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Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train

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In one of the most inventive travel books in years, Ina Caro invites readers on twenty-five one-day train trips that depart from Paris and transport us back through seven hundred years of French history. Whether taking us to Orléans to evoke the miraculous visions of Joan of Arc, to Versailles to experience the flamboyant achievements of Louis XIV, or to the Place de la Concorde to witness the beheading of Marie Antoinette, Caro animates history with her lush descriptions of architectural splendors and tales of court intrigue. Organizing her destinations chronologically from twelfth-century Saint-Denis to the nineteenth-century Restoration at Chantilly, Caro appeals not only to the casual tourist aboard the Metro or the TGV but also to the armchair reader of Peter Mayle's . Caro's passion for and knowledge of France--its soaring cathedrals, enthralling history, and sumptuous cuisine--are so impressive that promises to become one of the classic guidebooks of our time.

Review:

"The French rail system makes the country and its history a day-tripper's delight in this enchanting travelogue. Historian Caro (The Road from the Past: Traveling Through French History) recounts daylong outings from her Paris base camp to points near, by Métro, or far, by high-speed train. French architecture and civilization unfold through the buildings and towns she visits: churches progress from the first Gothic cathedral at St.-Denis to the secular temple of the Panthéon; grim medieval fortresses give way to airy Loire chateaus and splendiferous baroque palaces. Writing with a keen eye for the design and atmospherics of these places and their surroundings (especially local restaurants), Caro makes them way stations on a sprightly tour of French history, regaling readers with piquant stories of the people who built, conquered, and remodeled them. Almost despite itself, the book is a seductive evocation of the ancien régime: aristocrats were rapacious brutes, Caro allows, but she can't resist their castles, tastes, and sexual intrigues. (''Kill him! Here, take my garters and strangle the wretch,'' was the sentence Marguerite de Valois pronounced to one lover who murdered another.) The result is a charming, rapturous guide to la Belle France that tells you where to go — and why. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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An American Francophile and authority on medieval French history time-travels chronologically through French history by train from Paris with her biographer husband. Taking day trips to destinations including Tours, Versailles, and Chantilly, Caro (The Road from the Past) describes notable sites and events through eight centuries of French history: from the Renaissance through the French Revolution to the Empire and Restoration period. The book includes maps but no photographs. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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"I'd rather go to France with Ina Caro than with Henry Adams or Henry James."--Peter Prescott,

About the Author

Ina Caro, author of the best-selling The Road from the Past, is an authority on medieval and modern French history. She lives in New York with her husband, the acclaimed biographer Robert A. Caro.

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BTrattler, September 7, 2011 (view all comments by BTrattler)
It's a wonderful book that really gives some great ideas for easy travel from Paris to other French Cities via rail.
Perfection would have been to include some additional pictures or maps for reference.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393078947
Author:
Caro, Ina
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Travel - France
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 maps
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The French rail system makes the country and its history a day-tripper's delight in this enchanting travelogue. Historian Caro (The Road from the Past: Traveling Through French History) recounts daylong outings from her Paris base camp to points near, by Métro, or far, by high-speed train. French architecture and civilization unfold through the buildings and towns she visits: churches progress from the first Gothic cathedral at St.-Denis to the secular temple of the Panthéon; grim medieval fortresses give way to airy Loire chateaus and splendiferous baroque palaces. Writing with a keen eye for the design and atmospherics of these places and their surroundings (especially local restaurants), Caro makes them way stations on a sprightly tour of French history, regaling readers with piquant stories of the people who built, conquered, and remodeled them. Almost despite itself, the book is a seductive evocation of the ancien régime: aristocrats were rapacious brutes, Caro allows, but she can't resist their castles, tastes, and sexual intrigues. (''Kill him! Here, take my garters and strangle the wretch,'' was the sentence Marguerite de Valois pronounced to one lover who murdered another.) The result is a charming, rapturous guide to la Belle France that tells you where to go — and why. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , "I'd rather go to France with Ina Caro than with Henry Adams or Henry James."--Peter Prescott,
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