France: Berlitz Handbook

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Berlitz Handbook France is the ultimate practical, inspirational guide to beautiful country, with 304 pages combining authoritative narrative detail and stunning color photography. What sets the guide apart is the illuminating Unique Experiences section, packed full of practical advice on how to make the most of all the opportunities available to the visitor to France ? from exploring the best vineyards and ch?teaux, heading out on a canal boat, or visiting the battlefields of ...

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Overview

Berlitz Handbook France is the ultimate practical, inspirational guide to beautiful country, with 304 pages combining authoritative narrative detail and stunning color photography. What sets the guide apart is the illuminating Unique Experiences section, packed full of practical advice on how to make the most of all the opportunities available to the visitor to France – from exploring the best vineyards and châteaux, heading out on a canal boat, or visiting the battlefields of the world wars.
The guide starts with a rundown of France’s Top 25 Attractions, ranging from the iconic Eiffel Tower to the perched villages of the Côte d’Azur. In the Trip Planner you’ll find itineraries outlining suggestions for themed visits, whether you’re spending a week exploring Brittany’s megalithic coast, ten days checking out the castles, coast and vineyards of Bordeaux, or two weeks following in the footsteps of Napoleon.

The Places Section tackles each of France’s regions in turn – starting with Paris then heading round the country, finishing our grand tour on the Mediterranean coast. Each chapter is color-coded for easy reference, and features everything you’ll need to know about the sights and attractions in the area, as well as maps to help you get around, and carefully chosen listings of the best places to sleep, eat, drink, and get active. The Places section is interspersed with fully mapped tours, including walks round Montmartre in Paris and St Tropez on the Côte d’Azur, and Cultural Spreads that give a striking insight into an element of France’s culture, from the châteaux of the Loire and Celtic heritage in Brittany to prehistoric cave art, and the catacombs and cemeteries in Paris.

Further practical advice is provided in a chapter dedicated to accommodations, transportation, health and safety, money and budgeting, responsible travel, and family holidays. The Setting the Scene chapter is devoted to France’s historical and cultural background, plus information on the country’s cuisine.
Finally, a handy 8-page Phrasebook section provides a wealth of language expertise for which the Berlitz brand is famous.
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780041643
  • Publisher: Apa Publications UK, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Series: Berlitz Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,376,494
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

The first experience Nick Rider remembers of France is of a crêpe-stand in Brittany when he was six years old. Since then he has explored a great many parts of the country, following interests from art and battlefields to Norman cider farms, and is the author of many guide books to France.

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Table of Contents

Top 25 Attractions
Country Fact File
Trip Planner
UNIQUE EXPERIENCES
Foods and Wines of France
Exploring the Landscape
On the Artists’ Trail
Marks of War
The Architecture of France
On the Water
PLACES
Getting your Bearings
Paris and the Ile de France
The Heart of Paris
Tour of the Louvre
The Opéra, Montmartre and the Champs-Elysées
Tour of Montmartre
Eiffel Tower and Invalides
Cemeteries, Catacombs and Sewers
St-Germain, the Latin Quarter and Montparnasse
Around Paris
Listings
The North and East
Pas-de-Calais and the Nord
France’s Odd Edges
Picardy
Champagne
Lorraine
Alsace
Listings
Normandy and Brittany
Rouen and Upper Normandy
Classic Normandy
Celtic Heritage
Northern Brittany
Finistère
Brittany’s softer south
Listings
The Loire Valley
Chartres and Orléans
Along the Royal River
Châteaux country
Poitou and Charentes
Listings
Burgundy to the Alps
Burgundy and the Franche-Comté
Lyon and the Rhône Valley
Wildlife
The French Alps
The Auvergne
The Limousin
Listings
The Southwest
Aquitaine and the Dordogne
The Basque Country and Béarn
Prehistoric caves
Midi-Pyrenées
Listings
Mediterranean France
Languedoc-Roussillon
Central Provence
The Côte d’Azur
Tour of St Tropez
Corniches Drive
Corsica
Listings

PRACTICAL ADVICE
Accommodations
Transportation
Health and Safety
Money and Budgeting
Responsible Travel
Family Holidays
SETTING THE SCENE
History
Culture
Food and Drink
PHRASEBOOK
Pronunciation
Phrases
Menu Reader
 

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