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Prepping for Paris: FIVE books to read to enhance your trip to Paris

Paris is an amazing city to visit and a little upfront prep work can really enhance your trip. This “Prepping for Paris” series is a collection of tips and ideas for you to use when preparing for your trip to Paris. For part 2, I’m sharing five of my favorite books about Paris to help bring the history of the city alive.

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1.) My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme

I adore Julia Child. Not only was she adventurous but she had a fabulous sense of humor. In this book, Julia Child recounts her life in France including the time she lived in Paris and began her journey to become the American expert on French cuisine. After reading this book, I wanted to visit all her haunts including the mecca of cookware E. Dehillerin.

2.) Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser

Antonia Fraser is a master at bringing history to life in her writing. One of the traits I love about her books is how much she researches all aspects of historical events. It is a fascinating book that makes Versailles even more enchanting.

3.) Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach

While this book is not solely about Paris, Alice Steinbach starts her adventure there. Finding herself divorced and empty-nested, she heads out to travel Europe solo. An easy read to get those travel juices flowing.

4.) Selected Letters (Penguin Classics) by Madame de Sevigne

Letters written by Madame de Sevigne mostly to her daughter during the time of Louis XIV is not an easy read book but does give a view of life during the reign of the “Sun King” of France.

5.) The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough

Full disclosure…I haven’t read this book yet but I love, love, love David McCullough’s books. He has an amazing talent to turn historical facts into amazing stories and is one of my favorite authors. I’m sure I will love this book as much as I love his others.

What other books do you suggest reading before heading to Paris?

Bises (kisses),

Part 1  “Prepping for Paris”: Why you should get in shape for your next trip to Paris

Part 3 “Prepping for Paris”: Let everyone know YOU’RE GOING TO PARIS! A check list of to-do’s before you leave.

Want more of the “for Paris” series? Check out the first installment: Packing for Paris

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7 Responses to Prepping for Paris: FIVE books to read to enhance your trip to Paris

  1. Kelly says:

    This is a great start. I loved My Life in France too. I love Julia, I love food, and I love Paris…a winning combination.

    And then when you’re there, visit the iconic Shakespeare and Company, buy a book, and get it stamped. Touristy fun, but fun, nonetheless.

  2. Great list, My Life in France is delightful! A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway; Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard is cute, my bff gave it to me before my move to Paris.

  3. Akaleistar says:

    I love Antonia Fraser’s book, and I will have to check out the others on your list 🙂