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Knopf Guide: Paris (Knopf Guides) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. Februar 2010

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The Paris guide book is a visually stunning travel guide but its themes are dated, evoking a pre-war Paris of writers and painters and strolls along the Champs Elysees, when today Paris is a much more consumer-based society with all the trappings of American cities. We managed to find an affordable hotel with Parisian charm but with little thanks to this book. The maps are little more than cryptic diagrams, making it difficult to find the enticing restaurants the guide lists. Much of the information needs to be updated to serve as a true guide book. Knopf Guide Paris, like the other books in this series, are richly illustrated and give you interesting historic insights into the city but will only disappoint you if you rely on them to circumnvaigate the city.
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Knopf guides are beautiful books with graphically interesting formats. They provide lots of background and historic information. Excellent for dreaming about trips and travels, real or imagined.
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HASH(0x9d3a7b04) von 5 Sternen 1/2 of the must have duo 16. März 2002
Von Stephen McHenry - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
If you are going to Paris, this is one of the two books that you must have as a minimum. It is gorgeous, lush, dense with illustrations. Knopf does the best job on items like flora, fauna, architecture, history, art, how the city has been seen by others, its fashion legacy, street life, medieval influence, sub-cultures, music, and so on, each topic at least a two page spread that is always satisfying to the eyes.
A guided walking tour is the standard Knopf format for revealing the city, as opposed to the Eyewitness itemized number format. The Eyewitness guide is the other half of the pair that you must have to visit Paris, each complementing the other rather than competing. This Knopf guide has some gorgeous pull out maps/pages in the middle of the book that are really great.
The Knopf weakness is in it's ability to help you plan: There is a wonderful diagram of the Catacombs, on a fold out page showing details about the fascinating sites beneath the city, with pictures of some of the bones in the Catacombs; but nowhere will the Knopf guide tell you what time it is open or when. The Eyewitness guide is much stronger in that respect, the Knopf guides are almost as good as the Eyewitness when it comes to maps, the Eyewintness being better.
The Knopf guide has 7 pages of general index plus 10 pages for listing illustrations. The Eyewitness guide has 20 pages of general index with none for illustrations, which is to say the Knopf guide is more romantic, the Eyewitness guide more practical, they are 5 star both, and you should have both.
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HASH(0x9d3a1edc) von 5 Sternen Beautiful quirky guide and memento 16. März 2009
Von John Lederman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
The Knopf Guide To Paris is the book that showed me a guide book can be a mixture of usefulness on the trip and a coffee table memento when home. Size and design are elegant for both purposes. The book is a fascinating mixture of current, historical, and obscure Paris. Details of the underground water, sewer, quarry, and catacomb systems under the city are pictured where they have always only been skimmed over in Michelin. Knowing that there was at least one music concert down there, that they were headquarters for the French Resistance during WW2 as well as the Germans having a bunker there, each incredibly close neighbours unbeknown to the other, can only enhance your fascination with the life and history of the city and your visit. Views of the river banks and bridges when they were crowded to overflowing with houses, the woods around Versailles as they were being cleared for building, historical views of buildings and events, give a sense of a city with a long and rich history of civilization, all of which enriches a current visit. Sections on architecture, writer's 'views' of Paris, painter's 'views' of Paris, and unexpected sections on the rooftops and birds and gardens of Paris, all make for a delightfully informative read and armchair tour along with some information you'd expect to find on cafes, restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc., some of which changes so quickly there is no point in putting those in a guide book and those aren't here, and some in Paris haven't changed in a century.

As you read through the delightful density of information, the quirkiness of the book itself begins to emerge. There are columns of writing where the text just disappears mid-sentence off the page never to be found again. One entire page (the back of the fold-out for the Musée d' Orsay) remains in the original French, untranslated. You'd think, since this book has been out for years and has had revisions, that the proof-reading would be better, even if it was a daunting task rendering it into English from the original French edition. The 3D arial maps of various areas feel odd. While the ones of the right bank are anchored by the river at the bottom looking north and feel like the way they 'should' be, the ones of the left bank are also anchored by the river at the bottom and looking south, take a bit of getting used to. The street plan at the back professes to overlap a bit map to map, and they do sideways, but up and down, sections of all are missing. (You might want to get the full Michelin map book of relatively the same size).

Aldous Huxley once wrote a travel essay that he liked to stumble around a new place on his first visit without prior knowledge or guide, then would read the guide books for subsequent trips. I don't think this approach will work for Paris, unless you want to be kicking yourself over what you missed on your first trip. Get this book and give it a thorough read before you go. There is too much to spend your time in Paris buried in the book reading it and languishing in the lavish visual presentation for the first time. Then you can decide what you want to orient yourself to: culture, food, shopping, history, gardens, architecture, artistic life, sight-seeing, and in which proportions, and you will be relieved to forgive yourself in advance knowing now that if you want to get anywhere close to a sense of the richness of what makes Paris, current and historical, there will be many trips in your future, both from your armchair back home with this book, and, when you decide you have to go again to see and experience more.
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HASH(0x9d3a14a4) von 5 Sternen Must Have Book 20. Juli 2002
Von Robert F. Weir - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
The trouble with most travel books is that if you don't have the most recent edition, the information is probably out of date. The beauty of this book on Paris is that there is information on the culture, the cuisine, the history, the art, with a small, very small section on hotels and restaurants. This is not just a great book to prepare you for your trip to Paris, this is a book for a student of the city.
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HASH(0x9d3b00cc) von 5 Sternen The real Paris 22. Juni 2000
Von Angela S. Fortezza-Soto - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This guide is wonderful for anybody who wants to see the true city beyond the modern facade of fast food joints and chain stores. It will give you great insights into the history of Paris, without endless boring lists of hotels and restaurants. There is so much you might miss otherwise, and it would be a shameful waste of time to go there without fully appreciating all the secrets, legends, gossip and wonderful stories. And to read what the writers think of Paris, and how the artists see it....it makes the city come to life. If you want maps and lists, get another guide. If you want to know what you're looking at, get this one!
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HASH(0x9d3b027c) von 5 Sternen KNOPF GUIDE TO PARIS 21. Januar 2007
Von Shannon Deason - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I love these Knopf guides, they are really beautiful little books and they are chocked full of information, granted they are not a quick guide, but if want indepth information and some deep research on Paris, then I highly recommend this guide, read it before you go to Paris, it will make the trip all the more enjoyable. Bon Voyage.
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