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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of France - 5 June 2010, 5 Jun 2010
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This review is from: Best of France: 8 Self-guided Themed Tours (Paperback)
I bought this book having been one of the lucky people who took two of the author's Leisure Break Tours during the 10 years they were operational.

The dialogue takes you on fascinating journeys through various parts of France; it's history, some notable residents, it's finest architecture, art and much more.

It's a book to pop in the glove compartment of the car when pootling around the French countryside, should you perchance happen to be enjoying the area of any of the tours.

It gives specific places to stay, how best to time your visits to the many attractions in order to gain maximum enjoyment from each excursion and the best times to break for coffee or lunch to make the days relaxing as well as interesting. Even if you do not follow each and every suggestion for places to eat, or historic monuments to marvel at, you will be enchanted or even blown away by many of the endearing mini stories and facts.

Equally this book will appeal to armchair travellers and young people who wish to get under the skin of this diverse country. There are plenty of word and phrase translations too to help unravel some mysteries of the French language.

For myself, I'm hugely inspired to discover the "Treasures of the Riviera" and "In the footsteps of Cezanne and Pagnol" in the south and "Cathar Country" and "Bastides of the South West".
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of France, 23 Mar 2010
This review is from: Best of France: 8 Self-guided Themed Tours (Paperback)
As a Frenchman who loves his country, I am indebted to the author for his itineraries, which are aimed at the tourist who knows from experience that a visit is best appreciated when he also knows where to eat and take a break as well as understanding the historical and cultural context of the place he is discovering.
Trevor Snow's descriptions are didactic and discreet, sparing and subtle, and have the merit of taking the reader beyond what the eye can see. To this end his style is seemingly dispassionate, but as you read the words you detect an erudition which enjoys uncovering new knowledge and a keen observation (one example among many is his reference to the 'Cezanne still-life' look of a Roman mural in Narbonne).
Of course the author is not a neutral observer, for he clearly likes what he describes. Indeed he would not describe it so well if he were not an 'amateur' in the etymological sense of the word. When he makes a lighthearted comment, he does so with discretion and leaves the reader to appreciate it as he will. Trevor Snow offers you information, but without pedantry. He guides, informs, makes your journey easy, and at the end of that journey leaves you to go further if you wish.
Robert Laffont, English teacher, member of the Narbonne archaeological commission
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