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Eyewitness Guide Provence & the Cote D'Azur

Eyewitness Guide Provence & the Cote D'Azur

by Roger Williams

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This is an illustrated, colorful guide to the art and architecture, literature, history and attractions of Provence. With photographs and site plans, maps and sections on the Riviera, the Var, Bouches-du-Rhone, Vaucluse and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. (FRN18, $23.00)

Provence Alps French Riviera Map 527

Provence Alps French Riviera Map 527

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2008
  • MAP

A colorful and detailed map of the region from Lyon to Marseille along the Rhone River, at a scale of 1:200,000. (FRN22, $12.95)

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook

by Marie-Helene Girard | Anny Monet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (FRN120, $8.99)

 
A Literary Guide to Provence

A Literary Guide to Provence


by Daniel Vitaglione

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 259 PAGES

Follow in the footsteps of generations of authors who found inspiration in Provence's beauty. With maps, 50 color and black and white photos and short literary excerpts, organized geographically. (FRN395, $19.95)

Made in France, A Shopper's Guide

Made in France, A Shopper's Guide


by Laura Morelli

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Both a fascinating history of France's artisanal legacy and an insider's shopping guide, the book includes illustrations, maps, a primer on French shopping culture and craft festivals. (FRN706, $24.95)

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)

Provence A-Z

Provence A-Z


by Peter Mayle

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A companion to all things Provencal, from bouillabaisse to lavender and vinaigre, by the British expatriate and Francophile Peter Mayle. (FRN619, $15.95)

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong


by Jean-Benoit Nadeau | Julie Barlow

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 351 PAGES

Two Canadian journalists tackle the contradictions and complexities of the French character, paying particular attention to the question of why the French resist globalization. (FRN755, $18.99)

The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence

The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence


by Michael Jacobs

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 299 PAGES

With an excellent introduction on the history, culture, landscapes and the pleasures of Southern France, this illustrated guide features 34 towns and villages across Provence from the Vacluse to Bonnieux and Gordes, tranquil Alpine villages and southern vineyards. (FRN28, $26.95)

The Noblest Invention, An Illustrated History of the Bicycle

The Noblest Invention, An Illustrated History of the Bicycle


by Bicycling Magazine | Lance Armstrong

  • SPORT
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Celebrating the bicycle from the models from childhood to favorites high-tech mountain machines, beautifully illustrated in color photos. (BCY15, $27.95)

A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence


by Peter Mayle

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 207 PAGES

The original best-selling tale of settling down in Provence, told with warmth and a great deal of humor. It offers a wonderful inside look at the charms and quirks of the people and the countryside in the south of France. (FRN19, $14.95)

Bicycle Diaries

Bicycle Diaries


by David Byrne

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

As he makes it clear in this exhilarating chronicle of encounters around the world, David Byrne is hooked on bicycles -- not just to get around New York, but as the preferred form of transportation in places like Buenos Aires, Istanbul, San Francisco, London, Berlin, Manila, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. (BCY14, $17.00)

French Dirt, The Story of a Garden in the South of France

French Dirt, The Story of a Garden in the South of France


by Richard Goodman

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 203 PAGES

Another story of a foreigner transplanted to the south of France. This captivating tale, set near Avignon, is noteworthy for Goodman's willingness to work, passion for horticulture and frank portrait of his neighbors. (FRN417, $13.00)

Toujours Provence

Toujours Provence


by Peter Mayle

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 241 PAGES

The sequel to the best-selling memoir "A Year in Provence," this is another touching look at country life in southern France. Describing the setting and people with detail and warmth, Mayle creates an evocative portrait of Provence, rife with amusing personal anecdotes. (FRN121, $14.95)

Two Towns in Provence

Two Towns in Provence


by M. F. K. Fisher

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1983
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Celebrated food writer M.F.K. Fisher contrasts village life in Aix-en-Provence with bustling Marseilles, evoking these two favorite places with anecdote and loving description. (FRN27, $18.95)

Village in the Vaucluse

Village in the Vaucluse


by Laurence Wylie

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 390 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A loving portrait of rural Provence and its inhabitants by a sociologist who lived in Roussillon just after WWII. It was a different world then, a traditional village with two telephones and a single cafe. (FRN225, $30.00)

Joy of Man's Desiring

Joy of Man's Desiring


by Jean Giono

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

A 20th century master of letters, Giono's fiction invokes the folklore and traditions of his birthplace in southern France. (FRN193, $15.95)

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)

Wildflowers of Britain and Europe

Wildflowers of Britain and Europe


by Margaret and Roland Spohn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Over 450 species of wild flower are covered, each beautifully illustrated with detailed paintings and clear photographs. (EUR46, $21.95)

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