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Le Road Trip

A Traveler's Journal of Love and France
Swift, Vivian (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"Part journal of the splendor of being footloose in the French countryside, part instruction manual on how to survive the pitfalls of the vagabond lifestyle, Le Road Trip is a beautiful celebration of the pleasurable perils of travel, love, and France."--Dust jacket.
Authors: Swift, Vivian, 1956-
Title: Le road trip
a traveler's journal of love and France
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Contents: Anticipation : in love and travel, getting there is half the fun
Infatuation : arrival
it's a lot like love at first sight
The reality check : a little bump in the road
The honeymoon phase : travel at its most romantic
The going gets tough : survival tips
The comfort zone : ready for the long haul
The end of the road : it's a lot like breaking up
Aller et retour : there and back
Summary: "Part journal of the splendor of being footloose in the French countryside, part instruction manual on how to survive the pitfalls of the vagabond lifestyle, Le Road Trip is a beautiful celebration of the pleasurable perils of travel, love, and France."--Dust jacket.
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(05/12)ss
ISBN: 1608195325
9781608195329
Branch Call Number: Non-F 944.361 Swi
Statement of Responsibility: Vivian Swift
Subject Headings: Swift, Vivian, 1956- Diaries Americans France France Description and travel
Topical Term: Americans
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Nov 17, 2012
  • hgeng63 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Lovely hand-lettering & watercolors. Very nice if you know you're never going there.- What I found slightly offensive was the author's belief that, just because her man is hers he should be desirable to all--ugh! Stilll, a woman who likes cats & Barbara Pym can't be all that bad.

travel book for book club?

Apr 11, 2012
  • gitanag rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France" follows on the success of Vivian Swift's delightful and genre defying first book "When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put." In "Le Road Trip" Swift has given us another gift for the senses. This book celebrates in both word and image how to be a tourist in your own life - take it in, savor it, but also don't take any of it too seriously.

Her "chocolate box" approach to books allows you to read in any order you like (though chronological is fun because it gives you the unfolding experience of the trip). As with her first book, "Le Road Trip" is completely hand-lettered by the author as well as full of her gorgeous watercolors and line drawings, perfect and often obscure quotes as well as thoughtful reflections on what it is like to travel (and be in love). I find that Swift's books lend themselves to re-reading. You'll always notice something new, most notably in the deceptively simple illustrations.

How I wish this book had been around when I first went abroad as a teenager and young adult. It'd have been a help and encouragement to find my own unique way of traveling - the way that was right for me. Indeed, I plan give this book to anyone about to travel or live abroad (perfect for exchange students, college year abroad students and even Peace Corps volunteers). On the surface "Le Road Trip" is about a trip to France, but really the subject is universal - the joys and, at times, difficulties of any kind travel outside of the familiar (going to college, living on the other side of the globe, starting a new relationship).

Nancy Pearl, Seattle librarian and book reviewer extraordinaire said it best: "A perfect gift for travelers, those with artistic souls, those with a sense of wonder, those who are hug-the-hearths--in short--nearly everyone on your gift list."

All I can add to that is be sure to put yourself at the top of that list!

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