Frommer′s® Paris 2012 Paperback – 3 October 2011
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- Publisher : John Wiley & Sons; 2012. edition (3 October 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1118045971
- ISBN-13 : 978-1118045978
- Dimensions : 13 x 2.29 x 20.32 cm
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From the Back Cover
Hundreds of color photos
Free pocket map inside,plus easy–to–read maps throughout
Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information
Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife
Itineraries, walking tours, and trip–planning ideas
Insider tips from local expert authors
About the Author
Lily Heise has been living in Paris for more than 10 years, having studied art in both Italy and France. She has extensive experience in the travel and culture sectors, from trip planning to leading tours and from exhibit curatorship to teaching fi lm studies. She regularly reports on Paris culture news and events for local and international online and print publications. She lives in Montmartre and spends her free time exploring off beat Paris and visiting the latest art exhibits.
Sophie Nellis came to Paris for a summer adventure in 2007. Four years later, she is still here. After completing an undergraduate degree in English Literature and History at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, her love aff air with Paris led her to a Masters in Paris Studies at the University of Paris in London (ULIP). Here she specialized in 19th– and 20th–century Paris and wrote a dissertation on the history of Algerian immigration in Paris. She currently lives in Belleville and divides her time among writing, teaching, translating, and leading walking tours of Paris.
Kate van den Boogert is founding editor of the popular Paris blog gogoparis.com, an insider’s guide to fashion, food, arts, gigs, and gossip in the French capital. Kate moved to Paris from Melbourne in 2000.
Meg Zimbeck is a food and travel writer and the Founding Editor of Paris by Mouth (www.parisbymouth.com), an online resource about eating and drinking in Paris with contributions from some of the most respected food and wine writers living in Paris.
Originally from Kansas City (followed by Chicago and Boston), Meg has been based in Paris for years and has contributed to Food & Wine, the Wall Street Journal, Budget Travel, BlackBook, and Hemispheres.
Barbra Austin is a food writer, a pastry chef, and the Assistant Editor of Paris by Mouth. She conducted extensive research and wrote a dozen listings for the dining chapter.
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First, obviously, the attached fold-out map of Paris does not come with the kindle edition. The text in the Amazon sales page says, "Free full-color, foldout map." I assumed that there would not be a paper map, but thought that there might be an expanding map that I could zoom in on. (I wanted this so I would have a map without a wi-fi connection.) This was not the case, and I had to buy a book in print form with maps. False advertising cost me another $10.
Second, when you expand the small maps that *are* included, you just get useless fuzzy images.
Third, I used this on my ipad. To find restaurants and tourist destinations, I wanted to be able to tap on the address in the book and have the address open in maps. However, addresses were not hot links. Also, you cannot copy/paste text with the Kindle. To find addresses on the map, I had to manually type the address into maps. (This was particularly annoying because I had to go back-and-forth to get the spelling right.) Some might say that this is not a big deal for them; maybe it's not. But it undermines the exciting features we should get from a digital copy of a book.
I gave the book 3 stars. I liked the editorial content - 5 stars. I didn't like the kindle implementation - 1 star. For me, these three items listed above defeated the purpose of having a digital copy of the book. If you can live with these limitations, you might like the kindle edition. However, next time I will get a paper copy.
(Note to Amazon: If you read or scan any of these reviews, please allow us to copy/paste short passages from kindle editions. Even just a few words.)
If I were going to Paris for the first time, or even wanted to explore more of one of the most gorgeous cities in the world - the Frommer's 2012 guide works well and would function as a great sole book for Paris. When it comes to actually being on the ground, I tend to prefer the DK guides, simply because they fit in the pocket of cargo pants. It's just what I've learned from my extensive travels and how I personally operate.
I'm quite surprised - normally I'm lukewarm about Frommer's books but this is a great book for Paris explorers and lovers alike.
The Frommer's Guide is a great resource, and I definitely recommend it for research before your trip so you can get the most out of your days in Paris. Many places are closed on different days throughout the week, and it's best to go with some sort of plan in place. (i.e. the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays) I would also recommend The Eyewitness Travel Guide to Paris. I purchased both books and they each have slightly different information, all of it being helpful in trip planning.