Below is a list of the most informative, trustworthy and therefore our favorite, France Travel Guides. I find them very helpful when planning a trip to France and guiding me when I’m there.
The Little Black Book of Paris was recommended by a Parisian friend who says it is the ultimate guide to Paris. Other reviews are very good as well. It seems so chic to have a little black book. It is small and easy to carry and not obviously a tourist guide, important for those of us that like to pretend we're Parisian.
It is said to be the guidebook the fashion crowd brings with them on their buying trips to the Paris fashion shows. Small, lightweight and discriminating so you don’t look like a tourist. Great shopping in Paris guide, restaurants, up to date on what’s hot now. I am definitely getting this book.
Rick Steves Paris
Rick Steves philosophy is about travel with an awareness of the culture. Great information about things to see and do and places to stay in Paris and where to eat.
Such a beautiful book. Photos, easy visual layout. Wonderful history with an easy visual guide. There is a list at the end of the book with very good restaurants that I have tried plus places to stay although that is not its primary focus. A visually stunning guide to what you’re looking at as your looking at it.
Paris For Dummies
Paris For Dummies is great to have especially if this is your first trip. Gives very clear uncluttered information about the basics of getting there, what to do and what to see. In this era of over information, this book gets my vote on how to un-complicate matters and helps you see what you can see with the time you have. Also a great reference book to keep for future trips.
I love Rick Steves’ books. His philosophy is similar to mine in that you go to France to experience the culture so his detailed guides include interesting cultural experience encouragement.
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: France
Great overview of all the regions with beautiful photos and best places to visit.
France Hotels: Exceptional Places to Stay & Itineraries
Karen Brown’s Guides: Hotels that are luxurious, elegant and historical with character and charm. Description of favorite rooms and interesting information about the hotel.
France Bed and Breakfasts: Exceptional Places to Stay & Itineraries
Or her B&B guide with slightly more affordable and very beautiful places to stay and itineraries.
Whether you want the latest or the most lightweight, travelers who read love the Kindle. You can download all your reading in this one little device. Almost all guidebooks listed above are available in the Kindle version. Saves you from lugging around heavy books. Leaves your arms free and luggage free to fill with souvenirs
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