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Michelin, Fodors, Rough Guide, or ???-What's your favorite travel guide?

Old Nov 9th, 2005, 06:15 AM
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Michelin Green has been our sightseeing guide of choice for decades. Accurate, thorough, direct. Not a bunch of fluff like a lot of coffee-table guidebooks--it's meant for people who are serious about seeing the sights. I really don't need color photos of Linderhof or the Closseo because I will actually be there looking at them.
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Old Nov 9th, 2005, 06:17 AM
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Can't see the point of Cadogan in Europe.

But very good in places the Blue Guide doesn't cover. I'm particularly fond of the Central Asia one.
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Old Nov 9th, 2005, 06:23 AM
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I always seem to start out with the DK guides and go from there. I usually buy several guides though. I'm really bad that way. as little as two and as many as four or five. yikes. and if Time Out is an offering, you can bet that's tops on the list. (they mostly do cities).
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Time Out for cities. And I haven't been in my twenties for many years but I still prefer Let's Go for historical and cultural information, which seems much more lively and in depth than many other offerings.
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Interpreting travel "guides" as internet, also, for current tips, especially on restaurants and hotels, I use this forum extensively. Also tripadvisor.com for hotels.
Then I purchase the Eyewitness book for the city/country. I like its beautiful photos and it helps to get oriented in the city. I usually pack that book, too, but don't walk around with it. The Top Ten Eyewitness book is good for carrying around-- it's lighter, and is nice for its condensed approach to the highlights.
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The Michelin green guides for France are what I use for initial trip planning, along with the red Michelin for hotels. My other favorites are sadly out of print now, but I do use the Fodor guide for Provence--and the Cadogan guides in general are very informative.
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I remember reading a LOT of guides before I went to France, and since the first time, the only ones I use are the Rough Guides...but then, they're for a rather obscure area (Languedoc, and the Pyrenees). I echo the statement about giving insight and recommendations on places NO ONE else talks about. I usually rent a house, so my parting gift to the house is my most current copy of whatever guide I've brought with me. One owner said she hadn't seen that guide, and said yes, it was the best she had seen.
When it comes to major places like Paris, I usually go on line...accumulate all the information I need on a notebook or word document, print (both sides) and take that...maps can be gotten when there...less weight, and what isn't used can be recycled!
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Old Nov 10th, 2005, 05:36 AM
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Cadogan first came to mind for me too. They aren't too well laid out visually, but they have great info. If you are travelling in eastern Europe, try In Your Pocket which are avialable on the internet too.
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Old Nov 10th, 2005, 07:37 AM
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Dear Dina:

Of course we all love the Fodor's guides as they are written in a witty and informative style for the "lay traveler" i.e someone who doesnt have extensive knowledge of a town/region etc, but can manage to pick up some insight as to where to go, what to see, where to eat etc..

High on my list though, in fact, I call it my "bible" is the Red Michelin Guide. It has everything you need to know. They are written in the respective language of the country you are visiting, but generally speaking it is one of the few "must take " resources for a trip ( along with Fodor's..of course).

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Old Nov 10th, 2005, 08:00 AM
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Green guide. It has one of the most comprehensive historical and cultural background sections of any guide I've seen, so that you can have some context of the greater significance of what you are seeing. It's depth of detail is also impressive, eliminating the need for an independent or paid guide in many places. It's also lightweight. As someone said above, when I'm there, I don't need a picture of where I am.
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It depends! I have a lot of Frommers, a few Fodors, a Cadogan, a couple of Michelins, a Lonely Planet, and a couple of DKs.

I usually park myself at the bookstore and look at everything until I get a feeling for which one has the most information that intersets me. It varies from trip to trip.

If you like detailed history and museum info (as opposed to a lot of shopping and hotel info), I would go with Cadogan or Michelin Green Guides. If you want to really learn about a place and its history, these are the best. I also like the way the Green guides are organized--alphabetically. This is very handy on a car trip. I just look at a map of the area we are in, and then look up surrounding towns in the Green Guide to see what sounds like a fun place to stop.

Frommers and Fodors are really good for basic planning and side trip info. (I will say I have a definite preference for frommers when it comes to our US National Parks--they are compact and concise, and not too burdensome to carry when hiking.)

DK are great for pretty pictures and some museums but they are too heavy to take on a trip.

I also get around the weight issue by cannibalizing books. If I know I am going to stick to an itinerary, I rip those pages out of the book. I then filland label a 5 x 8 manila envelope for each place we are going--pages from book, local map from internet, any other logistical or tourist info I have printed out. Then I can pull out each one as needed along the way.
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Old Nov 10th, 2005, 10:32 AM
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I read anything I can get my hands on before a trip including all mentioned plus Karen Brown for lodging. However, I only take a green guide. I can slip it in my purse and have oening times, subway stops ect handy. If something more out of the way, rough guide or lonely planet. I found "foot prints" series was great for Laos.
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Old Nov 29th, 2005, 09:02 AM
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In addition to travel guides, I find invaluable info from websites like this forum where travellers share their insights. In fact, just learned on another thread about this travel website,
http://p104.ezboard.com/beuropetogo --- it appears to have many 'fodorites' posting on it. Currently, the TravelersToGo site is under construction. Eventually the link -- http://travelerstogo.com/ -- should be up (timetable ???)

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Old Nov 29th, 2005, 09:15 AM
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I don't use just one. For France I like the Michelin Green Guides, with the addition of the Cadogan Guide for wherever we're going. The Fodor guide for Provence is also quite useul.
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@ prat -- A good guidebook will have most of what you need to know in one place. Without one, you might not even know what to ask. IMO, they are WELL worth the cost, which will be trivial in comparison to the cost of a trip. In fact, I usually get several, but one can also look through them at libraries. Good luck!
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Old Jan 29th, 2015, 09:17 AM
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My usual guidebook is the Michelin Green Guide series, which provide recommended itineraries and a wealth of sightseeing info. But I like the Eyewitness guides to cities as well, and the Cadogan guides are terrific for in-depth information. But they're hard to find now.
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kja & Underhill: This is a ten year old thread -- it was topped by a spammer.
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