Avant-Guide Paris: Insiders' Guide for Urban Adventurers

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This lively look at the City of Lights features the expected and the necessary in the form of straightforward, authoritative reports on the essential sights, restaurants, hotels, shops, entertainment venues, and nightspots sophisticated travelers need to know about. But the book also employs a strategy found in few other guidebooks - namely, incorporating the insights of the people who are driving local scenes in art, television, music, film, fashion, and food. This angle pays off in a portrait of Paris that's ...
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Overview

This lively look at the City of Lights features the expected and the necessary in the form of straightforward, authoritative reports on the essential sights, restaurants, hotels, shops, entertainment venues, and nightspots sophisticated travelers need to know about. But the book also employs a strategy found in few other guidebooks - namely, incorporating the insights of the people who are driving local scenes in art, television, music, film, fashion, and food. This angle pays off in a portrait of Paris that's both original and timely. From the Right Bank of the Seine, known for commerce, clubs, and cabaret, to the more literary and intellectual Left Bank, with its famous caf├ęs, universities, and arthouse cinemas, Avant-Guide Paris offers an in-depth exploration of the city's distinctive neighborhoods, or arrondissements.
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Looking for a contrast to that old standby, Michelin's Green Guide to Paris? Designed to catch the eye of those raised on TV and the Internet, this book uses bold colors and graphics to convey standard information. But don't be deceived by the layout; the guide is replete with useful facts on sights, transportation, lodging, food, and more. The entertainment section reflects current tastes (reggae, live jazz, blues) as well as standard tourist fare (stage, theater, opera, film). Particularly appealing are descriptions of the different Parisian neighborhoods contrasting the Islands, the Latin Quarter, the Left Bank, and the Right Bank, among others. The end maps will assist both new and experienced visitors to Paris, although one of the city maps will require a microscope to see the detail. The five detailed indexes cover books, maps, streets, places of interest, and Metro stations. This refreshing and entertaining guide is recommended for all travel collections.--Olga B. Wise, Compaq Computer Corp., Austin, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891603068
  • Publisher: Empire Press Media
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Series: Avant-Guide Books Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2005

    Really Great Guide

    This is by far the best travel guide series that i have ever used. Don't go to Paris without it, this guide tells you what you really want to know about the city your visiting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2001

    GREAT!!!

    Whether your a first=timer or know Paris well, this guide is great. I was just visiting, but my friends who live there couldnt get enough of this book. Bottom line: the best guidebook series yet for thirtysomethingsings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2001

    Really the best Paris guide. By far.

    I loved it! Like their other books, it is smartly organized, just the right length and eminently readable. My friend who lives in Paris was impressed, too. She and her husband own a hotel in the 13th and she's quite a culture vulture. As a local (and, as you can imagine, connoisseur of guide books), there were many entries she was surprised (even pleasantly shocked) to find. She also loved the attitude, and found the commentaries hilarious and dead-on.

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