Paris 2014 Guidebook
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We took (and loved) ALL the walks! Highlight was Malcolm Miller's tour of Chartres.
Susan & Ted Hirtz in Houston, TX USA 11/05/2013
It has been said already - while the cover is nice, in these tense times it is best not to be advertising we are tourists with such a bright, clearly identifiable cover - or offer different covers for it, such as we saw in other tour groups. You might mention to folks using the metro to make note of the street name where they enter the Metro if they are returning to that location; not doing so can bring you out on the opposite side of a massive intersection with multiple lanes to cross.
Melissa Small in Wesley Chapel, FL USA 10/04/2013
No suggestions. It's terrific! The map in the back is particularly valuable. We had no problem navigating our way around the metro system and Paris sights with this map.
Deborah A. Geier in University Heights, OH USA 09/06/2013
The Budapest guidebook like the there's we have used is extremely helpful. A suggestion to assist in navigating the city would be to add a metro map.
Ann-Maree Foxe in Nth Delta, BC Canada 08/07/2013
Include information about the locks on the Pont Des Arts near Notre Dame. It is really something - and people may want to come to Paris with a lock prepared to attach to the bridge.
Annette Simmons in Minneapolis, MN USA 08/05/2013
Since a lot of us have smartphones, include some of the app guides. I found the RATP official app especially useful to estimate the time, not only getting to the station but also some of the more famous museums / monuments. Also, the app's station map is excellent. You know which exit to look for and the street-by-street within 10 minutes walking distance around the station exits. Not much need to ask people the direction. Minimize the chance of people crowding you to be pick-pocketed.
Felita in Hong Kong , China 07/01/2013
Not a book improvement, but please remove or update the Orsay tour podcast. It is so out of date with actual locations it is best to not use it anymore.
Dale in Fairfield, OH USA 06/07/2013
The ebook search function is marginal, many times does not return a find when in fact the word or phrase exists in the text.
Peter Morton in Langley, WA USA 04/28/2013
I suggest including Gusto Italia in your list of recommended restaurants in the Rue Cler neighborhood. It's #18 on your map on p. 434. The Italian food was authentic and marvelous, and the host was warm, welcoming, enthusiastic and genuine.
Jim in Chesapeake, VA USA 04/16/2013
Please include Vincennes Castle in future editions. It is covered by the museum pass and is easily reached via the Metro. Sainte-Chapelle is amazingly beautiful and full of light. The Keep was just as fabulous. We stood in the treasury, we visited the wardrobe, we were in the King's bedroom looking at the same painted pillars as were in place hundreds of years ago. We were in the prison cells looking at names and dates carved into the stone by political prisoners. No where else were we so able to so closely observe history. There were no lines. The site is not stroller, wheelchair or impaired traveler friendly (many midieval stairs and hallways).
Jennifer in PORTAGE, MI USA 04/15/2013
Clarify expectations of "pickpocket" to remove any stereotype image this word conjures. Give Sainte-Chappele four triangles. Rodin Gardens can replace the 1/2 day excursion to Versailles.
Andy Hadd in Austin, TX USA 03/26/2013
As always a fantastic book that pays for itself instantly in both saved money, and more importantly, saved time. Thanks.
stephe durham in sarasota, fl USA 02/28/2013
Great book Rick! Loved the walking tours.
John Osgood in New York, NY USA 02/17/2013
We have used RS Paris, as well as Germany and Austria and it has never let us down. We have found the hotel, restaurants, and tips have added to our overall travel experiences. I would not travel to Europe without a RS in our hands. I wish Rick would do USA travel. When we travel in the USA I miss having this valuable advice and help. There is no USA guide that is as consistently reliable. I appreciate how much your travel guides have improved and enhanced our European expeditions.
Ashley Davis in Oakton, VA USA 01/06/2013
Just keep it updated. It was very helpful.
T Anderson in Falls Church, VA USA 10/13/2012
"Sleeping in Paris Chapter". I suggest having more information on renting apartments in Paris. It is more interesting living somewhat like an actual Parisian, and it can be a lot cheaper - hotel prices have risen significantly. There are several websites that rent apartments but you have to be very careful with many of them because you are renting sight unseen. You do have some information (a few paragraphs) in your book but if you could expand it to include more information on reliable places to go to rent an apartment and what things travelers to Paris need to watch out for when renting, it would be very helpful. Other than that it is a Superb book !
Bob Delahanty in Cedar Park, TX USA 10/04/2012
None. Your book is very readable and well organized. Of the three guidebooks I bought (Fodor and Frommer), Rick Steves' Paris 2012 was the only one we took with us.
David Bowyer SC USA 09/24/2012
include info as to French Open, tennis at Roland Garros
David in philadelphia, PA USA 09/12/2012
Use thicker paper. The paper is so thin that I can read what is on the other side!
Bill in Jersey City, NJ USA 09/05/2012
Add to the art/museum tours or suggest books that are thorough. I loved the museums and galleries in Paris. We went to the Louvre on Thursday and it was PACKED. But we did use the carousel entrance and that totally saved us from a huge line up.
Susan Rae in Vancouver, BC Canada 08/30/2012
Have PDFs of sections or an app that does not require an internet connection. I took photos of or downloaded maps, and was able to look them up inconspicuously.
Or, split the book into 5 signatures, that you can slip into a pocket for whatever you might do that day.
Kevin Moynihan in Davis, CA USA 07/19/2012
Please include dining information specifically for vegetarians. I am planning for my trip now and have just read the section on recommended Main Courses. Needless to say, I'm a bit overwhelmed, since it seems like vegetarian options are rare or nonexistent. Your advice in this realm would be extremely helpful! Thank you.
Erin in Cambridge, MA USA 07/07/2012
Perhaps providing tabs for the different sections. I ended up using a book mark, which I kept losing.
Susan in Laguna Niguel, CA USA 07/03/2012
The only thing I would improve is the overlap between the East Paris and West Paris color maps at the beginning of the book. We were trying to walk during our entire trip to both see more of the city and not feel so guilty about all of the food we were enjoying, but we had difficulty following the map from the 5th to the 7th.
Gayle McKercher in Schwedelbach, RP Germany 06/27/2012
Add the arrondisements to each sight, restaurant, hotel, etc. It's much easier to plan when you know what arrondisement the thing you want to visit is located in.
Tara in New York, NY USA 06/02/2012
I recommend some warning or clarification on how to get train or metro tickets upon arrival at Nord Station via Eurostar. We were able to get euro cash from the ATM, but the train ticket window line was an hour long. No problem, we thought, we'll just use the ticket machine, but it wouldn't accept a US credit card (without chip)! No problem, we thought, we'll just use cash notes, but the ticket machine only accepts coins! No problem, we thought, we'll just find a change machine and get some coins, but they don't exist! I ended up making several trips into a convenience store just to buy candy bars so I could break some notes into coins. Then we could finally buy two tickets from the machine and be on our way. Later we found a window with a shorter line where we could buy a carnet of discount tickets. Otherwise a delightful trip.
Patrick Smith in Bentonville, AR USA 06/01/2012
This book is wonderful! Great advice, walking tours are informative and easy to follow, tours in sights are also so helpful - and just detailed enough! When I saw other people using different guidebooks, I felt sorry for them! Thank you !!
Marcy in Philadelphia, PA USA 05/30/2012
Would like to download the book to my iPhone
Steve Sweetser in San fracisco, Ca USA 05/20/2012
Any of your books: inclued a very prominent recommendation to visit the feedback page to review updates before finalizing plans.
Rich S. in Huntersville, NC USA 05/06/2012
We were grateful to have it and used it every day.
Ingrid in Randolph, NH USA 05/04/2012
It was great, really helped us as an advanced organizer, finding restaurants, shorter lines, museum tours with humorous asides.
Laurie Engelbeck in Issaquah, Wa USA 04/16/2012
I really did love using this book. The only improvement (and this is pretty slight) would be to make the maps just a tad bit more comprehensive.
Emma B. in Brooklyn, NY USA 04/14/2012
Just warn of the two hotels with name of Jeanne d'Arc
Fred Oliver in San Diego, CA USA 03/30/2012
Include the arrondissement number for each major tourist attraction. For example, how do I know which part of town to go to if I want to depart (for example) Le Tour Eiffel to go to Ste Chapelle? If you would include the arrondissement number for each attraction it would be a snap ("Oh, let's go around the corner -- the Musee d"...... is virtually next door") to visit attractions within the same area of town. All you need to do is list a table with one column headed ARRONDISSEMENT and a second column listing tourist attractions in each arrondissement. Remember, you have entitled your book a GUIDEbook.
William Mastraccio in San Antonio, TX USA 03/21/2012
Just add my suggestions and it will be perfect! :-))
Theresa Catlin in Mariposa, CA USA 03/07/2012
Every place we went with your suggestion turned out to be just great - thank you for providing such a fine service to travellers.
Gina in Ellicott City, MD USA 02/01/2012
I believe my comment is appropriate for both the PARIS guide and the FRANCE guide. I suggest that you update your conversion information to include converting between PSI and kPa. The traveler may not use this very often, BUT if stuck at some tiny service station in "nowhere, France" with a rental car with a tire low on air, it is decidedly important to know what tire inflation pressure one should have (of course, the last time I was in France was a bazillion years ago so this may all be moot now).
William Mastraccio in San Antonio, TX USA 11/26/2011
The book was fine.
Jim in Sewell, NJ USA 10/31/2011
Any way to have it connected to a website where you could have any updates/corrections that might have occurred since the publication of the book?
Patrick in Washington, DC USA 10/10/2011
More neighbourhood walks!
Mark in Victoria, bc canada 09/25/2011
Shipping information would be great. After many trips to refine Rick's packing list, I finally got my pcking down to one small carry-on sized bag. But have to buy a new suitcase every trip to bring home my souvenirs. Is that chePER THAN FINDING A SHIPPER SOMEWHERE?
leslie brown in ellicottville, ny USA 09/05/2011
I should note that I experienced the worst of the crowds since I went in August. Also, I did not find these "August deals" on hotels that Rick described. I found that the hotels I inquired into were still expensive.
Katherine in Hutchison, IL USA 09/03/2011
Add "breakfast included" to the Hotel de Londres Eiffel.
Arlene Brumm in Mukilteo, WA USA 07/26/2011
I would not recommend B&Bs in Paris. From other forums and from what I have heard from many, small town, small accommodation; big town, big accommodation. Parisian B&Bs are notoriously problematic. I wish I had known this sooner. Our stay was a disaster and the only reason we stayed there was because Rick recommended this company.
Negin in St Georges, Grenada 07/25/2011
Whenever a French word is used in a sentence, include the English translation.
Bob May in St. Louis, MO USA 07/24/2011
Drop the Rue Cler walk chapter, or just mention it, but add other markets to a list. Graham Robb's new book, "Parisians," may give you new tour ideas. He'd be great on a podcast, btw.
Marta in Vienna, VA USA 07/23/2011
Please consider PDF formats for your guides. They are so fabulous, but since they are full of info, they are too heavy to carry while walking around. PDF chapters can be purchased and printed...so I can use your great maps every day I am on vacation!
Pattie in NYC, NY USA 07/20/2011
Add the L'Orangerie White-Palaccio bed and breakfast at 37 Avenue de Paris in Versailles. We stayed here and it was fabulous. The proprietor was so gracious and gave us the feeling of being family. It is actually a guest house (with two units) that includes a living area, small kitchen area, bath (no shower) and upstairs loft. It has lots of room to spread out and is quiet and secluded from the street. Patricia, the owner, has a beautiful secluded garden with a table and chairs to enjoy a glass of wine or food. It is just a few blocks from the Versailles RG train station and the Chateau. Her rates are reasonable - about 150 euros - and the relaxed atmosphere is a great change from the noise and hurried atmosphere of Paris. The train ride is a relaxing 15 - 20 minutes in and the RER trains are much more comfortable than the metro. We LOVED this place and were disappointed that we could only stay for 4 of our 6 nights here due to her being booked the entire summer. The website is http://www.l-orangerie-versailles.fr Be sure to click on "translate this page" before you navigate to the website. It is in French. TripAdvisor has 100% satisfaction with L'Orangerie White-Palaccio. Be sure you search the entire name because there is a L'Orangerie that is not this place.
Bonnie Crabtree in Nesbit, MS USA 06/28/2011
Include a review of 142 Creperie contemporaine restaurant. Best crepes is the city. Rumored to be the president!s favorite crepe restaurant. Authentic, delicious normandy style crepes at an incredibly affordable price!
Dorie Refling in Bozeman, Mt USA 06/20/2011
The photo on page 533 (Paris 2011) is from the Venus Room.
Linda in San Antonio, TX USA 06/19/2011
Make it easier to rip the sections apart.
Laura in Fredericksburg, TX USA 06/16/2011
I'll send comments once I return. I love this book and have already enjoyed my "seat" trip to Paris. Looking forward to our real trip in a few weeks.
Edie Babbe in Manhattan Beach, CA USA 06/08/2011
LOVE your books!
Consuelo Larrabee in Seattle, WA USA 05/30/2011
We rented a car and toured Normandy on our own. Prior to leaving for the vacation, we downloaded the information concerning France into our portable GPS navagation device. (We happen to have a Tom-Tom). The cost was $50, but it was probably the best money spent on the trip. It never failed to guide us to our destination flawlessly and we could input the destination such that it would take us on the major highways, such as A13, or the backroads so we could see the small villages and towns. I would recommend you advise people of this option in the future.
Frank Swigon in San Antonio, TX USA 05/06/2011
I love your books, Rick! I take your books on every Europe trip. My friends and I go every year.
G Sellers in Melbourne , FL USA 04/14/2011
I've bought and used Rick Steves guidebooks since before they had dates printed on the front. My first Paris guide was from 2000 and today I recieved my updated 2011 version. I was sad to see that the quality seems to have gone down. The pages are tissue thin and the print bleeds from the other side of the page, making the text hard to read. Please charge us more money per book and go back to a sturdier format. Thank you!!
Taryn Barker in Coburg, OR USA 03/22/2011
The maps are good, but they can be decieving by leaving out streets. When we followed a few, we couldn't tell distances and lost our way several times because we didn't know there were streets not included.
Alison Snow in Bellevue, WA USA 01/28/2011
I think you should add the Greek street in the Latin Quarter, with all the gyros, I think it's Rue Huchette. Great pitas, cheap, seems to have a pretty happening night-life crowd - very similar to the Falafel crowd in the Jewish quarter, sometimes a little touristy, but still great fast-food that Parisians recognize and enjoy.
Kali Morse in Ft. Campbell, KY USA 01/19/2011
Maybe a second tour of the Louvre for the side that the first tour did not cover. Encourage people to hit the patisseries that are considered local for a lunch "to-go." The ladies are nice, food amazing and the best part... resonably priced.
Chapel Ham in Bellville, TX USA 01/10/2011