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Did you get any travel books or other gifts for Christmas? Any of them worth sharing with fellow Fodorites?

Did you get any travel books or other gifts for Christmas? Any of them worth sharing with fellow Fodorites?

Dec 27th, 2001, 09:30 AM
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I got some WONDERFUL coffee table travel books (for my husband) from Daedalus Books, www.daedalusbooks.com,
which has limited quantities of high quality books at bargain prices.(No, I have nothing to do with this company!!)
One is "Over Europe": aerial views of European cities and sites. Texxt by Jan Morris. Large, hard-back, 250 pages, stunning all-color photos. It must've been at least $70 originally; I paid $20! Since my recent trip I recognize many of these sites, but see them here from a completely different, thrilling point of view.
Another is "Paris: Portrait of a City."
About 6x6, all color, 240 pages. No people in these photos, just the most exquisite pictures of architecture, sculpture, doorways, gates, etc. I've ever seen. Plus a lot of historical info. For $5!!
Another: "Le Chiens de Paris"--Amusing back & white photos of Parisians and their dogs, some vintage. $5. (They also have "Le Chats de Paris".)
And "Earth to Spirit: In search of Natural Architecture" by David Pearson--architecture that is designed to work in harmony with nature. 150 pages, all-color photos. Fascinating historical references, too. $5.
I'm so happy with these books, I had to share them with you.
Dec 27th, 2001, 11:20 AM
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The French Laundry Cookbook, patricia Wells, Cooking in Paris. Two books on Provence, Monet"s Color of Time A book on Frida Kahlo and a rare book of HB Fabre.
But alas, no ticket to France.
Dec 27th, 2001, 12:03 PM
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Just got another gift today-a calendar of Provence! Oh boy, just what I need to while away the dreary winter months,dreaming about wandering through fields of lavender and shopping for linens and eating and drinking all that good Provencal cooking and wine! Maybe the tickets to France are still in the mail~C
Dec 27th, 2001, 12:09 PM
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Not exactly a Christmas present, but a book lent by a friend for my upcoming Paris trip--'The Flanuer' by Edmund White (think that's right). A small hardback, perfect for traveling, about wandering around Paris--very interesting so far, and can't wait to get there!
Dec 27th, 2001, 12:14 PM
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My best friend gave me "Paris-Popout Map" (that I think she got from Borders) for Christmas. Not expensive, but cute (3" x 5") and perfect for me. Very unobtusive!

It has a listing of museums & historical sites plus a street index. And, amazingly, it all fits into this little booklet-thingymabobber. All the major spots are highlighted on the map so it's very easy to see. It even has a Metro/RER plastic laminated map on the back. My Plan de Paris I procured at my hotel last spring is in TATTERS right now. I am very happy! : )
Dec 27th, 2001, 12:37 PM
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This year I was thrilled to get my entire safari outfit for spring trip to Kenya... packable hats, convertable khakis all the rage, plus a street map of A'dam, since we stop over for 5 days upon return.
Dec 27th, 2001, 03:22 PM
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Kathleen that is a great book on Paris, better than Paris to the moon, also a sweet little book"We could almost eat outside"
Dec 28th, 2001, 01:31 PM
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seems worth topping for a little more life before the holidays are completely past.
Dec 28th, 2001, 02:06 PM
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Madeline in London.lol I really do buy my own books. But someone did give me James Michener's, Hawaii. It is a historical novel on the development of Hawaii so far impressive. Starts out at the islands formation so it is the very very very beginning of Hawaii's story.
Dec 28th, 2001, 09:55 PM
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Apart from a novel (a "psychological thriller" set in Vienna), I didn't receive anything directly travel-related. Just wanted to say I really enjoyed reading about everyone else's travel goodies!! And also that I am still intrigued as to what those people who received 4 foot high Eiffel Towers ended up doing with them!!??
Dec 29th, 2001, 06:45 AM
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I received MFK Fisher's "Two Towns in Provence" -- which I am looking forward to reading!

We also "received" a trip to Germany & Macedonia -- not winter gardenspots -- but we visited with friends and had a GREAT time!
Dec 30th, 2001, 02:20 PM
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Hi All -

A few notable additions to the Scotland library:

1. Castles and Ancient Monuments of Scotland -- published by the Daily Telegraph. Full color photographs throughout, casual writing style, and great regional maps which pinpoint sites in relation to major cities.

2. Oxford Archaeological Guide to Scotland -- Black & white diagrams and photographs, intelligent and intelligible writing style, and adequate regional maps which sometimes show site location in relation to major cities.

3. Michelin Green Guide -- to augment the "general" collection

4. Romantic Scotland -- haven't had a chance to check this one out in-depth.

Dec 30th, 2001, 04:40 PM
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Our daughter gave my gardener husband a beautiful book called Cotswold Gardens by David Hicks as a remembrance of our trip last fall.
Dec 30th, 2001, 07:43 PM
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I have joined the list of owners of the wire sculpture of the Eiffel Tower !! Mine has a clock in it...should I put in French time or US?--I think FRENCH~~
Dec 31st, 2001, 07:44 AM
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I got a nice coffee table book called The Most Beautiful Villages in the Loire valley. It's one of a series about villages in France. Nice photos.
I also got an inexpensive tripod. It's 5 inches long. I haven't tried it out yet.
Dec 31st, 2001, 08:33 AM
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I got a huge coffee table book called "The World's Greatest Architecture". It has fantastic photographs of buildings and monuments all over the world with the history along with it. It's incredible. I also got a touring book on Scandinavia.
Happy New Year everyone!
Dec 31st, 2001, 08:52 AM
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Happy New Year, everyone. Nice thread.

I got the Art of French Cooking, 40th Anniversary Edition (Julia Child); a coffee table picture book To Live in France--such beautiful country scenes, (none of the cities).

I gave my bf small binoculars, and we gave my bf's sister and her husband the Green Guide to Wales and the Rough Guide to Wales--they're going in June. (Thanks, Regi, if you see this, for emailing me all the Wales info.)

I also sent my niece a 50ff bill with Antoine de Saint-Exupery, as a keepsake.

I enjoyed the salon.com collection of travel essays too.
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