100 Places In France Every Woman Should Go by Marcia DeSanctis
Paperback: 420 pages
Publisher: Travelers’ Tales (November 11, 2014)
Told in a series of stylish, original essays, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is for the serious Francophile, for the woman dreaming of a trip to Paris, and for 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 when flying to Paris.
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’ 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.
This book is a must have for anyone planning on visiting France. It read like the author is talking to you in person, which makes it so easy to follow. Since I’ve always wanted to tour France, this book is one I’ll keep, and read random chapters from time to time.
I can’t list all the things I’d like to, but I can tell you a few in the book that interested me the most. My favorite was Chapter 79, For All The Ships At Sea…The Lighthouses Of Finistere, Brittany. This chapter was amazing to me because I love lighthouses. I love visiting them and collecting them, learning about them. And through this chapter I learned a lot. One of the things I learned was the French name for them, which is phares. The author made so many statements that I’d never thought of before, and that made me spend a lot of time mulling over different things I’d read. One in particular was that a lighthouse embodies a distinct poetry of the human spirit. For a lighthouse lover and collector like me, that sentence really touched me, because for me it’s so true, but I’d never thought of it like that before. I also learned that in Brittany’s Finistere department in the westernmost edge of France, there are twenty nine lighthouses. WOW! That would be an amazing place for me to tour!
Another favorite sections were about the food. It seems the food in France is a bit different than it is here in the U.S. It all sounds so yummy, and the dining experiences there are much different than what I’m used to here! Hopefully one day I’ll get to sample it.
If you have an interest in France at all, whether you’ve already been there or want to go, get this book. It has a variety of information of where to go and what to do, I’m sure you’d find a lot that would interest you.
Thanks so much to the author and Emma @ France Book Tours for sending me a copy of this book!
She has written essays and articles for numerous publications including Vogue, Marie Claire, Town & Country, O the Oprah Magazine, Departures, and The New York Times Magazine.
Her essays have been widely anthologized and she is the recipient of three Lowell Thomas Awards for excellence in travel journalism,
as well as a Solas Award for best travel writing.
She holds a degree from Princeton University in Slavic Languages and Literature and a Masters in Foreign Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
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