Paris to the Past

Paris to the Past

Traveling Through French History by Train

eBook - 2011
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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 (
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393082012
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jun 05, 2014

I am not the biggest fan of non-fiction but every once in a while I come across a book that I have to try. Being a huge enthusiast of travel by train, a friend thought this would be my kind of book and she proved to be right.

Ina Caro takes you on a journey from the 12th century to the 19th century without ever leaving the comfort of her rented Paris apartment. It is pretty obvious that the author loves France, she gushes about the food, the tour guides, the buildings, the history and especially her favorite emperor, Napoleon III.

I wasn’t interested in her restaurant suggestions but that is because no matter where I travel I stick to McDonald’s, much to the disgust of my friends and family. I really hate going on tours, the rest of the group and the forced stop and go put me off, so those suggestions are also not to my taste. The idea that you can take 25 different day trips with no more than a 90 minute train ride right from the center of Paris is fabulous. These trips take you to actual castles, cathedrals and palaces, which are always right at the top of any travel list I make, and they are described in detail with all the history surrounding their construction, re-construction and occupants. I now have some new ideas for the next trip to France, I'm so excited.

Jul 06, 2012

Insightful, smart, humorus book about French art and history.


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