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Cadogan’s Provence

15 Jul

Cadogan has become my new favorite travel guide. Beth, my former boss, recommended the title and suggested I visit Provence while in France. This guide’s strength is the commentary which is often funny and provides just the right amount and kind of facts. Here’s a sample:

On Arles
Like Nîmes, Arles has enought intact antiquities to call itself the “Rome of France”; unlike Nîmes it lingered in the post-Roman limelight for another thousand years, producing enough saints for every month on the calendar. . . . Henry James wrote “As a city Arles quite misses its effect in every way: and if it is a charming place, as I think it is, I can hardly tell the reason why.” Modern Arles, sitting amidst its ruins, is still somehow charming, in spite of a general scruffiness that seems more intentional than natural.

By the way I really like Arles. It was easy to get around and there was plenty of charm and good food for three days.

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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in guide, non-fiction

 

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3 responses to “Cadogan’s Provence

  1. Sandrah

    July 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation, Susan!

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  2. smkelly8

    July 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    If only, I had some funds to go there.

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    • smkelly8

      July 19, 2011 at 8:54 am

      Yet, good travel writing or films is a pretty good substitute.

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