Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
Stuck in Paris with Rick Steve
am 13. Juli 2000
I was surprisingly disappointed with Rick Steve's Paris after reading all its rave reviews on Amazon.com. Based on the reviews, I abandonned my usual trusty companion, the Lonely Planet, and bought this book for my recent trip to Paris. I regretted my decision from the moment I arrived in Charles de Gaulle airport until the day I departed. Upon arrival, I looked for the ATM machine which the book said would be near gate 16. However, there was no gate 16 to be found anywhere near where I emerged from Customs and the book provided no indication how far it would be. The next day, I wanted to know when the Notre Dame Cathedral was built, but was unable to find this basic information in the book. Strolling along the Seine, I came upon a beautiful large building which clearly was a landmark. The made no mention whatsoever of the building and the book's hand-sketched map of the area completely omitted the building. On another walk, I tried to find Shakespeare & Co. bookstore using the directions given in the book. (I wanted to go to the bookstore to buy another Paris travel guide!) Both I and my traveling companion (who has a Ph.D) read the directions over and over and still walked around for at least 30 minutes unable to find the bookstore. Finally, leaving Paris to go to the CDG airport, we took the RER and, based upon the book's misguided advice that most travelers to the US leave from T-1, were prepared to get off at the T-1 station. Fortunately, we spotted a poster in our train car which indicated that our US airline uses T-2. I then counted the number of US airlines using T-1 and T-2 and found that they were equally divided between the two terminals. So much for Rick Steve's advice. Those are but a few of our many disappointments with Rick Steve's book. In summary, I found that the book lacked sufficient detail, and what detail the book did provide was often inaccurate or downright wrong. Whoever does decide to buy this book in spite of this review should definitely bring along another guidebook to supplement and/or doublecheck the information provided in Rick Steve's book. As for myself, I'm returning to the Lonely Planet.