by David Applefield


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ISBN-13: 9780470138281
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/10/2008
Series: Unofficial Guides Series , #201
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

DAVID APPLEFIELD is a media specialist, writer, lecturer, and editor from Boston who has lived in Paris for over 20 years. He publishes the popular Paris Web site, and is the author of Paris Inside Out. His fiction includes Once Removed and On a Flying Fish. Applefield edits Paris’s longest-running expat literary journal FRANK, teaches American culture at Sciences Po, and represents the Financial Times in French-speaking West Africa.

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Table of Contents

List of Mapsix
About the Authorxiii
Welcome to Unofficial Paris1
About This Guide3
How This Guide Is Organized: By Subject and Geographic Districts (Arrondissements)6
On Being a "Tourist"27
Part 1Understanding Paris31
A Brief History of Paris31
The Language: Francais38
Numbers and Prices: The Euro41
Part 2Planning Your Visit to Paris43
How Far in Advance Should You Plan?43
When to Go44
Package Deals and Travel Agents46
Finding Airfare Deals and Making Reservations52
Reducing the Confusion of Choice58
What to Pack62
Part 3Hotels73
Understanding Your Options73
Types of Lodging76
Hotels for Business Travelers84
Rates, Rules, and Recommendations87
The Parisian Hotel Room93
Paris Hotels Rated and Ranked103
Hotel Profiles112
Part 4Arriving, Getting Oriented, and Departing151
Arriving and Departing151
Understanding Those First Signs and Getting Directions170
Telephones, E-Mail, and Postal Services170
Understanding Euros177
Things the Locals Already Know183
Travelers with Disabilities192
Traveling with Children195
Safety and Security199
Part 5Getting around Paris203
Visualizing the City203
Public Transportation205
Renting a Car216
Part 6Sight-seeing and Tours219
Planning for Paris Touring219
Tours and Guides222
Exploring Points of Interest227
Touring Neighborhoods235
Attraction Profiles239
Parks, Gardens, City Squares, and Cemeteries287
The Bridges of Paris298
Day Trips and Excursions302
Part 7Dining in Paris309
Bon Appetit!309
Paris Restaurants Defined and Explained311
Understanding French Restaurants326
Restaurant Profiles338
Part 8Shopping in Paris385
A Browser's Paradise385
Shopping Areas and Favorite Streets390
Cool Cheap Shopping395
Great Parisian Gifts and Where to Find Them401
Part 9Exercise and Recreation409
Sports and Fitness409
Part 10Entertainment and Nightlife419
Paris by Night419
Cultural Evenings421
The Red Lights of Paris427
Tips for Going Out on the Town428
Nightclub Profiles432
Hotel Index451
Restaurant Index453
Subject Index455
Reader Survey465

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Paris 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Grateful66 More than 1 year ago
A great travel guide with maps, the best days to visit attractions, and best of all directions
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givemeyourgreeneyes More than 1 year ago
Before going to Paris, I wanted to find a book that would actualy help us learn about the city and explain what to expect. I looked at EVERY book that was at Barnes and Noble. I chose this book because it had so many things the others did not. For example, it had information about the people, the food, the airport, the culture. It told what to expect as you arrive at the airport and go through the confusing maze of stops and checks. It said how much the Taxi was going to cost. It named the metro stop for each tourist site. It listed things that are taboo to talk about and what is considered rude. This book has no pictures which at first turned me off. What it lacks in picturs, it makes up for in good useful information. This book stayed with me every minute while I was in Paris. thank you Mr. Applefield for the detail you offered in your book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We travel a lot and this is my "go to" series. Disney World, London, Washington, etc. I love the interest ratings by age and since our kids are 7 years apart and we often travel with the grandparents. The information is usually current and well presented.