France For Dummies

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Wiley, Jun 6, 2003 - Travel - 572 pages
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Your insider’s guide to the best places and prices

Have fun exploring France

From the romance of Paris and the glamorous Riviera to the castles of the Loire Valley and the half-timbered houses of Normandy, France is a traveler’s paradise. But where to begin? Relax! This friendly guide shows you the way. Bon voyage!


  • Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
  • What you shouldn’t miss – and what you can skip
  • The best restaurants and hotels for every budget
  • Lots of detailed maps

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Getting Started
The Regions of France

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About the author (2003)

France is like a second home to Darwin Porter, a native of North Carolina, and Danforth Prince, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Both of these writers know their destination well, as they’ve made many annual trips through France since Prince worked for the Paris bureau of the New York Times and renovated part of a 14th-century chateau in the Loire Valley. Porter, a former bureau chief for the Miami Herald and a survivor of a successful career in TV advertising, is the author of the definitive upcoming biography The Secret Life of Humphrey Bogart (1899–1931), which has been praised for its fine behind-the scenes depiction of Hollywood at the dawn of the talkies. As one critic said, “At last, Darwin Porter reveals what was really under that trenchcoat.” Jointly, Porter and Prince are the coauthors of many Frommer guides, including Frommer’s France, Frommer’s Paris, and Frommer’s Provence & the Riviera.

Cheryl A. Pientka is a freelance journalist and literary scout. She’s the author of both editions of Paris For Dummies and coauthor of Frommer’s Europe from $70 a Day. A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Delaware, she lives in New York when she can’t be in Paris. Outside of her writing and professional career, she supports her pet causes: the Animal Haven shelter in Flushing, New York, and in New York City.

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