100 Places banner


Marcia DeSanctis

on Tour

October 27-November 5, 2014


100 Places cover

100 Places in France
Every Woman Should Go

[travel essays]

 Release date: October 21, 2014
at Travelers’ Tales

380 pages

ISBN: 978-1609520823



Told in a series of stylish, original essays, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is for the serious Francophile, for the woman dreaming of a trip to Paris, and for those who love crisp stories well-told. Like all great travel writing, this volume goes beyond the guidebook and offers insight not only about where to go but why to go there. Combining advice, memoir and meditations on the glories of traveling through France, this book is the must-have in your carry-on when flying to Paris.

Award-winning writer Marcia DeSanctis draws on years of travels and living in France to lead you through vineyards, architectural treasures, fabled gardens and contemplative hikes from Biarritz to Deauville, Antibes to the French Alps. These 100 entries capture art, history, food, fresh air and style and along the way, she tells the stories of fascinating women who changed the country’s destiny. Ride a white horse in the Camargue, find Paris’ hidden museums, try thalassotherapy in St. Malo, and buy raspberries at Nice’s Cour Saleya market. From sexy to literary, spiritual to simply gorgeous, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is an indispensable companion for the smart and curious traveler to France. [provided by the author]




Photo credit: Ron Haviv

Photo credit: Ron Haviv


Marcia DeSanctis is a former television news producer for Barbara Walters, NBC and CBS News.
She has written essays and articles for numerous publications including Vogue, Marie Claire, Town & Country, O the Oprah Magazine, Departures, and The New York Times Magazine.
Her essays have been widely anthologized and she is the recipient of three Lowell Thomas Awards for excellence in travel journalism,
as well as a Solas Award for best travel writing.
She holds a degree from Princeton University in Slavic Languages and Literature and a Masters in Foreign Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Visit her website. Follow her on Facebook, and Twitter 

Buy the book: Amazon, on Travelers’ Tales.

New York Times Best-Sellers list for Travel!

Click on the link to see the list



The Discerning Reader

DeSanctis possesses a graceful and intimate writing style creating more than a travelogue. This book is knowledge at your fingertips, providing history and personal experiences and overall information piquing your interest further while supplying an armchair education of France and respective locations suggested.
If you’ve never been to France, if you’re planning your first trip or a revisit of this beautiful country you’ll want to read this gem.

The Fictional 100

She succeeds admirably in this aim, conjuring for the reader a delectable wealth of associations for each landmark, or landmark experience, she describes. DeSanctis presents a way of traveling through her 100 Places in France that is comforting, enlightening, and refreshing, and I recommend most highly making the reading journey alongside her.

Words And Peace

Rich with unique advice and achingly beautiful descriptions of France in all its diversity, 100 Places In France Every Woman Should Go is honestly THE companion book you have to purchase for your next trip to France, or to help you dream before you can go.

 Jorie Loves A Story

She brings out the pulse of the people in the modern era as much as the people who shaped the France who emerged out of history itself. She gives honest recommendations on where she found a surge of inspiration from where her own feet took her and yet, she opened the door for us to either re-explore these locations for ourselves or use them as a gateway for our own self-discovery of France.


It’s much more than a Best of book; I felt while I was reading it like DeSanctis herself was sitting in the room with me, telling me stories about places she had ventured to in France, sharing secrets she was afraid to tell too many people.

An Accidental Blog

This is the kind of book that should be savored slowly, enjoying each chapter as an individual visit, like one delicate piece from a whole box of French chocolates.
If you’re ready for a journey to France for real, or just on the page, go ahead and pick up this book and to accompany Marcia De Sanctis. She’ll help you find some amazing places.

I’d Rather Be At The Beach

This book is a must have for anyone planning on visiting France. It read like the author is talking to you in person, which makes it so easy to follow. Since I’ve always wanted to tour France, this book is one I’ll keep, and read random chapters from time to time.

Chocolate And Croissants

As someone who has visited Paris and various other areas of France, De Sanctis offers some great ideas for making your visit to France a memorable trip.  Told through a collection of travel essays there is something for everyone.  DeSanctis will have you imagining that you are enjoying a lovely croissant as you read through her travel essays.

Library Educated

I liked that the chapters were nice and bite-sized which meant for a fast read. Every time I finished the chapter I’d be like “yep, that sounds good. Let’s go to France and do that”. Everything sounded fun or exciting or interesting

Griperang’s Bookmarks

The way the author wrote this book makes it easy to read. Another thing that I liked was the way that Marcia made you feel as if you were already in France with her.