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.
Lane does a superb job creating layers to the Gypsy culture...a must-have for fans of the series. (Library Journal)When her father, chief of the Gypsies, died, headstrong Etti lost her status but none of her spirit. She´s the first woman to race her horse in Marseilles. She survives attacks by her drunken brothers, the very men who should have protected her, and she´s turned the head of Rafa, a delicious Gitano Gypsy from Spain with a tantalizing sense of adventure and breathtaking passion. She dares to break all the rules to pursue Rafa - and the exciting life she craves. It will not be an easy journey. The sheltered daughter of an esteemed Gypsy tribal chief, Etti’s prestige crumbles after her parents’ untimely death, and she is left an orphan and outcast. Sprightly and free-spirited, Etti has struggled to meet the behavioral demands and limitations of women in this time of travel and discovery but failed. The men in her tribe find her habits odd.As the tribe travels through the pristine Provence countryside for its annual marriage meeting, Etti is the least desired bride. She fears that the all-male council will match her to a man from another tribe.Then Rafa arrives and sparks a passion in her that surpasses the nightly tribal bonfires. The feeling is mutual. Unwilling to sacrifice his dreams for horse breeding, he has chosen not to wed - until he realizes that, in addition to the heart-stopping passion they share, he and Etti also share the same level of enthusiasm and commitment to horses. Their romance splits the tribe, endangers her life, and inspires Etti to fight for her own future. Etti’s Intended is set in 15th-century England and France during the so-called Gypsy Honeymoon Period, when Gypsies were welcomed, their travels even financed by the nobility in the Western European countries in which they traveled. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Janet Lane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/147897/bk_acx0_147897_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.