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Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer's Tour of France
by Kermit Lynch, Gail Skoff
Listed under Wine
 

Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris
Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris
by Sarah Turnbull
Hardcover from Gotham
 
Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France (Vintage Departures)
Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France (Vintage Departures)
by Peter Mayle
Paperback from Vintage Books USA
 
Eyewitness Travel Guide to France
by Rosemary Bailey (Editor), et al
(Paperback)

Eyewitness Travel Guide to Provence and the Cote d'Azur
by Roger Williams, Deni Bown
(Paperback)

Food Lover's Guide to Paris, 4th edition
by Patricia Wells
(Paperback)

France (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
by Roger Williams, Robin Gauldie
Turtleback from DK Travel

Fodor's France 2010 (Fodor's Gold Guides)
by Fodor's
Paperback from Fodor's
2009-

France (Country Guide)
Paperback from Lonely Planet

Rick Steves' France 2010 with map
by Rick Steves, Steve Smith
Paperback from Avalon Travel Publishing

Frommer's France 2010 (Frommer's Complete)
by Darwin Porter, Danforth Prince
Paperback from Frommers

Graham Watson's Tour de France Travel Guide: The Complete Insider's Guide to the Tour!
by Graham Watson
Paperback from VeloPress

 

Long Ago In France: The Years In Dijon (Destinations)
Long Ago In France: The Years In Dijon (Destinations)
by M.F.K. Fisher
Paperback from Touchstone
From one of the most gifted writers of our time, a nostalgic account of France, replete with fascinating characters and memorable meals. In this very personal reminiscence, readers glimpse beautiful Dijon against the backdrop of between-the-wars Europe through the eyes, heart and stomach of a most wise and articulate woman. 
 
Provence and Cote D'Azur (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
by DK Publishing
Turtleback from DK Travel

One Hundred and One Beautiful Towns in France: Food & Wine (101 Beautiful Small Towns)
by Simonetta Greggio
Hardcover from Rizzoli
2008-

 

A French Affair : The Paris Beat, 1965-1998
A French Affair : The Paris Beat, 1965-1998
by Mary Blume, Ronald Searle (Illustrator)
Even the most dedicated expat rarely manages to completely fit into an adopted foreign culture. It's precisely this quality that allows American Mary Blume to so thoughtfully observe and record Paris, the city that's served as her home for over three decades, though its ways may still mystify her. In A French Affair--a collection of essays published in the International Herald Tribune--the columnist deftly captures the quirks and changes that are visible only to those who live in France, though they may be most interesting to those who don't.
In these commentaries--ranging from the opening of invention conventions to the mire of bureaucracy that accompanies the naming of a street (which may only be named after dead people, preferably deceased for at least 15 years)--Blume unveils the French quest for perfection in a world that's perfectly imperfect because of French design, and how the logic of Descartes's descendents--regarding such points as grammar--is sometimes extreme to the point of being irrational. She captures trends, from the fashionable la ratte potato to the metric system. She records notable moments---the death of a designer, the opening of a charm school for men--and notable people, such as Renoir's jet-setting son and Simone de Beauvoir. Of course, this being a book about France, Blume occasionally delves into food, be it the inner workings of a soup kitchen or the launching of cooking classes taught by royalty. With these witty and insightful short snippets, Blume provides small, crystal-clear windows into true French life--a rare accomplishment from an expatriate or a native. --Melissa Rossi - Amazon.com
Hardcover from Free Press
 
French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew
by Peter Mayle
(Hardcover)

French in 10 Minutes a Day
by Kristine K. Kershul
(Paperback)

The Paris Shopping Companion : A Personal Guide to Shopping in Paris for Every Pocketbook
by Susan S Winkler
(Paperback)
 

Fodors French for Travelers: More Than 3,800 Essential Words and Useful Phrases (Fodors Languages for Travelers (Book  CD))
Fodor's French for Travelers: More Than 3,800 Essential Words and Useful Phrases
(Fodor's Languages for Travelers (Book & CD))
by Fodors
Audio CD from Fodor's Travel Publications
 
French or Foe? : Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France
by Polly Platt, et al
(Paperback)

Frommer's Born to Shop Paris : The Ultimate Guide for Travelers Who Love to Shop (8th Ed)
by Suzy Gershman
(Paperback)

Garden Lover's Guide to France (Garden Lover's Guides)
by Patrick Taylor, Penelope Hobhouse
Listed under World Gardens

The Historic Restaurants of Paris: A Guide to Century-Old Cafes, Bistros, and Gourmet Food Shops
by Ellen Williams
(Hardcover)

Lonely Planet Paris ( 4th Ed)
by Steve Fallon
(Paperback)

Michelin THE GREEN GUIDE Provence, 4e (THE GREEN GUIDE)
by Michelin Staff, Michelin Travel Publications, Michelin Travel Publications
Paperback from Michelin Travel Publications

Michelin the Green Guide: Languedoc, Roussillon, Tarn Gorges (English, 3rd Ed)
by Michelin Travel Publications
Paperback from Michelin Travel Publications

Michelin the Green Guide Normandy: Channel Islands (3rd Ed)
by Michelin Travel Publications
Paperback from Michelin Travel Publications

Michelin THE GREEN GUIDE France, 4e (THE GREEN GUIDE)
by Michelin Travel Publications, Michelin Travel Publications
Paperback from Michelin Travel Publications

Michelin the Green Guide French Riviera
by Michelin Staff
Paperback from Michelin Travel Publications

Michelin the Green Guide Atlantic Coast: Poitou, Aquitaine, Basque Country
by Michelin Travel Publications
Paperback from Michelin Travel Publications

Michelin the Green Guide Dordogne Berry Limousin ( English Edition, 2nd Ed)
by Michelin Travel Publications
Paperback from Michelin Travel Publications

Michelin THE GREEN GUIDE Brittany, 5e (THE GREEN GUIDE)
by Michelin Staff, Michelin Travel Publications, Michelin Travel Publications
Paperback from Michelin Travel Publications

Michelin Green Guide Alsace-Lorraine-Champagne (2nd Ed)
by Michelin Travel Publications
Paperback from Michelin Travel Publications

The Paris Mapguide
by Michael Middleditch
Paperback from Penguin USA (Paper)

Paris Then & Now (Then and Now International Series)
by Peter Caine, Oriel Caine
Hardcover from Thunder Bay Press

Parisians: Photographs by Peter Turnley ; Forewords by Edouard Boubat and Robert Doisneau ; Text by Adam Gopnik and Peter Turnley
by Peter Turnley (Photographer), Adam Gopnik
(Hardcover -- September )

Rick Steves' Paris
by Rick Steves, Steve Smith, Gene Openshaw
Rick Steves doesn't just list where to travel in Europe, he leads travelers through the "Back Door," and reveals how to give every journey an extra, more authentic dimension. He shows travelers how to delve into European culture, make friends with the locals, and experience each region's natural wonders -- economically and hassle free. Rick Steves' Paris is no exception. It includes self-guided walking tours along the Champs-Elysees and through the Marais, and features detailed museum maps and practical tips to help visitors see only what they want.
Paperback from Avalon Travel Publishing

Paris to the Moon
by Adam Gopnik
(Paperback)

Paris (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
by Alan Tillier, DK Publishing
Dorling Kindersley's Eyewitness city guides bill themselves as "the guides that show you what others only tell you" and indeed, spectacular illustrations are one of their strongest points. Every page of an Eyewitness guide is filled with beautiful color photographs, maps, drawings and diagrams that bring popular tourist destinations to life. Each guide color-codes the city's districts or neighborhoods, making it easy for readers to know at a glance just where they are in the book--and where they want to go. Amazon.com
Paperback from DK Publishing

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong: Why We Love France but Not the French
by Jean-Benoit Nadeau, Julie Barlow
Paperback from Sourcebooks Trade

Spotted in France: A Dog's Life...On the Road
by Gregory Edmont
Hardcover from The Lyons Press

A Traveler's Guide to D-Day and the Battle for Normandy (The Travellers Guides to the Battles & Battlefields of WWII)
by Carl Shilleto, Mike Tolhurst
Paperback: Interlink Pub Group; ISBN: 1566564417; 2nd edition (April )

Walking Paris : Thirty Original Walks in and Around Paris (2nd Ed)
by Gilles Desmons
(Paperback)

A Year in Provence
by Peter Mayle, Judith Clancy (Illustrator)
Who hasn't dreamed, on a mundane Monday or frowzy Friday, of chucking it all in and packing off to the south of France? Provençal cookbooks and guidebooks entice with provocatively fresh salads and azure skies, but is it really all Côtes-du-Rhône and fleur-de-lis? Author Peter Mayle answers that question with wit, warmth, and wicked candor in "A Year In Provence", the chronicle of his own foray into Provençal domesticity. 

Beginning, appropriately enough, on New Year's Day with a divine luncheon in a quaint restaurant, Mayle sets the scene and pits his British sensibilities against it. "We had talked about it during the long gray winters and the damp green summers," he writes, "looked with an addict's longing at photographs of village markets and vineyards, dreamed of being woken up by the sun slanting through the bedroom window." He describes in loving detail the charming, 200-year-old farmhouse at the base of the Lubéron Mountains, its thick stone walls and well-tended vines, its wine cave and wells, its shade trees and swimming pool--its lack of central heating. Indeed, not 10 pages into the book, reality comes crashing into conflict with the idyll when the Mistral, that frigid wind that ravages the Rhône valley in winter, cracks the pipes, rips tiles from the roof, and tears a window from its hinges. And that's just January. 

In prose that skips along lightly, Mayle records the highlights of each month, from the aberration of snow in February and the algae-filled swimming pool of March through the tourist invasions and unpredictable renovations of the summer months to a quiet Christmas alone. Throughout the book, he paints colorful portraits of his neighbors, the Provençaux grocers and butchers and farmers who amuse, confuse, and befuddle him at every turn. "A Year In Provence"is part memoir, part homeowner's manual, part travelogue and all charming fun. --L.A. Smith - Amazon.com
(Paperback -- June 1991)

Michelin Provence/Cote d'Azur, France Map No. 245 (Michelin Maps & Atlases)
(Map)
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