France 2013 Guidebook
Please note: The following corrections were submitted by readers and have not yet been confirmed by Rick. Check updates from Rick for the latest.
1. In "Transportation/Driving/Tolls" you say to look for green arrows (without credit card icons) at tollbooths to be able to pay with cash. Some toll plazas we experienced had only green arrows with credit card icon. We had to call for assistance and, of course, held up traffic! 2. You should warn people that you can use one of the standard Metro tickets (carnet) to travel from Paris to Versailles, but this ticket doesn't work when returning. We weren't the only people who didn't realize this and had to wait a long time in the ticket line to buy the correct ticket to return to Paris.
Faye Hardiman in Tucker, GA USA 10/23/2013
One thing that we just learned during our trip to France (Sept. 2013) is that the listed check-out times are the absolute latest time that your hotel or B&B host wants you to check out. In the US, we expect that a check-out time of 11:30 means that it is OK to check out right at 11:30. In France, they'd really like you to leave much earlier so they can clean the room before their next guests arrive, usually in just a few short hours. We've been annual RS travelers for 12 years in Europe and this is the first time we've heard a host complain (about someone else, not us) but we thought it was good information to share.
Susan in Longmont, CO USA 10/17/2013
The Battle of Normandy Museum in Bayeux was 6 euros instead of 7 euros. This is the only instance I can remember where a price went down from what the book lists--a first! We were there on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.
Susan in Longmont, CO USA 10/15/2013
Now cost 12 euros to park at mont st Michel.
Gayle Horne in Athens, Ga USA 10/12/2013
Hote le Petit Matin-Normandy handbook, p.48- has moved acroos the park,new address 9, rue des terres, place Charles de Gaulle, 14400 Bayeux. New inn larger- 4 rooms, newer building 19th century. Exception restoration
Terry Baker in Truckee, Ca USA 09/29/2013
Page 1026 of the 2013 France guidebook, regarding the Dominican Church in Colmar: the Euro1.50 admission price of the church is not covered with the Underlinden Museum ticket. When we presented our museum tickets for entry to the church, a fed-up looking Frenchwoman adamantly shook her head and said, "Non!" For her sanity as well as the readers' attitude, this information should be corrected.
Avis Kennedy in Nashville, TN USA 09/25/2013
We set out for Sainte Chappelle, pg. 89 in 2013 France guidebook, with our picnic equipment in our backpack. In the security line, attendants confiscated a small bottle of wine (no glass allowed) and a paring knife we had borrowed from our host! I suggest you add a warning for travelers - all sharp objects and glass containers will be confiscated and thrown away; there are no provisions to store the items till your exit.
Avis Kennedy in Nashville, TN USA 09/25/2013
Strasbourg - Brasserie de la Lanterne was no longer open for lunch as of Wed. Sept. 4, 2013
Gregory Koster in Eastchester, NY USA 09/11/2013
yes, Castelnaud v benyac in Dordogne france
Kacy Eaves in Cincinnati, Oh USA 09/07/2013
overall, we had a wonderful vacation, with lots of helpful tips and suggestions from Rick!
I would like to let you know more specifically about the Paris Museum Pass. Unlike our experience in Rome on this same trip with the Roma Pass, the museum pass was not frustration free. We had no problems picking up the pass at the TI in our arrival terminal. However, our first use at the Louvre was not quite as you described. The security line from the smaller entrance from the metro, cannot be bypassed with the pass. They direct you promptly to the end of the line. This is not really an advantage in getting in. However, the MP is still effective at the main entrance; you have a separate security line to wait in and that helps. Otherwise, your advice regarding the MP at other sites, such as Sainte Chapelle and Musee d'Orsay, were correct.
Joline in Lafayette, CA USA 08/30/2013
Lyon - places to eat - Les Lyonnais on 1 Quai des Célestins has changed its name to The Diplomatico. Same phone number and great food and great views. We actually asked the hotel to call and make a reservation and didn't realize the name had changed until we arrived and couldn't find a restaurant named Les Lyonnais. We asked someone and they told us about the new name. I have photos for proof!
Lisa in Columbia, SC USA 07/31/2013
We did not know that accommodations without air conditioning also have no window screens! We never saw any window screens in France or Belgium. I don't recall reading about this in your book. There definitely were insects flying around our rooms.
Susan A. NJ USA 07/18/2013
The map of the town near Mont Saint Michel is totally wrong.
KC in Portland, Or USA 07/04/2013
Just a note that the Lady and Unicorn tapestries in the Cluny Museum were on loan during May when we were there.
Jim Perschbacher in Atlanta, GA USA 06/02/2013
The "Pocket Paris" was a lifesaver for those only having a few days. Well worth studying before leaving.
Pat Clifton in New Braunfels, TX USA 05/23/2013
No, it is very accurate and up-to- date.
Gail Brzezowski in Angola, NY USA 05/19/2013
On page 469 in the section on Sarlat, Aquitaine Bike is cited as a bike hire. They WILL NOT deliver bikes to any hotel in Sarlat in July or August. They stated that the town is just too congested with traffic and also called it a tourist trap. Try Joel with Bike Bus instead he was much more helpful and they will deliver bikes to Sarlat in the high season.
Penny Pastori in Lake Oswego, Or USA 05/17/2013
On p. 990, change "Pope Pius I" (a martyr of the 2nd century) to read "Pope Pius IX." Remove Sacre Coeur from your listing of "Marian churches." Change text to read "royalty were crowned" rather than "royalty was crowned" as the concept is plural rather than singular.
Philip J Cribben in Wayne, PA USA 05/16/2013
Bayeux tapestry -- Scene 23 explanation of p 288 of 2012 France book correctly identified as a key scene -- but it is when Harold takes a solemn oath, not when he reneges.
Alan K in Santa Rosa, CA USA 05/14/2013
p. 513 Oradour, Getting There:
From Oradour, Bus #12 took me all the way back to the train station in Limoges, so I conclude that I could have caught the same bus #12 there at the train station instead of walking from the train station to Place Winston Churchill in order to catch it to go to Oradour.
p. 727/8 Getting to Les Baux
Bus #59 was running on Thursday March 28, 2013. I caught it at Fontvieille back to Arles, although it was skipping the stop in the center of Fontvieille. Perhaps it does not go all the way to Les Baux in the off-season. But a bus to La Paradou leaves only 2 kilometers left to walk to and from Les Baux.
p. 1086 Getting Around the Verdun Battlefields
This was very walkable. Especially off-season when the train-run bus stopped in Verdun (before the train station). Easter was early in 2013. I found that the bus/navette/shuttle was not scheduled to start until May 1. Please mention that it can be walked by someone willing to go about 10? kilometers each way.
Evan Lovell in Vancouver, WA USA 05/10/2013
no. Have along to re-read about a museum or attraction as you are waiting in line.
Sue in Horicon, WI USA 05/08/2013
Rick Steves France 2013 pages 374-375 - St. Malo's Ramparts: "Climb the stairs inside the Porte St. Vincent and tour the walls counter-clockwise." This information is wrong. It should instruct travelers to climb the stairs inside the Porte St. Thomas!
This information was also wrong in at least the 2012 edition (p. 359) and the 2011 edition (p. 342).
Chris Carver in Boalsburg, PA USA 05/01/2013
The Paris guidebook directions around the Louvre were somewhat inaccurate and confusing
Scot Kudcey in Easton, Ma USA 04/28/2013
Chamonix -hotel l'aiguille du midi does not open until June in Les Bossons. Hotel l'Oustalet actually dropped their rates on April 15 to 115 euros for the slow season. In Mt St Michel, Hotel venters des grieves has added capacity with a new spacious building including breakfast dining area -Estelle really is sweet! In Lyon, you may wish to add a phrase that Hotel des Celestin's superb manager's mother was a factor in WWII French resistance... We are so glad we started our trip both in Lyon and at his delightful hotel.
Alan Karbousky in Santa Rosa, CA USA 04/24/2013
You had a coutry B&B named La Sauzette (outside of Carcassone) in your 2010 guidebook -- which we used on a recent trip. They were dropped from your newer books. Even though new owners they should be put back in.
John Grayson in Xenia, Oh USA 04/01/2013
In the Kindle edition Cooking Schools and Tours section, it lists Marguerite's Cooking Courses, but according to the provided link, she has apparently moved to Seattle. Also the link for the cooking classes by the chefs at Le Violin d'Ingres is incorrect.
Daniel Ginsberg in Gig Harbor, WA USA 03/02/2013
The Joan of Arc Museum in Rouen has been closed "définitivement" as of October 2012. I was in Rouen just before Christmas and saw a sign on the door as well as confirmed the closing with a shop next door.
In Carcassonne, the Restaurant Adelaide seems to close seasonally around January - February. I would call to confirm the dates, but it is not just on Mondays from September - May.
Anonymous in Boston, USA 03/02/2013
At Sainte-Chappelle in Paris, we were strictly shown a new sign outside that says Museum Pass holders cannot skip the line - any line, ticket or security. Huge bummer!
Caitlin Arnold in Mountain View, CA USA 12/31/2012
My girlfriend and I are moving to Marseille for six months and are very excited. We were about to buy Rick Steve's Guide to France but noticed a glaring omission: it does not include Marseille -- not one mention. It is the oldest city in France, second biggest city (next to Paris), largest commercial port, and the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. I've done my own research and there many beautiful features in and around the city and we are surprised it is not included. Was this an oversight or does the author have something against it? We hope this comment serves the book well for future, more comprehensive versions.
[Editor's Note: Marseille is covered extensively in "Rick Steves' Provence and the French Riviera."]
Chad in San Juan Capistrano, CA USA 12/01/2012
Yes, take Hotel Saint Merry off your list. We made a reservation, the hotel was closed. We e-mailed before we left and after we returned, no reply, no answer on the phone, and they charged our CC with a 300.00 deposit, that we are disputing with Visa.
Diane Thibaudeau in Marietta, GA USA 11/02/2012
In the France 2012 book it states that the WWII Normandy American Cemetery is open "May-Spet 9:00-18:00, Oct-April 9:00-17:00". This is incorrect and almost caused my husband and I to be locked into the sight overnight. Luckily we caught the guy locking up the bathrooms and he let us out (only because we were using a Rick Steve's guidebook he said) on the provision that I would email you guys and let you know the times were wrong.
The correct times are as follows: April 15-Sept 15 9:00-18:00 and 9:00-17:00 the rest of the year.
We went on September 30th and were not the only couple there almost locked in. Seriously, we were lucky we found the worker there to let us out.
Marlene in Omaha, NE USA 10/29/2012
Normandy: Bayeux page 289 The Bayeux Cathedral didn't offer facts about the cathedral in English, French only. (As of 10/2/12)
D Davidson in San Diego, CA USA 10/19/2012
Top of the Arc de Triomph now costs 9,5 euros. Rick's audio Musee d'Orsay audio tour is out of sequence because the museum has changed so many exhibit locations. But we listened to it anyway.
Jamie Benson in Nashville, Tn USA 10/18/2012
Dordogne- RS 2012 p. 488: Tickets to Lascaux II are now available on site. If there is a TI in Montignac we couldn't find it, nor were there any deep blue directional signs.
John Stephens in Paia, HI USA 10/04/2012
Lady A Barge near Chateau-en-Auxois is closed. However, that led us to the Hostellerie du Chateau which was great. The gondola crossing from Chamonix to Italy closes at the beginning of Sept. When talking about parking near the Chateau in Annecy (for the hotels in that area) it would be helpful to include the word "garage" after parking as there is also an open air lot with out a button to push!
Weedy McCauley in Aberdeen, WA USA 10/04/2012
San Chapelle Church is undergoing a massive renovation on the interior so an entire wall is not visible.
Linda Hood in Lewis Center, OH USA 09/26/2012
p.215 Hotel Ibis brunch has, of course, increased to 9 euros/pp. Taxi for 4 pax + 4 bags from Rue Cler to CDG on Sat a.m. was 58 euros (less than I thought). Paris Hotel Phare has internet: 1st 3 devices free Bayeux-Hotel Manoir St. Victoire: does not take credit cards. Proprietor had funny story about an avalanche of U.S. bookings, not realizing she was listed in Rick Steves.
charles butler in Eatonville, wa USA 09/25/2012
1. Mont St. Michel — Hotel Vert no longer offers the bungalows. (They’re enclosed in chain-link fencing and according to the receptionist, slated for demolition). Across the street from Hotel Vert is Hotel Formule Vert, which is new and appeared from the outside to have very basic rooms filled with tour groups. Hotel Vert no longer offers a launderette (there is one washer and drier in the campground, not available to non-campers). Hotel Vert offers Wi-Fi and one computer in the lobby with internet access, only to guests (no public access). The grocery store is now a supermarket, with lots of tourist items. Website: http://www.hotelvert-montsaintmichel.com/en/home The new shuttle access was working smoothly in mid-July. It runs from 8am to 1am, so it is totally feasible to stay on the mainland and still enjoy the magic late into the night. Additional service is available after the shuttle stops running. (http://www.accueilmontsaintmichel.fr/site/en/access-the-mont-from-the-car-park/by-shuttle) This makes staying on the mainland in the La Caserne area a very attractive option.
There’s a large helpful Tourist Office at the new parking area, and there are free luggage lockers. (http://www.accueilmontsaintmichel.fr/site/en/services-and-rates/tourist-information-centre)
2. Caen Peace Museum – Tickets are good for 24 hours, whenever purchased.
There is an exhibit not mentioned in the 2012 edition on D-Day and the days immediately afterwards. It balances out the history recounted in other museums by describing the ferocity of the German fighters, heavy Allied bombing of cities such as Caen, and the heavy price paid by French civilians. From the ticket counters, look back at the museum entrance and it’s on your left.
The Caen museum has relatively few artifacts; the experience is like walking by web pages (lots of text and pictures) and it’s crowded. I’d downgrade it to two diamonds.
Glance at the materials you get with your ticket for possible coupons to the museum snack bar and restaurant.
3. I’d up-grade the museum at Arromanches to two diamonds (three for men, who love the models). In addition to focusing on the role of the British, this museum also incorporates the contributions of soldiers from occupied countries (the Netherlands, Poland, etc), fleshing out the picture. D-Day was a joint effort, not just American, as proud as we are of our role.
4. Sainte-Marie-du-Mont on the way to Utah Beach is worth a mention. Panels around the village tell charming anecdotes of local Resistance and D-Day.
5. My recommendation for a long “D-Day day:” Morning at Utah Beach museum, stopping briefly at Sainte-Marie-du-Mont on the way and Ste-Mere-Eglise and Dead Man’s Corner on the way back. Visit the American Cemetery, Arromanches and Arromanches’ museum. With more energy, I’d include Pointe du Hoc and the Canadian museum. I’d skip the Caen museum and put my budget into transportation—you’d need a car or taxi for this ambitious day.
6. Trains - There are 25% discounts on some point to point tickets (Decouverte fares) for ages 12-25 and over 60. If you buy tickets at the counters, you must ask for this fare—the information is not volunteered. This fare is also available in the machines. No card is needed, but you must provide proof of age (passport) if asked by the conductor on the train. http://www.sncf.com/en/reductions/lowest-fares
Uniforms of train information personnel are now purple and gray. Train information counters sometimes have city maps and city public transit information, saving a trip to the tourist office. 7. In the 2012 Kindle edition, the index doesn’t work.
Mary in Houston, TX USA 08/25/2012
The information about bus service between St. Malo and Dinan in Brittany is either confusing or incomplete-or incorrect. The 2012 book at least strongly implies there is a direct express bus service. One of the bus websites told me that actually you have to take two buses, changing in Dinard. The other's schedule I can only find in French; it may be there is a direct line with it (tibus).
Steve Christopher in Spokane, WA USA 08/24/2012
Le Jardin de la Tour, Carcassonne (page 620): The restaurant name is actually Au Jardin de la Tour (which explains why I couldn't find it on TripAdvisor at first!!)
Sarah in San Antonio, TX USA 08/19/2012
Rouen, Page 254: The internet access listed is now a camera shop that wasn’t open when we were there. Not sure where to get internet in Rouen.
Bayeux, Page 290, Battle of Normandy War Museum – We were doing sort of okay with the museum, though I was kind of feeling like something was missing because I hadn’t grown up there to just know. Then they announced the English film about to be watched, and it made it much easier to just skim the rest of the museum because I actually finally had a good base idea of what had happened.
Bayeux, Page 292, Logis les Remparts – loved it. It has lots of charm, but be aware that the walls are a little on the thin side. The tasting room downstairs is great too, and it closes at 18:00.
Mont St Michel, Page 337, Dinner – restaurants kind of close down at some unknown point and don’t exactly start serving dinner until 7pm.
Heather Cowley in Vancouver, WA USA 07/24/2012
Yes- the museum outside San Sebastian for the local scultptor (starts with "Ch"...) is closed due to family and local politics. As well, you don't mention going to the end of the sea promenade there (before or after the funicular to the top of Mt. Urgel) to see the AWEsome steel pieces he installed on the rocks. Had not there been black and white photos in my hotel, I wouldn't have known to go out that far. The fish market was closed on Monday, as was the cheese shop you recommended across the street.
Susan in Seattle, WA USA 07/12/2012
We tried to stop at the Hotel La Sapiniere (p. 311 and 314) for lunch at 1:20, but they had stopped serving, which seemed really early. It would be nice to note that they don't serve continuously and that their hours fluctuate -- this was in June, which is high season.
Elizabeth Katz in Menlo Park, CA USA 07/09/2012
Listed ticket prices are, in general, a bit too low.
Marie in Pasadena, CA USA 07/04/2012
Chateau des Ormeaux website claims "Final Closing June 15, 2012" and we find you may not make reservations or contact them through their website. Also Chateau des Arpentis website does not work, which made me wonder if they also closed?
Grant Whitaker in Salt Lake City, UT USA 07/02/2012
For Dinan, Helpful Hints - Bike Rental notes that the TI has up-to-date info. The TI info refers you to a web-site, which requires a 24-hour advance notice to rent. This is a problem if you are only staying 2 nights in Dinan and arrive in the afternoon. This needs disclosure.
Dave Hook in San Jose, CA USA 06/11/2012
Verizon customers can now use their iPhones in France. Just make sure to call Verizon International Service before you go and get the phone unlocked. And make sure you understand the way you will be charged (particularly for sending photos)!!!
Lynn in Glen Allen, VA USA 05/31/2012
2012 pg 336. Website error for Hotel le Mouton Blanc. should be www.lemoutonblanc.fr (not .com)
Kathy Hoffman in Alpharetta, GA USA 05/24/2012
It appears there was a bad batch of printing for the 2012 book. After page 288, the book went back to page 241, reprinted the pages back up to page 288 and then skipped right to 337. The meant it doesn't have the information on the Normandy beaches and Mount St. Michel. :(
Teresa in Merrillville, IN USA 05/20/2012
One typo...in Brittany the detour off the coastal route between St. Malo and Mont St. Michel is Dunes de Chevrets, with an "r"
Randy in Medford, NJ USA 05/19/2012
When returning from Giverny to Vernon to catch the train back to Paris, instead of following the bus departure times, be at the bus stop at the arrival time and board it immediately. The bus leaves when it is full, which is shortly after it arrives, not when it is scheduled to depart. If you arrive at the bus stop for departure time, the bus will have already left. The next bus is 2 hours later, and there are no taxis.
Judy Palmer in Atlanta, GA USA 05/11/2012
The Isenheim Altarpiece is NOT at the Dominican Church as the new 2012 guide book says. It is still at the Unterlinden Museum. So we did not get to see the Isenheim Altarpiece art because the museum was closed on Tues, the day we were there. I did not care about the rest of the museum, so we planned to go on a Tues and go the Dominican Church, as your 2012 guidebook advises.
Carol Ann Johnson in Marlboro, VT USA 04/23/2012
In the Paris 2012 guidebook, in the 'Connecting with the Culture' sidebar, the "Paris Greeter" website should be 'www.parisiendunjour.fr'. Google will auto correct from the URL given in the book, which is 'www.parisiendujour.fr', but I'm not sure all browsers will.
Bill Fishburn in Rainier, WA USA 04/06/2012
We followed your advice to take the buses in Paris instead of Metro and loved it. One big problem for us: We stayed in a hotel you recommended in Rue Cler and took #42 from Gare du Nord. Your map of Rue Cler hotels show it going down Ave. de la Bourdonnais close to Rue Cler, but it turrns ar Ave. Joseph Bouvard. When it turned and I saw the Eiffel Tower, I thought something was wrong, but wasn't sure (our first trip to Paris). I asked the bus driver, showing him your map, and he said to stay on. He let me off in the Grenelle area. When I looked at a map and couldn't see Rue Cler, I wasn't sure where we were. People recommended we take Metro to get there, but I was sure we were close. We walked at least an hour, pulling luggage until we came to the Place de l"ecole Miltaire and I figured out were we were and how to get to Rue Cler. Please correct your Rue Cler map so that it doesn't show the #42 continuing on Ave. de La Bourdonnais the Ecole Militaire.
John Wheeler in Washington, DC USA 02/07/2012
Hotel le Cardinal in Rouen is currently undergoing a complete renovation. When it reopens in May they will not longer have family rooms, according to an email I received this morning.
Jeanne Hoppe in Seattle, WA USA 01/30/2012
Hotel le Cardinal in Rouen is currently undergoing a complete renovation. When it reopens in May they will not longer have family rooms, according to an email I received this morning.
Jeanne Hoppe in Seattle, WA USA 01/30/2012
We loved your guidebook. While we referenced mutliple books and I've given some tips that were not part of your book, we used your guide the most. We also enjoyed the pod casts at the sites where we did walking tours.
Micki Turner in Chicago, IL USA 12/17/2011
I see that Rick has listed Malcolm Miller's tours of Chartres Cathedral as a 'best' travel experience for 2011. Last summer, our family spent an extra night in Chartres exclusively to take his tour, only to have him not give the tour due to having less than 12 people. He had 10 and we considered paying for two extra 'places' but then decided to use the book description instead and walk through the cathedral ourselves. VERY disappointing to have him refuse. If 12 people are his requirement, perhaps it should be mentioned that the tour isn't always a definite 'go.'
Jane Ouweleen in Fullerton, CA USA 12/01/2011
Yes - On page 904 - the Old Lyon Traboules. The address for the first tunnel is switched. The correct address is #54 rue St. Jean ending on #27 rue du Boeuf. Just a detail, but it caused us confusion.
Bettsy Wermine in West River, MD USA 10/12/2011
The France 2011 edition mentions on page 79 that the Musee D'Orsay is free at 17:00 (5:00 pm, or an hour before it closes). We're in Paris now and tried it a few days ago and were told that there is no such thing. In fact, we couldn't even enter the museum after 5:00.
Julie Wingert in Minneapolis, MN USA 09/26/2011
We recently booked a Western Med cruise and will be stopping in Marseilles for the day and purchased your France guidebook at the local Books a Million to read what you had to say about Marseilles, unfortunately I didn't peruse the book before buying because there was no mention of Marseilles. How come? I have purchased at least 15 other RS guidebooks and found them very useful and even given two to my kids before they traveled to Europe. Please let my know why Marseilles was left out. Sincerely Terry A. Madson
Terry A. Madson in Pearcy, AR USA 09/16/2011
Ate at Cafe la Roussilon(#21) on your map of Rue Cler Restaurants, but nowhere could I find it described. (It was excellent, and full of locals. Tiramisu to die for.)
Kate in Sonoma, CA USA 09/16/2011
We recently booked a Western Med cruise and will be stopping in Marseille for the day and purchased your France guidebook at the local Books a Million to read what you had to say about Marseille, unfortunately I didn't peruse the book before buying because there was no mention of Marseille. How come? I have purchased at least 15 other RS guidebooks and found them very useful and even given two to my kids before they traveled to Europe. Please let my know why Marseille was left out. Sincerely Terry A. Madson
[Editor's Note: We include Marseille in our "Provence & the French Riviera" guidebook, as well as our new "Mediterranean Cruise Ports" guidebook.]
Terry A. Madson in Pearcy, AR USA 09/16/2011
P. 322, Hotel Le Mouton Blanc - the website for the hotel ends in .fr rather than .com.
Jim McDonough in Richardson, TX USA 08/27/2011
I noticed that at least one other traveler noted the lack of Marseille in the France book. Telling people that they can find it elsewhere is stupid. It would be like buying a US travel guide and finding no L.A.
[Editor's Note: Marseille is covered in "Provence & the French Riviera" and in our new "Mediterranean Cruise Ports" guidebooks.]
r. swanson in burbank, CA USA 08/22/2011
Not a correction but a tip: we rented with Avis and always had trouble finding the return lot at train stations despite having GPS; the phone # was just a recording; so plan extra time when dropping off and catching a train; for instance a t Bordeaux, the lots is behind the station; but picking up is easy as the offices are in the station lobby and they walk you to the lot
A Forster in Miami, FL USA 08/21/2011
Hotel Le Colbert in Avignon is closed from November through March. That could be noted in the book.
Calvin Hilton in Jacksonville, FL USA 07/20/2011
The Chamonix town map shows the Super U market in the wrong location relative to the Le Cretes Blanches hotel
Mike Haire in Petaluma, CA USA 07/13/2011
Honfleur 19 rue des Capucins: Sandra was congenial and the room was clean. We were told parking was free but that free parking was not at all convenient. Nearby parking was expensive. They no longer work closely with La Cour St. Catherine for breakfast. It was hot and the 3rd floor room should have had a fan. None was available. The one overstuffed chaiir in the room had the bottom falling out. I could not recommend this to others. However, the night cooled, we threw open the large windows, and slept with a view of roof lines, chimney pots and swallows and no bugs!
Faith LaBossiere in Charlestown, RI USA 07/04/2011
Page 303, last paragraph. Ste. Mere Eglise is 40 minutes WEST of the Point du Hoc
Gail Stewart in Issaquah, WA USA 06/20/2011
The foldout map of Paris mislocates the Shakespeare&Co Bookstore. The little blue square should be in the green park area on the west side of Rue Lagrange and Quai De La Tournelle. It currently locates a Subway sandwich shop.
Gary P in Ramona, CA USA 06/20/2011
The name "Languedoc" is misused in the France guidebook: the region called Languedoc-Roussillon is in fact divided into the Languedoc and the Roussillon; the Languedoc is the easternmost part, bordering Provence and including Montpellier, for example. The Roussillon is the part which includes Carcassonne, Albi, and Collioures. A map of the regions of France will show the boundaries of the two sections of the region. It is a mistake that is relatively serious, especially considering the French pride and attachment to the specific town and region from which they come: their "pays." Call the Roussillon the Languedoc and you could be in for some serious misunderstandings.
Emily in Baltimore, MD USA 06/05/2011
Remove restaurant L'Assiette Normand in Bayeux France.
Scott Wittet in Seattle, WA USA 05/27/2011
On page 266 of France 2009 in the Dinan Self-guided walk: I wandered through every shop in the area searching for "Ker-y-pom" because it sounded delectable, but with no luck (I tried changing my pronunciation, describing the ingredients en francais, etc). Finally, a woman behind a bakery counter asked me if I had a blue guide book, explaining that about 10 Americans have asked her about this in the past few weeks. Though sad to admit defeat, I found many other delectable treats to make up for it.
Carrie in Los Angeles, CA USA 05/05/2011
page 369, Amboise accommodations, Chambres Art-Thé was sold and does not offert their three rooms anymore.
Montplaisir in Gatineau, Qc Canada 04/15/2011
The Paris airport van shuttle service called Paris Webservices was 190 euros round trip for 5 people with bags with the Rick Steves discount. The Paris 2011 books said 185 euros. They were excellent, by the way.
G Sellers in Melbourne , FL USA 04/14/2011
We also stayed at La Ferme le la Sauzette near Carcassone, France. Yes, it is open as a B&B and still serve great dinners. The owners, Luc and Magali DuPont are gracious hosts!
Susan in Mansfield, TX USA 03/29/2011
re: Chamonix: while hiring a private guide to ski the vallee blanche costs 300 euros or so--as indicated--the Compagnie des guides de chamonix puts together groups of strangers for about 76 euros a person--making the trip more accessible for solo travelers and couples. The CGC also charges the same for guided off piste skiing at other areas near Chamonix, including Courmayeur. Groups accomodate strong intermediate through advanced skiers. (Expert skiers have more difficult options for 120 euros/day.) I especially recommend the off piste skiing at Les Grands Montets. The skiing on the glaciers there is very accessible, but more serious than it appears, due to the risk of hidden crevasses.
Jack Kashtan in Sacramento, CA USA 03/26/2011
NO banks exchange dollars for Euros. I had to go to Chinatown in Paris to make the exchange.
Gail in Concord, NH USA 02/15/2011
France 2011, p. 462. The email address for Chateau Meylet is incorrect. The correct address is email@example.com
Philip Brazil in Seattle, WA USA 02/07/2011
All the books on France 2011 ( at least all at Barnes and Noble at Southceneter) had the pages all mixed up. You might jump from 567 to 689 then back to 590 and then back to some other page (I made the exact pages up, since I had to return all the France books 2011 I bought)
Rick Bowles in Kent, WA USA 01/22/2011