DK Eyewitness Travel Top 10 series offers invaluable guides that are easy to fit in your carry on. I used the Paris guide a month ago on my latest adventure and it proved helpful and extremely readable. Its the kind of book you can open to any page and find something of interest like Top 10 Cafe's & Bars, 'Off the Beaten Track', or 'Paris for Free'.
It begins with the Top 10 Paris Highlights, and though everyone seems to have differing opinions about what must be done in Paris, their list is comprehensive, and the top four, at least, are must-see's: Musee du Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, Notre-Dame, and the Eiffel Tower. They then mention the top 10 things to see at each, which seems like another big task - especially to chose ten of the Louvre's 35,000 pieces of the world's best art! Still, it does give you a starting point in what some people find a completely overwhelming (yet staggeringly beautiful) museum collection.
One part of the guide that could be extremely helpful is the 'area by area' section where many of the main neighborhoods are again broken down into their own top 10's, so if you're staying in the Marais, for instance, it will give you the top 10 sights there as well as a walking tour and ten places to eat, mansions, shops, galleries, etc.
My husband was quite impressed with this book as well and it was great for his limited attention span (for travel – for sports its unlimited!).
This series is being relaunched on multiple destinations – many famous cities like NY, Rome & Rio and some small countries like Iceland. The books all have pull-out maps which was one of my favorite features and will certainly come in handy when you're in another country and your network coverage is not as comprehensive as you would have wished. I'm hoping to try out the Iceland guide next.
Top 10 Paris, Mike Gerrard & Donna Dailey, DK Eyewitness Travel, 2016, $14, www.traveldk.com