Destination: Aix-en-Provence, France
Book: Death in the Vines (NEW June 2013) by M. L. Longworth
Here we are in Provence again–just can’t get enough of the south of France. But instead of contemplating life and language with Kristin Espinasse, or art in a Renoir painting, we’re solving a mystery–or several. And this time it is the town of Aix-en-Provence.
Wouldn’t you think that readers subjected to such a profusion of dead bodies would think twice about booking travel? Yet, these destination-rich mystery novels continue to be very popular–particularly with travelers who read.
M. L. Longworth writes about a crime-solving duo–Judge Verlaque and Commissioner Bonnard. The Judge takes an active role in investigation in France, directing the investigators rather than only presiding over a trial after all the sleuthing is done, as in the U. S. Read more about Canadian ex-pat in Provence Longworth’s life in the bio on her website. Continue reading
Destination: Côte d’Azur
Movie: Renoir (In French with Subtitles)
I’m a literary traveler–inspired by books, but also an art traveler, inspired by movies, artworks, museums and the lives of artists.
If anything will ever make you want to book a trip to the South of France, the movie Renoir certainly will. This is a movie that is all about beautiful. You can read my review at Reel Life with Jane to learn more about the plot and the actors, etc. but here at A Traveler’s Library, I just want to tell you about some of the opportunities for travel stirred up by this movie. Continue reading
Destination: The Mississippi River
Book: The Delta Queen Cookbook: The History and Recipes of the Legendary Steamboat (NEW Sept. 2912) by Cynthia LeJeune Nobles
Lazy River Meals
by Brette Sember
I vividly recall seeing a paddlewheel steamboat on the Mississippi in New Orleans when I visited as a teen. It was elegant and stately, yet it had an air of flamboyance about it. The giant paddlewheel in the back turned slowly and gently, moving the boat through the muddy water. Passenger steamboats began cruising the Mississippi in the 1700s, providing a relaxed and luxurious way to travel the river and see the beautiful towns and lands of the south. In addition to the sumptuous accommodations, the boats became known for their fine dining. Continue reading