From the horizontal drama of the Atlantic coast in the west to the high drama of the Alps in the east, from Gothic cathedrals, chateaux and First World War battlefields in the north to decorated caves, hilltop villages and lavender fields in the south, Cadogan France guides you with passion and verve to the high spots of this magnificently varied country, and to its most delectable secret corners. Among amazing new sights, visit explosive Vulcania in Auvergne, the Cite de la Mer in Normandy, or Paris' latest art museum. Seek out hidden treasures in the peaceful Perche, the forgotten Forez, along the Jura wine and salt routes or up in the prealpine ranges. This being France, a plethora of fine vineyards, charming restaurants and hand-picked hotels are all on the Cadogan menu.
Inside you will find: practical travel advice; over 1,250 hotels, auberges and chambers d'hotes; over 800 restaurants, cafes, brasseries and bars; 80 maps and town plans; color touring-map section; stunning color photography; chateau tours, vineyard visits, best beaches and mountain activities.
About the Author
Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls are passionate about Europe and have written over 30 books for Cadogan, including several in the France series. They have lived all over Europe, but are currently settled in an idyllic farmhouse surrounded by vineyards in the Lot Valley, France.
Philippe Barbour is half Breton and has many happy memories of summers spent in France. He studied French and German literature at university and has written several guides for Cadogan's France series. When he's not in his beloved France, home is London.
Read an Excerpt
'France, after all, was born with every grace geography could bestow. Three distinct climates (Mediterranean, Atlantic and Continental), abundant rivers and springs, rich plains and sunlit hills, make it the most fertile country in Europe, producing the wherewithal for its legendary cuisine as well as the world's most famous wines. On these lovely landscapes, wealth and talent have left an artistic legacy second only to Italy's, with a prehistoric head-start in the painted caves of the Dordogne and the Neolithic stone alignments of Brittany.'
Table of Contents
1) France: a photo essay; (2) Introduction; (3) History; (4) Culture; (5) Topics; (6) Travel; (7) Practical A-Z; (8) Paris and the Ile de France; (9) Normandy; (10) Brittany; (11) Loire Valley; (12) Atlantic Coast; (13) The Southwest; (14) Gascony, the Basque Lands and the Pyrenees; (15) The North; (16) The Northeast; (17) Burgundy; (18) The Rhône Valley and the Auvergne; (19) The Alps and the Jura; (20) Provence and the Côte d'Azur; (21) Languedoc-Roussillon; (22) Reference; (23) Index; (24) Color Maps