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Southwest France (Insight Guide Southwest France)

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Insight Guide Southwest France focuses comprehensively on the southwest corner or France, from Atlantic coast to Mediterranean coast, with full-color photos throughout combining with lively narrative.

Our “Best of Southwest France” section outlines top attractions and activities not to be missed, such as the lush landscapes, dramatic gorges, medieval villages, prehistoric cave art, and food and wine of this region. Essays by local writers immerse you in the history and culture and way of life of this largely rural region: from its characteristic Romanesque architecture and great wine-making tradition, to understanding the country life, wildlife, and the outdoor pursuits offered by sea, mountain and river. A range of features homing in on special subjects such as truffles, the Basques and bullrunning, give you the full picture.

Our Places chapters then take you on an inspirational trip from Bordeaux and the Southwest Coast through to French Catalonia on the shores of the Mediterranean, with the Basque Country and the Pyrennees included en route. On the way there’s the Gorges of the Tarn, the winding river valleys of the Dordogne, medieval ‘perched’ villages such as Rocamadour and the amazing prehistoric cave art at Lascaux; while urbanites are also catered for with, among others, the cities of Bordeaux, Toulouse, Pau and Montpellier, the pilgrimage site of Lourdes, and the medieval walled city of Carcassonne – one of France’s top sights. Plentiful full-color maps show you the way around, with dotted sights highlighting areas of interest. Finally, the Travel Tips cover all your planning needs, with a wealth of information and listings – transportation, activities, accommodations, and our selective, independent recommendations for the best places to eat and drink.

 

Synopsis:

Insight Guide Southwest France focuses comprehensively on the southwest corner or France, with full-color photos throughout combining with the lively text.

Essays by local writers immerse you in the history, culture and way of life of this largely rural region, taking in its lush landscapes, dramatic gorges, medieval villages, prehistoric cave art, and food and wine, with a range of special features homing in on topics such as truffles, the Basques and bullrunning.

Our Places chapters then take you on an inspirational trip from Bordeaux and the Southwest Coast, through the Basque Country and the Pyrenees, and on to French Catalonia on the shores of the Mediterranean, with the medieval walled city of Carcassonne – one of France’s top sights – included. Plentiful full-color maps show you the way around, with dotted sights highlighting areas of interest. Finally, the Travel Tips cover all your planning needs, with a wealth of information and listings.

 

About the Author

Nick Inman was born Yorkshire and graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Politics. For the last 20 years he has been a freelance travel writer and photographer specialising in France and Spain. He now lives in an old farmhouse near the Pyrenees in southwest France with his wife, Spanish writer Clara Villanueva, and their two children. A self-confessed Francophile, he is particularly passionate about the countrys vernacular and medieval architecture as well as its wildlife. He has contributed to over 60 travel guides including numerous titles for Insight and Berlitz, while his non-travel books include Politipedia and The Optimist's Handbook.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Best of Southwest France

Coast to Coast

The People

History

Decisive Dates

Cave Painters to Cathars

Centuries of War

Revolution and Republics

Culture

The Country Life

Romanesque Architecture

Sea, Mountain and River

Wildlife

Food in the Southwest

Fine Wines

Rural Architecture

Prehistoric Cave Art

The Aerospace Industry

Wildlife of the Pyrenees

The Great Outdoors

Festivals

The Language of Oc

Eleanor of Aquitaine

The Cathars

The Road to Santiago

Wine-making

The Gironde Estuary

The Canal du Midi

Truffles

Bastides

Fashionable Biarritz

The Basques

Lourdes

Rennes-le-Château

Fauvism and Cubism

Places

Introduction

Bordeaux and the Gironde

The Dordogne

The Lot

Aveyron and the Cévennes

The Tarn

Toulouse

Gascony

The Basque Country

The High Pyrenees

The Ariège

The Aude

French Catalonia

Hérault and Gard

Travel Tips

Transportation

Accommodations

Eating Out

Activities

A–Z

Language

Further Reading

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781780050546
Author:
Inman, Nick
Publisher:
Insight Guides
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Travel - France
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
France
Subject:
South
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Series:
Insight Guides
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Insight Guide Southwest France focuses comprehensively on the southwest corner or France, with full-color photos throughout combining with the lively text.

Essays by local writers immerse you in the history, culture and way of life of this largely rural region, taking in its lush landscapes, dramatic gorges, medieval villages, prehistoric cave art, and food and wine, with a range of special features homing in on topics such as truffles, the Basques and bullrunning.

Our Places chapters then take you on an inspirational trip from Bordeaux and the Southwest Coast, through the Basque Country and the Pyrenees, and on to French Catalonia on the shores of the Mediterranean, with the medieval walled city of Carcassonne – one of France’s top sights – included. Plentiful full-color maps show you the way around, with dotted sights highlighting areas of interest. Finally, the Travel Tips cover all your planning needs, with a wealth of information and listings.

 

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