In 2018 France was the most visited destination in the world with over 82 million visitors. It’s capital Paris is consistently one of the top three most visited cities with only Bangkok and London attracting more.
Culture, art, food, wine, history, lakes, beaches, mountains, wonderful villages, sophisticated cities, and more France has it all in abundance.
After living in France for 18 months and visiting numerous times over the decades it still remains one of my favourite European destinations. Choosing where to go can be the most difficult part of planning any trip to France – the lure of Paris with its historical buildings, museums and culture or the beauty of the Dordogne with its castles and vineyards, the villages of Provence, the beaches of the Cote D’Azure or the beauty of the mountains (Alps or Pyrenees!) and lakes. Your choices are endless.
If you can’t decide or simply want to prepare for your French vacation why not check out some of these best books about France?
5 BOOKS SET IN PARIS
A beautifully written novel exploring both the delights of life in Paris and a love affair with the piano. A wonderful novel for anyone who loves pianos and Paris with equal passion!
A murder-mystery set in the Paris of 1889. The Eiffel Tower is brand new but the scene of a mysterious death. Caused by a bee sting or where there other forces at work? Young bookseller Victor Legris makes it his mission to uncover the truth!
Translated from German this bestseller is a perfect summer read to accompany you on your French vacation. Set on a floating barge on the Seine this is a beautiful novel about the power of books and a lost love.
If you have seen the film Julie and Julia this book will be a must-read. Telling the story of Julia’s move to France at the age of 36 and her transformation into the internationally renowned expert on French cuisine.
Almost finished her backpacking adventure around Europe Sarah is about to return home to Australia when a chance meeting in Bucharest is about to change her life forever. A visit to spend a week in Paris with the Frenchman she met ends in some hilarious adventures and a girl falling in love with French culture and life.
Insider information about Parisian style, love, fashion, culture from 4 French authors who truly know what they are talking about! Want a bit of that fabulous French style this is the book for you!
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5 BOOKS ABOUT FRANCE
Set during the first world war this novel follows the life of a young woman as she follows her destiny from London to a field hospital in France. A love story portraying love, war and a world divided by class.
A novel about self discovery and new beginnings. Set in Brittany this novel depicts life in a Breton village as Marianne endeavours to embrace a new life. If this novel doesn’t have you booking a trip to Brittany nothing will!
Follow the investigations of Bruno the Chief of Police of St Denis, France. Set in the wonderful Dordogne this series of books all about Bruno will have you gripped and enthralled in equal measure. If retiring to a life in France was your dream (pre-Brexit) at least you can enjoy what life might have been before 52% of the British population ruined it for the rest of us.
Another wonderful book by Kate Mosse set in Carcassonne in the 1500’s. If you are a fan of her previous books – Labyrinth and Sepulchre this eagerly awaited 2018 publication will be a must-read!
Who does not dream of a life in Provence? One of my favourite regions in France is depicted by Paul Shore who was lucky enough to spend a year living in Provence.
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Tracy has lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to over 50 more. A qualified school teacher with an interest in history, reading, photography, nature and wildlife she is always planning her next trip (preferably by train)
With a lifetime of travel experience, and a network of friends all over the world, she is also able to share genuine insider guides, recommended best book lists and train journey inspiration to help you travel authentically to some of the most beautiful places on earth.
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