Paris is an amazing city! I have been lucky enough to visit there multiple times as we have family there. When we go into the City on our own, one thing is sure: we will get lost! This last time I picked up the Paris for Dummies book which ended up being very helpful.
Dummy, I Think Not!
I really like the Dummy series ~ they are well organized, easy to read and filled with information. Their travel series goes over the main tourist areas as well as pointing out many out of the way options. You can find shopping centers, café as well as a good guide as to which metro and bus stops to get off at for the different sights.
Paris for Dummies has 8 parts, 26 chapters and 364 pages. Throughout the book there are 5 different icons used to draw attention to useful information. They are little pictures within a circle and located in the margins representing:
Little tidbits of information to help make your visit go smoothly.
2. Bargain Alert
Tips for money saving tips and discounts.
3. Heads Up
Etiquette, rules, where to be wary of rip offs etc.
4. Kid Friendly
Child-friendly attractions or of special interest for families.
5. Worth The Search
Out of the way places that are worth the extra time to get to.
These are a really cute way to mark some areas that are worth checking out.
Why Choose This Book?
I really liked this book because it covered so much information in an easy to read, easy to understand format. It not only covers the must see sites but gives information about the more unknown attractions that other books skip over. For example, they tell you where to find Puppet shows as well as where the movie Amélle was filmed.
My top 5 other GREAT things about the Paris for Dummies book ~
1. The Maps are great, very detailed throughout the book. They are multiple ones such as a separate restaurant map showing where they are all located. Very handy.
2. First they give a synopsis of all the the main attractions alphabetically and then they also list them both by type and neighborhood. On top of that they list them according to specialties such as especially for history buffs, teens, art lovers etc.
3. They list different day trips making it possible to plan a day outside of Paris without having to purchase another book.
4. They have a great French menu glossary which would be helpful to avoid any surprises when your dinner arrives!
5. They list the best Bakeries. Paris - bakeries need I say more?