Marcia DeSanctis

came to Chicago

on January 22

Photo credit: Ron Haviv

Photo credit: Ron Haviv

Marcia is the author of  100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go.

She explained the background of her book – her many trips to France, her marriage in Paris and the time she lived in that country.
Her book is unique, it is not your usual tourist book, the perspective is very different. Convinced that “women travel differently”, she highlights how she, “as a woman, interacts with the places” presented. She focuses on places where she had a personal story to tell.

We feel at ease in Paris. We feel we belong to France…
The country forces us to slow down.

Then the author spoke about her methodology: how did she choose these 100 places? She used 5 main criteria:

  1. a place connected to a woman
  2. a very beautiful place
  3. a place with which she had a strong personal affinity
  4. a French iconic place
  5. or a place connected with other women she interviewed during her research trips

Marcia highlighted a few of these places with beautiful slides, allowing her to speak about some important women in the world of French culture or history:

  1. Camille Claudel and her sculptures – don’t forget we happen to have a live tour until 1/28 on Rodin’s Lover, by Heather Web, a historical novel on Camille precisely!
  2. Marie Curie’s office
  3. Marcia’s literary muses: Edith Wharton’s book A Motor-Flight Through France
  4. and Colette, a great naturalist – have you read her essay Paris From My Window, written during WWII?
  5. Léa Feldblum and La Maison d’Izieu, which housed Jewish refugee children
  6. George Sand
  7. Louse Vigée Le Brun (1755 – 1842), portraitist of the royal family
  8. Josephine
  9. Josephine Baker
  10. Eléonore d’Aquitaine
  11. Catherine De Medici
  12. Joan of Arc

A lively Q&A followed. For an accurate representation of Paris in older days, Marcia recommended movies with Audrey Hepburn, and also Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola.

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]




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


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