and cultural background, and have a lot of useful travel information and useable maps in the appendixes.
But, the really great attraction to this book is several fold; it is:
............Very complete
............Easy to read
............Beautifully and artistically completed
............Good shopping, safety and other tips
............Gorgeous photographs too numerous to list.
Summary Negative:
The country books are too general to really satisfy all your needs in any given location. So, if your entire trip is spent in Champagne, or Brittany, for example, you will also want to get the specific guide for that city (but, the Paris Section is fairly good)
Guide Specifics:
The guides are organized as follows:
How to use this guide
Introduction to France
............Intro. to France
............Portrait of France
............France Through the Year
............History of France
Paris and Ile de France, Area by Area
............Intro. Paris and Ile de France
............River View of Paris
............Ile de La Cite, Marais, Beaubourg
............Tuileries and Opera
............Champs-Elysees, Invalides
............The Left Bank
............Farther Afield
............Shops and Markets
............Entertainment in Paris
............Paris Street Finder
............Ile de France
France by Region
............Northeast France
........................Specific Cities / Towns
............Western France
........................Specific Cities / Towns
............Central France and the Alps
........................Specific Cities / Towns
............Southwest France
........................Specific Cities / Towns
............South France
........................Specific Cities / Towns
Travelers Needs
............Hotels
............Restaurants
Survival Information
............Practical Info.
........................Police, safety, buses, trains, etc.
............Travel Info.
........................Maps, tours, currency, etc.
............General Index
............Phrase Book
Discussion:
The book begins with "A Portrait of France", including a complete map, a review of France, it's history, and France thought the Year - including events, etc., and France's History (very interesting).
The Paris section is very good supports this book for those on a general tour of France (see Negatives below). But, one should get the alternative "Eyewitness Guide to Paris" if you wish better information on that city.
Region with an "At a glance" overview, then has subsections of Cities / Towns, then specific locations, churches, historical monuments, bridges, galleries, etc.
Architectural reviews include various views, and cutaways; given greater understanding and better perspective. They are all attractive, if not works of art - honestly.
The travelers' Info. offers good and valid info. on prices, currencies, customs, important words, etc. I used the reviews on resorts, hotel's restaurants and nightclubs, etc. and found they were useful and accurate, and helpful with my touring and site decisions
The books are so well thought out that it has multiple maps, with various lookup tables, and the book's flaps are designed to be used as bookmarks for map pages.
Negative:
The country-wide guides are by definition more general than the specific city guides. So, if you are going to Brittany, get a specific "Brittany" guide for better local specifics. If you decide to get the "France" guide for your 3, or 4 city tour of France, understand that this guide may be a little to general for all your local travel needs.
Conclusion:
As the President, CEO of an International Meeting Planning Corporation we have many resources and techniques to learn about places we have meetings / groups at as well as the cities and sights. But, as a traveler, this book really is top notch and I would recommend it to anyone going on a personal trip, or wanting to learn about a city, or location.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great photos and descriptions; not good for hotels March 22 2000
By NoelleInAZ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I used this to plan my recreational activities but not hotel reservations on my vacation to France and found it to be very helpful. I especially appreciated the historical tidbits on different areas. My complaint is that the hotel recommendations are severely limited and the ones that were recommended were quite pricey...not what I would recommend for a traveller on a budget. The other complaint I have is that the book is heavy and for someone who is doing much walking, especially in Paris, this is too much to lug around. It's small but weighs a little over two pounds.
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