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Frommer's France 2012 (Frommer's Color Complete) Paperback – Dec 9 2011

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Frommers (Dec 9 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118027426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118027424
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.3 x 20.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 930 g

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Standard Guidebook Broadly Covering France May 27 2012
By Keith E. Webb - Published on
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
One trouble with whole-country guidebooks is they a mile wide and an inch deep, Frommer's France 2012 unfortunately falls into this category.

The guide begins with a chapter full of "best of" lists of France's best museums, sites, restaurants, and hotels. This concept of listing 5 "best of" restaurants or museums from around the country as if one could experience them during one trip, illustrates the shallowness of the guide.

It moves onto a short history of France, that is about the right length for most tourists.

The rest of the guide is organized by region following a formula of: Short description of the city, Essentials (arriving / departing information), Where to Stay, Where to Eat. Larger cities have a few more recommendations, but overall, there are 3-4 recommendations for each town. A strong point is the number of maps - 48. There is also a fold-out pocket map. One side is all of France (inch deep, again), the other side tourist Paris.

Frommer's France 2012 is in full color, and where it is physically weighty at 2 lbs (896 gm). I can't imagine why I would carry this guide with me to France once plans are made.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Indispensable Guide April 21 2012
By Succinct Reviews - Published on
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I love Frommer's travel guides. I never plan a vacation without them. They always provide insightful, useful, and money saving information. This edition did not disappoint. We planned our vacation to Paris and were pleasantly surprised at how accurate the full color fold out map of Paris was. The attractions were easy to find and the streets easy to read. The authors did an excellent job of providing attraction, dining, and transportation information. The tips throughout the book were especially helpful and saved us time and money. We didn't need any other travel guide.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great! April 12 2012
By molu - Published on
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Great colorful guide! I know everyone brings their iPads, smart phones, GPS on trips these days. But it's still nice to have a book in your pack. I love gadgets but sometimes there are those sticky situations (no signal, low battery, stolen/lost devices...)the they really let you down. This is a great back up.

Even with adbundant info on the web, I would still buy these books just to use as inspiration or for pre-trip planning!I would also bring them with me on trips as they fun to look at during long plane rides or use at nights in hotels to plan next day's itinerary... Contains lots of great information, wonderful color photos, maps...

A really great and handy guide.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
More does not mean better May 19 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I am currently in France writing this review... And ended up not bringing the book.

tons of info

Heavy. You are crazy if you bring this with you
Impossible to find anything besides reading each chapter
Does not come with an electronic copy
Hardly any pictures to visualize which spots you would want to see.

This book is great for someone who wants to know what France offers for tourism. If you already decided on going to France, I think there are better options there then using this. One of my biggest grips is that there is so much information in the book, yet in the end it feels like a dumping ground of this and that. I was really expecting something that would add value when planning my trip when compared to tripadvisor or other online resources. In the end, the online resources really are that much better to plan a trip as well as getting ideas on where and what to do.

Also, when offering this type of product in this time of age, if there is no companion electronic copy, you automatically get a star knocked off.

In the end, it is just a bullet point of places, hotels, etc with no hardly any pictures.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Marie Antoinette Wessel - Published on
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There are so many travel books out there on France, but I have to say that this one is one of the best that I have ever read. This travel guide is packed with so much information about every single region of this charming country along with tons of easy to read maps throughout and gorgeous photos.

Out of the 788 pages of this book, 133 pages are devoted to Paris alone with multiple maps showing the different neighborhoods of the city. I was specifically interested on the section featuring the best chateaux and palaces since I would love to tour them but with so many it's hard to choose which ones are worth the trip, and this book helps you to decide. Another section that I also found interesting is "Side Trips from Paris" I thought that was really informative, it includes some well known places such as Versailles and Giverny, and not so well known but still worth a trip places such as Vaux-Le-Vicomte and Fontainebleau.

As with many of the other Frommer's travel guides, there's a pull out map of France located in the back of the book. Highly recommended for a great trip to a lovely country!

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