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The Best Loved Villages of France

By Stephane Bern

An insider’s tour of France’s most beloved and beautiful villages uncovers the country’s hidden treasures. The Best Loved Villages of France brings the reader on a tour of forty-four of the country’s most treasured destinations. Always picturesque, but often well-kept secrets, the book offers insight into village life and local history. Take a tour of a crumbling medieval fortress with the mayor of Lavardin or peruse the maritime objects found at sea by a mustached fisherman in Saint-Suliac. 

 
 

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The Official Guide to the Most Beautiful Villages of France

By Les Plus Beaux Villages De France Assoc.

Discover the hidden treasures of the 153 most picturesque villages to visit in France with this fully illustrated comprehensive travel guide. From the half-timbered Alsatian houses of Eguisheim to the lavender fields of Montclus in the Languedoc-Roussillon, this fully illustrated guide unveils the beauty of rural France, providing visitor’s information for these exceptionally preserved destinations. Carefully chosen each year through a rigorous selection process, the French villages featured in this official guide are replete with historical, architectural, and natural riches.

 
 

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Great Escapes Mediterranean: Updated Edition

By Christiane Reiter

Flanked by three continents and offering coastline to 21 countries, the Mediterranean is a mythical place, blessed with its fine climate, luxuriant fauna and flora, and the intense blues of its sea. In this revised edition, Angelika Taschen catalogs the best of this legendary region, scouring the most beautiful gardens, the most enchanting beaches, the little-known islands, the finest architecture, and the most gorgeous rooms, with the most breathtaking, and soul-soothing views.
From the glamorous Eden-Roc on the Côte d’Azur to the tiny hotel on the small Croatian island of Lopud, from the exclusive Perivolas in Santorini to the new branch of the Hôtel Nord-Pinus in Tangier and the hotel Stella Maris north of Portofino– accessible only by boat or trekking, this is the ultimate reference for any discerning traveller of the Med.

 
 

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Great Escapes Italy

By Christiane Reiter

To travel through Italy is as close as one gets to being in paradise. For centuries, writers, artists, architects and merchants have been drawn here, inspired by the beauty of Venice, Florence, Naples and Rome. Countless books, paintings, poems and sculptures are evidence of its undying appeal, and over the past 60 years, the country has become one of the world’s top travel and holiday destinations. The loveliness of Italy—its architecture, landscapes, culture and food (some of the world’s finest!) — if not eternal, is certainly enduring, and the easy-going and relaxed Italian lifestyle, il dolce far niente, is still unrivaled.

 
 

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One Hundred & One Beautiful Small Towns in Italy (Rizzoli Classics)

By Paolo Lazzarin

The perfect guide for those who can't resist succumbing to Italy's charms again and again, now in a popular pocket-sized format. Who hasn't dreamt of being whisked away to a sweet little Italian town buried deep in the countryside? The small towns sprinkled throughout this expansive book are not only rich with beauty but also saturated with as much historical and cultural importance as their sister cities. The fact that they are "off the beaten path"-though sometimes extraordinarily famous for their art, food, and wine, or simply their setting-makes them rare gems even more desirable to see. The 101 towns featured represent the twenty diverse regions of Italy and their varied landscapes, architecture, and local specialties.

 
 

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Private Tuscany

By Elizabeth Helman

Tuscany has long exerted a magnetic pull over visitors to this most romantic of Italy's provinces. From Lord Byron and Henry James to contemporary writers, designers, and artists, everyone is charmed by the rolling Tuscan landscape, its magical light, its rich artistic and visual culture, and above all, its highly sensuous way of life.

 
 

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My Mediterranean Village Lifestyle

By  Rena Ayyelina

The search for optimal health and longevity remains confusing for many individuals and can result in individuals chasing nutrient pills, medications, or new diets. My Mediterranean Village Lifestyle connects the dots between old-world simplicity and newly understood knowledge about nutrition and lifestyle in a simple, common-sense narrative inspired by the tiny village of Lafka, Korinthias, in the Greek mountains. Nutrition remains the key focus of the book; however, lifestyle choices, stress, relationships with others, physical activity, and relationship with the Creator are also topics of discussion. 

 
 

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Colors of Provence: Traditions, Recipes, and Home Decorations from the South of France

By Michel Biehn

Under the bright Provencal sun, the colors of earth, stone, trees, fruits, and flowers give this region its unique character and beauty—from the deep purple of lavender fields to the radiant yellow of sunflowers, and from the bright red of vine-ripened tomatoes to the earthy blackness of fresh truffles, the essential elements of Provence are unfolded chapter by chapter and color by color. Ochre bricks and roof tiles are set against ripe red cherries, while glistening clementines share the orange hues of Mediterranean coral. Yellow tints the popular pastis liqueur and the zucchini blossoms used in the local cuisine. Green recalls the traditional garden pottery while blue reflects the fishing boats and white symbolizes the region's famous cotton boutis bed coverings. An insider's guide includes the best addresses for fabrics, ceramics, antiques, and embroidery, sources for gourmet delicacies, and recipes for uniquely Provencal dining experiences. This book is a visually evocative and essential reference on this unique corner of the world.

 
 

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Most Beautiful Villages of Greece and the Greek Islands

By Mark Ottaway

From the green, terracotta and ochre of the Ionian Islands in the west, to the brilliant blue and white of the Aegean, the villages of Greece and its islands present a picture of incomparable beauty. The variety of village life and building springs from a multitude of histories and influences, often accompanied by foreign occupation. Yet this variety cannot disguise the fact that these villages are all, in their separate ways, an expression of Greekness, one of the most durable ideals in history. Captured here are the most beautiful villages created by that indomitable spirit. This title is complete with appendices of useful information for the traveller and now available in a new compact format, "The Most Beautiful Villages of Greece and the Greek Islands" presents a fabulous picture of a village culture largely lost to other countries of Europe, but loved by many visitors each year.

 
 

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Slim Aarons: La Dolce Vita (Getty Images)

By Slim Aarons

This lavish fourth volume in Abrams’ Slim Aarons collection revels in this photographer’s decades-long love affair with Italy. From breathtaking aerials of the Sicilian countryside to intimate portraits of celebrities and high society taken in magnificent villas, Slim Aarons: La Dolce Vita captures the essence of “the good life.” Slim Aarons first visited Italy as a combat photographer during World War II and later moved to Rome to shoot for Life magazine, yet even after relocating to New York, he would return to Italy almost every year for the rest of his life.
The images collected here document the aristocracy, cultural elite, and beautiful people, such as Marcello Mastroianni, Ursula Andress, Joan Fontaine, and Tyrone Power, who lived la dolce vita in Italy’s most fabulous places during the last 50 years. The introduction by Christopher Sweet shares stories from Aarons’s years in Italy and new insights about his life and career.

 
 

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The Most Beautiful Villages of Spain

By Hugh Palmer 

More than 250 full-color photographs and descriptive commentary highlight more than thirty of the most beautiful towns and villages of Spain, in a fascinating odyssey that ranges from the mountains of the Pyrenees, to the high plains of Castilla, to the Moorish-influenced region of Andalucía, and features special sections on local culinary treats and listings of places to stay, places to eat, and sights to visit. 17,000 first printing. BOMC.

 
 

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Greece: Land of Light

By Nicholas Gage

Bursting with color, 150 photographs complement an eloquent tour of the sea, land, people, culture, history, and ancient monuments of Greece, from the Peloponnesus penninsula to the fishing villages of the Aegean to the immortal Parthenon. 10,000 first printing.

 
 

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At Home in Greece

By Julia Klimi

An inspirational collection of homes, from the one-room cubic Cycladic houses that inspired Le Corbusier to imposing Venetian towers and houses integrated into the surrounding rocks.
Invaded over the centuries by Romans, Venetians, and Turks―and now tourists―Greece has always managed to retain its distinctive qualities. Julia Klimi's stunning photographs of domestic interiors, specially taken over a period of several years, capture the quintessential Greek style, while pointing out rich regional variations. Outside spaces, many with views of the sea, are also featured, from verandas merging into swimming pools and shaded marble paths leading to secret gardens, to courtyards surrounded by olive trees―all suffused with the astonishing light of the eastern Mediterranean.

 
 

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Best-Kept Secrets of The Greek Islands

By Diana Farr Louis

Encompassing all six of Greece's island groups - starting in the west with the Ionian islands, moving east to the Argo-Saronics, continuing to the Cyclades, Crete and the Dodecanese, circling up to the North Aegean islands and back round to the Sporades and Evia - "The Secrets of the Greek Islands" highlights some of the most beautiful landscapes and villages of the Mediterranean. From the well known hot spots of Corfu, Rhodes and Kos down to the smaller or lesser known islands such as Meganisi, Poros and Alonnisos, this stunning giftbook takes you on a journey through olive groves, secret coves and white-washed villas clinging to the rocks.

 
 

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Living in Greece

By Barbara & René Stoeltie

Barbara and René Stoeltie bring you yet another excursion to the best of the worlds country homes—this time to the mythical land of Greece.
Go island hopping with the Stoelties and discover the best of Greece’s hidden treats, such as the hilltop vacation house of Robert Browning, descendent of the English poet, in Hydra, a stunning 18th century Turkish-Greek palace—the former residence of a Turkish governor, now inhabited by a farmer and his family—on the Argo-Saronic Islands, and the cozy, romantic home of Onassiss ex-pilot Basile Touloumtzoglou and his wife, Tilly.

 
 

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Greek Style

By Suzanne Slesin

From the creators of Caribbean Style and Japanese Style, a glorious celebration of Greek design and culture. More than 700 full-color photographs.

 
 

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French House Chic

By Jane Webster

It is more than twelve years since Jane Webster, the poster girl for selling up and following your dreams, bought Chateau Bosgouet, a derelict chateau in Normandy and moved her young family to France. In those twelve years, Jane has established an internationally renowned business, she has shepherded her children through their school years both in France and in Australia, she has made long- lasting friendships in her adopted home and she has spent countless hours observing French style.

 

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French Vintage Decor: Easy and Elegant DIY Projects for Any Home

By Jamie Lundstrom

Rustic and elegant French décor never goes out of style―and with easy yet sophisticated accessories for your home, these 70 projects will transform your space and add that special touch to any room.

Jamie Lundstrom’s projects use easy-to-find and recycled objects, as well as new materials, to bring her French vintage style into your life. Projects span every season and category, from sewing to painting and upholstery, including provincial antique baskets, a fantastique Trumeau mirror, a jolie gold leaf frame, boutique plaster of Paris–dipped flowers and a chic antique chair. Featuring simple step-by-step instructions with beautiful photos to help guide you, these projects can be created in just a few hours or less.

 
 

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French Accents: Farmhouse French Style for Today's Home

By Anita Joyce

Brighten up your home with a little "joie de vivre"! Filled with gorgeous photography and an abundance of helpful design ideas, this book will teach you how to create the cozy comfort of classic French style. 
Lots of new photography, a larger size and more detailed information is included in this brand new second edition.

 
 

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Carolyn Westbrook: Vintage French Style: Homes and gardens inspired by a love of France

By Carolyn Westbrook

When it comes to styling interiors, designer Carolyn Westbrook has a distinct signature look that combines her love of French style and vintage charm. In Part One of this new book, Carolyn first leads us on a tour through 10 specially photographed locations that are perfect examples of her vintage French style. Carolyn’s own Texan plantation family home is included, alongside other stunning houses that evoke the look—a grand château, French farmhouse-style, a mid-century modern take on French design, and more. The homes all feature individual and eclectic styles, skillfully partnering inherited treasures alongside new purchases and successfully mixing pretty junkstore finds with designer pieces. In Part Two, Details and Vignettes, pretty displays and vignettes from the homes featured on earlier pages are captured, teaching you how to group collections and showcase treasured items to best effect.

 
 

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My French Country Home: Entertaining Through the Seasons

By Sharon Santoni

Born from her experience of everyday living in France, Sharon Santoni reveals the gracious, easy French way of entertaining guests at her countryside home, year-round.

Personal stories evoke the spirit of the French lifestyle, while gorgeous photos make us feel right at home. Santoni creates lush bouquets from her garden and utilizes resources from surrounding nature to lay gorgeous tables both indoors and outdoors. Venues range from a Sunday morning breakfast on the patio, to a ladies lunch in her lush garden, a formal dinner in her dining room, and a picnic by the river. Santoni also shares 15 favorite recipes utilizing seasonal foods.

 
 

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Perfect French Country: Inspirational interiors from rural France

By Ros Byam Shaw

In a busy modern world that seems increasingly overcrowded and monopolized by technology, the allure of the ‘good life’ is more potent than ever. As an antidote to texts and tweets, traffic jams and queues, additives and packaging, we seek out the simple and the wholesome, and long for the luxuries of space and fresh air. France can offer all these things, with its traditional farming methods, its authentic regional cuisine, and its low population density. Add to this the inimitable French sense of style and joie de vivre, and you have all the ingredients for an enviable way of life. Perfect French Country revels in the timeless and authentic beauty of the French country home.

 
 

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The Provencal House: Architecture and Interiors

By Johanna Thornycroft

Evoking the attractions of country living in Provence, this beautifully illustrated study, complete with two hundred full-color photographs, captures the stunning French landscape and timeless appeal of sixteen homes from the region, divided into sections on the town house, the country house, and manor house.

 
 

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Italia: The Art of Living Italian Style

By Edmund Howard

For over two thousand years, Italy has been a major source of cultural and artistic inspiration to the rest of the world. This book focuses on the most characteristic examples of the Italian genius, from lavish piazzas and magnificent fountains to Palladian villas and flamboyant Baroque churches.

 
 

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Living in Provence

By Dane McDowell

Provence is a way of life. Its gardens are visions of paradise rediscovered, its houses--whether looking out over sea, forest, the countryside, a shady terrace, or a patio full of flowers--reflect a secret harmony between interior and exterior.

 
 

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Provence Style: The Art of Home Decoration

By Noelle Duck

Citing special local influences on Provence style, from weather to traditions, a historically detailed volume explains how to incorporate inspirations from the south of France into a home, covering furniture, textiles and fabrics, pottery, metalwork, architectural elements, and outdoor gardens and structures.

 

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Mediterranean Inspiration: 125 Home Plans Inspired by Southern European Style (Inspiration (Homeplanners))

By Hanley Wood Home Planners

Mediterranean inspiration Bringing the allure of the sunkissed Mediterranean directly into readers hands, all 125 home plans are inspired by the traditional Southern European style.

 
 

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Provence and the Cote d'Azur: Discover the Spirit of the South of France

By Janelle McCulloch

Take a journey through the dreamiest regions of France: the enchanting villages of Provence and the magnificent coastline of the Côte d'Azur. From the author of Paris, this gorgeous lifestyle guide steers readers away from crowded tourist destinations to reveal hidden gems at every turn: overflowing markets, chic ateliers, quaint cafés, cobblestone streets, sweeping vistas, and exceptional galleries. The accessible writing provides history and context for each stop on the adventure, and the vibrant, color-soaked photographs capture the spirit of this popular place. Packaged as a flexi-bound paperback with a ribbon page marker, Provence and the Côte d'Azur is a must-have for lovers of style, food, travel, design, and, bien sûr, France!

 
 

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A Home in Provence: Interiors, Gardens, Inspiration

By Noelle Duck

Provençal houses are true homes. Warm shades of ochre glow from the walls and roofs, weathered doors shine, and reflections glance off glazed ceramics and strike printed cotton tablecloths. This volume showcases the architectural diversity of Provençal houses and their interiors, gardens, and decorative art traditions. Images of gold-hued walls, iron balustrades, leafy terraces, and painted shutters inspire thoughts of balmy days in the sun. Aromatic lavender in terracotta pots and almond trees casting shade over cobbled courtyards evoke the magic of Provence-style living. 

 
 

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At Home in Italy: Under the Summer Sun

By Nicoletta del Buono

Italy’s sun-drenched landscape, rich history, and welcoming lifestyle attract visitors from all over the world. At Home in Italyshowcases a sumptuous selection of the country’s most beautiful houses, described in great detail by the Editor of AD Italia, Nicoletta del Buono, and captured by the lens of renowned architecture photographer Massimo Listri.

 
 

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One Hundred & One Beautiful Small Towns in France (Rizzoli Classics)

By Simonetta Greggio

A celebration of the most enchanting hamlets in France, now available in a popular format. Gorgeously illustrated as well as informative, One Hundred & One Beautiful Small Towns in France is a tour through the pleasures of the French countryside, a place where the pace slows, locals engage strangers in conversation, and every town presents a unique set of curiosities waiting to be discovered. Whether you are an armchair traveler or a Francophile planning another trip, this volume is the guide to the hidden treasures of France that proves once and for all that the heart of this popular travel destination lies in the countryside far from the grandeur and pomp of Paris.