Paris For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 26, 2007 - Travel - 366 pages
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There’s so much to see and do in Paris that it’s hard to know where to start. With this friendly guide, you’ll see the light. You’ll take in the dazzling nightlights and vibrant nightlife… the historic sites and monuments and the trés chic boutiques...the treasured art masterpieces and tomorrow’s fashion trends. Linger over a gourmet French meal, relax in a sidewalk café, or enjoy a picnic in the park. Stroll beautiful formal gardens or pick Monet’s Water Lilies at the newly opened Musée de l’Orangerie. Take a boat tour of the Seine or a bike ride to Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes. This friendly guide gets you in a fun, French fame of mind with info on:
  • How to use the fantastic transportation system and make sense of the euro
  • Must-see sites, including the Louvre, the Eiffel Tour, Musée d’Orsay, the Cathédral de Notre-Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, and more
  • Incredible parks and gardens, including the Jardin des Tuileries, the Jardin du Luxembourg in the Latin quarter, Parc de la Villette with its theme gardens, and more
  • Where to shop for over-the top luxury items, find discount or overstock stores, and buy kids’ clothes
  • Culture and entertainment options, ranging from theater, opera, symphony, and ballet to live comedy and inexpensive organ recitals in glorious churches
  • Diverse clubs in different neighborhoods, including Barrio Latino, Batofar (an Irish light ship docked in the Seine), Red Light where the trendiest kids wear the latest fashions, Le Wax with its psychedelic décor, and more

Like every For Dummies travel guide, Paris For Dummies, 4th Edition includes:

  • Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
  • What you shouldn’t miss — and what you can skip
  • The best hotels and restaurants for every budget
  • Handy Post-it Flags to mark your favorite pages

Whether you would rather tour cathedrals with glorious stained glass, explore quaint neighborhoods, hit the happening scenes, or sip fine French wine overlooking the City of Lights, this guide will help you experience Paris with joie de vivre.

  

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User Review  - Kiri - Goodreads

Excellent primer on Paris! The section on neighborhoods was particularly interesting to me, and helped me understand it better than my desultory web searches have. Loads of great info! Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Introducing Paris
4
Living It Up After Dark
5
Discovering the Best of Paris
9
Paris at a Glance
10
Digging Deeper into Paris
18
Deciding When to Go
30
Planning Your Trip to Paris
39
Discovering Pariss Best Attractions
185
Pariss Top Attractions
186
The Louvre
200
Shopping the Local Stores
242
Paris Shopping
246
Following an Itinerary
275
Daytrips from Paris
281
Living It Up After Dark
301

Getting to Paris
49
Tips for Seniors
59
Arriving and Getting Oriented
77
Checking in at Pariss Best Hotels
97
Hotels in the Heart of the Right Bank 14 812 1618
104
Dining and Snacking in Paris
129
Light Meals in the Heart of the Right Bank
159
Applauding the Cultural Scene
303
Hitting the Clubs and Bars
312
Ten Well Nine Places to See Paris
327
Quick Concierge
337
A Glossary of French Words and Phrases
348
Index
355
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Cheryl A. Pientka is a freelance writer who has contributed to France For Dummies and Europe For Dummies. A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Delaware, she lives in New York.

Joseph Alexiou recently graduated from Tufts University with a degree in History. A hopeless francophile, he hopes to return someday to Paris (or anywhere in Provence) in some literary capacity. For now he resides very happily in Brooklyn, New York.

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