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This was quite a bit of fun, to have the chance to speak with Pauline and Arthur Frommer about 100 Places in France on ABC Radio – the same day as my friend and colleague Lavinia Spalding. My interview, April 9 hour 1, here.

Candace Rose Rardon. Lavinia Spalding, Lisa Alpine, Don George, and I. Photo @ M. Terry Bowman

Candace Rose Rardon. Lavinia Spalding, Lisa Alpine, Don George, and I. Photo @ M. Terry Bowman

I don’t get to San Francisco enough, but when I go, I always hope to stop by Book Passage in Corte Madera – and even better, to do an event there. My friend, the lovely writer Lisa Alpine, hosts a series and in June 2015, I did a reading with my great friends and colleagues Lavinia Spalding and Candace Rose Rardon. Here is a YouTube video of the event – Thanks Lisa and Book Passage for another fulfilling night of books and stories.

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Very pleased that my essay about the unexpected pleasure of traveling through France alone has won a Lowell Thomas Award for personal comment. I’m in great company: Here is a list of the winners, and here, again, is my story. And this is what the judges said:

Marcia DeSanctis’ strong, first-person narrative captures what one is supposed to feel for France: recognition of its unquestioned cultural and culinary preeminence. Yet, because she inverts the expectations of the accompanied traveler, she introduces us to a flawed, humane and solitary France. The accompanied traveler carries the awareness of another; the solo traveler converses only with memories. DeSanctis captures the joy of not sharing canelés (traditional pastries of Bordeaux) and the freedom to live extemporaneously. “I was travelling alone,” she writes with a spark of recognition “but not a single thing was missing.”

Behind the wheel in Burgundy.  Illustration by Candace Rose Rardon

Behind the wheel in Burgundy.
Illustration by Candace Rose Rardon

This is my piece in BBC Travel‘s essay column Words and Wanderlust, edited by the incomparable writer and gentleman Don George. Just in time for Valentine’s Day. There is nothing more romantic than a trip through France alone.

Teatime in Paris, solo Illustration by Candace Rose Rardon

Teatime in Paris, solo
Illustration by Candace Rose Rardon

Cynthia Haven has one of the smartest, wittiest and most probing blogs on books – anywhere. So I’m rather incredibly blown away that she read and reviewed my book, and found some incredible illustrations to accompany her write up.