I have a small obsession with travel but I am just as obsessed with travel guides & books. If I had the space, my apartment would be filled!
Here are a few recent discoveries and old favorites to consider…as travel books are not only a source of information, they are a source of enjoyment.
F R A N C E
Alastair Sawday’s Special Places to Stay French Bed & Breakfast 11th Edition
An amazing, well researched guide on French B&B’s. Other additions include Paris Hotels, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Mountains of Europe and French Holiday Homes
P A R I S
Patisseries of Paris by Jamie Cahill
This small chic guidebook is essential for anyone who wants to experience Paris through its stylish cafes and mouth watering sweets. Published by The Little Bookroom, this company does niche travel guides to the world’s best loved cities like no other.
Hungry for Paris The Ultimate Guide To The City’s 102 Best Restaurants by Alexander Lobrano
Not only is this a great guide for restaurants it is a wonderful cultural guide to dining in Paris.
R O M E
Footprint Italia Rome
This guide may be hard to find in the US but it is a concise, well organized guide to Rome. Their website www.footprintbooks.com is a feast of guidebooks categorized by destinations and activities. Other additions include Madrid, Tuscany, Sicily and Venice.
The Terroir Guide Food & Wine Rome
Another series published by The Little Bookroom. This guide is a veritable reference to the local food, wine, markets, artisans and restaurants of Rome. Other additions include Budapest and The Italian Riviera with more on the way.
This guide, a recent discovery, is not easy to find. Written in English and Italian it is part of a series of guides to Italian cities that are published each summer. The guide features shops, restaurants, hotels, bookstores, shopping services and new cultural activities that due to their quality and personality are all “extraordinary”. A visit to their website www.italiastraordinaria.it will give you a taste for this unique series of guidebooks.
So whether you are preparing for a trip, need a gift or simply want a little escape to dream and drool about future adventures a travel book may be just what you need.