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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 and anyone who loves crisp stories well told. Like all great travel writing, this collection of 100 stories about 100 places 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 for anyonewoman or manvoyaging to or just dreaming of France.
Award-winning writer Marcia DeSanctis draws on years of travels and life 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, beaches, wine, and style and along the way, she tells the stories of many fascinating women who changed the country’s destiny. Ride a white horse in the Camargue, seek iconic paintings of women in Paris, try thalassotherapy in St. Malo, shop for raspberries at Nice’s Cour Saleya marketthese and 96 other pleasures are rendered with singular style. The stories are sexy, literary, spiritual, profound, and overall, simply gorgeous. 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is an indispensable companion for the smart and curious love of France.
|Publisher:||Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated|
|Series:||100 Places Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
Marcia DeSanctis is a former television news producer who has worked for Barbara Walters, ABC, CBS, and NBC News. She contributes to Vogue and Town & Country magazines about health, wellness, and beauty. Her essays, articles, and stories have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Tin House, Creative Nonfiction, The Coachella Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Roads and Kingdoms, The Sunday Telegraph, Architectural Digest, O the Oprah Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, More, BBC Travel, Yahoo Travel, Entropy, Off Assignment, and many others. Her travel essays have been widely anthologized, including five consecutive years in The Best Women's Travel Writing and four in The Best Travel Writing . She is the recipient of five Lowell Thomas Awards for excellence in travel journalism, including Travel Journalist of the Year for her essays from Rwanda, Morocco, Russia, Haiti, and France, and a Solas Award for Best Travel Writing. She holds a degree from Princeton University in Slavic Languages and Literature as well as a Masters in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She lived and worked for several years in Paris and travels as much as possible to France.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An Inspiring, Fun, Eloquent Book from Cover-to-Cover Spain is my foreign obsession. So imagine my surprise when 100 Places in France not only grabbed my attention and kept me reading, but actually got me excited about planning a trip to the South of France to hike, visit the perfume capital of France, and spend a few days in quiet retreat at a monastery just off the coast of Cannes. No matter if I can’t find it in my schedule and budget to actually make the trip; it is a joy in itself to be moved and inspired by great travel writing. And that’s what you have in 100 Places in France from cover-to-cover. The writing is superb throughout. Not a weak link among the 100 essays, which speaks to how much effort and care DeSanctis must have put into writing this book. I loved the varying tones of the pieces and found that added depth and balance to the work as a whole. The book also gets high marks for its rich descriptive detail and readability, two features that often don’t go hand in hand. I was also amazed at how consistently the book piqued my curiosity about the people, places, and events I was reading about, something that will definitely appeal to curious readers who love to learn (whether Francophiles or not). Of course, the book is a must-read for anyone who knows and loves France, especially those who appreciate great style in any form. These readers will love how perfectly DeSanctis captures French essence and how excited she is about sharing her passion for France. But I think it would also appeal to people who are curious about France but haven’t made it there yet. Guys included, despite the title! My verdict: Highly recommended. A smart, fun, captivating book. A keeper. A great gift book. One that fell into my hands by accident and totally won me over. Thank you, Marcia DeSanctis, for writing this unique and wonderful book!
THE companion book for your next trip to France. Rich with unique advice and achingly beautiful descriptions of France in all its diversity, 100 Places In France Every Woman Should Go is honestly THE companion book you have to purchase for your next trip to France, or to help you dream before you can go. Touristic guide books on France abound, but once you have seen one, you have basically seen them all. 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is absolutely unique. I have cherished each of its 100 vignettes and will rely on its great ideas and advice for my next trip to France, or in the mean time to nourish my dreams before I can afford my next plane ticket. So why is this book so good? First, each of the 100 sections are only a few pages long, introduced by a title, a subtitle detailing what it is about, and the specific location. The first 25 presentations are about Paris, the rest covers the rest of France in all its rich diversity, including some of its islands –Corsica is #100. The style is of literary essays more than cheap guide books: the very vivid descriptions combine great data, on French history for instance, with personal reflections (the author has been numerous times to France and even lived there several years). Some passages are simply achingly beautiful, as they so make want you to be there and experience the place by yourself. In #8, she has an amazing evocation of a music concert in La Sainte-Chapelle. Thanks to her experience, the author gives great advice (the most important one I think: be spontaneous!), some tips even (how to visit Versailles while avoiding the maddening crowds), short lists of recommended places based on what she loves most, from restaurants to lingerie shops, museums, 6 of her most favorite spectacular gardens, etc. DeSanctis even shares some healthy wisdom gained through experiencing this country. And if you have ever been to Aix-en-Provence, you have to recognize how spot on she is. If you have never been there, add it to your list. Even though I am French myself, I have learned quite a few things on history, culture, and food (I really knew nothing about the way of chocolate from Mexico to France, via Spain and Portugal)! And I have a list of great book recommendations quoted along! It’s about history (from rock statues dating back to 4,500 B.C. to things introduced these past 10 years), cemeteries, cathedrals, castles, saints; art, artists, architecture, painting, sculpture, cinema, authors, scientists (Marie Curie invented radiation therapy); food, wine, champagne, cider, eau-de-vie, absinthe bars (allowed again in France in 2011), chocolate, bread, cheese, cooking classes, restaurants; shopping, flea markets, lingerie (did you know a French woman introduced the bra in 1889?), perfume (she shares her experience at creating her own perfume with a professional perfumer –there are all kinds of fascinating and original workshops like this available in France); the sea, the ocean, surf, beaches, lighthouses, islands, lakes, pools, spas, aquabiking, thalassotherapy, hikes, mountains, ski resorts; and flowers, gardens, parks, and the category of the Official Most Beautiful Villages of France. Men will enjoy it just as much as women. There are no color pictures included, like all the other books I am familiar with published by the famous Travelers’ Tales, but the descriptions are so well done that thanks to them, you will be able to create the most beautiful color pictures in your mind.