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Against a backdrop of magnificent monuments, Paris’ magic lies in the unexpected: hidden parks, small museums, and tucked-away bistros, boutiques and cafes where you can watch Parisian life unfold.
Inspirational images, 3D illustrations, city walks and recommendations from our expert authors
Planning features and top itineraries to help you plan the perfect trip
Local secrets and hidden travel gems that will make your trip unique
PLUS a 3D guide to the Louvre, Notre Dame in detail, an essay on Paris architecture and full-colour maps throughout.
Coverage includes: Plan Your Trip, Eiffel Tower & Western Paris, Champs-Élysées & Grands Boulevards, Louvre & Les Halles, Montmartre & Northern Paris, Le Marais, Ménilmontant & Belleville, Bastille & Eastern Paris, The Islands, Latin Quarter, St-Germain & Les Invalides, Montparnasse & Southern Paris, Day Trips from Paris, Sleeping, Understand Paris and Survival Guide.
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Nicola Williams, escritora de viajes y asesora editorial británica, vive en Francia y escribe sobre este país desde hace más de una década. Ha trabajado en numerosos títulos de Lonely Planet y en muchos artículos para lonelyplanet.com, BBC’s Lonely Planet Magazine, French Magazine, Cool Camping France y Cool Camping Europe.
Christopher dedicó sus primeros años universitarios a estudiar poesía clásica china hasta que una semana en el Shanghái de los noventa cambió abruptamente su visión de las idiosincrasias de la China moderna. Tras varios años de estudio de los caracteres chinos, regresa a menudo para sumergirse en el que es uno de los idiomas más fascinantes del mundo. Escritor, editor y traductor freelance, vive en París desde el 2001 y es autor, coautor y colaborador de varias guías Lonely Planet.
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This particular guidebook - Paris - is for the first time visitor, somebody that needs a bit more text, more guidance, more pictures, and wants to see the standard tourist places along with a few hidden treasures.
The Pocket Guide to Paris is for the person that doesn't need a lot of hand holding, a lot of pictures, and text - they just want to be guided to places. Pocket Guide is awesome for the slightly seasoned traveler.
Lonely Planet Pocket Paris (Travel Guide)
The Discover Paris guidebook is for somebody that really wants to see unusual Paris, not the normal tourist places, and really wants to get to know the city. This book is for the seasoned traveler.
I can highly recommend this edition from 2013:
Lonely Planet Discover Paris (Travel Guide)
This is the 2015 version (the city doesn't change all that much in 2 years):
Lonely Planet Discover Paris (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Paris is a very fine guidebook. If you follow the recommendations in this book, you will have a wonderful trip to Paris. They have covered just about everything and done a reasonably good job at laying out the right cautions and what to expect. They don't overinflate any of the sites.
The back of the book is dedicated to maps - they are surprisingly good maps for the areas covered. Frankly, just for the maps in the back of the book, this guidebook is worth buying. The maps are just that good.
They wasted space with hotels. I think guidebooks should not have so many hotel recommendations - they waste weight on something you need at home while planning. Once you are in the city, nobody needs hotel recommendations; you're already at a hotel.
There are a ton of restaurant recommendations, all price ranges and locations. That's a great thing. The maps are dense with restaurants.
The bulk of the book is the center blue section. Each geographic area is divided into what to see, where to eat, and entertainment. There are good solid side bars about interesting things to do, or some bit of history. It is all well written and well laid out.
The front red section about planning your trip is useful for the first time visitor.
The back green section on cultural things is one of the best I've read. They really nailed the pages about French music - from pop to rap (yes there is French rap music).
The big thing missing is walking itineraries. There are none in this book - a very strange omission. The Pocket Guide and Discover Guide both have awesome walking tours. With the detailed maps in this book you could put together decent routes.
Overall, this is a comfortable, friendly guidebook for Paris.
I give this guide a poor review because it's missing some very important information, it's descriptions fail to properly inform and inspire readers, and it doesn't offer much of anything that you cannot find on the internet.
Fault #1: The Paris Museum Pass. It's not only an excellent value paying for itself after only several museums/monuments, but more importantly, it allows you to bypass the ticket lines at museums/monuments -- even at places where the lines can easily be over an hour long, such as the Arc de Triomphe and Versailles. And it works at almost all the major museums/monuments (the only major exception is the Eiffel Tower).
Having the pass is so important that the entire first page of any Paris guidebook should loudly call attention to it. It eliminates waiting in line during your Paris vacation. There are a number of monuments like the Arc de Triomphe that I would never bother to go to because the lines if it wasn't for the Paris Museum Pass.
Lonely Planent mentions of it are buried in the book and it fails to explain how vital it is. Any guide book that doesn't do everything it can to urger its readers to get the pass is letting them down. It is so crucial that I have to question if the writers even went to Paris!
Flaw #2: In general, descriptions of museums/monuments/sights are brief and uninspired. Let me give you two examples:
Musee de l'Orangerie: Despite being called out as a "top sight" the description fails to properly explain the museum's main attraction and excite readers about how awe inspiring it is: two large oval rooms that each have 4 massive Monet water lily panels that encircle you. It's like a Monet cyclorama! It's an experience not to be missed (and covered by the museum pass), but the description is so poor that I wouldn't blame someone for skipping it. Here's an idea: a fewer pages on food and more words and pictures that show off just how special this museum is.
The National Museum of the Middle Ages also is listed as a top sight, but again, it's major feature, the unicorn tapestries, receives a brief mention without even a picture of them! It's one of the greatest pieces of art from the Middle Ages. What Lonely Planet has done is like making a passing mention of the Mona Lisa when describing The Louvre. (And given how poor the description is, I'm not surprised that it doesn't mention that a companion set of tapestries are at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City).
So given how brief and poor the descriptions are of major museums, just imagining how scant the descriptions are of secondary sights.
Flaw #3: The book pretends that we're not living in the age of the internet. The sights and museums that get the most attention in the book are the ones that would come up in any google search of "what to do in Paris." A large portion of the book (maybe up to half) is devoted to where to eat, shop and drink in the various Paris neighborhoods. As soon as this book was printed all of that information was out of date. I don't understand why a printed guide book bothers to include any of that anymore given the countless websites, ranging from Yelp, to blogs, to newspapers, that provide this information up to date and for free. And with a city like Paris, there are also major U.S. newspapers have dining and shopping guides (The New York Times, for example, has many restaurant suggestions in Paris).
Flaw #4: Day trips. There are only 5 in book, one of which is Versailles which is so close that it's not a day trip, and another is Disneyland. There are lots of picturesque towns only an hour to two on the train from Paris, like Provins and Montfort l'Amaury -- close enough that you could go to them early in the morning and be back in Paris by lunch. Unless you're only in Paris for a few days, visiting at least one or two of these towns is a must.
One final thing that leaves me scratching my head: the large pullout map does not show the Arrondissements. It's like a map of New York City without Metro stops. Parisian describe locations in terms of the Arrondissements # it is in. So when you ask someone for a location or see an advertisement for place, this map won't give you much help.
I simply cannot recommend this guide book. It's poor descriptions are going to cause you to skip some of the best sights, it will have you spending an unnecessary amount of time in lines because it didn't tell you about the museum pass, and even though a huge portion of the book is devoted to food and shopping, you're going to get all of that information off the internet.
Even with that in mind, I still think this would have been very helpful. This is a book to get when you first book or even first think about going to Paris. It's exhaustive without being exhausting, comprehensive without being incomprehensible. There's an art to that, and they find a way of pulling it off. It starts off big picture (and ends big picture with a fold-out map of the city). Then gets more and more focused. You can find features relating to your interests or your lifestyle. There's also indeed a mini-encyclopedia of sorts giving you background and history to art, culture, and other related topics so that you will be an informed tourist even if its your first time. What I liked about visiting our friend who had lived there is all the various lesser known or hidden spots. This book fills you in. It's an internet of Paris in one volume, readable and accessible. The pages are pretty thin, and that makes for a relatively light book. It's not a book to pull out at the last minute, as it really would get intimidating to sort through if it's 9pm and you're looking to find a restaurant. But even with that, it'll serve, giving you highlights in specific neighborhoods.
One of the best all in one resources I've seen. Our friend has since moved away from Paris, back to the states, but in a way this book serves as another friend. One that I'm actually enjoying reading now, so for whenever that next trip to Paris takes places I'll be able to add a lot of input, even if I'll still let my wife do all the talking.
Different sections are color-coded so you can find the section you're looking for more easily. It shows what to see. . . where to dine. . . where to shop. You'll know the most important things in each area of the city.
This book has maps as part of the book itself, but also a pull-out map in the back. You probably will want to remove the pull-out map (carefully) from the book It's not a bad map
One thing that I don't believe any of these maps show are the "Arrondissements". There is kind of a "odd" map that kind of tries to show them, but it's really not that great. You might want to print a map showing the arrondissements from online to take with you as well. Paris is divided into twenty "arrondissements" or "districts". Arrondissement #1 starts in the center of Paris then the numbers spiral clockwise around and around. If you have an address of a place you're looking for, check the last digits of the postal code, and it will tell you which arrondissement it is located in. For example 75006 is the 6th arrondissement. 75012 is the 12th arrondissement and so on. A postal code that does not start with 750 would be located outside the 20th arrondissement and not within central Paris.
Paris PopOut Map (PopOut Maps)
Streetwise Paris Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Paris, France
Lonely Planet Pocket Paris (Travel Guide)