Half the fun of going on a big holiday in Europe is the planning. Coming all the way from Australia I don't want to miss a thing so for this trip I have bought numerous books and looked up numerous blogs as well as using Trip advisor extensively. The forums on www.tripadvisor.com are fantastic and at times I feel overwhelmed at all the information there is to read.
My greatest fear is to come home and realise I have missed something.(I'm a FOMO when it comes to travel).
My new favourite book is PARIS - A guide to the city's creative Heart by Janelle McCulloch. This goes step by step through each arrondissment and has the most amazing photographs. It makes me realise how much I actually did miss out on last time I was in Paris 3 years ago.
Half the book is dedicated to "strolls through Paris", the next half is a Paris Handbook - inspiring shops, cafes , museums and more. I bought it at Dymocks in the city for $49.95 - worth every cent.
Other books I am using for our trip:
London - Insight Guides
Backroads of france - DK Eyewitness travel - 24 leisurely drives.
Discover France - Lonely Planet
Dordogne, Bordeaux and the southwest coast - DK Eyewitness travel.
Discover spain - Lonely Planet.
Barcelona - Encounter by Lonely Planet.
City walks of Paris - 50 adventures on foot.
Best drives in france - AA - 25 car tours.
France - DK Eyewitness travel.
One hundred & one beautiful towns in France -food and wine (more a lovely coffee table book really)
and one I just got yesterday that i haven't had much of a look at yet and at first look i didnt' really like it but upon further inspection it's going to be so good -
Paris City guide by Lonely Planet.
Madrid - DK Eyewitness travel
Websites and blogs:
About.com - About travel
http://uk.franceguide.com/ (click on different regions)