In one of the most inventive travel books in years, Ina Caro invites listeners on 25 one-day train trips that depart from Paris and transport us back through 700 years of French history. Whether taking us to Orléans to evoke the visions of Joan of Arc 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. “[An] enchanting travelogue” (Publishers Weekly), Paris to the Past has become one of the classic guidebooks of our time.
"I’d rather go to France with Ina Caro than with Henry Adams or Henry James." (Newsweek)
We've sent an email with your order details. Order ID #:
To access this title, visit your library in the app or on the desktop website.
Day Trip From Paris?... Look No Further!
- Simone "Follow me on Goodreads too!"
History comes to life
I love the history but am really quite uninterested in where the picnics happened, or which restaurants were eaten in. In this respect, I found the juxtaposition of personal preference for one diner over another very distracting. However, I used the historical information to plan a number of day trips when I was staying in Paris. I feel there should be two editions and I would prefer the abridged one with the non historical detail taken out.
Also purchased Roads to the Past (hard copy) and used it as the basis for exploring the Loire
Some of her French pronunciation was difficult
Visited a number of the places after listening - including Chartres and Vincennes, and are planning quite a number of others in our next trip