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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Boundaries, The Making of France and Spain in the Pyrenees

Boundaries, The Making of France and Spain in the Pyrenees

by Peter Sahlins

  • HISTORY
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 351 PAGES

A study of national identity in Catalonia, Cerdanya and the border lands between France and Spain, with an overview of their demarcation and arbitrary division in 1659. (SPN154, $34.95)

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

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)

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)

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)

 
Basque-English Dictionary and Phrasebook

Basque-English Dictionary and Phrasebook


by Joseph Conroy

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 206 PAGES

A shirt-pocket guide to the Basque language, useful for travelers to Northern Spain and Southwest France. (SPN128, $11.95)

Cadogan Guide Gascony & the Pyrenees


by Dana Facaros | Michael Pauls

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 364 PAGES

A town-by-town guide to Southwestern France, with 6 color maps. (FRN446, $19.95)

The Pyrenees

The Pyrenees


by Kev Reynolds

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A guide to the high Pyrenees from the Cirque de Lescun in the west to the Carlit massif and Cerdagne east of Andorrain. (SPN228, $29.95)

Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees


by Kev Reynolds

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

A compact practical guide to a wide varierty of hikes throughout the central Pyrenees. (SPN379, $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)

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)

The Basque History of the World

The Basque History of the World


by Mark Kurlansky

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Kurlansky's engaging portrait of the seven provinces of Basque lands takes in everything from language to culinary heritage, role in the Spanish Civil War and seafaring traditions. (SPN116, $16.00)

The Land of My Fathers, A Son's Return to the Basque Country

The Land of My Fathers, A Son's Return to the Basque Country


by Robert Laxalt | Joyce Laxalt

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 136 PAGES

A portrait of the Basque culture and people through the eyes of Robert Laxalt, who traveled through Basque country in the 60s. This book is based on Laxalt's journals and complemented by his wife's photographs. (FRN162, $21.00)

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

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)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral


by Robert A. Scott

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches. (EUR190, $26.95)

A Piano in the Pyrenees

A Piano in the Pyrenees


by Tony Hawks

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

British comic Hawks (Around Ireland with a Fridge) serves up another bumbling adventure in this account of buying a house in the French Pyrenees and trying to teach himself to play (not to mention move) a piano. (ITL870, $13.95)

The Mays of Ventadorn, Tales from Southwest France

The Mays of Ventadorn, Tales from Southwest France


by W.S. Merwin

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A shapely memoir and literary meditation by the great poet and author of The Lost Upland: Stories of Southwest France. (FRN341, $20.00)

By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept


by Paulo Coelho

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 179 PAGES

From the wildly popular Brazilian author Paulo Coelho comes this magical tale of a woman who follows a former childhood friend through the French Pyrenees. (FRN221, $14.99)

The Catalans

The Catalans


by Patrick O'Brian

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Patrick O'Brian's bitingly funny novel of Dr. Alain Roeg, returned home to a family in crisis, beautifully evokes Saint-Feliu, the town in Languedoc where O'Brian made his home. (FRN511, $18.95)

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)

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