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Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France

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Road trip: those are still the two most inspiring words to vagabonds and couch potatoes alike; after all, the great American spirit was forged by road trippers from the Pilgrims to Lewis and Clark to the Dharma Bums. Le Road Trip combines the appeal of the iconic American quest with France's irresistible allure, offering readers a totally new perspective of life on the road.

Le Road Trip tells the story of one idyllic French honeymoon trip, but it is also a witty handbook of ...

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Overview

Road trip: those are still the two most inspiring words to vagabonds and couch potatoes alike; after all, the great American spirit was forged by road trippers from the Pilgrims to Lewis and Clark to the Dharma Bums. Le Road Trip combines the appeal of the iconic American quest with France's irresistible allure, offering readers a totally new perspective of life on the road.

Le Road Trip tells the story of one idyllic French honeymoon trip, but it is also a witty handbook of tips and advice on how to thrive as a traveler, a captivating visual record with hundreds of watercolor illustrations, and a chronicle depicting the incomparable charms of being footloose in France. Armchair travelers, die-hard vagabonds, art journalists, and red wine drinkers will all find something to savor in this story.

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If the traditional travel guide provides security with its objective detail, organizational structure, predictable outline, and recommendations-by-committee, Swift (When Wanderers Cease To Roam) charms by doing just the opposite. With honesty, whimsy, and subjectivity, she writes in a lively and authentic manner about traveling in her beloved France. She achieves this with her loose, stream-of-thought, anecdotal, and episodic style but especially through her drawings. Everything is covered—nightscapes, a bread guide, gardens, storefronts, a "what to pack" list, Cancale oysters, Bordeaux grapes, statues—with the spontaneity of a café session sketch that nearly belies its elegant detail and accuracy. They seem at once in-the-moment and a commentary on it. VERDICT Swift's narrative feels like a vacation. It's interested in the history of bridges and cheese and wine, takes notice of room decor and the contrasting tones of village streets at dusk and dawn, and wonders about (what must be) a town's laundry day and neighborhood cats. A fun, funny, and wonderful experience; highly recommended.—Ben Malczewski, Ypsilanti Dist. Lib., MI
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Franco-fanatics, listen up! Part travel memoir (of Swift's honeymoon), part tips'n'tactics for road tripping through France, part illustrated volume featuring hundreds of the author's watercolors, this could be almost like being in France. By the author of the well-liked When Wanderers Cease To Roam.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608195329
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 175,565
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Vivian Swift, author of When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put, is a freelance writer and former assistant vice president of Christie's Inc. When not traveling, she lives on the Long Island Sound with her husband.

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  • Posted February 9, 2013

    I spotted this book and noticed it wasn't a typical travel read.

    I spotted this book and noticed it wasn't a typical travel read.  The watercolor illustrations are beautiful and take in detail that many might not bother with.
    The writing is fun and funny and oh so true!  I have delighted in Ms. Swift's descriptions of places to see, to notice and to take time with.
    I have always objected to being a loud American tourist, and I delight in her reparte with the French.  The descriptions of how they got to places
    the good, the bad and the ridiculous, is just what someone likes me wants to read about.  Being a normal person, travelling in France, eating
    great food and drinking wonderful wine with other regular people that just happen to be French.  I loved this book.

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    Posted April 11, 2012

    Enchanting - you will read it again and again

    This is a memoir set in France. And it is lovely and informative about travel in France. But it could be applied to travel anywhere including where you are right this minute. Swift reminds the reader of how precious amd important every moment is. Paying attention to one thing at a time - what you chose to eat, the people around you, sunsets, birdsong. You don't have to be in a foreign county to experience the world. You just have to be present right now. The book is full of beautiful illustrations, you can't possibly take it in all at once. You will read this book over and over again, with pleasure at each new discovery.

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