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A Tour of the Heart:  A Seductive Cycling Trip Through France by [Clemente, Maribeth]
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About the Author

MARIBETH CLEMENTE is the author of The Chic Shopper's Guide to Paris, The Riches of Paris: A Shopping and Touring Guide and The Riches of France: A Shopping and Touring Guide to the French Provinces. She lived eleven years in France and then moved to Colorado where she has lived for over a decade. Maribeth hosts a travel radio show, blogs on her website, www.bonjourcolorado.com, and writes for various travel publications and websites. For more related to A Tour of the Heart, including a travel guide to the regions she covers in this book, visit www.atouroftheheart.com.

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  • File Size: 1220 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publication Date: October 23, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009W87P9A
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Maribeth Clemente's Tour of the Heart beautifully captures a woman's journey through the vicissitudes and turning points in a relationship against the backdrop of a luscious cycling trip through France with her partner. She also provides interesting historical facts, tid bits about French culture and descriptions of mouth watering meals and delicacies in villages that make the reader want to experience these special places. All this while candidly describing intimate thoughts about partner and the most painful period of her life that she comes to terms with. Clemente also weaves in a chance encounter with team members of the Tour de France. Her book will serve as inspiration for those to follow their dreams. That it also the perfect resource when planning a trip to France is an added bonus.
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I spent two months riding around Provenance and A Tour of the Heart brought back vivid memories of those lazy days riding from town to town along sticky roads from the grape harvest. As in the book, I too found a road that ended and I had to go across country through a vineyard. Maribeth does a good job capturing the spirit of France and cycling. I found I was rushing from chapter to chapter to see if had experienced any of "her" towns. To experience the real TOUR is still high on my bucket list.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Luckily the author was married to a Frenchman for a number of years and lived in Paris so her French language skills were excellent. After taking up biking in NY she fell for Pete who was pretty serious about biking, Maribeth was a travel writer so when she had a chance to go to France she convinced Pete to come also. The story shows the strain on a relationship that constant togetherness can have but aside from that I found the book to be a wealth of knowledge for a road trip I want to take in France. I plan to read the book again and take notes on the places I want to avoid and the ones I definitely want to visit. Writing about her time at the Tour de France made me feel as if I was right there enjoying it also!! Thanks Maribeth Clement for showing me the France I want to visit.
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I wasn't sure what to expect before reading this. I LOVED it, a sweet story of life, travel, people, culture. It amazes me how I could vividly picture the streets and scenes of France. A story that make you realize how over the years we morph ourselves and what we find important in life.
I've always dreamed of going to Paris, sipping coffee in an outdoor cafe. Now lets add riding an awesome bike with a large basket, stopping at an outdoor market grabbing a big bunch of flowers and off I go..
Thank you for writing this beautiful story.
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Well written, extremely informative both on the various parts of France visited and of professional cycling. Now that sentence sounds boring which is what this book most certainly is not!
I was drawn to the author throughout for her clear intelligence and honesty about many aspects of her life and travels. I feel, however, she spent too much time trying to satisfy her boorish travel companion and too much time telling us how he needed to be considered...whereas I would have kicked his butt!
Good book, buy it!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Having done a somewhat similar bike tour myself almost 20 years ago there were a lot of shared experiences - for example as another reviewer noted - getting lost in a vineyard when the road turned from paved road, to dirt road, to dirt path, to voilà - you're swallowed up by the vineyard.

I think what I enjoyed most of all was the authenticity of the book - she more or less "tells all" and "tells it as it was" which I assume must have been painful for the writer but on the other hand it is the reader who ultimately benefits as not a single word rings false.

As it happens the book I read before this one was "The Orient Express" by Graham Greene. In that book Christohper Hitchens wrote in the introduction

"Those who travel or or depart, says the poet Horace, only change their skies and not their condition. The meanness of everyday existence is found at the bottom of every suitcase, and has in fact been packed along with everything else. Nonetheless, it is sometimes when they are far from home and routine that people will stir to make an unwonted exertion of the spirit or of the will".

This book has a lot of what Hitchens, Greene and Horace were talking about.

On an entirely different (and less personal) level this book works as a travelogue of a bike trip through France as perhaps few get to see her - because the writer has in essence gotten a VIP pass by virtue of her status as a travel writer. There is also much about cycling including in Part 2 some encounters with various Tour de France participants and athletes.

In other words plenty to keep the reader transfixed as we pedal along with the author through La Belle France.
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I loved this book. I can honestly say, I never had any interest in visiting France until I read this book. It was very detailed to me, and I could picture everything Maribeth was describing in my head. Now I really want to go to France! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to everyone. Enjoy.
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