Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France

Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France

Road trip: those are still the two most inspiring words to vagabonds and couch potatoes alike; after all, the great American spirit was forged by road trippers from the Pilgrims to Lewis and Clark to the Dharma Bums. Le Road Trip combines the appeal of the iconic American quest with France's irresistible allure, offering readers a totally new perspective of life on the roa Road trip: those are still the two most inspiring words to vagabonds and couch potatoes alike; after all, the great Ameri...

DownloadRead Online
Title:Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France
Author:Vivian Swift
Rating:
Genres:Travel
ISBN:1608195325
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France Reviews

  • Laura
    Jun 25, 2012
    "Every road trip has its ups and downs, just like a love affair, or the stock market. But more like a love affair." "Pack for the person you are on Saturday morning...what you wear on Saturday morning shows the world your personal style, tells the truth about what represents your mo...
  • Meagan
    Apr 03, 2014
    I always think that reading books about travel will satisfy my own itch to hit the road. It doesn't, of course. It makes it worse. It reminds me of the places I haven't seen, the things I haven't done, the stuff I missed last time, the places I want to revisit. It's frustrating, wantin...
  • Kay
    Dec 15, 2015
    Having been to France several times and heading there again in 2016 inspired me to read this book. I liked it. It was entertaining at times and the watercolors were charming. On the other hand at times there were pages that did not fit into the book at all and I wondered how /why they ...
  • Jeannie
    Oct 09, 2012
    Not my usual fare at all, but I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved all the travel tips and honesty about long term traveling with a loved one. The water color illustrations of her snapshots were so beautifully done, it just made the book far more interesting than simple photos. ...
  • Angela
    May 22, 2015
    This is a delightful watercolor-illustrated fresco of a book about travel, relationships and knowing onesself. It is not an urgent --you must go here, but rather a philosophy of travel: packing light, going where the madding crowds aren's, interacting with locals, taking uninterrupted ...
  • Rachel
    Jul 27, 2013
    I read an actual hardcover book from the library! I don't think this would've worked as well for me in another format. This is delightful tale of an illustration artist's honeymoon road-trip through Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Bordeaux, with a brief stop in the Loire. Fit with my curre...
  • Paulita Kincer
    Jan 04, 2013
    A fun, quick read that takes the reader on a jaunt through France. The author includes sketches throughout that help take the reader to France. See my complete review of the book on my blog: http://paulita-ponderings.blogspot.co... ...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Jul 16, 2012
    You really have to see this book to really appreciate how lovely it is. Yes, Vivian Swift has written the story of the road trip she and her new husband took through Paris and France, and that?s lovely in itself, but she is also an artist who takes the tiny details of a trip and shar...
  • Laura Bang
    Jul 20, 2017
    A memoir of life, love, and travel, filled with good advice for all three, and accompanied by beautiful watercolor illustrations. This hit me right in my wanderlust feels and also gave me some happy sighs remembering my own trip to Paris a few years ago. ...
  • Sarah Wolfe
    May 30, 2012
    Overall a sweet little book. The illustrations are lovely, but the font was hard on the eyes. It seemed as if it was written by someone younger (as in less mature), which was a little odd to me. She seems to have gotten cranky in her old age but not wiser; perhaps she'd take that as a ...
  • Allyson
    Jun 25, 2012
    This was a great read- very funny, beautiful illustrations and water colours. I love her sensibilities and found many of her remarks spot on. It was very personal and introspective, and revealing. Familiarity with much of her subject matter provided delight rather than annoyance w...
  • Kathryn
    Jul 06, 2014
    I did not read this book in it's entirety, I leisurely went from page to page. If I were planning a trip to France I would buy this book. It has lovely watercolor illustrations painted by the author and a wonderful love story of you meeting a marriage to her husband plus lots of intere...
  • Dottie Suggs
    Jan 08, 2013
    Delightful book that had me laughing out loud. It is a light read that is mostly watercolor journaling. Something that I for one would love to be able to do. There are several good tidbits on travel in France, but mainly it is just fun to see how this couple milled around the French co...
  • Janice  Durante
    Aug 06, 2012
    Now this is what I call a fun summer read. With her refreshing, authentic voice, Vivian Swift sounds like someone I'd enjoy knowing. She's intellectually curious, adventurous, good-natured, humorous, and artistic. I loved how she illustrated her and her husband's wanderings with her ow...
  • Karen
    Oct 01, 2014
    This little travel book is a joy to read. The author has provided a combination of travel journal, diary and marriage guide about her extended honeymoon trip around France in her late forties. There is so much here to enjoy and appreciate; I've read it three time already, and I'm not o...
  • Luiza Salazar
    Sep 25, 2012
    So, for anyone that knows me, you know this isn't AT ALL my kind of book. I'm not the Elizabeth Gilbert, Meg Cabot, Marian Keyes or whatever kind of girl. I like fantasy, science fiction, adventure, magic. Well, as it turns out, some authors can bring the magic of everyday life to you...
  • Lisa
    Apr 04, 2013
    This book was a delight! Whether you are an armchair traveler, or a veteran vagabond, you are sure to appreciate Vivian Swift?s lovely drawings and her smart, tart and savvy take on the joys and frustrations of travel. Part memoir, part travelogue, this charming book besides being vi...
  • Sandra Petree
    Jun 01, 2013
    As I was going to the checkout desk at the library, I saw this book. One glance at the cover told me I wanted this book. When I finished reading/looking at it, I am so glad I found it. This is not a book for everyone; but if you are French, like France, have visited France, or want...
  • Richard Magahiz
    May 31, 2015
    A charming hand-illustrated travelogue of the author's travels by way of honeymoon up and down the north and west of France. Some of it is light as meringue but there are a few episodes that touch profundities concerning relationships and the meaning of why some people love to travel. ...
  • Laura
    Apr 12, 2015
    I enjoyed this more than "When Wanderer's Cease to Roam". Perhaps because Swift was newly married and the book is a memoir of their honeymoon, she focused more on the travel and less on the melancholy. There are still hints of snobbish-ness (which she seems oblivious to as she comments...
  • Emma
    Apr 28, 2012
    Have you ever loved? And loved traveling? And dreamed of traveling (back) to France? If you answered yes to one of the above, you absolutely have to read this book. Wow, what a cool book! - first Le Road Trip is about a trip to France, so of course I am going to be biased. I like...
  • Jeanne Mulcahy
    May 07, 2012
    What a lovely book! The typeface took a bit of getting used to, but the illustrations were beautiful. Personally I prefer other locations in France and less public transporation, but, if on her next trip, Ms Swift would like to ditch her new husband and take me, I ready anytime! ...
  • Nancy B
    Oct 05, 2016
    Swift narrates her honeymoon in a series of vignettes, line drawings, and charming water colors. She includes a few flashbacks to earlier travels as well. Swift likens traveling to romance--it entices us with anticipation, it infatuates us, it sometimes gets tough, and sometimes it get...
  • Michelle
    Apr 20, 2012
    This book was very cute. It was a combination travel journal/sketchbook/travelogue. The author humorously tells her story of her honeymoon in several locations in France, and the trip to a relationship: anticipation, infatuation, reality check, honeymoon, going gets tough, comfort zone...
  • Sj
    Feb 23, 2016
    This book is a great read both because the information is interesting, but also because the art is beautiful and fun. I love the water colors in this book. They are so pretty and make me feel like each one is a postcard from the place Vivian Swift is talking about. What I love about th...
  • Patricia Herlevi
    Jul 09, 2016
    I love this type of multimedia travel journal where the author gives us the good, the bad, and the uncomfortable. Vivienne Swift possesses a wry sense of humor. Her writing reminds of the friendly banter of Liz Gilbert, but with artwork. She feels like a new best friend who I've never ...
  • Rosey
    Jan 22, 2018
    I wanted this book to be better. I love illustrated stories. I love books about France. I love traveling vicariously through other peoples stories. There was just something about the writing of this book that left me feeling disconnected. I was not invested in the narrative. I couldn't...
  • JoAnn
    Jul 01, 2012
    A perfect beginning to my "Paris in July" reading! Le Road Trip is full of thoughts on travel, love, and France. The artwork/illustrations perfectly complement the tone of Swift's writing. It left me energized and excited to continue my armchair travel through France. Le Road Trip is a...
  • Renee
    Jun 14, 2014
    Beautiful illustrations. Anything about France makes me lust for travelling there. I found some of her musings and anecdotes funny and relateable but many were just Ok. This is a good coffee table book to flip through when you want to escape wherever you currently are. ...
  • Laura
    Aug 24, 2015
    This book is about far more than traveling in France with a spouse, although it is filled with first-hand, researched and reflective interesting experiences. It is about acknowledging and accepting ones time and place. Get to know where you are and what is there. Take what you learn fr...