GREAT READS TO HELP YOU PLAN YOUR OWN ADVENTURES
Almost French: A New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull As one Amazon review puts it, "'Almost French' is the story of a woman who goes to France to visit a French lawyer she has only met a couple times before and barely knows. Of course, she gets caught up in the romance of the city and stays on to live there. Despite this description this is not some drippy love story but rather a wonderfully observant series of accounts told from a journalist's point of view. For those who have visited Paris, and those yet to make the trip, this book will amaze and entertain you." Read more
Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log (40 years. 40 days. 40 seconds.) by Karen A. Chase If Karen A. Chase absolutely had to turn forty, she decided she could do it gracefully in Paris… for nearly forty days. What began as a blog to communicate with friends and family became a memoir filled with humorous and insightful glimpses into her Paris adventures, illustrated with the author's photos. The book brings to life the richness of Paris as seen through the eyes of a romantic travel junkie. Read more
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life. A classic. Read more
Unlike some of my better-organized and more practical blogger friends, I have not included any books on these pages (or indeed any products anywhere on my blog or website) due to sponsorship of any kind. The books here are ones that have helped me on my own journeys, and I believe you might find them entertaining and useful while planning your own adventures.