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Upcoming trip to Paris - suggested reads to enhance the experience?


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Initial post: Sep 6, 2010 12:39:59 PM PDT
I'm in the process of downloading my vacation books for Kindle and I'd love some recommendations on books that may help me get into the whole experience even more. Perhaps historical fiction? Non-fiction that explains more about the stories behind the Louvre, French royalty, travelogues, etc. would be nice.

We're also visiting Munich, Germany, Krakow, Poland, (along with Auschwitz), Marrakesh, Morocco and Positano, Italy if you have any suggestions for these places.

I happily await your suggestions. Thank you in advance for reading this and giving thought to it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2010 6:11:48 PM PDT
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I really liked the book "Almost French" by Sarah Turnbull. She is an Australian who married a Parisian. It's a memoir about her adventures fitting into the new culture. Also the website http://www.french-culture-adventures.com there are some travel stories that are fun and it's a good resource for travel to France.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 2:22:25 PM PDT
If you've not read Julia Child's autobiography, I highly suggest it as well. I'm currently reading Patricia & Walter Welles' co-authored memoirs "We Always have Paris and Provence." It is fun to hear both their points of view. They moved to Paris in the 70s -- he to be an Editor at the Herald Tribune and she to eventually become famous for her wonderful cookbooks.

You will enjoy having your Kindle in Paris. I took mine this past Spring, and made sure I had a good guide book downloaded along with stuff to read on the train, etc. You can also use the internet browser on the Kindle to search for quick info! We downloaded information about the Anne Frank museum (we took the train from Paris to Amsterdam) and were then able to have the concierge at our Paris hotel help us order and pay for advance tickets the day before we left Paris. (We asked her to help as she had a printer :-) and could print out our receipt. Kindle IS a bit limited in that regard.)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2010 4:01:53 PM PDT
Douglas Nast says:
Remembrance of Things Paris and The Piano Shop on the Left Bank. Both well-written and delightful reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2010 11:28:58 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2010 8:19:29 AM PST
lapcy says:
French book or english book ?
Victor Hugo (notre dame de paris or les miserables) if you want historical fiction ...
The louvre has a great website ...

I'm french and I live in Paris ... if you have any more questions ...
et bon voyage

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 8:17:13 AM PST
"French or Foe" by Polly Platt is a must read for travel to France. Many insights to the people and culture.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 9:21:12 AM PST
B. Doherty says:
Adam Gopnik's Paris to the Moon is an incredibly readable account of his transplanted family's experience. He has a keen eye and ear for the kinds of differences in the ways French view life.
When I was in Paris I read Balzac's Cousin Betty (Cousine Bette) which was a great view/vision of 19th Century Paris. YOu can chart city journeys taken by the characters and retrace their steps in contemporary Paris.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2011 1:19:18 PM PST
Please check my recommendations at http://paris-expat.com/bookstore.htm

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 11:47:09 AM PST
Graham Robb's non-fiction The Discovery of France is an incredible account how the modern France of today came to be, taking into account various political, geographical, and cultural aspects of French history. I really enjoyed reading it in conjunction with an incredible self guided walking tour in the Languedoc-Rousson region of southern France.
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