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Book of the Week - Paris to the Past

Paris to the Past
Our book partner, Longitude books is always searching for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

This week, they've recommended you try Paris to the Past - Traveling Through French History by Train, by Ina Caro.

You're invited to join Ina Caro on 25 one-day trips by train from Paris to experience 700 years of French history. Whether taking us to Orleans to evoke the miraculous visions of Joan of Arc, to Versailles to experience the flamboyant achievements of Louis XIV, or to the Place de la Concorde to witness the beheading of Marie Antoinette, Caro animates history with her lush descriptions of architectural splendors and tales of court intrigue. Organizing her destinations chronologically from 12th-century Saint-Denis to the 19th-century Restoration at Chantilly, Caro' s easy wit engages readers of all levels.

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