Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Having a staycation or vacation? If your itchy feet and the approach of summer are motivating you to get on the road, why not take advantage of the many travel books at the Monrovia Public Library. The whole world is represented by the library’s up-to-date collection. Whether you are a veteran, new or reluctant traveler, you can find just the right book.  Everyone seems to want to go to Europe’s most popular country, France, so let’s take a look at what books are available.


The Eyewitness, Fodor’s and Lonely Planet series all have something in common. They are practical tourist guides that offer advice on lodging, restaurants, sights to see and transportation and each has maps and budget ideas. The highlight of DK Eyewitness Travel France is its attractive and easy-to-use color photographs, maps and images which act as a visual tour guide. Fodor’s France is a great nuts and bolts directory that is especially useful for the planning phase of a trip. Fodor’s guides continue to be excellent choices and their reputation as a favorite resource continues. Lonely Planet: Europe on a Shoestring is for travelers who want to go beyond the French borders. It is a huge compendium of itineraries and recommendations and focuses on both known, and little known, destinations. 

If you are looking for specialty books on certain geographical regions in France, there are some great guides. The Eyewitness Travel Book Back Roads France offers 25 different auto trip itineraries you can take while exploring small towns and discovering hidden treasures.  The Loire Valley is another Eyewitness book that concentrates on the part of central France devoted to vineyards, orchards and historic towns.  111 Places in Provence That You Must Not Miss by Ralf Nestmeyer is an off-beat guide to little known eateries, flower farms and shops. 
What else do you need for your trip to France? How about checking out the French Phrase Book from Berlitz. It is the perfect companion to making your trip more enjoyable.

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