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Rick Steves' Paris 2012

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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in the City of Light—Paris.

With the self-guided tours in this book, you'll explore the grand Champs-Elysées, the eye-popping Eiffel Tower, and the radiant cathedral of Notre-Dame. Learn how to save money and avoid the lines at the Louvre and Orsay Museums. Enjoy the ambience of Parisian ne
Paperback, 712 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Rick Steves (first published 2000)
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Terri Lynn
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, travel
I read the new version of this each year and always enjoy it. I love Paris (how could you not?) and love reading about the city, its people, its food, its places and of course, its museums. It is just a pleasure to read about them even if you know them well.

Rick always takes readers by hand and makes sure they know everything they need to know to visit the city (except French which I advise people to learn for the most enjoyment) with the lone exception of his places to stay recommendations. Un
The Badger
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hey Rick! I found the Dali museum on my own, thank you very much! Also, as I was determined NOT to be the stereotypical American tourist, I traveled on my EU Greek passport and spoke French (which the locals informed me I speak with a Greek accent). Everyone was wonderful (I don't think I ever carried my own luggage), and when I dislocated my knee, a gendarme CARRIED me to the nearest hospital. I actually cut my stay in Brussels short to return to France because the people were so lovely...

And f
Jan 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want easy guides to touring key exhibits
Shelves: travel-guides
I thought the expose on various places to visit was very informative. There are maps to where to go, and small nuggets of information about various tours. The information about Versailles was especially informative. He lays it on the line for you.
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This, in my opinion is the only guide book you need when traveling to Paris. Especially if it's your first or first few visits there. The information is exhaustive and fascinating because he doesn't just do the usual attraction information, Opening hours, decriptions etc. All that information is there of course but you also get history, walking tours, personality, humor, and real tips that save money and which other guides don't have. It's like a friend has just returned from Paris and come over ...more
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We borrowed this book from the library to study up for our upcoming trip to France. We love watching Rick Steves' show for entertainment, but his guidebooks contain the level of detail needed for planning a European sightseeing vacation. If anything, this book has more information than you could possibly need, which is perfect, because no two people will plan the same itinerary. All the information is there - you can use what you need and skip what you don't.

I feel so fortunate to have this well
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best. Easy to read and great tips on what to see and where to go. The museum pass tip saved us hours of waiting in line and the tip about just don't get impatient in restaurants because there is usually just one waiter was a helpful hint for impatient Americans. He guided to Giverny and Avingnon on the train.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paris
I think this book would have been better had I never heard Rick Steve's voice on PBS. I was hearing his voice in my head the whole time I was reading it--I hope I don't hear his voice when I am really in Paris!
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very helpful book full of travel tips and useful suggestions.
Subscription Obsession
I purchased this book when my husband and I decided that we were going to take a spur of the moment trip to Paris (in 2010), which is a city that I have always wanted to visit. I really liked that it had walking tours and that kind of thing, so I went for it. I wanted to see more than just the tourist places (though I wanted to see those places too). I never would have imagined how much I would actually use this book. I carried it around with me constantly! We used it all day everyday that we we ...more
This is a must read if you're traveling to Paris. If all of the Rick Steves books are as informative as this one was, it's would be well worth the few dollars to purchase one for every place you visit, especially of it's a place outside of the United States. And purchase it well in advance of your departure, so you can finish it BEFORE you board the plane...
Bree Crutchfield
The best of my 3 guides this last trip! Perfect step-by-step walking tours and even a discount up the Montparnasse Tower when you show the book. Well written and witty with lots of maps and useful tip and information.
Tracy Jackson
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buy his travel guides, read and bookmark them before you depart - they're excellent and save time and money.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
A useful and interesting read. I might change my rating (up or down) once I return from my trip.
Doug Dale
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I certainly didn't read it cover to cover, it was very helpful in planning our recent trip. Take the book with you when you go!
Sara Zevallos
We began traveling with Rick and we still use his routes to enjoy off the beaten path traveling.
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love, love, love Rick Steves. His books are so straightforward and helpful. I had the kindle edition of this on my recent trip with my husband to Paris. While we used a lot of his information (accessed easily through my iPhone app so we didn't look too touristy with a guidebook out) for practical stuff--opening times, prices, nearest shops/cafes/metros, we also occasionally dipped into his descriptions, moving to the side at museums and monuments so I could quietly read the information. We appre ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Rick Steves' travel shows on PBS, so when we started planning our trip to London, Paris and Rome, I was delighted to add this guidebook to the stack.

With well-delineated walking tours, restaurant recommendations that are off the beaten path, and some gentle good humor, this book is outstanding. The only thing I would have wished for was an explanation of which arrondissements housed a given attraction/site/restaurant (in the manner of Frommer's Paris 2012, which I also read in p
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't spend as much time with this book as the London one because Paris was at the tail end of my Eurotrip so I planned its itinerary last and was getting a bit pooped. Also figured that I would be feeling more like relaxing at the end of my vacay so I wouldn't want to stuff it as full of activities as earlier in my trip and would be perfectly happy just walking around Paris, chilling, and eating good food.

This book was just as great as his other ones though. I like that he pointed out free m
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, i-own-it
I have a big stack of guide books I've used on different trips, but this one will be the most thumbed-through, rained on, beat up one of the bunch. I used Rick Steve's 2014 guide to plan a 7-day trip to Paris with my husband and three teen daughters, and it was perfect! We did nearly every walk in the book - Historic Paris, Rue Cler, the Marias district, Montmarte... We used his guided tours in the Louvre, the d'Orsay, the Orangerie, the War Museum... He told us exactly how to get out to Versail ...more
Apr 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fabulous. My only regret was that we didn't follow his hotel recommendations--the hotels that we stayed in on his advice in Italy were much more charming than the chain that we stayed in in Paris. I was actually a little stressed out about going to the Louvre; we'd spent hours in the Vatican museum in Rome and by the end were on sensory overload, just ready to get out. But we followed Rick Steve's tour from the book (we actually downloaded audio guides onto our iPods, which was awe ...more
Sally Kilpatrick
In the interest of fairness, I did not read this book cover to cover. I did skim it in its entirety before going to Paris. I also referred to it often while planning and again while in Paris. Some things I liked, and some I didn't.

On the plus side, the Book of Steves is absolutely correct about the charm and the accessibility of the Rue Cler area. Loved, loved, loved it. His tips on museums are pretty good, too.

On the down side, his walking tours take longer than the time says, unlike those of
Steven Wells
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently spent a week in Paris and had downloaded the iBook's version to my iPhone and iPad. I found the book invaluable and the ability to read up on sights, museums and orientations, all while standing on a street or on a Metro made travelling much simpler. I confess that at times I missed the sense of adventure of getting lost on the maze of Parisian streets, but overall my experience was greatly enhanced.

I did find some of the links embedded in some of the text broken, but the search funct
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the best guidebook! Rick Steves does an excellent job cutting through the fluff that other travel guides have and gets down to the information you need to know from page one. It feels like you are listening to someone speak to you and explain to you the ins and puts of paris. He hits all the major sites to see and throws in some special local places also. I loved reading thru the walking tours to learn more about each area and site. They are GOLD! Just enough historical background m ...more
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredible! Cindy Mc lent me her 2003 and I had to buy one I could tear pages out of to take with me...yes I do that with travel books and then replace with new edition (which is out late this month).

The Paris is even better than the Steves' Spain. It has very special walks described for each arrondissement. The one for Montmartre takes you around to all the artist's and writer's homes. Unfortunately I spent too much time at Sacre Coeur and did not get to take it. But now I know what I will do n
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I spent 10 days in and around Paris in August 2014 and this guide book was indispensable. The information is well laid out, easy to read, easy to follow. It's more than just dry information, there's also detailed notes, mini art and history lessons, and helpful maps. And there are puns. OMG THE PUNS. I really wasn't expecting humor in a guidebook!

The book provides several walking tours for museums/monuments and neighborhoods. The tours can be followed by themselves or used as the starting point
Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Without a doubt, this is the most informative book I have read to prepare for my upcoming trip to Paris. Rick Steves provides detailed walking tours through several Parisian neighborhoods and gives a lot of detail about works of art in many Paris museums, including the Louvre, Orsay, and Pompidou Center. His hotel and restaurant recommendations are more moderately-priced than those found in Frommers or Fodors and are mostly located in Rue Cler and Marais, quieter areas that may appeal more to mi ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic guide to Paris. There are many museums and historical sites to visit there, however, Rick provides a great list of markets, streets and neighborhoods to see. Each neighborhood and street had its own personality and quirks that I loved, it made me experience Paris through a local's experience by walking in these areas. When I ventured out to the Père Lachaise cemetery and followed Rick's guide, although overall it was helpful and guided me to the main tombstones but the map was a bit co ...more
This was a great overview of Paris. I think I disagree with Mr. Steves on food but I found most of his information accurate and helpful. He did make me totally paranoid about picpockets. It wasn't as bad as he said it would be but I can think of at least 3 times when someone tried to scam us and we were able to avoid and protect ourselves. Basic rule of thumb, don't talk to strangers on the street or surrounding tourist attractions. I was amazed at how often I saw other Americans strutting aroun ...more
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I bought the Kindle version and just carried it around on my phone. It was so easy to quickly navigate through the chapters and to search for keywords. And I didn't look like a tourist...just a person addicted to her iPhone. ;)

I highly recommend googling Rick Steves' free audio tours as well. You can download them all to your phone and basically have a free tour guide to all the major sights. I love you, Rick Steves. <3

The only thing that could've made this book better is if it coul
Aug 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn't love a book about Paris? If you're one of them, WHY?!! This is a travel book for people planning on visiting the "City of Lights." Or you might like to read it just in case you go to Paris some day. Either way, Rick Steve's shares my travel philosophy (but not my marijuana philosphy)and when I took my first backpacking trip through Europe at the age of 21, his book was my travel bible. Don't worry, I had a real bible too. He's funny, sarcastic, can see the genuine and help you avoid ...more
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Richard "Rick" Steves is an American author and television personality on European travel. He is the host of a public television series, and a public radio travel show, and the author of many travel guidebooks and autobiographies.
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