I came across Le Road Trip in so many places. It seems every blogger with an interest in France has already read it. Carol at Paris Breakfasts. Beth Fish Reads. Paulita at An Accidental Blog. Emma at Words and Peace. Friends were reading it on Goodreads. I'd hunted it down at my library and found a perfectly timed day of enforced rest to read it.
It is more than a mere personal recollection though, there are speculations on the nature of travel, and the philosophy and practicalities of travel. Some of which I agree with- travel is a heightened experience- and some I don't- that you should pack for whoever you are on a Saturday morning- I'm not sure that level of slobby comfort is what I should wear in France.
|Although I might take some of these suggestions
Vivian Swift casts her artists eye over France, and seeks out the beauty, the details to share with us.
|She created her own handwritten font!
|What else do you need?
Vivian Swift, a lifelong Francophile, has lived in Paris, and visited France many times, not just on this honeymoon trip and has some insights about France and French culture to share with us.
Some are not so surprising:
Lunch is a spiritual activity in France.
To eat salad in France, fold, do not cut, the leaves.
Normandy is the largest area in France which does not produce wine (which is obvious when you think about it).
So happy to know that these are called
Le Road Trip made me realise that I'm certainly not alone in my passion for France. France is the number one tourist destination in the world. 75 million international visitors make their way there every year (1 in 12 international tourists are France bound), and 2/3 of those travelling to France are repeat visitors- we just can't get enough it seems. 85% of the French holiday at home also. To give an indication of how popular France is, the USA and Spain tie for the second most popular travel destination with 35 million visitors apiece.
Certainly the most surprising snippet I learnt from Le Road Trip is that penguins are known for "horizontal projectile defecation". It seems it's true!
Dreaming of France, a great Monday meme from Paulita at An Accidental Blog
Books on France, a great 2013 challenge from Emma at Words and Peace