Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train

Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train


By (author) Ina Caro

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 28mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 29 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393343154
  • ISBN 13: 9780393343151
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 6 maps
  • Sales rank: 46,642

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In one of the most inventive travel books in years, Ina Caro invites readers on twenty-five one-day train trips that depart from Paris and transport us back through seven hundred years of French history. Whether taking us to Orleans to evoke the miraculous visions of Joan of Arc, to Versailles to experience the flamboyant achievements of Louis XIV or to the Place de la Concorde to witness the beheading of Marie Antoinette, Caro animates history with her lush descriptions of architectural splendours and tales of court intrigue. Organising her destinations chronologically, Caro appeals not only to the casual tourist but also to the armchair reader. Caro's passion for and knowledge of France are so impressive that Paris to the Past promises to become one of the classic guidebooks of our time.

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Ina Caro, author of the bestselling The Road from the Past:Traveling through History in France, is an authority on medieval and modern French history. Book website:

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"I'd rather go to France with Ina Caro than with Henry Adams or Henry James." Peter Prescott, Newsweek "With her great knowledge, and deep love of France, Caro is an excellent communicator, and makes an ideal guide." The Bookseller "Her point of departure for Paris to the Past is original and intriguing." The Herald "...she's [Ina Caro] a knowledgeable and winning guide..." The Scotsman "...Caro is nothing if not a storyteller...Caro on architecture is always excellent...She excels also at what she calls gossip..." The Irish Times "...there is a human element to this scholarly tome by amateur historian and passionate Francophile Ina Caro..." French Magazine