There are a bunch to choose from, for major European cities that are popular such as Paris, I like the Eyewitness Guides even though it is rather heavy to carry around. But it has glorious pictures and major attractions have diagrams so you can find the important stuff.
I bought a Cadogan guide for our recent trip and it had some interesting information written up very nicely.
I also brought a Michelin Green Guide on our recent trip, found at least one date error and several other things that didn't sound quite right.
I LOVE the Streetwise Paris laminated map, we carried it with us throughout Paris, it has landmarks, metro stations and RER stations all clearly marked and a listing of street names with coordinates. And it's laminated so if it's wet, your map stays dry even if you don't :-)
Buy The OFFICIEL DES SPECTACLES (0,35€) or UNE SEMAINE DE PARIS PARISCOPE ( 0,40 €) in any news agent. The second one has some pages in English.
You will find all the attractions of Paris and out Paris : museums, theaters, music halls, movies, restaurants (short guide on this matter), tours, bateaux mouches (boats on the Seine), monuments .
These magazines are updated and published each Wednesday.
Fondest memory: In the Offices de Tourisme (Visitor Centers) there are a free guide : TIME OUT issued each quarter. The tips are advertisements.
Favorite thing: You should buy the 'Pariscope' as soon as you arrive in Paris ou you could check it on the internet (www.pariscope.fr). It's a weekly guide that you buy at any newstand and it lists all cultural activities of the week. This way, you can plan your visits to temporary exhibitions and your evenings.
Favorite thing: If you are planning on staying in Paris for a long period of time, and you need housing, aplliances, used furniture, a job, etc etc... You can check the English speaking community classified ads magazine called FUSAC (France USA Contatcs), available for free in many pubs, or on-line at www.fusac.fr
Favorite thing: be a tourist! just buy a giude book and spend a week doing everything. besides seeing the obvious sites like the eiffel tower and notre dame, see the pantheon and explore the crypte: they have lots of cool dead people like voltaire. and also go to les invalides and find napoleon's horse.
have a really good guide book: Well, I think that the green Guide Michelin are the very best for France, you can get one for whole France and many of these more or less detailed.
They cost about 75 Francs (in tourist places a bit more) what is quite cheap compared to others and they are much better, very well structured, no fake info inside (what is not so seldom), good pics, good tips ...
This is the city map scanned from the Guide Michelin Paris
superb website to give you an idea of what you want to see.
Fondest memory: Walking in Paris is such a pleasure, very few city in the world offers this privilege.
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