Lonely Planet's France travel guide begins with a list of 25 top experiences, top itineraries, and information for planning your vacation. France is then divided into chapters covering Paris, Champagne & the Northeast, Brittany & Normandy, the Loire & Central France, Lyon and the French Alps, the South of France, and Bordeaux & the Southwest travel regions, each containing color maps, highlights, itineraries, colorful images, and venue details. The travel guide ends with historical and cultural information, travel directories, and transportation details.
Having visited Paris, I thought reviewing Lonely Planet's travel guide to France would be interesting while revisiting memories. What I noticed, however, is what's missing. Paris, according to the directory, "has been a thriving gay and lesbian centre since the late 1970s." Who could tell from the measly two locations listed in the Paris chapter? Plus my most memorable and favorite venue, Open Café, isn't one of them. Open Café is worthy of mention and a fun experience.
Venue details include, where available, hours of operation, website URL, phone number, rates/fees, map page number, and more. Along with the venue details, travel tips and an events calendar provide the information needed to plan a vacation. Enticing color images make for a pleasing read, while providing inspiration. The itineraries and highlights in each chapter can make trip planning simple, or one could customize their own itinerary from the venue listings and maps.
Even though I found Discover France Lonely Planet Travel Guide to be incomplete in some areas, this book is an excellent option for learning about and planning a travel experience. Most hot spots are covered, and the cultural and event calendar information along with directories will guide your plans and expectations.
PROS: Enticing color images Detailed venue information Ready made travel itineraries
I would recommend this as the book to buy if you are interested in visiting France for the first time. It has a good overview, but ultimately might disappoint the second or third timer with its lack of detail. Buy/read it and answer the questions: - Do I want to go to France? - How can I get there and once there, how do I get around? - Where do I go? Paris (well duh!) but what about wine country, or the Riviera? Again, … more
Experience The Best of France Make the most of your trip abroad – Lonely Planet’sfull colorDiscover guides highlight the best a country has to offer while still providing an authentic and memorable experience.
Full Color Throughout Full of color images and maps – makes planning as inspiring as the journey itself Color-coded navigation
Easy-To-Use Structure Easy-to-use tools include: color-coded chapters, color thumb tabs, dynamic color spreads on major highlights and Easy-to-read planning sections throughout
Highlights Special front-of-book chapter on the top 25 can’t-miss experiences Features the must-see attractions and unbeatable experiences Focuses on key cities and regions
Itineraries Country-wide itineraries take you step by step though the country – broken out by interest, theme and length of trip Region-specific itineraries help you plan more deeply for the regions you are most interested in
Local Experts Major attractions include insights from local experts on what not to miss