Paris to the Past by Ina Caro
Traveling through French History by Train

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“I’d rather go to France with Ina Caro than with ?Henry Adams or Henry James.”—Newsweek


In one of the most inventive travel books in years, Ina Caro invites readers on twenty-five one-day train trips that depart from Paris and transport us back through seven hundred years of French history. Whether taking us to Orléans to evoke the visions of Joan of Arc or to the Place de la Concorde to witness the beheading of Marie Antoinette, Caro animates history with her lush descriptions of architectural splendors and tales of court intrigue. “[An] enchanting travelogue” (Publishers Weekly), Paris to the Past has become one of the classic guidebooks of our time.
 

About Ina Caro

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Ina Caro received her master’s degree in history, with a concentration in medieval history, from Long Island University and, shifting her attention to the more recent past, has worked as sole researcher on the award-winning biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro, to who she is married.  Never relinquishing her love for medieval France, for the last sixteen years she and her husband have traveled throughout France, studying its history at the sites where it occurred.
 
Published June 27, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 401 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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In this cheerful, logical, easy-to-follow narrative (which includes favorite restaurants and hotels), Caro builds on previous trips to France and presents her timeline through history chronologically, from the 12th-century Basilica of Saint-Denis, where nearly all of the French kings and queen ar...

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Publishers Weekly

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Writing with a keen eye for the design and atmospherics of these places and their surroundings (especially local restaurants), Caro makes them way stations on a sprightly tour of French history, regaling readers with piquant stories of the people who built, conquered, and remodeled them.

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The Wall Street Journal

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The glittering surfaces of Haussmann's Paris are scratched and scrunched up into something far more elemental in "Paris Metro Tales," a collection of 22 short stories (some fiction, some true) by French authors, the settings of which can all be reached via the Paris subway system.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Paris Metro Tales Edited by Helen Constantine Oxford, 321 pages, $17.95 The glittering surfaces of Haussmann's Paris are scratched and scrunched up into something far more elemental in "Paris Metro Tales," a collectio...

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New York Journal of Books

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From the Roman arch with its tendency to crumble gave way to a “squat, rounded arch” and then as the centuries flew by, it “transformed from austerity and simplicity into the elaborate storytelling arch of the eleventh-century Romanesque arch.” And of course, you know that this led to the pointed...

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Los Angeles Times

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Ina Caro celebrates this mode of travel in "Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train," as she describes a series of trips to noteworthy places that are within a few hours of the capital by rail, allowing one to explore history and the countryside by day and return to Paris for...

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Herald Scotland

To the list of Parisian stereotypes – the waiter who makes rudeness an art form that deserves to be exhibited in the Musee d’Orsay, “le flaneur” and “le dilettante” – must be added “La Reine Americaine”.

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