Paris will, too. Again, our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Paris, the victims, and their loved ones. And it remains my firmly held belief that the best way for Americans to fight terrorism is to keep on traveling. Rick Steves is just trying to project his business. The game has changed. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
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Post A Comment Cancel Reply. If it were not for his show my wife and I would have never traveled to Europe. We have been to France many times now, and plan our own trips based on many, many sources. If it had not been for him I suspect we would have remained timid travelers, never leaving the US. I suspect that it is at least partly because of the Rick Steves effect that there are some large and attractive parts of France that rarely if ever get referred to on Tripadvisor forums. Auvergne , Lorraine and Franche Comte spring to mind - perhaps there is a resident of the facinationg city of Besancon waiting to tell us all of the delights of the Jura.
There is also a tendancy for some small towns to be seen as "THE" place from which to explore an area. Rick Steve did start out small and now, as expressed in earlier posts, is a victim of his own success. I think this is the same as any other brand that starts out small and grows and grows.
Now, he has left a void in the marketplace for the "up close and personal view" of travel. And frankly, that void has been filled by With all due respect, I find some of the responses above to be "snobbish" for lack of a better word. Just because something is touristy or "overrun with American tourists" does not meant it is not wrth seeing, or you are not seeing the real France. It was a very very useful resourcegave us good ideas about what to see, when to go, how to get there, etc. Frankly, there were more useful tips in his book that I did not find in other guides like Fodors, Frommers, etc.
Now I did not rely exclusively on his book to plan my trip, and provide me with direction, I used information I learned here, I looked in the NY Times Travel Section, etc. Tip: All of your saved places can be found here in My Trips.
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Patricia H. With well-delineated walking tours, restaurant recommendations that are off the beaten path, and some gentle good humor, this book is outstanding. It would help greatly with organizing travel in and around the city. The arrondissement map included in the book does not help overly much. I did like the "survival information" on how to get around using the Metro and buses, pronunciation guides although I studied French, it has been many years and opinions on whether a given site was worth seeing if one has only so much time.
Those are the sorts of places where many other guidebooks fall woefully short. Overall, this is a great addition to our library of knowledge for Paris and whetted my appetite greatly for our upcoming travels. I purchased this book when my husband and I decided that we were going to take a spur of the moment trip to Paris in , which is a city that I have always wanted to visit. I really liked that it had walking tours and that kind of thing, so I went for it. I wanted to see more than just the tourist places though I wanted to see those places too.
I never would have imagined how much I would actually use this book. I carried it around with me constantly! We used it all day everyday that we we I purchased this book when my husband and I decided that we were going to take a spur of the moment trip to Paris in , which is a city that I have always wanted to visit.
We used it all day everyday that we were there and had the most amazing trip I think was possible. Rick Steve's suggests not only great things to see and do, but also restaurants off the beaten path. We loved it all!
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He also had places to stay, maps, transportation information, the list just goes on and on! I highly recommend this book or a newer one if one is available by him if you are planning a trip to Paris. In fact, I know that he has books on other cities and countries around the world and I would personally purchase other books of his in the future for any other travelling I do. Rick Steve's is my first choice go to travel guide! I didn't spend as much time with this book as the London one because Paris was at the tail end of my Eurotrip so I planned its itinerary last and was getting a bit pooped.
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Also figured that I would be feeling more like relaxing at the end of my vacay so I wouldn't want to stuff it as full of activities as earlier in my trip and would be perfectly happy just walking around Paris, chilling, and eating good food. This book was just as great as his other ones though. I like that he pointed out free m I didn't spend as much time with this book as the London one because Paris was at the tail end of my Eurotrip so I planned its itinerary last and was getting a bit pooped.
I like that he pointed out free museum day is the 1st Sun of the month which I totally took advantage of since it fell during our time there, hooray! Managed to squeeze in 3 museums that day too and almost a fourth but they cut the line off when we arrived late in the day.
I also used his advice for what days are best to try to avoid crowds such as for Versailles. Also wanted to do some sort of course so we wound up doing a wine tasting course with O Chateau. Great recommendation, loved my experience there, and the book has a promo code for a discount. I have a big stack of guide books I've used on different trips, but this one will be the most thumbed-through, rained on, beat up one of the bunch. I used Rick Steve's guide to plan a 7-day trip to Paris with my husband and three teen daughters, and it was perfect!
He told us exactly how to get out to Versail I have a big stack of guide books I've used on different trips, but this one will be the most thumbed-through, rained on, beat up one of the bunch.
He told us exactly how to get out to Versailles, at what tabac shop we could buy the money-saving "Museum Pass," what option would be the most economical for using the metro, and on and on. The only recommendations that weren't spot on for my family were his restaurant suggestions, and that's just because we're always looking for inexpensive familiar food rather than cultural gastronomic experiences.
Three cheers and five stars for Rick Steve's Paris guide! I recently spent a week in Paris and had downloaded the iBook's version to my iPhone and iPad. I found the book invaluable and the ability to read up on sights, museums and orientations, all while standing on a street or on a Metro made travelling much simpler. I confess that at times I missed the sense of adventure of getting lost on the maze of Parisian streets, but overall my experience was greatly enhanced. I did find some of the links embedded in some of the text broken, but the search funct I recently spent a week in Paris and had downloaded the iBook's version to my iPhone and iPad.
I did find some of the links embedded in some of the text broken, but the search function made it easy to find the right section.
I found most of the advice in the book useable and the recommendations accurate. It was a nice day and Rick's advice to start the trip on the upper end and work your way down hill was brilliant, as was the gravesites he recommended in his tour. I highly recommend this book. In the interest of fairness, I did not read this book cover to cover. I did skim it in its entirety before going to Paris.