The international bestseller, translated from the German by Simon Pare. On a beautifully restored barge on the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop; or rather a ´literary apothecary´, for this bookseller possesses a rare gift for sensing which books will soothe the troubled souls of his customers. The only person he is unable to cure, it seems, is himself. He has nursed a broken heart ever since the night, twenty-one years ago, when the love of his life fled Paris, leaving behind a handwritten letter that he has never dared read. His memories and his love have been gathering dust - until now. The arrival of an enigmatic new neighbour in his eccentric apartment building on Rue Montagnard inspires Jean to unlock his heart, unmoor the floating bookshop and set off for Provence, in search of the past and his beloved.
The Languedoc is a hidden jewel of Europe; the most discriminating tourists are delighted to discover it. The area has many of the same traits that endear people to neighboring Provence: a warm coastline, outdoor markets, picturesque hillside villages, gourmet dining, and vineyards dotting the landscape. Yet Provence is the one with the reputation that causes tourists to flock there. Provence´s popularity is largely thanks to books such as A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle. Make no mistake. The Languedoc-Roussillon is as enchanting, if not more so, as its trendier neighbor. Perhaps it´s a crisp, dewy morning that inspires you to make a dawn stroll to a bakery. Maybe you catch a whiff of some intangible, indescribable smell reminiscent of a mountaintop in the Languedoc. It could even be a dream in which you were there, only to wake longing to return. The Languedoc has a certain immeasurable quality to it. Fond memories cling to you well after you return home. The Languedoc can suit almost any traveler´s tastes. It is not densely populated, and there are many rural outposts for anyone who desires a retreat from the bustle of the big city. Those who prefer to be in the thick of things, however, have the option of visiting the region´s larger cities, such as Carcassonne, Montpellier, or Perpignan. There are beaches, mountains, valleys, and the Canal du Midi. There are medieval villages, ancient Roman ruins, Cathar strongholds, and stately cathedrals. Any visit must feature a sampling of the local cuisine, which is delectable. The ancient village of Carcassonne has many features to be commended. The best feature is La Cite, the old fortified city that is entirely surrounded by ramparts. Inside, there are museums, cafes, and souvenir shops selling medieval tapestries and Cathar figurines. Montpellier, in the Herault, is the capital of the Languedoc. It is also home to a 13th-century medical school and museums devoted to medicine. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Sasser. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/035634/bk_acx0_035634_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The inspiring private gardens of celebrated fashion and design tastemakers, and how these beautiful sanctuaries have influenced their creative work. Mother Nature has always been a grand muse, particularly in the world of fashion and design. Many fashion designers, from Christian Dior to Carolyne Roehm, have drawn on gardens and their beguiling botanicals to inspire and inform their collections. These designers and their interior design counterparts, such as Celerie Kemble, Bunny Williams, and Jeffrey Bilhuber, also like to retreat to their own elegant salon verts to restore their creativity. This beautifully photographed book shows where these tastemakers find much of their inspiration-within the serene horticultural havens of their homes. From the lush foliage of the Dominican Republic to the graceful flowerbeds of America´s East Coast, the charming roses and clipped boxwood of England´s country manors, and the patterned parterres of France´s enchanting Provence region-Gardens of Style illustrates the symbiotic relationship between horticulture and haute couture and between nature´s beautiful forms and those found in interior design. For instance, the garden of former Hermès designer Nicole de Vésian is a sublime weave of patterns and textures, while the garden of Christian Dior features many of the roses that inspired his glamorous gowns. The result is an alluring compendium of designers´ gardens to delight and inspire readers in turn.
Lonely Planet: The world´s leading travel guide publisher You Only Live Once: A Lifetime of Experiences for the Explorer in All of Us is not just another bucketlist of big-ticket items. We´ve all heard about Venice and, yes, it is probably worth going to Italy to see its waterways, but hopefully you´ll take away something more from this book: a resolve to live life to the fullest--to add a dash of joie de vivre to every day. You Only Live Once will inspire readers of all ages to seize the moment, channel their inner hero, explore the world, create moments they will celebrate for years to come, and share their incredible stories. Providing suggestions for life´s essential experiences for every stage of life, this eclectic gift book is the perfect manual for a life well-lived. Anyone can sleep in a castle, sail a ship, make a music pilgrimage, and so much more. What all the book´s ideas have in common is that they´re starting points. They will reignite long-forgotten desires - to learn an instrument or a language - or spark new and unexpected ambitions: why shouldn´t you move to Provence for a year? When you know what´s stopping you, you can start working on a solution. Perhaps this book will be as useful in helping you identify obstacles as will be for refining your month´s or your year´s travel experiences. Then it´s time to turn to Lonely Planet´s extensive travel resources and begin planning the rest of your life. Combining stunning photography with illustrations and infographics, it will surprise and entertain with a quirky mix of experiences everyone should try at some point in their life. ´You only live once; but if you do it right, once is enough.´ - Mae West About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world´s leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet´s mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in. TripAdvisor Travellers´ Choice Awards 2012, 2013, and 2014 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category ´Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.´ - New York Times ´Lonely Planet. It´s on everyone´s bookshelves; it´s in every traveller´s hands. It´s on mobile phones. It´s on the Internet. It´s everywhere, and it´s telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.´ - Fairfax Media (Australia)