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Mediterranean France arouses the senses with its heady cocktail of light and color, and the Cadogan guide serves it up with verve. It's all here: the arty, chic Riviera, sunny Provencal villages perches, the serene Canal du Midi, dramatic Roman ruins, cloud-topped Cathar castles, the mysterious Camargue with its white horses, Catalan southern Roussillon, and the sublime landscapes that inspired Van Gogh and Cezanne, Dufy and Matisse - all scented by a sun-warmed bouquet of lavender, violet, mimosa, lemon and wine. Dynamic cities such as Nice, Marseille, Nimes, Montpellier and Perpignan contrast with the serenity of rural Herault, with mountain wildernesses and national parks, and there are markets to explore and restaurants to rival Paris's finest.
Inside you will find:
* Practical travel advice
* Over 600 hotels, chambres d'hote and auberges
* Over 450 restaurants, bars, brasseries and cafes
* 60 maps and town plans
* color touring-map section
* stunning color photography
* regional wines: where to taste and where to buy
From the Alps to the Pyrenees, there's something for every taste: relics and monuments of a past that goes back a million years; medieval villages, some all but abandoned Brigadoons and others immaculately restored; world-class collections of art; mountain wildernesses and national parks; lively music and theatre festivals; ski resorts and wine roads; casinos and nightclubs; superb markets, and restaurants that rival Paris' finest.
Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls have written over forty books for Cadogan Guides. They have lived all over Europe and are currently ensconced in an old farmhouse in southwestern France.
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