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Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France [Hardcover]

Vivian Swift
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7 Jun 2012

Road trip: those are still the two most inspiring words to vagabonds and couch potatoes alike; after all, the great American spirit was forged by road trippers from the Pilgrims to Lewis and Clark to the Dharma Bums. Le Road Trip combines the appeal of the iconic American quest with France's irresistible allure, offering readers a totally new perspective of life on the road.

Le Road Trip tells the story of one idyllic French honeymoon trip, but it is also a witty handbook of tips and advice on how to thrive as a traveler, a captivating visual record with hundreds of watercolor illustrations, and a chronicle depicting the incomparable charms of being footloose in France. Armchair travelers, die-hard vagabonds, art journalists, and red wine drinkers will all find something to savor in this story.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608195325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608195329
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 21.1 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 616,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I probably cannot adequately convey how much I absolutely loved reading When Wanderers Cease to Roam... It's charming, delightful and captivating... A perfect gift for travelers, those with artistic souls, those with a sense of wonder, those who are hug-the-hearths -- in short, nearly everyone on your gift list. (Nancy Pearl, NPR.org)

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"J'adore Vivian Swift-my favorite travel writer, my favorite travel doodler. This book is a little secret pocket of treasure and intimacy. Enjoy every careful and carefree detail!" -Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

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3.0 out of 5 stars Twee 4 Feb 2014
By Finoula
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I think the title of this review sums it up nicely. It's ok and some of the illustrations are cute, but twee is the word that comes most readily to mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What A Trip! 12 Feb 2013
This book's exquisite water colour illustrations and whimsical prose extol the charms of one of my favourite countries - la France. It's a bijou of a book. Although I "finished" it a few months ago, I still pull it down from the book shelf to dip into when I need a little pick me up. Buy it, read it, love it.

Vive Le Road Trip and vive Vivian Swift!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for travelers - especially exchange students, college year abroad students & Peace Corps volunteers 11 April 2012
By Making Art - Published on Amazon.com
"Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France" follows on the success of Vivian Swift's delightful and genre defying first book "When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put." In "Le Road Trip" Swift has given us another gift for the senses. This book celebrates in both word and image how to be a tourist in your own life - take it in, savor it, but also don't take any of it too seriously.

Her "chocolate box" approach to books allows you to read in any order you like (though chronological is fun because it gives you the unfolding experience of the trip). As with her first book, "Le Road Trip" is completely hand-lettered by the author as well as full of her gorgeous watercolors and line drawings, perfect and often obscure quotes as well as thoughtful reflections on what it is like to travel (and be in love). I find that Swift's books lend themselves to re-reading. You'll always notice something new, most notably in the deceptively simple illustrations.

How I wish this book had been around when I first went abroad as a teenager and young adult. It'd have been a help and encouragement to find my own unique way of traveling - the way that was right for me. Indeed, I plan give this book to anyone about to travel or live abroad (perfect for exchange students, college year abroad students and even Peace Corps volunteers). On the surface "Le Road Trip" is about a trip to France, but really the subject is universal - the joys and, at times, difficulties of any kind travel outside of the familiar (going to college, living on the other side of the globe, starting a new relationship).

Nancy Pearl, Seattle librarian and book reviewer extraordinaire said it best: "A perfect gift for travelers, those with artistic souls, those with a sense of wonder, those who are hug-the-hearths--in short--nearly everyone on your gift list."

All I can add to that is be sure to put yourself at the top of that list!
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5.0 out of 5 stars bliss for armchair travelers - Vivian Swift does it again! 14 April 2012
By Chel Micheline - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not a fan of travel. I'm not a big fan of France. But I LOVE this book. LOVE it.

Full of beautiful color watercolor illustrations, travel information (such as "there are no wrong trains"), memories, funny little antecdotes, "Le Road Trip" is a blissful vacation unto itself. This isn't a little slip of a book that you will get a few moments of flipping through, this is a BIG, HEAVY book full of stories. As with "When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put, I have spent several afternoons curled outside on the porch swing, immersed in this book. There's so much to read and look at and ponder. There is an actual BOOK under the beauty, much to read about traveling and personal adventures and information about France (who knew there wasn't really breakfast in France?)

I really appreciate what Vivian Swift does. I love her style, and I've said before that I wish all books were like the ones she creates. Art books don't have to be completely visual, and memoirs don't have to be black and white. There is a happy mix between art books and "reading" books and Vivian Swift has found it.

I highly recommend this.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Gorgeous 5 Jun 2012
By Bobbi - Published on Amazon.com
Without a doubt, this beautiful book filled with Vivian's beautiful paintings and words, is destined to become THE book the captures the ecstasy (and the occasional agony) of travelling through the world's most popular country. It's more than a book, it is a true work of art. The perfect way to travel, a passport to adventure and a book that defines the word delightful.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving Le Trip 7 May 2012
By Ann C. Turkle - Published on Amazon.com
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Predisposed to like travel writing, France, and illustrated narratives, I was a pushover for this book. But even at that, the continuing pleasures of this travel reflection are surprising. I romped through it almost at one sitting, and now I keep coming back at a more leisurely pace to savor the wonderfully complex treats Swift has prepared for the reader/viewer. Among my favorite pages are the visual equivalent of lists, assemblages of similar items -- windows, types of bread, cafe signs, corks -- all delicious. I continue to be surprised by beautiful details I'd missed the first, or third, or fifth time through. It's a keeper for all styles of traveler.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The very best in armchair travel 10 Aug 2012
By Alexandra MacKenzie - Published on Amazon.com
A lovely book based on what could have been a trite conceit -- love and travel compared and contrasted via a honeymoon trip to France -- which is pulled off beautifully thanks to the author's delightfully wry observations. The ups and downs of romance and travel are deftly illustrated with the author's charming watercolors.

The reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is that I did find the illstrations too predictable by about midway through, which I think is more about subject matter than any fault of the artist's. In her first book ("When Wanderers Cease to Roam") the subject matter roams hither and yon, so I got used to being pleasantly surprised by each turn of the page, not knowing what would come next. Because this second book is more limited in scope, by the midway point I knew that when I turned a page, I would get either an illustration of a quaint street, or paintings of the landscape showing rolling hills, vineyards, and farmhouses, or a sketch of that day's featured meal. For me this became a little repetitive, with the surprises too few and far between. Thankfully, they are very fine watercolors indeed, and I do love her work.

Overall this is a winning book and I eagerly await whatever subject Vivian Swift assuredly writes and paints about next. You will have a grand time on Le Road Trip!
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