An insider's tour of dozens of France's top-voted scenic and beloved villages shares insight into regional village life and history and is complemented by local interviews and aerial photography.
Author: Stéphane Bern
Publisher: Flammarion-Pere Castor
Told in a series of stylish, original essays, New York Times travel bestseller 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is for the serious Francophile, the woman dreaming of a trip to Paris, and those who love crisp stories well told. Like all great travel writing, this volume goes beyond the guidebook and offers insight not only about where to go but why to go there. Combining advice, memoir and meditations on the glories of traveling through France, this book is the must-have in your carry-on. Award-winning writer Marcia DeSanctis draws on years of travels and living in France to lead you through vineyards, architectural treasures, fabled gardens and contemplative hikes from Biarritz to Deauville, Antibes to the French Alps. These 100 entries capture art, history, food, fresh air and style and along the way, she tells the stories of fascinating women who changed the country’s destiny. Ride a white horse in the Camargue, find Paris’s hidden museums, try thalassotherapy in St. Malo, and buy raspberries at Nice’s Cour Saleya market. From sexy to literary, spiritual to simply gorgeous, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is an indispensable companion for the smart and curious traveler to France.
Author: Marcia DeSanctis
Publisher: Travelers' Tales
A lavishly illustrated survey includes coverage of the regional centers of Arles and UzFd, the antique markets of L'Isle-sur-la-Sourge, the Riviera resort of HyFres, the mountainous Saint-Martin-VTsubie, coastal and Italianate Menton, and perfume capital Grasse. 20,000 first printing. BOMC.
Author: Helena Attlee,Alex Ramsay
Draw inspiration from the country s rich floral diversity in this vibrant tour through France s private gardens from the rustic hamlets of Burgundy to the mountainous Alpes to the island paradise of Corsica. From the verdant farmlands of Normandy to the tropical oasis of the Mediterranean coast, or from the rolling fields of poppies in Provence to the azalea bushes of the Loire Valley, gardens abound in France. Featuring the full range of garden design styles traditional French, English, Italian, and Japanese; botanical or romantic; rock or cactus; country or contemporary this unique tour of France through forty-four private gardens draws upon the country s extraordinarily rich biodiversity and offers manifold ideas for the home gardener. With their singular passion, the gardeners featured here share tips and visual inspiration from the post-impressionist painter who created his own Giverny-inspired water lily garden to the couple who transformed an abandoned seventeenth-century farm into a garden wonderland with regal topiaries. A medieval garden still flourishes with medicinal, aromatic, and tinctorial plants. Wisteria-laden archways add romance while French boxwood plantings add charm with formal symmetry. The incredible diversity of plants that thrive in France honeysuckle to aloe, peonies to irises, maples to cedars, wild herbs to cacti, dahlias to rhododendrons, hydrangeas to roses offer inspiration for gardeners everywhere.The book is completed with a list of addresses for organizing a visit to the featured gardens."
Author: Stephane Bern
Publisher: Flammarion-Pere Castor
Explores the open-air markets of Provence, and includes recipes for Provencal-inspired dishes
A Culinary Tour of Southern France
Author: Dixon Long,Ruthanne Long
Publisher: Harper Collins
A color-coded tour of the southern France region celebrates the rich tapestry of its landscapes and visitor sites, sharing insider information on where to find top-recommended fabrics, antiques, and gourmet ingredients.
Traditions, Recipes, and Home Decorations from the South of France
Author: Michel Biehn,Heinz Angermayr,Rosanna M. Giammanco Fongia
Everything you need to see the best of France by car 25 distinctive itineraries with full color maps and photographs Highlights of scenic routes, special events, and travelling with children Easy-to-use map at the beginning of each tour Divided into 6 regions with 3-5 tours in each which start and finish in major towns and cities considered to be the best for exploration Regions include: Normandy and Brittany; the Loire & central France; Dordogne & southwest France; the south of France; the Alps to Alsace; the North, Burgundy & Champagne
Author: British Auto Association
Author: William Stearns Davis
This is the perfect companion for exploring the hidden, tranquil corners that form the rural heart of France.
Charming Villages & Country Tours
Author: Helen Douglas-Cooper,Barbara Mellor,Automobile Association (Great Britain)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Discover the magic of Luxembourg with this homage to the country's rich history, diverse culture, and beautiful landscapes. Steeped in history, the small baroque country of Luxembourg is one of the few remaining hidden treasures of Europe. With a 1,000-year-old heritage, including the old city fortifications and ruins that are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this landlocked nation--best known as a center for banking and telecommunications--offers a surprisingly rich diversity of natural wonders. This volume leads the reader through Luxembourg's picturesque countryside, unveiling the nation's fascinating history, culture, and geography, and includes a detailed guide to the best cultural, gastronomic, and historical experiences, along with an agenda of annual events and festivities.
Author: Stéphane Bern,Guillaume de Laubier
A celebration of one of the most rich and varied landscapes in Europe, here are thirty-six villages and towns from all over Tuscany chosen both for their intrinsic beauty and for the part they have played in Tuscan history.
Author: James Bentley,Hugh Palmer
A place apart, a land of outstanding beauty and distinction, Provence is nothing less than an earthly paradise.
Author: Michael Jacobs,Hugh Palmer
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Describes an American couple's purchase and renovation of a house in the French village of La Montagne Noire, as they deal with the mishaps of their reconstruction and the charms of life in the French countryside.
Rediscovering the Art of Living in the Heart of France
Author: Ken McAdams
Publisher: Moyer Bell Limited
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own? Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself. Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's lives. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Nina George
Publisher: Broadway Books
Just when life seemed its darkest, Samantha found happiness—Pascal, and his 10-year-old son, and the rigors of country life—in an unexpected trip to FranceWhen Samantha Brick's life started to unravel—her company in liquidation, homeless, penniless, and friendless, and on max-strength anti-depressants—it seemed that everything was going wrong. But a chance week away in France led to the most unexpected of all turn-arounds: a whirlwind romance with gun-toting, stubborn, and ever-so-macho Pascal. It wasn't until she moved in to his cottage in the beautiful Lot region in southwest France that she realized how shamefully ill-equipped she was for the country life. Like Cinderella in reverse, Samantha had to learn to cook, clean, chop wood, and keep house, as well as discovering how to be a stepmother to Pascal's know-it-all 10-year-old son, and finding love and happiness along the way.
Falling in Love in the Lot
Author: Samantha Brick
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Depicts small towns throughout Italy that are off the beaten path, discussing art, architecture, and traditional artisans.
Author: Paolo Lazzarin
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
Packed full of French flavour and idyllic settings this is a romantic, heart-warming and unputdownable new novel about life and love, perfect for anyone who loves Milly Johnson, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson. Suddenly unemployed and single, Anna escapes to her parents' beautiful house in France for a much needed recharge – and to work out what she wants to do next with her life now her carefully mapped out plan has gone out the window. Anna gives herself 6 months to recuperate, all the while helping renovate her parents' adjoining gites into picturesque B&Bs. But working alongside the ruggedly handsome Sam on the renovation project, she didn't expect for life to take an unexpected, if not unwelcome, twist... 'I adored this book. A wonderful escapist read ... For me, it's a 5 star read!' Katherine, Katherine's Book Universe. 'I adored this beautifully written tale. The score is a well deserved and easy 5* out of 5*' Ginger Book Geek. 'This book gives you all the feels. It'll make you want to move to France and start a new life ... Lucy Coleman has a way of writing where it feels like you're actually there standing beside Anna and you mentally really feel involved in the story' Stacey, The Cosiest Corner.
A heartwarming feel-good romance, full of sunshine and new beginnings
Author: Lucy Coleman
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd
From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Train in Winter comes the absorbing story of a French village that helped save thousands hunted by the Gestapo during World War II—told in full for the first time. Le Chambon-sur-Lignon is a small village of scattered houses high in the mountains of the Ardèche, one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Eastern France. During the Second World War, the inhabitants of this tiny mountain village and its parishes saved thousands wanted by the Gestapo: resisters, freemasons, communists, OSS and SOE agents, and Jews. Many of those they protected were orphaned children and babies whose parents had been deported to concentration camps. With unprecedented access to newly opened archives in France, Britain, and Germany, and interviews with some of the villagers from the period who are still alive, Caroline Moorehead paints an inspiring portrait of courage and determination: of what was accomplished when a small group of people banded together to oppose their Nazi occupiers. A thrilling and atmospheric tale of silence and complicity, Village of Secrets reveals how every one of the inhabitants of Chambon remained silent in a country infamous for collaboration. Yet it is also a story about mythmaking, and the fallibility of memory. A major contribution to WWII history, illustrated with black-and-white photos, Village of Secrets sets the record straight about the events in Chambon, and pays tribute to a group of heroic individuals, most of them women, for whom saving others became more important than their own lives.
Defying the Nazis in Vichy France
Author: Caroline Moorehead
Publisher: Harper Collins
The first installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno. Meet Benoît Courrèges, aka Bruno, a policeman in a small village in the South of France. He’s a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes all that. Now Bruno must balance his beloved routines—living in his restored shepherd’s cottage, shopping at the local market, drinking wine, strolling the countryside—with a politically delicate investigation. He’s paired with a young policewoman from Paris and the two suspect anti-immigrant militants. As they learn more about the dead man’s past, Bruno’s suspicions turn toward a more complex motive. "Enjoyable.... Martin Walker plots with the same finesse with which Bruno can whip up a truffle omelette, and both have a clear appreciation for a life tied to the land." —The Christian Science Monitor "A nice literary pairing with the slow-food movement.... [It is] lovely...to linger at the table." —Entertainment Weekly "A wonderfully crafted novel as satisfying as a French pastry but with none of the guilt or calories." —Tuscon Citizen's Journal
A Mystery of the French Countryside
Author: Martin Walker