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One Hundred & One Beautiful Small Towns in France (101 Beautiful Small Towns) Hardcover – September 5, 2006

4.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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"Whether you're planning your first trip to Italy or you've visited dozens of times, Dreaming of Tuscany is one book you won't want to leave without." -- Oct 06 COUNTRY LIVING

"You can smell the just-made polenta" -- Feb SKY

"a coffe table book created for dreamers" -- 12/10/06 CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

"from a discerning traveler who knows the region well, embellished with dazzling photos" -- Dec 06 ENTREE

Ohrbach has assembled an exceptional, beautifully illustrated insiders guide. the book more than delievers, it provides superb advice, with superlative resources and unexpected insights -- Mar VERANDA

About the Author

Simonetta Greggio was born in Italy, but her passion was always for France. She studied literature in Paris under Milan Kundera and has coauthored numerous lifestyle books, including Provence, Luberon, and La Cote d'Azur.
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Product Details

  • Series: 101 Beautiful Small Towns
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 1 edition (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847828417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847828418
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By marie on February 8, 2008
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It's nice if you want a VERY short overview of towns in France. If I had leafed through it in a bookstore, I probably would not have purchased it.
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I was very disappointed in the book. Most of the description is history, very little about current life in the towns. The photos are not very sharp in focus. It would have been very helpful to be able to id the towns on a map. The book does really delveinto some small remote towns that are not often covered in books.
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The title should be "101 medium size towns and cities". I've been to several of the cities in this book and they are not the small towns/villages implied in the title. Photos are great, but I expected to see some small, out-of-the-way spots to visit on future trips, not cities of 50,000 to 100,000 plus.
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This amazing book leads you through beautiful France with a gentle hand. It opens doors not otherwise available unless you have unlimited time to research across a wide range of texts. Each step into each Department ensures another ( and different ) breath catching sight into ancient and contemporary France. Even though it is a heavy ( weightwise) text it is essential
to take it with you. The index in back of the book it a treasure trove of information that otherwise would not be available to you. I rate this book as one of my special treasures and will be taking it with me for the 2 months I intend spending in the south of France in September and October. Don't buy another book until you have put this treasure in your library even if just for pure pleasure of meandering through beautiful France.
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Absolutely a beautiful book. I have been to France several times and found this book to show many of the places I have visited and loved. The photos are fantastic.
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I shall be basing a few tours on this finely produced book but it gives only a tantalising introduction: the illustrations seem to emhasise the cathedrals - take Laon, for instance, it is an extraordinary fortress on a rock with fascinating labyrinths. I expect to find far more delights in the places we visit than the few that are hinted at. Great coffee table conversation piece.
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This book has some lovely photographs, and some very interesting history on the featured towns. My parents are seriously considering a move to rural France, and this book is a lovely motivation for finding their perfect place for retirement.
Of course, not every town in France in featured in this book, nor should they be. I can't imagine the size the book would be if they were.
As a photographer, I believe the photographs I have seen (I did not go through every page, but more than half) to be quality images. They appear clear, and are obviously not ameteur-ish. I am confident giving this book as a gift.
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THIS BOOK IS A TREASURE TO OWN! THE PICTURES ARE BEAUTIFUL AND IT LURES EVERYONE WHO SEES IT ON MY COFFEE TABLE TO PICK IT UP AND BROWSE. IT SHOWS SOME OF THE MORE OFF-THE-BEATEN PATH AREAS OF FRANCE THAT MANY TOURISTS HAVE NEVER BEEN TO BUT WILL NOW WANT TO ENJOY.
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