One of the coolest things about having a blog is getting to connect with people from all over the world. And we’re not talking just any old people here – the nice folks that stop by this space usually have one thing in common: a love for all things fabulously French. And boy is there a lot to love.
So I was very happy to connect with Sheron Long, a long time Francophile and author of the delightful travel book, Dog Trots Globe: To Paris & Provence. Well, I guess we should set one thing straight from the get-go. Dog Trots Globe is really Chula’s story (Sheron’s super-cute Sheltie) of discovering first-hand (first-paw?) what the fuss is all about in this beautiful & complex country called France.
And not only are we treated to a dog’s-eye view of life in the south of France & the wonders of Paris, the book itself is a real feast of photos & visual treats. I mean who doesn’t love travel tales of alluring French bistros, sunny Provençal markets, and adorable Sheltie dogs sniffing about lavender fields? Trés romantique indeed.
Dog Trots Globe starts in Provence where, after a short jaunt across the Atlantic & a speedy ride on the TGV, Chula arrives at a 200-year-old house in lovely St. Remy de Provence. Ripe with historical tales, a grand yard, and even a few silly cats that quickly make haste as the Sheltie settles in (French felines giving “proud” a whole new meaning) the house provides a great introduction to Provençal living. After getting used to the local sights & sounds, Chula takes to France with the gusto of a native.
From there on out, the reader is privy to the ins & outs of southern living – complete with market tours, fragrant stops at French boulangeries, introductions to local cheeses (this is where I got hooked for sure), & Chula even takes us sniffing through the lavender fields of Sault.
For dog lovers & for those who adore all that’s tasty & fabulous about France, Dog Trots Globe provides a delightful escape that’s sure to get you dreaming of your next trip across the pond. C’est une vie de chien indeed… it’s a dog’s life!
Hardcover, 160 pages, OIC Books, 2011
*print book, standard eBook, & enhanced eBook with audio and video embedded versions available.
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Photos courtesy of Sheron Long, all rights reserved.
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To enter to win a copy of Dog Trots Globe, complete with an autograph from Chula (I’ve seen the “paw-stamping” video, it’s pretty awesome), leave a comment below letting us know what you love about traveling to France.
16 thoughts on “Dog Trots Globe: To Paris and Provence (*book review & giveaway)”
That’s a quite uncommon perpective, the only thing I regret is that you call cats silly 😉 I’d think that would be another interesting book: seeing Provence with cat eyes…
Too true, if we’ve got dogs, why not a cat’s view – think there’s more cats than dogs in the South anyway, always see them curled up in village windows. Thanks for your comment.
I really enjoyed the book which I had the chance to read a few weeks back. Lots of great photos as you say and an interesting and entertaining perspective on life in the South of France.
I thought it was a fun read too Michel – plus the photos really capture so many great scenes of the South. Definitely a new perspective!
What do I love about traveling to France? Everything!
Good one Gayleen, it’s true, it’s hard to pick just one thing that’s great about France… there’s so much! Thanks for entering the giveaway 🙂
I love the RED Wine and the Fabulous FOOD in France- the delicious Goat Cheese Salads and the wonderful Cremee Brulee from Paris to Provence to name a few!!
Hi Jill, those are a lot of my favorite things about France too… haven’t had a goat cheese salad in a long time, hmmm, sounds great. Thanks for your comment & for entering the giveaway!
An interesting read! Looking forward to visiting Provence in the fall!
Lucky you Ginger, let me know if you need any more info for your trip to Provence – thanks for your comment!
I have yet to go to France but I am looking forward to the wine, cheese, fresh breads and pastries but also touring through the South of France getting to Paris. This book would help me decide the best places to take my sister food and sight wise!
The Wanderfull Traveler
Thanks for your comment Murissa, and thanks for entering! I’m sure you’ll love France & we’ve got all the wine, cheese, & pastries you could hope for in the South 🙂
Aww, Chula is so cute! Looks like her adventures could be come quite popular.
Thanks for your comment, Ashley – she is a totally adorable dog! Hope all is well & bon dimanche from France 🙂
Ohh, great reponse Sharon! You’ve summed up quite the best of France in just a few sentences 🙂 Many thanks for your comment & also for entering the giveaway!
To me Paris is the most beautiful city .