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Old Jul 14th, 2005, 06:26 AM
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New guidebook for Paris?

Has anyone seen or used a new Paris guidebook called "Paris by the Numbers" ? It sounds like it is organized completely by arrondissements, rather than categorized by 'museums, shopping, dining" etc.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...626190-8677404

www.parisbythenumbers.com

$15.95
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Old Jul 14th, 2005, 07:03 AM
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I have it on order but it hasn't shown up yet!

I doo see though that you found the website..I was going to post it for you , then noticed you'd already done it!
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Old Jul 14th, 2005, 05:46 PM
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Never heard of it. Sounds like a good book. I'll have to pick one up.

Thanks for posting it.
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Old Jul 17th, 2005, 01:30 PM
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Anyone else?
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 05:38 AM
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I'm not at all impressed! While it does list SOME of the major sites in each area, it has pages devoted to the shops there. I guess if you are into shopping it might be useful as it gives addresses, phone and a general idea of what's for sale.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 06:32 AM
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Well, in the meantime, I bought the Rough Guides book "Paris Directions"... it is arranged by 'area' and includes the main sights/museums (more than some other books but not as many as Eyewitness), then a few listings for shopping, dining and bars/cafes within that area. So if you're in the Marais, you can look up a couple museums, stop by a few boutiques, then have a refreshment without having to scroll thru separate listing for each activity.

The coolest thing is there is a mini-CD attached to the inside flap that has the entire text loaded on a pdf file - you can search the text, or copy/paste from it onto a Word or Excel document.

The next generation of guides I'm waiting for is a CD that allows you to 'checkmark' anything you want to visit, then you can download those items in a file to use as the basis of a trip plan. That would be excellent!
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 06:36 AM
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http://www.roughguides.com/store/det...?ProductID=505

$10.99

ISBN: 1843533170
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 06:58 AM
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Just so you know: within a few years, you will all be carrying the entire (searchable) text of several travel guides in your PDA.

What are you waiting for?
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Old Aug 14th, 2005, 08:44 AM
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Thanks for the info on the Rough Guides book "Paris Directions"


I just bought a copy on Amazon.ca and can't wait to read it.
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The concept sounds similar to the Access guidebooks, which are very good. They aren't specifically arrondisements, but more areas or neighborhoods, which is actually a better idea than an arbitrary arrondisement boundary in some cases. It has maps with sites of interest marked on them (restaurants, hotels and sightseeing).

I really like Access a lot for a neighborhood guidebook and I think most people do. I wouldn't recommend it as the main guidebook for someone who hadn't been to Paris, probably, as there is not one section you can look up for museums, for example.
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