Paris to the Pyrenees

Paris to the Pyrenees
Author: David Downie
Publsiher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2013-04-02
ISBN 10: 1453298630
ISBN 13: 9781453298633
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Paris to the Pyrenees Book Review:

Part adventure story, part cultural history, this “enjoyably offbeat travelogue” explores the phenomenon of the spiritual pilgrimage (Booklist). Driven by curiosity, wanderlust, and health crises, David Downie and his wife set out from Paris to walk across France to the Pyrenees. Starting on the Rue Saint-Jacques, then trekking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, their eccentric route takes 72 days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths—a 1,100-year-old network of trails leading to the sanctuary of Saint James the Greater. It is best known as El Camino de Santiago de Compostela—“The Way” for short. The object of any pilgrimage is an inward journey manifested in a long, reflective walk. For Downie, the inward journey met the outer one: a combination of self-discovery and physical regeneration. More than 200,000 pilgrims take the highly commercialized Spanish route annually, but few cross France. Downie had a goal: to go from Paris to the Pyrenees on age-old trails, making the pilgrimage in his own maverick way.

Paris to the Pyrenees

Paris to the Pyrenees
Author: David Downie
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2021-11-15
ISBN 10: 1639360603
ISBN 13: 9781639360604
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Paris to the Pyrenees Book Review:

Part adventure story, part cultural history, this “enjoyably offbeat travelogue” explores the phenomenon of the spiritual pilgrimage (Booklist). Driven by curiosity, wanderlust, and health crises, Downie and his wife walk across Paris on the old pilgrimage route Rue Saint-Jacques then trek about 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain. The eccentric route would take 72 days on Roman roads and The Way of Saint James, the 1,100-year-old pilgrimage network leading to the sanctuary of Saint James the Greater in Spain. It is best known as El Camino de Santiago de Compostela - The Way for short. The object of any pilgrimage is an inward journey manifested in a long, reflective walk. For Downie, the inward journey meets the outer one. More than 20,000 pilgrims take the highly commercialized Spanish route annually, but few cross France. Downie had a goal: to go from Paris to the Pyrenees on age-old trails, making the pilgrimage in his own maverick way.

Boundaries

Boundaries
Author: Peter Sahlins
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 351
Release: 1989
ISBN 10: 0520074157
ISBN 13: 9780520074156
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Boundaries Book Review:

“Brilliant. . . . This fascinating exploration through three centuries of the frontier is rounded off with a perceptive and balanced appraisal of the nature of national identity within the context of the Pyrenees. . . . A study which is exciting, learned, and thought-provoking, a splendid example of interdisciplinary history at its best.”—Times Literary Supplement

A Passion for Paris

A Passion for Paris
Author: David Downie
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2015-04-28
ISBN 10: 1466841257
ISBN 13: 9781466841253
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Passion for Paris Book Review:

"A top-notch walking tour of Paris. . . . The author's encyclopedic knowledge of the city and its artists grants him a mystical gift of access: doors left ajar and carriage gates left open foster his search for the city's magical story. Anyone who loves Paris will adore this joyful book. Readers visiting the city are advised to take it with them to discover countless new experiences." —Kirkus Reviews (starred) A unique combination of memoir, history, and travelogue, this is author David Downie's irreverent quest to uncover why Paris is the world's most romantic city—and has been for over 150 years. Abounding in secluded, atmospheric parks, artists' studios, cafes, restaurants and streets little changed since the 1800s, Paris exudes romance. The art and architecture, the cityscape, riverbanks, and the unparalleled quality of daily life are part of the equation. But the city's allure derives equally from hidden sources: querulous inhabitants, a bizarre culture of heroic negativity, and a rich historical past supplying enigmas, pleasures and challenges. Rarely do visitors suspect the glamor and chic and the carefree atmosphere of the City of Light grew from and still feed off the dark fountainheads of riot, rebellion, mayhem and melancholy—and the subversive literature, art and music of the Romantic Age. Weaving together his own with the lives and loves of Victor Hugo, Georges Sand, Charles Baudelaire, Balzac, Nadar and other great Romantics Downie delights in the city's secular romantic pilgrimage sites asking , Why Paris, not Venice or Rome—the tap root of "romance"—or Berlin, Vienna and London—where the earliest Romantics built castles-in-the-air and sang odes to nightingales? Read A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light and find out.

The Rough Guide to France

The Rough Guide to France
Author: Rough Guides (Firm),David Abram
Publsiher: Rough Guides
Total Pages: 1328
Release: 2003
ISBN 10: 9781843530565
ISBN 13: 1843530562
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Rough Guide to France Book Review:

From cosmopolitan Paris to the sunny Cote d'Azur, from historical Normandy to the rocky Pyrenes, this new edition updates the best of towns, attractions, and landscapes of every region. 100 maps. of color photos.

Pardon My French

Pardon My French
Author: Sally Hammond
Publsiher: New Holland Publishers (AU)
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 1921655607
ISBN 13: 9781921655609
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pardon My French Book Review:

Pardon My French is Sally's travel journal as she samples the local food, stays in local places (both on and off the beaten track), struggles with the language, discovers history and mysteries, and, of course, collects recipes en route.

The Nightingale

The Nightingale
Author: Kristin Hannah
Publsiher: Macmillan Audio
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2015-02-03
ISBN 10: 9781427212672
ISBN 13: 1427212678
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Nightingale Book Review:

In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are. FRANCE, 1939 In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive. Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others. With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.

Paris on Air

Paris on Air
Author: Oliver Gee
Publsiher: Earful Tower Publishing
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2020-05-13
ISBN 10: 9781098301996
ISBN 13: 1098301994
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Paris on Air Book Review:

Join award-winning podcaster Oliver Gee on this laugh-out-loud journey through the streets of Paris. He tells of how five years in France have taught him how to order cheese, make a Parisian person smile, and convince anyone you can fake French (even if, like Oliver, you speak the language like an Australian cow). A fresh voice on the Paris scene, he shares the soaring highs and crushing lows that come with following your dreams to the French capital. He also befriends the city's too-cool-for-school basketballers, chases runaway crocodiles, and goes on a mammoth honeymoon trip around France on his little red scooter.

Love And War In The Pyrenees

Love And War In The Pyrenees
Author: Rosemary Bailey
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2010-12-30
ISBN 10: 0297856170
ISBN 13: 9780297856177
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Love And War In The Pyrenees Book Review:

A vivid blend of history and travel and a sweeping story of collaboration and resistance, fear and heroism, pacifism and sacrifice all set against the backdrop of the Pyrenees. Over the fifteen years Rosemary has been living in the region, the more she realised she didn't know about the war; about the French during the Occupation, the real role of the Resistance, the level of collaboration, the concentration camps in the Pyrenees and the treatment of Jews and other refugees. It is still very much a veiled history and most of the archives remain firmly closed. LOVE AND WAR IN THE PYRENEES is a portrait of human tragedy, heroism and cruelty that will create a picture of the period from a contemporary angle, the history linked to sights that can still be visited, and brought to life by letters, interviews and encounters with people today, including the historians currently trying to investigate what really happened.

Seven Letters from Paris

Seven Letters from Paris
Author: Samantha Vérant
Publsiher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2014-10-07
ISBN 10: 1402297238
ISBN 13: 9781402297236
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Seven Letters from Paris Book Review:

Twenty years, seven letters, and one long-lost love of a lifetime At age 40, Samantha Verant's life is falling apart-she's jobless, in debt, and feeling stuck... until she stumbles upon seven old love letters from Jean-Luc, the sexy Frenchman she'd met in Paris when she was 19. With a quick Google search, she finds him, and both are quick to realize that the passion they felt 20 years prior hasn't faded with time and distance. Samantha knows that jetting off to France to reconnect with a man that she only knew for one sun-drenched, passion-filled day is crazy-but it's the kind of crazy she's been waiting for her whole life.

DK Eyewitness Back Roads France

DK Eyewitness Back Roads France
Author: DK Eyewitness
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2016-03-01
ISBN 10: 1465453806
ISBN 13: 9781465453808
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

DK Eyewitness Back Roads France Book Review:

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Back Roads France will take you on scenic routes to discover charming villages, local restaurants, and intimate places to stay. Unearth the real soul of this magical region with all the practical information you could need, from road conditions and lengths of drives to parking information and opening hours for local attractions. Twenty-five themed drives, each lasting one to seven days, reveal breathtaking views, hidden gems, and authentic local experiences that can only be discovered by road. Each tour is bursting with insider knowledge and loaded with ideas for varied activities - from walks to days on the beach, children's attractions, wine tours, and cycling trips. Meanwhile, the most friendly, best-value hotels, guesthouses, and restaurants specializing in regional produce have been selected by expert authors. Discover the unexpected on your vacation with DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: Back Roads France.

Escape Through the Pyrenees

Escape Through the Pyrenees
Author: Lisa Fittko
Publsiher: Northwestern University Press
Total Pages: 221
Release: 2000
ISBN 10: 9780810118034
ISBN 13: 0810118033
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Escape Through the Pyrenees Book Review:

"Though it reads like a suspense novel, Escape through the Pyrenees is Lisa Fittko's extraordinary memoir of life as an "enemy alien" in France before and after the German invasion of 1940. Fittko and her husband, Hans, were Jewish leftists in Berlin who became active members of the anti-Fascist German resistance. In 1933, they fled the Gestapo to what they thought was the safety of France. To the French authorities, however, they and thousands of other German émigrés represented a grave political threat. Soon these émigrés were rounded up and crowded into concentration camps."--Back cover.

So Close to Freedom

So Close to Freedom
Author: Jean-Luc E. Cartron
Publsiher: U of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2019-04
ISBN 10: 1640121757
ISBN 13: 9781640121751
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

So Close to Freedom Book Review:

During World War II many escape-line organizations contributed to the Allied cause by funneling hundreds of servicemen trapped behind enemy lines out of occupied Europe. As the Germans tightened their noose around the escape lines and infiltrated them, the risk of discovery only grew for the servicemen who, in ever-increasing numbers, needed safe passage across the Pyrenees. In early 1944 two important escape-line organizations operated in Toulouse in southwestern France, handing over many fugitives to French passeur Jean-Louis Bazerque ("Charbonnier"). Along with several of his successful missions, Charbonnier's only failure as a passeur is recounted in gripping detail in So Close to Freedom. This riveting story recounts how Charbonnier tried to guide a large group of fugitives--most of them downed Allied airmen, along with a French priest, two doctors, a Belgian Olympic skater, and others--to freedom across the Pyrenees. Tragically, they were discovered by German mountain troopers just shy of the Spanish border. Jean-Luc E. Cartron offers the first detailed account of what happened, showing how Charbonnier operated, his ties with "the Françoise" (previously "Pat O'Leary") escape-line organization, and how the group was betrayed and by whom. So Close to Freedom sheds light not only on the complex and precarious work of escape lines but also on the concrete, nerve-racking experiences of the airmen and those helping them. It shows the desperation of all those seeking passage to Spain, the myriad dangers they faced, and the lengths they would go to in order to survive.

Through the High Pyrenees

Through the High Pyrenees
Author: Harold Spender
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 370
Release: 1898
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: PRNC:32101073594770
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Through the High Pyrenees Book Review:

France in Mind

France in Mind
Author: Alice Leccese Powers
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2010-03-03
ISBN 10: 0307485080
ISBN 13: 9780307485083
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

France in Mind Book Review:

In her third literary Baedeker, Alice Leccese Powers–editor of Italy in Mind and Ireland in Mind–explores France through the senses and sensibilities of thirty-three British and American authors. The food and the people, the culture and viniculture, the architecture and the expatriates, the pleasures (and frustrations) of France are described by intrepid travelers who also happen to be brilliant essayists, poets, and novelists. From Gertrude Stein’s Paris to Ezra Pound’s Pyrenees; from Tobias Smollett, who grumbled, to Peter Mayle, who settled in; and from Edith Wharton on falling in love to David Sedaris on falling over French grammar–here is France in all its splendor in the words of some of the best and most entertaining writers in the English language. Henry Adams • James Baldwin • Elizabeth Bishop • Mary Blume • James Fenimore Cooper • Charles Dickens • Lawrence Durrell • Lawrence Ferlinghetti • M. F. K. Fisher • F. Scott Fitzgerald • Janet Flanner • Adam Gopnik • Joanne Harris • Ernest Hemingway • Washington Irving • Henry James • Thomas Jefferson • Stanley Karnow • Peter Mayle • Mary McCarthy • Jan Morris • Ezra Pound • David Sedaris • Tobias Smollett • Gertrude Stein • Robert Louis Stevenson • Paul Theroux • Gillian Tindall • Calvin Trillin • Mark Twain • Edith Wharton • Richard Wilbur • William Carlos Williams From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Book of the Pyrenees

A Book of the Pyrenees
Author: Sabine Baring-Gould
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 309
Release: 1907
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UCAL:B3251198
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Book of the Pyrenees Book Review:

The Pyrenees stand up as a natural wall of demarcation between two nations, the French and the Spaniards, just as the mountains of Dauphin� sever the French from the Italians. It has been remarked that these natural barriers are thrown up to part Romance-speaking peoples, whereas the mountain ranges sink to comparative insignificance between the French and the Germans. Over the Jura the French tongue has flowed up the Rhone to Sierre, above the Lake of Geneva, so the Spanish or Catalan has overleaped the Pyrenees in Roussillon, and the Basque tongue has those who speak it in both cis-Pyrenean and trans-Pyrenean Navarre. The Pyrenees are the upcurled lips of the huge limestone sea-bed, that at some vastly remote period was snapped from east to west, and through the fissure thus formed the granite was thrust, lifting along with it the sedimentary rocks.

The Paris Children

The Paris Children
Author: Gloria Goldreich
Publsiher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2020-09-01
ISBN 10: 1728215633
ISBN 13: 9781728215631
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Paris Children Book Review:

Inspired by the true story of one woman's fight to survive during the 20th century's darkest hour Paris, 1935. A dark shadow falls over Europe as Adolf Hitler's regime gains momentum, leaving the city of Paris on the brink of occupation. Young Madeleine Levy—granddaughter of Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish World War I hero—steps bravely into a new wave of resistance and becomes the guardian of lost children. When Madeleine meets a small girl in a tattered coat with the hollow look of one forced to live a nightmare—a young Jewish refugee from Germany named Anna—she knows that she cannot stand idly by. Paris is full of children like Anna—frightened and starving, innocent casualties of a war barely begun. Madeleine offers them comfort and strength while working with other members of the resistance to smuggle them into safer territories. But as the Paris she loves is transformed into a theater of tension and hatred, many people are tempted to abandon the cause—and the country. And amidst the impending horror and doubt, Madeleine's relationship with Claude, a young Jewish Resistance fighter, as passionate about saving vulnerable children as she is, deepens. With a questionable future ahead of them, all Madeleine can do is continue fighting and hope that her spirit—and the nation's—won't be broken. A remarkable, paranoramic novel, The Paris Children is a story of love and tragedy that illuminates the power of hope and courage in the face of adversity.

My Good Life in France

My Good Life in France
Author: Janine Marsh
Publsiher: Michael O'Mara Books
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2017-05-04
ISBN 10: 1782437339
ISBN 13: 9781782437338
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

My Good Life in France Book Review:

One grey dismal day, Janine Marsh was on a trip to northern France to pick up some cheap wine. She returned to England a few hours later having put in an offer on a rundown old barn in the rural Seven Valleys area of Pas de Calais. This was not something she'd expected or planned for. Janine eventually gave up her job in London to move with her husband to live the good life in France. Or so she hoped. While getting to grips with the locals and la vie Française, and renovating her dilapidated new house, a building lacking the comforts of mains drainage, heating or proper rooms, and with little money and less of a clue, she started to realize there was lot more to her new home than she could ever have imagined. These are the true tales of Janine's rollercoaster ride through a different culture - one that, to a Brit from the city, was in turns surprising, charming and not the least bit baffling.

A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence
Author: Peter Mayle
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2010-05-19
ISBN 10: 0307755495
ISBN 13: 9780307755490
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Year in Provence Book Review:

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.

Pilgrim Guides to the Roads Through France to Santiago de Compostela

Pilgrim Guides to the Roads Through France to Santiago de Compostela
Author: Marigold Fox,Maurice Fox
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 73
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 9781870585378
ISBN 13: 1870585372
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pilgrim Guides to the Roads Through France to Santiago de Compostela Book Review: