With superb photography, illustrations, and maps, this easy-to-use travel guide leads you to the best of France, one of the world’s leading destinations for culture, fine food, and wine.
This guide will show you the wide range of sights that France has to offer, from the beautiful cities of Paris, Lille, and Nice filled with art galleries and historic sights; the châteaux of the Loire Valley and the remarkable Mont-St.-Michel; to the beauty of the Pyrenees and Alps, Brittany beaches, the glamorous French Riviera, and Corsica’s wild landscape. Learn about regional French cuisines and wines, architecture, art, and literature. This “mini-encyclopedia of France” also has practical tips on how to get around, entertainment, shopping, and the best restaurants, cafés, and places to stay.With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: France truly shows you this city as no one else can.
Electronic books are nice, but sometimes there is no substitute for having a real book in your hands as you travel. This book came in handy to plan our trip, and also during our visit to France. As we like to have some spontaneity on our trips, this book helped us tremendously make some decisions on where to visit. This book has helpful maps, nice summaries of attractions, and lovely photos.
- I am planning to return to France and I am looking for information about places to visit as well as cultural sites.
On the positive side, this book has plenty of pictures, though frankly I would go to other sources for information about Chartres or the Louvre. The book is orgainized by region, with quite a bit of information about Paris, including some interesting walking tour ideas.
In my opinion it only deserves 3 stars because it refrains from making the kind of value judgements that I am looking for in a book like this. Should I make time on this trip for Versailles or Fontainebleau? This book provides information about both but little that helps with this decision.
I strongly recommend the Lonely Planet guides for someone trying to plan a trip.
I have traveled to many countries and used/viewed many guidebooks. The nice thing about Eyewitness is that they are divided geographically (give you regions of the countries or cities covered) and within each section, there are photos of sites/monuments/etc. along with descriptions and history. The pictures really add as you are walking around. In addition, if you are not a big photo taker or you travel during a time of year that perhaps weather presents a less than ideal setting for photos of even if there is renovation or restorations going on, you still have a photo in the book to go along with your photos and memories.
This travel guide by DK Eyewitness Travel, is the best travel guide I have found. It is most helpful, lots of photos, maps and descriptions of things to see and do. It differs from all the other travel guides I have used as it is less about saving money on places to stay or eat (which are usually out of date by the time you travel) and more about what to see and self guided tours. My wife and I enjoy the unexpected adventure of wandering around on our own and seeing the sights. This guide fits nicely into that form of tourism. If you like a guided tour, with preplanned stops, planned shopping stops and lunch at a tourist restaurant, this book is not for you. But if you enjoy being on your own, seeing the world at your own pace, this is the book to have. I have a DK Eyewitness Travel guide for all the places I go to, some are old, but the information is about cities and buildings that are hundreds of years old, so the information is timeless.
- This book is certainly comprehensive, and was a fine companion through many parts of France, some not receiving very much coverage in some other guidebooks. The glossy paper and high quality colour reproductions are the usual Eyewitness standard.
I have used a variety of guidebooks in France – let’s Go, The Rough Guide, Baedeker’s, michelin, and this combines the best of them all.
To contrast one place, two books: Chartres. The Baedeker’s includes a photo of the cathedral, and a smallish diagram showing the main structures internally and descriptions of the Royal Doorway and stained glass. There is some brief locational and historical material about the city of Chartres and mentions the well-regarded Museum of Fine Arts. Eyewitness, by contrast, gives the address, phone no and opening times of the museum (might or might not be helpful, depending on accuracy!) as well as its main attractions, as well as some brief info about Chartres. Then follow two double pages on the cathedral – one containing a 3-D type photo with cut-away, discussing all the important features (with some pictured), and a double-page spread on the stained glasses, including a colour diagram and key to all the windows. Eyewitness wins hands down. It is the same story with the general Michelin Guide to France, which also tends to be quite dry. Nevertheless, the regional Michelin guides are good if you are going to spend a lengthy time in one region. The cutaways, diagrams and maps in Eyewitness make it really special.
Eyewitness also includes great information about aspects of French culture and history, listings on where to stay and eat. If you want budget accommodation, it’s a good idea to carry a Let’s Go , Rough Guide or Lonely Planet type guide as well. The Practical information section is really a treat in Eyewitness guides, and this one does not disappoint : pictures of money, a pic of a standard French electrical plug even, how to operate one of the automatic, self-cleaning toilets (don’t allow children under 10 to use them alone!), using phone card telephone, or a coin-operated one, and really useful for the driving tourist, typical road signs etc.
It’ easy to rave about Eyewitness, with good cause. I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed with it (as long as you aren’t using it as a prime source for accommodation, unless you have money to spare).