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Rick Steves' Provence & the French Riviera (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 15. Oktober 2013


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Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. Rick produces a public television series (Rick Steves' Europe), a public radio show (Travel with Rick Steves), and an app and podcast (Rick Steves Audio Europe); writes a bestselling series of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided tours that take thousands of travelers to Europe annually; and offers an information-packed website (RickSteves.com). With the help of his hardworking staff of 80 at Europe Through the Back Door—in Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle—Rick's mission is to make European travel fun, affordable, and culturally broadening for Americans.

Steve Smith manages tour planning for Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door and has been researching guidebooks with Rick for two decades. Fluent in French, he's lived in France on several occasions, starting when he was seven, and has traveled there annually since 1986. Steve's wife, who is an expert on French cuisine and wine, provides invaluable contributions to his books, as do his two children.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen A great reference if you are an "ambiance" traveller, or if you are planning to use public transit 24. November 2014
Von Craig MACKINNON - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Guidebooks generally have two tones: those written with an apparent air of detachment, trying to present facts and allowing the traveler to decide what s/he wants to see. These are often dry to read but work very well as references while in-country. Then there is the more personal style, which this Rick Steves guide most certainly is. If he doesn't like something, or thinks it's not worth the money, he says so. This makes the guide more entertaining to read, perhaps, but it also means that you might dismiss sites based on someone else's opinion which might not be the same as yours.

There are a two things Rick Steves's Provence travel guide do extremely well:
1. Help you get around using public transit. I think this is sorely neglected in many guide books written by and for (North) Americans, since our first impulse is to rent a car. For those on a budget or those looking to decrease their carbon footprint, such detailed public transit options are very useful and helpful. At the same time, he highlights where having a car might be useful if you want to rent one for a day or two (e.g. for a scenic drive or places ill-served by public transit).
2. This is the perfect guidebook for those who like to stroll around and take in the ambiance of a place. He includes walking tours of many towns, pointing out interesting sites (buildings, squares, fountains) and the best places to grab a coffee and people-watch. I have many friends and relatives who travel and site-see this way.

Unfortunately, neither 1 nor 2 apply to me. I am definitely a car-rental person, and I'm very site-oriented. I would rather tour a museum, explore a Roman ruin, or swim in the Med than sit at a sidewalk café watching the world going by. This is not a criticism of Rick Steves' books, it's just an observation that travelers like myself are going to find other guidebooks more useful - for example, the "Top 10" books or (my favourite) the "Lonely Planet" series. Having said that, I have referred to this guide for things like scenic road trips and for the interesting nuggets of historical information that is included. I have not made use of the hotel listings, since we are here long-term and are using websites like AirBnB and VRBO/HomeAway for longer stays in each place; however, they seem more extensive and more interesting than similar listings in other guides (highlighting a lot of family-owned businesses).

Another problem is the lack of maps - every guidebook that I've referred to tends to underestimate the use of maps, but this book is particularly bad, I find. French roads may not be well signposted, and they certainly don't have directional markers based on compass directions; nor do they use large cities as guides, instead giving the nearest 2 or 3 villages you've never heard of. Maps in these situations, including the names of all the little villages, would be more useful than text telling you to take a certain road (and road numbers changes when you cross department lines!). Further, I find that Rick Steves (and his contributors) have very different opinions of what is worth seeing. Perhaps it's because I like the insides of things better than outsides, and perhaps it's because I'm traveling with children (aged 7 and 9), but I've found that many of the sites this book dismisses out-of-hand are places my family have enjoyed seeing, e.g. the Granet Museum in Aix, some of the towns along the Med, and the Palais Longchamps in Marseille. Finally, a big complaint that I have with all guidebooks for Provence: the almost complete lack of a guide to Mediterranean beaches. I have been to a dozen or so, and they are all very different - shallow vs. sharp dropoff, rocky to pebbly to soft sand, ease of access and parking, etc.

So, if you are backpacker who likes to grab the bus/train from place to place and to simply "be" in a new place, this is the guide for you. If you are more site-oriented, this might not be the best guide for you.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best book for a backpacking or a road trip 11. Februar 2014
Von americanspirit - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I purchased this book 3 months prior to our travel through Provence and the French Riviera. In addition to the attributes of most of Rick Steves' travel guides such as where to stay, eat, visit etc., this book actually lays down how to make the best of your time through one of the most enthralling places you may visit in Europe. This books actually gives you suggestions on the best way (bus, train, car etc.) to towns, villages, chateaux and wineyards. If you plan of renting (which we thought was the best thing to do), my suggestion is to read and re-read chapters from this book prior to traveling so that you plan your stay, priorities accordingly. You can rest assured that you will have a pleasurable and worry-free trip.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent guide to this region of France 2. Mai 2014
Von Courtney B Lovelace - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I first purchased the 2013 version of this guidebook when planning my trip this April 2014 to this area of France. I used the book to death making plans before the trip. I knew I wanted to go to Provence, but didn't know where to make my "home base" so reading through the book helped me decide to base our Provence leg of the trip in Avignon and take day trips from there. I also decided to have us stay in Nice as our home base for the Riviera portion of our trip and day trip out from that location. Both were central and had great transportation options. Before I left, so I didn't have to carry around the physical book, I downloaded the 2014 version from Amazon to my Kindle. I would highly recommend both. Steve's guidebooks are always very comprehensive and provide great tips on how to avoid crowds, methods of transportation, great restaurants, etc.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Trip to Nice, France 2. September 2008
Von Tracy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This is the second Rick Steves book I have taken to Europe. This trip took me to Nice and the French Riviera, and with this travel book it made the trip stress free. Two tips from the guide book were taking the public bus trip from Nice to Menton and traveling inland to the French Grand Canyon. We took the bus trip on Sunday, which only cost us one euro per person for an hour and 15 minute trip, in a clean, comfortable bus and my boyfriend was able to enjoy the views since he didn't have to drive. The second item from the guide book was a trip inland to the French Grand Canyon. What a beautiful ride and the views were spectacular. Worth the trip - but only would have know about it with the guide book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great book and very useful for trip to southern france 22. Dezember 2013
Von Erin Falcon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I used this book on a trip to France and found it pretty accurate. Some of the costs for transportation were off, but it was a great reference and it really did hit on the highlights of the area. Unfortunately the pages are like tissue paper- super thin and easy to rip. In the past the pages were thicker but must be trying to be more economical. Now you are unable to highlight the pages which is very helpful in traveling and preparing where to go.
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