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Told in a series of stylish, original essays, New York Times travel bestseller 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is for the serious Francophile and anyone who loves crisp stories well told. Like all great travel writing, this collection of stories goes beyond the guidebook and offers insight not only about where to go but why it is meaningful to go there. Combining advice, memoir, and meditations on the glories of traveling through France, this book is the must-have for anyone―woman or man―voyaging to or dreaming of France. 

Award-winning writer Marcia DeSanctis draws on years of travels and life in France to lead you through vineyards, architectural treasures, fabled gardens, and contemplative hikes from Biarritz to Deauville, Antibes to the French Alps. These 100 entries capture art, history, food, fresh air, beaches, wine, and style and along the way, she tells the stories of many fascinating women who changed the country’s destiny. The stories are sexy, literary, spiritual, profound, and overall, simply gorgeous. 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is an indispensable companion for the smart and curious who are intrigued by France. 

“In this elegant book, Marcia DeSanctis becomes your smartest, most glamorous, generous and insightful friend—your sage, and your guide. 100 Places in France is a treasure for any woman who wishes to know the country intimately, from its most delectable and stylish surfaces (lingerie! parfum!) to its nuanced and profound depths. Whether traveling by jet, or simply by imagination, you will savor this ride, perhaps along with a glass of fine champagne or the perfect demitasse. I loved it.”

Dani Shapiro
author of Still Writing and Inheritance

“I’m not sure which I would rather do: pack this book and visit all the sublime places Marcia DeSanctis portrays, or curl up in my living room and devour the shimmering language in her 100 beautiful stories. Either way, 100 Places in France is travel writing at its finest: informative, deep and transporting.”

Ann Leary
author of The Good House and The Children

“A 100-chapter love letter about France and a manual on how other women can best find that love…excellent inspiration for a future trip.”

Spud Hilton
San Francisco Chronicle

“Even if you don’t have plans to go to France, Marcia DeSanctis will take you there with her whimsical, encyclopedic guide to Gallic life…a necessary indulgence for even the most jaded Francophile.”

Kate Betts
author of My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine

“Transcends the genre.”

France Magazine

“It’s the most elegantly written book, rich in history and very French, in the best possible way. It’s just a delight.”

Pauline Frommer
The Frommer Radio Hour

“Blows up the typical stodgy guidebook format…this nifty book will cause an outbreak of Franco-lust.”

MORE Magazine

“Some day when I do drink absinthe in a basement bar in Antibes or hike along the beaches of Étretat, my experience will be all the richer for having DeSanctis as a guide.”

Boston Globe

“A splendid new book on France has hit the shelves. DeSanctis has curated 100 distinct experiences that you’ll want to revisit again and again. For those smitten with travel to France, this volume is a real gift.”

France Today