Author Marcia DeSanctis
October 27-November 5, 2014
100 Places in France
Every Woman Should Go
Release date: October 21, 2014
at Travelers’ Tales
As most of you know I am a Francophile. Needless to say when the opportunity to review this book became available I jumped all over it.
This is not your typical travelogue, rather it reads more like your bestie sharing her travel journal with you or your bestie writing you a series of personal notes on where to go and more importantly why to visit a few known and unknown sites while in France. DeSanctis possesses a graceful and intimate writing style creating more than a travelogue. This book is knowledge at your fingertips, providing history and personal experiences and overall information piquing your interest further while supplying an armchair education of France and respective locations suggested.
If you’ve never been to France, if you’re planning your first trip or a revisit of this beautiful country you’ll want to read this gem. I have been to France several times and plan on going again and again, now this book will be in my clutches and travel with me. I have visited a few of the suggested locations but after reading this I plan on hitting all 100.
Leaning towards the feminine is a quality appealing to me, and DeSanctis highlights this aspect spot on, again making this book exceptional. It’s not a shopping guide, it’s a well rounded travel adventure. Rest assured I doubt your male travel partner will require having his arm twisted to accompany you on many of the destinations listed. Granted a few you’ll want to visit alone or girls only but honestly both sexes will enjoy the places referenced. Who wouldn’t enjoy the Côte d’Azur, strolling through vineyards, smelling lavender from a rambling field, art, culture, cooking classes, the suggestions are endless and enticing. So much to be discovered and what revelations revealed as you meander along. The locations offered will appeal to a wide audience, no doubt there is something for all to investigate. An eclectic contribution broadening your knowledge of France as well as your senses. The mystique, the sexiness of France as it reaches its hand to women, extending an offer of exploring more than fashion and food, the offerings are unlimited. Wonderful read on France written with sophistication and flair pulling you towards the City of Light. Escape to France or escape from the comfort of your living room, all possible with this treasure trove of knowledge in your hand via 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go.
Told in a series of stylish, original essays, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is for the serious Francophile, for the woman dreaming of a trip to Paris, and for those who love crisp stories well-told. Like all great travel writing, this volume 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 in your carry-on when flying to Paris.
Award-winning writer Marcia DeSanctis draws on years of travels and living 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 and style and along the way, she tells the stories of fascinating women who changed the countryís destiny. Ride a white horse in the Camargue, find Parisí hidden museums, try thalassotherapy in St. Malo, and buy raspberries at Niceís Cour Saleya market. From sexy to literary, spiritual to simply gorgeous, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is an indispensable companion for the smart and curious traveler to France. [provided by the author]
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marcia DeSanctis is a former television news producer for Barbara Walters, NBC and CBS News.
She has written essays and articles for numerous publications including Vogue, Marie Claire, Town & Country, O the Oprah Magazine, Departures, and The New York Times Magazine.
Her essays have been widely anthologized and she is the recipient of three Lowell Thomas Awards for excellence in travel journalism,
as well as a Solas Award for best travel writing.
She holds a degree from Princeton University in Slavic Languages and Literature and a Masters in Foreign Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
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