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Recommendable for Americans, but not for Europeans
am 11. Juni 1999
It is obvious to the European reader that this book was mainly written for American tourists in Paris. Most of the information, e.g. from the "Dos and Donts" [sic!] section, is completely useless for Europeans but at least it is quite amusing. Other parts, however, are very well done: especially the "Facts for the Visitor" and the chapter about "Getting There & Away" or "Getting Around" should be of great use for any tourist. As is the chapter about "Excursions", which I can highly recommend. The maps in the appendix are helpful for the first few days; afterwards, one should better get a "Paris par Arrondisments" map which can be bought in any bookshop in Paris for a fairly reasonable price. Unfortunately, all the "Things to See & Do" are sorted by areas, not by the names of the museums or other tourist attractions, which I personally would find much more helpful. All other parts, like "Places to Eat", "Entertainment", or "Shopping" depend very much on one's personal taste; I myself prefer to find my own little brasserie or cafe while on an aimless walk through the small streets of the town rather than visiting the usual posh places. All in all, the "Lonely Planet Guide Paris" does not live up to my expectations. Other guides from the same edition are much more useful. Nevertheless, I would recommend it to American tourists, for whom it seems to have been edited. In my view, it does not deserve more than three out of five stars. For the literary interested traveller, I highly recommend the book "Walks in Hemingway's Paris" by Noel Riley Fitch, also available at Amazon.