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Rick Steves' Paris 2011 [Paperback]

Rick Steves , Steve Smith , Gene Openshaw
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Sept. 7 2010 Rick Steves' Paris
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in the City of Light -- Paris. With the self-guided tours in this book, you'll explore the grand Champs-Elysees, the eye-popping Eiffel Tower, and the radiant cathedral of Notre-Dame. Learn how to save money and avoid the lines at the Louvre and Orsay Museums. Enjoy the ambience of Parisian neighborhoods, and take a day trip to the glittering palace of Versailles, or to the Champagne-soaked city of Reims. Then grab a "cafe creme" at a sidewalk cafe and listen to the hum of the city. You'll see why Paris remains at the heart of global culture. Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants in delightful neighborhoods. You'll learn how to navigate the Paris Metro, and which sights are worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Dec 7 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Used it a lot while in Paris. Great book to have, but awkward in size and so hard to carry around to be 100% useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Leave Home Without It! Jan. 4 2012
By GLEN
Format:Paperback
Rick Steves hits a home run with this quintessential travel book on Paris. My wife and I were fully prepared to tackle this foreign city with ease as Rick's travel tips were bang-on! His writing of the various sights to see and the helpful warnings (what to do and/or not to do) made our trip in Paris seamless. I carried my copy everywhere as it had maps, sight-seeing information on all the major sites) and even transportation information. If you're thinking of going to Paris, read this book to help you plan and execute your travel -- you'll be glad you did!
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rick Steves Dec 9 2010
By B. Greer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book provides a lot of inside information and hints on how to most enjoy time in Paris. There are hints on tipping, how to arrange transportation, how to locate a rest room...and generally great information on how to see and do the things one wants to do. Additionally, Rick has identified special recommendations on how to see the high lights of Paris in a short or longer period of time. I love his books and have used them many times when traveling.

I highly recommend this and all of his travel books.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for preplanning March 16 2011
By navi8or - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
We went to Paris last fall and used the book before we left to pick out all the places we wanted to see in the time we were there (devote a whole day to the Louvre; you still won't see it all.) It is a small silhouette, making it easy to stash in a bag for reference once you get there. We found some great places to eat and the pricing lists he had were bang-on. If it said $$$ it was, if it said $ it really was. The guides are broken up into sections so it is easy to find what you are looking for. I will be using his guides on my next European vacation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pocket Book Paris Guide Feb. 7 2011
By Opera Mystery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
American travel writer & European connoisseur Rick Steves is famous for his televised programs on PBS/KCET providing Americans with travel tips and guides in Europe. This small travel guide for people traveling to Paris, France in 2011 is very useful for the first-time traveler. I went to Paris for the first time last month in January, opting to take a winter trip since winter in Paris is the low season of tourism. Despite cold, rainy and sometimes even snowy weather, it's a marvelous experience and the city is completely yours, without having to deal with millions of tourist crowds. Rick Steves uses humorous and sometimes long-winded commentary but he provides you with all the basics and all the most essential and important aspects of getting around Paris. A map is provided and many black-and-white photos that I wish had been color photos. The Paris Metro system is fully detailed, as well as information on the two local airports Charles De Gaulle & Orly. Rick Steves seems to be particularly interested in serving as a tour guide even in this book, giving you dozens of historical tidbits and pointing out all the major sites in Paris: the iconic Eiffel Tower, Cathedral Notre Dame, Louvre, Musee D'Orsay, Arc De Triomphe, Champs Elysees, and the many districts such as the Left Bank, Marais, Montmartre; although for some strange and frustrating reason he doesn't cover the Opera district nor does he seem interested in giving you details about the Charles Garnier Paris Opera building, which is a beautiful and historic 19th century theater in Paris. He also focuses primarily on the more famed Left Bank and not the Right Bank, especially the Northern areas of the Right Bank, or the Eastern parts which include the Bastille/12th arrondissement and Bois De Vincennes area. I mean that are alone has the Omni sports stadium of Bercy, the largest stadium in all Paris, in which many sports events have been held since the mid 1980's when it was built. There is also the Cinematheque Francaise museum & the private Musee des Ars Forans (Museum of Amusement Parks of the 19th century. He doesn't mention La Defense area. Paris is actually quite a huge city with many suburbs all around and many hidden treasures in less touristy spots. He does mention the gorgeous parks in Paris uch as the Jardin Luxembourg, Bois De Buttes Chaumont and Parc Monceau. My favorite however is the much larger Bois de Vincennes & Bois De Boulogne. Neither park is covered by Steves who prefers the Luxembourg Gardens Park in the Left Bank. He provides us with restaurant info, cafes, hotels, and side-trips (which last about a day in tour form) like the Versailles Palace (which he goes in-depth with) the Chateaux of Vaux Le Vicomte, Fontainebleau & Chantilly, the beautiful countryside town of Giverny as well as the cathedral of Chartres. All in all, this is a very useful and concise guide book with the advantage of being small enough to fit in your travel bags and or handbag. However, you have to be a fan of Rick Steves in order to appreciate his sense of humor, his talky style and the usual narration. This is still a very good little guide and it will definitely help you if you're visiting Paris for the first time and seek only the more famous locations. There are better, longer more in-depth and detailed guide books for Paris. It's a heavily populated and large city with unending surprises and so much to see and do. Steves couldn't possibly cover everything in a tiny pocket book.
34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't take this book as GOSPEL April 6 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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We used the Rick Steve's Paris 2011 book on our recent trip to Paris. For the most part, the book was accurate, but when it comes to Rick's hand-drawn maps - don't rely on them. They aren't accurate and don't contain all the necessary information for the common tourist. First of all, he recommends that you use the #69 bus to see a broad swatch of the city - well, the day we took the bus (Saturday) - it doesn't run the full route, so we got left stranded (and we weren't even sure what was going on because the driver spoke only French). We had to scramble to find a new way to get to our end location. When we FINALLY showed up at the Pere Lachaise Cemetary, looking for a nice afternoon walk and visit with the dearly departed.....we got completely lost just relying on Rick's incomplete map. We were lost for at least an hour. And there was no one around to help us find our way. We were beginning to feel the cruel irony of the possibility that we might not make it out of that cemetary alive. We finally bungled our way out, no thanks to Rick. His books do bring a lot of insights and local color, but those maps he draws are in serious need of a dose of reality - be sure to arm yourself with more than Rick's book - make sure you have comprehensive maps.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only one small complaint July 6 2011
By Coreys - Published on Amazon.com
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All of the info was great and easy to follow. My only very small complaint was that I was not aware that we had to book Eiffel Tower tickets way in advance or they would sell out. I tried a week before we left for Paris and could not get them. Of course, we went in June, a pretty busy time. Some mention of that would have been nice so that I knew to try as soon as possible. Guess we have to go back!
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