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Joyeux Bastille Day

Carousel at Tuilieries

Carousel at Tuilieries

Double Celebration today. This post on a Paris book and an Announcement. TA-DA! I am launching a photo e-book on Amazon for Kindle and on Barnes and Noble for your Nook.  I have expanded and converted my blog post called Ten Places to Eat Cheap(er) in Paris into an e-book. Check it out. (And if you read it, how about giving a review and rating?) Thanks.

Destination: Paris

Book: Paris Was Ours: Thirty-two Writers Reflect on the City of Light,  Edited by Penelope Rowlands. (NEW February, 2011) Continue reading

Celebrate Bastille Day With A Contest


Celebrate Bastille Day

Are you ready? Get Set! GO!

THIS CONTEST IS LONG OVER, but read more recent posts to look for new contests.

No, I cannot tuck you away in my luggage on my trip to France, but I can let you have some of the fun of preparing for the trip, even if you’re going no further than your backyard barbeque this summer.

Prizes in my Bastille Day giveaway, include I’ll Never Be French, and guidebooks to France from Fodors.

PLUS Do you want to primp at a vanity?  Pack your luggage and go see the lights of Paris? Win a $80 gift certificate to be spent in any of  200+ stores. (This store, CSN,  has changed hands so the prior links do not work.) Just be the most prolific commenter between July 1 and July 14.

Since I always try to be helpful, I’ve been doing a little shopping at these stores myself. Oh the sacrifices I make! For instance:

I think I'm in love

Of course a leather purse would be totally impractical for someone who tries to pack light, but these Anuska designs are out of this world. You could get a significant discount by applying your $80 gift certificate here, or purchase several smaller travel items. Click on picture for the details.

A Globe that lights up.

Light Up My World! And what traveler does not need the whole planet sitting in the room lighting your way? This is so reasonably priced that you could have them in more than one room!

A Bit of Provence in your Bedroom.

Need a touch of France in your boudoir? How about this Provence design vanity? Click on picture for details.

The three items above are only examples of what you can use your $80 gift certificate to buy. These are NOT prizes in the contest.

And just so you don’t get lost, the Fodor’s folks have a highly praised guidebook for you. At their web site, they have been promoting some nifty tours put together by their staff of professionals, and they hope you’ll be able to travel to many countries.

Contest Definition: leave the most comments on ANY post at A Traveler’s Library between 12:05 p.m. MST on July 1 and the stroke of midnight (MST) on July 14 (Bastille Day). For fine print on contests, go to the General contest rules page. PLEASE NOTE THIS EXCEPTION– Although normally my giveaways are open only to U.S. residents, IF YOU RESIDE IN CANADA OR the USA, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO WIN THE $80 GIFT CERTIFICATE FROM CSN STORES OR A FODOR’S TRAVEL GUIDE.  THE GIFT IS COMING DIRECTLY FROM THE DONOR TO THE WINNER.

Although no extra chances are given to people who subscribe during this contest, it stands to reason that if you have a subscription to A Traveler’s Library, you will be more likely to remember to comment every day and increase your chances.

And all that karma you amass by sharing this contest with friends and Twitter and Stumble Upon must surely be worth something? N’est-ce pas? I’m just sayin’.

The copy of I’ll Never Be French is a review copy furnished by the publisher. The guidebooks and CSN gift certificate are donated by Fodor’s and by CSN stores.

The photograph of the Eiffel Tower on July 14 comes from Flickr. Please click on the picture to learn more about the photographer and see more photos.

Paris to the Moon: A Book About France for Bastille Day

Paris Carousel, photograph by Shawn Duffy

Paris Carousel, photograph by Shawn Duffy

Destination: France

Book: Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik

I seem to be reading backward in time through my pile of French books. First I read A Sweet Life in Paris, released just this year and about an American in Paris in the present. I have just finished Paris to the Moon, published in 1999 about..well read on.

Soon I will be reading the expanded version of Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition, about life in Paris in the twenties. Continue reading