I love to read about Europe whether it's the history, culture, tales from ex-pats or just fiction, particularly when we are about to launch upon a trip. My current favorite is Paris to the Past by Ina Caro since we are soon to head off to France. The book takes the reader on twenty-five train trips that depart from Paris. These trips explore seven hundred years of French history through it's architecture while also taking in museums and restaurants and providing practical suggestions for the traveler. The book is enchanting!
Over the years I have accumulated a substantial library of my favorites and I would like to recommend a few here.
Paris to the Past by Ina Caro
Almost French by Sarah Turnbull
C'est la Vie by Suzy Gershman
A Town Like Paris by Bryce Corbett
On Rue Tatin by Susan Herrmann Loomis
Words in a French Life by Kristin Espinasse
From Here, You Can't See Paris by Michael S. Sanders
Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik
Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach
The Feasting Season by Nancy Coons
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
France a Love Story edited by Camille Cusamano
A Traveler's History of Paris by Robert Cole
Guide to Impressionist Paris by Patty Lurie