|The French tyre maker Michelin
started publishing its guides to stimulate its clients to travel and, therefore, buy more
That was when cars were few and far between.
Since then, the guides have evolved, but are all characterized by
their extreme concision, simple layout and exhaustive coverage of France. Also, very
important, it says in detail "how to get there" if you travel by car.
I own many of these guides and, although not quite sufficient if
you look for detailed information, they are just fine if you want to travel without
missing the main sights and locations.
Also, Michelin road maps are, in my view
the best around. Somehow, they are easier to read and make it simpler to plan your trip
than most of the other maps around.
The Green Guides cover locations, while the Red Guides cover
restaurants and hotels. If you travel in France, it's worth investing in a Red Guide, as
it may be surprisingly difficult to find a decent restaurant. In a country boasting the
best cuisine in the world, you can easily end up in a lousy and expensive restaurant, if
you don't know where to go. To a large extent the same applies to Italy, as well.