Saturday, May 14, 2011

Free eBooK: Paris - Eyewitness Travel Guide

Paris - Eyewitness Travel Guide 2010

The guide begins with a brief overview of Parisian history. Next, it covers fourteen of the city's districts - the Ile de la Cité and the Ile St-Louis, the Marais, Beaubourg and Les Halles, the Tulieries, St-Germain-des-Prés, the Latin Quarter, the Jardin des Plantes, the Luxembourg Quarter, Montparnasse, Invalides and the Eiffel Tower Quarter, Chaillot, the Champs-Elysées, the Opéra Quarter, and Montmarte. There is also a section about some outlying areas.

The thing I like most about this series of travel guides is the amount of information that is given. For the novice, there is probably too much "stuff" packed into this guide. There are many sites and cultural tips that one could not hope to see in a week-long trip. It would be easy to be overwhelmed. This is also not the guide for those who want to study the life of the modern Parisian. Although it provides a lot of info, this guide does not do much more than scratch the surface.

There are those travelers who fall in between the novice and the expatriate, such as myself, the "Joe Friday" type - "Just the facts, ma'am." When I travel, I prefer to walk around a city until I'm lost. Then, and ONLY then, will I pull out my guidebook. As with the other DK Eyewitness Travel guides, I can whip this book out, find the section of the city in which I am lost, and find out one or two interesting things about everything around me. Armed with this little bit of information, I can decide whether I want to find out more by asking the locals. Invariably, when I have decided I am "done" with being lost, the excellent maps in this book get me back to wherever I want to be in a snap.

This book is well worth the cash. It will make of your trip an experience to remember!
This review is from: Paris (Eyewitness Travel Guides)

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