By Colin Jones
From the Roman Emperor Julian, who waxed rhapsodic approximately Parisian wine and figs, to Henry Miller, who relished its seductive bohemia, Paris has been a perennial resource of fascination for 2,000 years. during this definitive and illuminating background, Colin Jones walks us in the course of the urban that used to be a plague-infested charnel condominium throughout the heart a while, the bloody epicenter of the French Revolution, the inspiration of nineteenth-century Impressionist painters, and masses extra. Jones's masterful narrative is improved by way of various photos and have boxes—on the Bastille or Josephine Baker, for instance—that entire a colourful and entire portrait of a spot that has persevered Vikings, Black loss of life, and the Nazis to come to be the center of a resurgent Europe. it is a exciting significant other for background buffs and backpack, or armchair, tourists alike.
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Aix-en-Provence and Toulon participate in the “Bon Weekend en Villes” programme, whereby you get two nights for the price of one at participating hotels. In most cases the offer is restricted to the winter period (Nov– March). com. | Accommodation 1 Under E30 2 E30–39 3 E40–54 BASIC S Throughout this guide, hotels and guesthouses have been priced on a scale of 1 –9 , indicating the lowest price you could expect to pay for a double room in high season. What you get for your money varies enormously between establishments, and in lower-priced hotels you should expect to pay considerably more for en-suite facilities.
From Ireland, Brittany Ferries links Cork with Roscoff in Brittany, while Irish Ferries links Rosslare with Roscoff and with Cherbourg – routes which eliminate the need to drive across the UK, but with the downside that they are not as direct as from Calais and involve some stretches of offautoroute driving. Return fares to take your car through the Channel Tunnel start from just under £100. Ferry prices are seasonal and depend on the size of your vehicle and the time you choose to cross; midweek sailings are cheaper, as are some night crossings or crossings in the middle of the day.
BASIC S Along the coast and between the major towns, Provence is well served by buses, with the best and most frequent routes being the fast Aix–Marseille shuttle via the autoroute, and the services that link Nice with the other principal resorts along the Riviera. In more remote rural areas bus services meet the needs of schools and shoppers visiting local markets, and are in any case infrequent and often slow. SNCF buses are useful for getting to places on the rail network no longer served by passenger trains, such as intermediate stops on the Manosque–Sisteron line and the entire Château Arnoux–Digne line.
Paris: The Biography of a City by Colin Jones