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Beginning in Paris and delving into the farthest reaches of the provinces, National Geographic Traveler: France guides you to the country's best sights, and lesser known ones as well. Veteran travel writer Rosemary Bailey provides the ins and outs of oldtime favorites, including the Loire Valley, Mont Saint-Michel, and Normandy's battlefields, but she also makes sure you won't miss picturesque Saint-Cirq-Lapopie tucked away in the Dordogne Valley, the charming, vine-striped Var region of Provence, and tiny Mirepoix in the Pyrennes, celebrated for the beautiful half-timbered arcading of its main square, to name a few. Among the many special features of the travel guide are mapped walking and driving tours, including a walk in Paris's Latin Quarter, a drive along the magnificent Gorges du Tarn, and a drive along the enchanting Indre River; and two-page write-ups that take an in-depth look at cafe life, while other write-ups explore monasteries and Breton customs.


The guide also includes the popular and beautiful three-dimensional artworks that depict the architectural details of the Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Chambord castle as well as a hefty chapter on France's history and culture. And the new experiential sidebars will provide information on choosing from a range of opportunities from bird-watching by bike, to spending the night star-watching from the summit of Pic du Midi, to enjoying a quiet flea market, to trying your hand at driving the Le Mans circuit yourself. The guide also includes essential background information and the author's pick of hotels and restaurants.


  • Softcover
  • 400 pages; 154 color photographs; 50 maps
  • 5 1/4" x 8 7/16"
  • © 2011

Rosemary Bailey fell in love with France 25 years ago when she stayed on a rose farm in Provence. Since then she has traveled the country and written and edited a number of guides to France and its regions, including the Côte d'Azur, Burgundy, and the Loire Valley. She has also contributed many articles to The Sunday Times, Elle, and other publications. She is the author of Life in a Postcard and Escape to the French Pyrenees.


The award-winning National Geographic Traveler has been enhanced with engaging new features and a contemporary redesign. Each guide begins with an introduction that enables you to sample a bit of the culture, history, and attractions before you go and plan the trip based on your own interests and length of stay.


Immerse yourself in active, in-country "Experiences" and "Off-the-Beaten-Path Excursions" you won't find anywhere else.


Other new features, such as "Insider Tips" from National Geographic photographers, writers, and experts, and "Not-To-Be-Missed" lists ensure that each visit will be memorable.


The guides' design has been simplified, opened up, and enhanced with easy-to-read tinted sections. Gorgeous color photographs, high-quality maps, and the popular walking and driving tours are still highlights of our crisp, new look.


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