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Eyewitness Travel Guides Top Ten Montreal And Quebec City [Paperback]

Dorling Kindersley
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March 23 2010 DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides
From the top 10 festivals to the top 10 places to eat, shop and sleep ­ this guide will lead you straight to the very best Montréal and Québec City have to offer.
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Situated on the mighty St Lawrence River, the sights of these two cities captivate visitors with their history, culture and festivity. Read the first page
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By L.H.
Format:Paperback
This is the perfect guidebook. It has an easy style with an energetic flow of maps, photography and sidebars, without getting the user bogged down in chatter. the text keeps you interested without being snotty and clubbish, while the insider's tips (what makes this series such an international winner) are the cream of this title. Bravo Gregory Gallagher and Dorling-Kindersley - you have a winner on your hands!
Levon H.
New York
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By L.H.
Format:Paperback
This is the perfect guidebook. It has an easy style with an energetic flow of maps, photography and sidebars, without getting the user bogged down in chatter. The text keeps you interested without being snotty and clubbish, while the insider's tips (what makes this series such an international winner) are the cream of this title. Bravo Gregory Gallagher and Dorling-Kindersley - you have a winner on your hands!
Levon H.
New York
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1.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be better organized Nov. 19 2011
By EM
Format:Paperback
I normally like the Eyewitness Travel Guides Top 10 for cities, but the one for Montreal and Quebec City is just okay. My two biggest issues are: (1) the restaurant descriptions are bland - usually, some of the descriptions would contain something unique about the place or the food to draw you in, (2) it was not always clear enough whether an attraction is in Montreal or Quebec City - I would expect that the sidebar heading would state it (it says Montreal and Quebec City), so you have to search the text to discover where something is.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  34 reviews
46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall good guide to accompany your trip to Montreal/Quebec Aug. 3 2005
By DaveC - Published on Amazon.com
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This guide book is filled with colorful pictures and list top-10 tourist spots in Montreal and Quebec, it almost list top-10 tourist spots, dining, shopping, night life etc in different sections of the cities. Overall it's an excellent guide book to accompany one's trip to Monteral/Quebec.

The only problem is after visiting some of the top-10 spots I find myself disagreeing with the choice of the author. While some interesting spots were left out of given less attention. Some information is also outdated or incorrect, such as museum opening hours.

For example, while the cross on Mount Royal has historical significance, the steel structure itself is unimpressive and I doubt whether it's worth walking half-way through Mount-Royal Park just to see the cross.

Another example is the Museum of French America in Quebec city, which houses many interesting exhibits but it wasn't even mentioned in the guide.

Apart from tourists spots, I also find myself disagreeing with some top-10 restaurants picks. For example, the Alphenaus restaurant (in downtown Montreal) recommended by the guide is located in a kind-of-run-down neighbourhood and AAA only gives it 2 diamonds. There are some good picks though, like Le Latini in Montreal.

One last glitch about this travel guide is the inclusion of some seemingly irrelevant information. While it's good to know about Celine Dion or the separatist movement, I'm not sure how useful that information is to my trip.

Summary:

The good:

Clear, concise, numbered list of tourist attractions, restaurants, etc. Also some travel tips. Most attractions lists are show on mini-map and nearest metro station, which makes the job of finding that attraction/restaurant a lot easier.

The bad:

some out-dated information, some top-10 picks questionable

The bottomline:

This is an excellent guide to accompany anyone travelling to Montreal/Quebec city
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and helpful :-) Feb. 11 2006
By Little Miss Cutey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
These books are always fantastic. They are choc-full of good information and it's so handy and useful. Inside, it talks about all the top 10 things in different sections. For example, the top 10 hotels, restaurants, shops etc. I also really love all the beautiful colour pages. Some guide books use black and whites etc, but these guys always make the city in question look stunning. Obviously this book is merely a small guide with only a certain amount of information - if you want a lot more depth, you have to get their full bigger books (which are also great). But for someone with a bit of knowledge already about a particular place, this is just a top up of info that comes in real handy. I highly recommend this book (especially since it is dealing with two cities instead of concentrating on only one). A good guide to two beautiful cities.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars take this with you Aug. 17 2004
By kitjank - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great little travel book if you are planning your first trip to Quebec. Not having any idea about what we wanted to do, this book basically planned our trip. It's also small enough to carry with you. It also has maps.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally good, but with some missing info... July 28 2008
By DCM - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like these "Top 10" pocket guidebooks. They provide a lot of information and, best of all, fit nicely into my back pocket. [A trait that few other "pocket" guidebooks ever seem to achieve.]

However, this particular Top 10 guidebook -- Montreal and Quebec City -- only gets four stars because of various odd omissions.

There's no map of the Montreal Metro. Why not?

Although the book covers both Montreal and Quebec City, it neglects to provide information on how to get from one to the other. Is there a train? If so, how often does it run? How much does it cost? How long does it take? Are there busses? How long to drive from one city to the other by car? All this should have been described in detail.

Also, the book is needlessly vague at times. The author says that a taxi from the Montreal airport to downtown should be avoided because they're "too expensive." But what exactly is "too expensive"? $50? $100? More?

Currently, there is a fixed price of $35 Canadian dollars for a taxi from Trudeau airport to downtown Montreal. That's not exactly cheap. But, if you've ever taken a black cab from Gatwick to downtown London, you know it isn't truly expensive either.

The author should just list current prices and let the reader decide what is "too expensive."

Otherwise, though, the book is quite helpful.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart little travel guide of Montreal & Quebec Jan. 27 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The PLUS: 5 Stars!
The guide takes a pyramidal approach to the sights of your destination. So you slowly can work yourself through the areas that really interest you by easily skipping things you would not want to see or visit at all.
It also makes it easy to find the things that are important to you because the descriptions are small enough and pictures further make it easy to attract your interest or pass things by.

The MINUS: 4 Stars!
The good about the Maps is that they are there at all and also that there is an index of some streets.
The contained foldout maps though helpful when there is nothing else at all are not my favorite because they are quite small and are more an overview to identify the area where something is to be found on a better more detailed map. The same maps as the foldouts are also on a separate map that is detachable. This is a good idea but they are way to small and hard to read especially in dim light and in an awkward format to be really useful. - When available, I rather get a local map from the tourist office and transfer my destinations to it.

SUMMARY: 5 Stars!
This guide is an extremely useful sightseeing guide and small enough to be carried with you all the time for quick reference. It also allows you to choose the amount of detail you want to follow for the town: top 10 Highlights - top 10 to each highlight - top ten to some general categories like museums, bars, hotels, restaurants, shopping, and also some specific categories just for this destination like historic sights in old Quebec or places of natural beauty.
Just watch out for one quirky approach of this specific TOP 10 guide: the top ten list contains sights for BOTH cities. Listing the top tens for each city individually would have been a better choice because they are too far apart to visit them together and mix their top 10s.
Insider tips or as they call the sections: "Street smart" round up this little guide. The maps are OK but could be improved. The deficiency of the maps though should not detract from the overall usefulness of this guide for your destination. This is true for a first time visitor with limited or all kinds of time and also for the return visitor, who wants to to repeat some destinations in more detail or avoid the same old top ten but venture out into new territory.
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