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100 Places In France Every Woman Should Go by Marcia DeSanctis

Series: 100 Places
Paperback: 420 pages
Publisher: Travelers’ Tales (November 11, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609520823
ISBN-13: 978-1609520823

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!

About The Author
unnamedMarcia DeSanctis is a former television news producer for Barbara Walters, NBC and CBS News.

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.

Visit her website

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Buy the book: Amazon, upcoming on Travelers’ Tales

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  10 Responses to “Review: 100 Places In France Every Woman Should Go by Marcia DeSanctis”

  1. I would love to visit Paris again of course, and I want to spend time in Chartres. I would also like to go to Colmar in Alsace, where some of my ancestors are from. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I have visited France, but it was a very brief trip and there is so much more I would like to see. Paris, Provence, Brittany… the list goes one. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention and for the giveaway!

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  5. thanks for your beautiful review on this most amazing book on France. I cherish every page of it myself! if your readers want to read other happy reviews and an interview of the author, the link is:

  6. Oh my! I loved reading this book. Not only is it about France (100 bonus points) but can this author ever write! Fantastic.

  7. I passed on reading this book because it will be a long time before I am able to go to France but I think I may have to go on and get it for when I get a little closer. It sounds wonderful!

  8. Sounds like a fabulous read, I live here in Aix en Provence, but there is so much more to explore and this sounds like the best kind of alternative guide book, off the beaten path.

  9. This sounds like a book it would have been good to have when I visited France many years ago. I know I missed a lot that I’d love to see but I don’t know if I’ll ever make it back. Ah well; c’est la vie. 🙂

  10. Hallo, Hallo — I am on the blog tour too!

    🙂 I have to agree with you on the side of the food focus — as I highlighted the tea salons on my own book review for this inspiring collection of travel stories! To me, it is more a collection of stories of a traveller than a guidebook of where to visit once your in France. I love how you felt a deep connection to the passage on lighthouses and shared how it transformed into your mind’s eye a direct connection to your own life; as I myself, shared personal connections to what was evoked out of reading 100 Places in France too! 🙂

    I must admit, lighthouses have a clever way of drawing us into their presence because they are a refraction and reflection of light; and who doesn’t appreciate being bathed in light?!

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