100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go

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  • Copyright: 2014-11-11
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Whether a die-hard Francophile or suffering a serious case of wanderlust, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go encourages women to discover a special side of France dedicated to the feminine. Author and Wanderlust Tours owner Shawnie Kelley Foy draws on two decades of traveling, living, and conducting tours in France. In this book, she leads ladies through the sparkling City of Light, along the sultry Cote d’Azur, and through the rugged mountains in search of la France feminine. Each of the thirteen categories with its 100 entries captures France’s various personalities. Included here are eight of Europe’s top 25 most-visited attractions, such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower, but many of Foy’s suggestions steer women well off the beaten path. Make a rigorous trek to one of the Cathar Castles precariously perched in the Pyrenees, or tap into “Sacred Feminine France” with a pilgrimage to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Discover “History Buff’s France” by following in the footsteps of Joan of Arc, or quench your thirst for travel and wine with a tour to any one of the nine regions suggested in “Eau de Vie.” If you choose to munch macarons in the Marais or chow cassoulet in Carcassone, an authentic taste of France can be found in every corner of the country as seen in “Foodie France.” For those who prefer to travel from the comfort of an armchair, Foy weaves a femme-focused narrative of amusing anecdotes, ancient legends, and scandalous stories into each chapter; transporting readers to sunny Mediterranean climes, crowded flower markets, and medieval villages. As a lifelong Francophile, Foy uses her personal and professional travel expertise, combined with insights from a diverse range of women, to offer up practicalities to women traveling solo, with a companion, or in a group. Helpful suggestions are made for eating, drinking, and sleeping, as well as relevant books, blogs, and online resources. From sexy to sublime, feminine to flamboyant, romantic to rowdy, Foy proves the allure of France for women goes well beyond the pursuits of food, fashion, and romance.

Author Biography

Shawnie Kelley Foy owns Wanderlust Tours, a travel company specializing in cultural, culinary, and women’s tourism. She has lived in France and continues to travel extensively through the country. Shawnie contributes to several history and travel magazines and teaches French travel and cooking seminars in Columbus, OH where she lives with her husband, Kevin, and menagerie of pets.

Table of Contents

Written by culinary and travel writer, Hillary Davis (of Marche Dimanche). Having lived in the perched village of Bar sur Luop in the hills above Cannes and being a tried and true Francophile, I couldn’t think of a more fitting woman to introduce the country we both adore.

The goal of 100 Places is to inspire women travelers to seek out experiences in France that feed their spirits, senses, intellects, and sense of adventure. It offers a cross section of cultural, culinary, holy, and secular sites from across the country. Its’ goal is to transport readers to France, even if they physically can not travel there.

TIPS FOR FRENCH TRAVEL: A bit about travel logistics, and pointers on traveling as a solo woman, couple, or group.

Introduce the world’s most feminine city; in a country that speaks the language of love. General overview of Parisian history; how St Genevieve saved the city from destruction by the Huns through prayer, impact of Medici queens, Marie Antoinette’s designer, Edith Piaf, Coco Chanel, Dalida in Montmartre.
1- Monuments: Eiffel tour, Arcs, Lady Liberty
2- Theatres: related to French acots, dancers, or containing feminine artworks
3- Cemeteries: burial spots of famous French figures
4- Gardens: Luxembourg, Place des Vosges, Bois de Boulogne, Carnavalet
5- Churches: Notre Dames (our ladies); famous Marian sculptures and other artworks
6- Fashion: walking tours, fashion houses, shopping streets, Coco Chanel
7- The Louvre: Venus di Milo, Winged Victory, Mona Lisa, Hot man sculptures! etc
8- Other Museums: Must-see Parisian collections: Rodin’s Thinker; Musee d’Orsay; Carnavalet; etc.
9- Classic Cafes: Oldest bistro in Paris, famous triumvirate of cafes,
10- Leaving myself wiggle room to divide above information into another category
11- Spare No Expense: have cocktails at the Ritz, stay at the Hotel du Crillon, or eat at a Michelin restaurant

Eat: Creperie
Drink: Classic cafes
Sleep: few lodging suggestions
Read: Suggested Reading

Introduce Culinary traditions; note Julia Childs 100th birthday
9- Markets: Produce, Fish, Flower
10- Pastry and Bread: sweets and carbs
11- Chocolate
12- Cheese
13- Crepes
14- Regional Specialties
15- Cooking Courses: Patricia Wells, Le Cordon Bleu, farmhouse cooking classes
16-Kitchen Stores
17- Food Museums
18- Food Festivals

Sleep: lodging suggestion

Introduce French terrior and quick background of Roman introduction of grapes, drinking traditions
19- Loire Valley
20- Cote du Rhone
21- Champagne
22- Bordeaux
23- Absinthe
24- Southwestern France: Languedoc-Roussillon- 90% of French table wine
25- Alsatian Wine Route: Bike tours
26- Cognac
27- Normandy & Brittany- Cavaldos, Cider- Apple country

Sleep: lodging suggestion

Introduction will include European size chart, general store hours, sale months. Food markets are included in Foodie France
28- Famous Parisian Stores: Galleries Lafayette, Bonne Marche, Au Printemps, Shakespeare & co.
29- Regional Products: Soap of Marseilles, Herbes de Provence;
30- Perfumeries
31- Fabric: Provencal linen, Arlesian & Briton lace, Catalan fabric, St. Pierre in Paris
32- Antique & Flea Markets
33- Ceramics & Glass
34- Designer Boutiques: those not included with Parisian fashion houses

Introduce the seductive side of France, with sexy, scandalous tale of Henry Miller and Anais Nin prowling the streets where prostitutes lived
35- Lingerie Shops
36- Mistresses: Versailles’Hamlet, Chateau Chaumont; & other chateaux linked with queens and lovers
37- Cabarets: Moulin Rouge, Crazy Horse, Lido, Follies Bergerrie
38- Sultry Beaches
39- Seductive Streets
40- Sexy Museums

Sleep: lodging suggestion
Read: Suggested Reading: Anais Nin

Introduce chapter with story of Mary Magdalene having been set adrift and coming ashore in southern France; strong Marian lore; churches dedicated wot “Notre Dame” (ur lady),
41- St. Genevieve, Paris: Patron Saint of Paris, prayers averted the huns
42- Chartres Cathedral: Virgin Mary’s Tunic
43- Vezelay Abbey: Mary Magdalene’s relics & tomb
44- Basilica Mary Magdalene, Saint Maxime la Sainte Baume: Mary Magdalene’s relics & tomb
45- St. Cecile, Albi: Patron saint of troubadours, music, and Cathar priestesses
46- Stes. Maries des la Mer: Black Madonna & St. Sara of the Gypsies
47- Lourdes: 18 Marian apparitions, pilgrimage site
48- Rennes Le Chateau: Church of Mary Magdalene and Magdala Library
49- Famous Monasteries: Get thee to a nunnery!

Eat: Dining Suggestions
Sleep: few lodging suggestions
Read: Suggested Reading

Abridged, in a nutshell, short integrate a short crash course in women’s role in French history; story or anecdote to each category relating it back to a female or her impact
50- Our Prehistoric Sisters: Prehistoric & Neolithic sites/ paintings
51- Roman Gaul: Pont du Gard, Nimes Roman ruins, Arles arena, Riems arch
52- Best Historic Quartiers & Old Towns
53- Best medieval castles: Foix, Uzes, Loches
54- Bayeux Tapestry: embroidered by women
55- In the Footsteps of Eleanor of Aquitaine: Court of love in Poitiers, Troyes, Puivert, troubadours
56- Cathar Country: Female priestesses, holy grail legends
57- Gothic Cathedrals: a relevant selection
58- Avignon
59- In the Footsteps of Joan of Arc: sites related to Joan d’Arc, Chinon Castle, Orleans, Rouen Cathedral
60- Normandy- WWII, cemetery and women or sites involved with resistance

Eat: Dining Suggestions
Sleep: few lodging suggestions
Read: Suggested Reading

Introduction to wellness in France, many of these places are hotel/spas; tell anecdote of ageless French women
61 Spas
62- Yoga
63- Thermal Spas: Aix le Bains Alpine ski and spa resort
64- Aquensis Thermal Spa, Pyrenees
65- Detox Camps
66- Hair salons – get a makeover in Paris

Introduction to the geography, the Pyrenees are 10 million years older than the Alps
67- Mountain Villages: Annecey,
68- Perched Bastides: Cordes-sur-Ciel, Les Beaux, St. Paul de Vence, Eze, Roquefort
69- Seaside Towns: Honfluer, Menton, Marseilles
70- Sublime Scenery: Olive groves, lavender fields, craggy coves
71- Le Petit Train Jaune: (The Little Yellow Train) into the Pyrenees
72- Corsica

Eat: Dining Suggestions
Sleep: few lodging suggestions
Read: Suggested Reading

73- Versailles: Palace and Gardens; Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon and Hamlet
74- Chateau de Chenonceau: “Chateau of Ladies”
75- Chateau de Chambord
76- Chateau de Chantilly
77- Chateau Fontainebleau – maybe a different one, still deciding
78- Chateau Azay le Rideau: best example of Renaissance castle architecture
79- Villa Euphrussi de Rothschild, St. Jean Cap Ferat
80- Palace of the Kings of Mallorca, Perpignon
81- Giverny; Monet’s home and gardens
82- Nantes Rose Garden

Eat: Dining Suggestions
Sleep: Chateau de la Bourdaisiere
Read: Suggested Reading

Introduce some of the great French writers, beginning with the story of Abelard and Heloise; artists haunts and sites related to great masters; art classes.
83- Literary Haunts in Paris: Simone de Bouvoir, Edith Wharton, Zelda Fitzgerald, Colette; George Sand; Anais Nin; Gertrude Steineetc
84- I am going to divide the above list of writers/philosophers into another category here
85- Collioure: City of Painters
86- In the Footsteps of… (sites related to Monet/Camille Claudel, Picasso/lovers, Cassatt, Matisse, Cezanne, Van Gogh,)—Working this out
87- Maeght Collection, St Paul de Vence: World’s best private contemporary art collection
88- Art classes: Photography and plein air painting
89- Leaving myself wiggle room for one more artsy entry.

Introduce some of the great French actors, movies, and current stars.
Explain the lists below included only films with real filming locations in France
90- The Cannes Film Festival
91- Audrey Hepburn Flicks
92- Intrigue: To Catch A Thief; Count of Monte Cristo; Da Vinci Code
93- Romance: Chocolat; A Good Year; French Kiss; Last Tango in Paris
94- Playful: Julie and Julia; Midnight in Paris,
95- Classic French flicks: Amelie, Bridget Bardot; Gerard Depardieu; Catherine Deneuve, etc.

Introduce some of the major festivals and events unique to France
96- Bastille Day: July 14 Independent’s Day celebrations
97- Music Festivals: Django Fest, Jazz and Antibes Jazz Fests, Avignon Classical Music Fest
98- Theatre/ Opera Festivals: Orange

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