THE BOOK! AKA How Fodor's Got My Family Through France!
June 27, 2013
I recently went to France on vacation with my family. It was absolutely amazing! We rented a car and drove for almost 3 weeks seeing everything! We stayed 5 days in Paris, so as you can imagine we needed help while in country. We needed something to give us an idea of what was happening, where to go, where to stay, and what to eat as we traversed the foreign land. To make all of this happen, we used Fodor's Guide to France 2013. It was the best help!
They give a regional break down of the various cities of interest as you would travel across France. It highlights many cool things to see or do in each area/town with a nice description that really gives a good feel for what the event or area will contain. It covered all the Parisian 'burrows,' as well as lots of the tiny towns scattered through the country. We actually chose our champagne tour because Fodor's said it had the best museum guide! And, I must say it, was amazingly comprehensive and informative! We even got to see the bottling plant!
It also provided some good ideas for lodging in various price ranges. We stuck to the one dollar (cheap!) ones and they were all cute mom-and-pop establishments. I am sure the more expensive places would have been simply amazing, but we were constantly charmed by the quaint feel for the hotels we traversed. We even stayed in one that had been a hotel since 1865! Everyone was courteous and most of the behind the counter staff were at least as competent in English as we were in French! The Fodor's book would give pros and cons for each place so we knew before hand when parking would be tight, when wifi (pronounced wee-fee) was spotty, and when a great restaurant was attached to the hotel (with price ranges), or if the views and rooms were particularly charming! We became so dependent on it's vast information that at every meal we would ask for 'THE BOOK' to see where we were headed and what was available.
There was only one city we visited that was not present in The Book and we felt maybe should have been represented. We went to Orange where there was an amazing ruin of a Roman theatre and the ancestral seat of the Dutch Royal Family, the Oranges! We ate in a fabulous restaurant, La Sangria, and stayed in a total French speaking hotel that was absolutely wonderfully decorated! But, this one oversight was small potatoes to the amazing trip around France Fodor's provided us. Handy maps included! If you ever decide to rent a car in a foreign country I would certainly suggest you check out a Fodor's and take it with you! Well, I would first suggest you take a few crash course on the language and cultural habits of the country, but then I would get a Fodor's and have a great adventure!
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