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The Road to Santiago

The Road to Santiago

by Kathryn Harrison

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

The novelist's personal and meditative account of journeys along the Route of St. James, from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela. (SPN209, $20.00)

The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France

The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France

by Ina Caro

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 339 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Time travel through France by way of its finest castles, chateaux, cathedrals and monasteries. This unusual travelogue is an invaluable companion for traveling in Paris, southern France, the Dordogne and the Loire Valley, combining personal observation with large doses of well-presented history. (FRN03, $17.00)

The Cave Painters

The Cave Painters

by Gregory Curtis

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

In this tale of art, paleontology and discovery, Curtis introduces the masterworks of cave art in France and Spain, visiting Altamira, Lascaux, Les Trois-Freres, Cosquer, Chauvet and others. (FRN620, $15.95)

Midi Pyrenees Map 525

Midi Pyrenees Map 525

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • MAP

A nicely detailed (1:200,000), frequently updated regional map of the central Pyrenees, centered on Toulouse. (FRN163, $11.95)

 
Eyewitness Guide Dordogne

Eyewitness Guide Dordogne


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

This outstanding guide to exploring Southwest France features hundreds of color illustrations, local and regional maps and site diagrams. (FRN580, $25.00)

The Way of St James, France: Le Puy to the Pyrenees

The Way of St James, France: Le Puy to the Pyrenees


by Alison Raju

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A practical guide to walking GR 65, the Via Podiensis, from Le Puy in central France to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the Pyrenees. (FRN915, $22.95)

Families of the Vine, Seasons Among the Winemakers of Southwest France

Families of the Vine, Seasons Among the Winemakers of Southwest France


by Michael S. Sanders

  • FOOD
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 265 PAGES

A delightful, informative portrait of a venerable winemaking family in southwest France -- and the stylish, savory wines of Clos Triguedina -- by an American chef who lived in the region. (FRN479, $13.95)

The Food of France

The Food of France


by Waverly Root

  • FOOD
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 450 PAGES

An evocative and beautifully written survey of French food. First published in 1958 and revised in the mid-1970s, the book covers the important regions of French cuisine by dividing them into domains of Butter (northern France), Fat (Alsace) and Oil (the south). (FRN17, $18.00)

A Traveller's History of France

A Traveller's History of France


by Robert Cole

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times. (FRN08, $14.95)

Little Saint

Little Saint


by Hannah Green

  • RELIGION
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

A reverential account of the traditions and lore of Conques in south-central France, interweaving folklore with historical documents and the author's own encounters with modern villagers. (FRN420, $19.00)

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages


by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

Cave of Forgotten Dreams


by Werner Herzog

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • DVD

Herzog was granted unprecedented access to Chauvet, home to cave paintings believed to be the oldest human artwork ever found, for this contemplative documentary. (FRN994, $27.98)

Lascaux: Movement, Space, and Time

Lascaux: Movement, Space, and Time


by Norbert Aujoulat

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A striking tour of the magnificent prehistoric cave of Lascaux, with 100 stunning full-page color photographs, maps and explanatory diagrams. (FRN232, $70.00)

Adventures on the Wine Route, A Wine Buyer's Tour of France

Adventures on the Wine Route, A Wine Buyer's Tour of France


by Kermit Lynch

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 271 PAGES

A delightful and warmly anecdotal book highly recommended for anyone touring the wine regions of France. Lynch brings the domains and appellations of French wine to full-blown life and his portraits of the grand personalities who make the wine are priceless. (FRN72, $19.00)

Pilgrimage to the End of the World, The Road to Santiago de Campostela

Pilgrimage to the End of the World, The Road to Santiago de Campostela


by Conrad Rudolph

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

An engaging, literary account of 11 weeks of travels from Le Puy along the way of St. James, 1,000 miles all told. (SPN220, $17.00)

The Pilgrimage, A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom

The Pilgrimage, A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom


by Paulo Coelho

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

The Portuguese author's experiences along the historic Road to Santiago. (SPN47, $14.99)

Travels with My Donkey

Travels with My Donkey


by Tim Moore

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

In this wickedly comic account of grand adventures on the 500-mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Campostela with a French-speaking donkey, Moore salts his anecdotes of fellow travelers and grand adventures with an account of the history and culture of the medieval Way of St. James. (SPN242, $15.99)

The Lost Upland, Stories of Southwest France

The Lost Upland, Stories of Southwest France


by W.S. Merwin

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Three richly evocative stories of life in a Dordogne village by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Merwin, one of our finest living poets. Originally published in 1992, the book is steeped in history, food and personality. (FRN11, $16.00)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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