Fodor's upCLOSE Paris"Good writing and a sassy attitude." -- Chicago Sun-Times
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"Takes you places locals love and tourists don't know about." -- American Way magazine
"Perfect for finding bargains." -- Shape magazine
Designed for people who want to travel well and spend less: With candid reviews and a fresh outlook, Fodor's upCLOSE points the way to authentic experiences that will take you away from the crowds and close to the culture -- without having to spend a fortune.
Great places to stay that don't cost a fortune -- From top-floor garrets and family-run inns to hostels and foyers in medieval palaces and 18th-century houses.
The best places to eat, drink, and play with the locals -- From bistros and brasseries to film, festivals, cabaret, concerts, theaters, and bars.
On-the-money insights into local culture, history, and sights.
Great side trips and adventures beyond the obvious
Packed with savvy tips and practical information -- From airfare deals to tips on losing the crowds.
Clear, readable maps
Stay in a turn-of-the-century hotel. Try a hostel. Shop for a picnic. Have lunch on a hilltop park bench. Take the métro. Prowl the flea markets. Go up the Eiffel Tower. Memorize the symphony of the streets. And if you want to experience the heart and soul of Paris, whatever you do, don't spend too much money.
The deep and rich experience of Paris that every true traveler yearns for is one of the things in life that money can't buy. In fact, if you have it, don't use it. Traveling lavishly is the surest way to turn yourself into a sideline traveler. Restaurants with white-glove service are great -- sometimes -- but they're usually not the best place to find the perfect pâté. Doormen at plush hotels have their place, but not when your look-alike room could be anywhere from Düsseldorf to Detroit. Better to stay in a more intimate place that truly gives you the atmosphere you traveled so far to experience. Don't just stand and watch -- jump into the spirit of what's around you.
If you want to see Paris up close and savor the essence of the city and its people in all their charming, stylish, sometimes infuriatingly arrogant glory, this book is for you. We'll show you the local culture, the offbeat sights, the bars and cafés where tourists rarely tread, and small, family-run hotels and other hostelries where you'll meet fellow travelers -- places where the locals would send their friends. And because you'll probably want to see the famous places if you haven't already been there, we give you tips on losing the crowds, plus the quirky and obscure facts you want as well as the basics everyone needs.
Who are we? We're artists and poets, slackers and straight arrows, and travel writers and journalists, who in our less hedonistic moments report on local news and spin out an occasional opinion piece. What we share is a certain footloose spirit and a passion for the City of Light, which we celebrate in this guidebook. Shamelessly, we've revealed all of our favorite places and our deepest, darkest travel secrets, all so that you can learn from our past mistakes and experience the best part of Paris to the fullest.
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