Suggested Reading List
A Tramp Abroad
Author: Mark Twain, David Eggers (Introduction), Kerry Driscoll (Introduction)
Description: Written 11 years after Innocents Abroad, this is Twain's second foray into European travel. Filled with his characteristic wit and humorous observations, it documents his journeys through Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy. Now with an introduction by Dave Eggers.
All Along the Rhine: Recipes, Wine and Lore from Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Holland
Author: Kay Shaw Nelson
Description: A tribute to the Rhine Valley, its history, culture and especially its food in 130 authentic recipes.
Baroque and Rococo Art
Author: Germain Bazin
Description: An excellent illustrated survey of Baroque and Rococo art and architecture, this volume in the acclaimed "World of Art" series is a good companion to the golden age of Middle Europe.
Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages
Author: Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
Description: This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.
Eyewitness Guide Germany
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: Featuring color photography, excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
Eyewitness Guide Paris
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: Gorgeous, well illustrated and filled with maps, this compact book provides an excellent overview of the French capital, its history, traditions and sights.
Fodor's Paris' 25 Best
Description: This shirt-pocket map and guide includes essential information on the city's history, highlights and sightseeing, ideal for a short visit to the City of Light.
Germania, In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History
Author: Simon Winder
Description: Winder's witty, entertaining and opinionated portrait of German culture is both an illuminating history and a wonderfully digressive exploration of the powerful and often confounding nation.
In a German Pension
Author: Katherine Mansfield
Description: Mansfield's first published work, which pierces the bourgeoisie at a Bavarian spa town in 13 interconnected stories. Frau Fischer, the narrator, is wonderful -- and entertaining.
Michelin Green Guide Alsace, Lorraine, Champagne
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: A guide to Alsace, Champagne and Vosges in the classic Michelin style.
Michelin Map Midwest Germany 543
Description: A regional map of at a scale of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Hessen, Rheinland-Pflatz and Saarland at a scale of 1:350,000.
Author: Borch Maps
Description: A sturdy laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:12,000 and all of Paris at a scale of 1:15,000.
Paris in Mind
Author: Jennifer Lee (Editor)
Description: With selections spanning 300 years, this wonderful anthology reflects America's long connection to Paris and the French. The 30 American writers tapped include Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway and David Sedaris.
Prost! The Story of German Beer
Author: Horst D. Dornbusch
Description: The Munich-based aficionado weaves history and culture with the marvels and mysteries of German beer in this brief, authoritative guide.
The Blue Flower
Author: Penelope Fitzgerald
Description: Set in the Age of Goethe, this exquisitely written short novel is a fictional account of the life of the Romantic poet Novalis. It paints a vivid picture of German intellectual and mercantile life in the late 1700s.
The Burgermeister's Daughter, Scandal in a Sixteenth-Century German Town
Author: Steven Ozment
Description: Meticulously researched and absorbing, this narrative by a Harvard historian traces the legal battle of the daughter of a well-to-do family who was thrown out of her home and disinherited in 1525.
The German Way
Author: Hyde Flippo
Description: This clever A-to-Z guide to quirks, attitudes, behavior and customs is a terrific resource for travelers seeking insight into why the Germans, Austrians and Swiss do what they do.
The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral
Author: Robert A. Scott
Description: An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches.
The Improbable Voyage
Author: Tristan Jones
Description: Jones, an inveterate Welsh sailor, adventurer and storyteller, channels Eastern Europe circa 1985 in his tale of a tough voyage along the Rhine and Danube to the Black Sea.
The Rhine, Culture and Landscape at the Heart of Europe
Author: Roland Recht
Description: This beautifully illustrated, oversized survey of the history, geography and culture of the Rhine shows cities, villages and sights along the river from its source in the Alps to the North Sea.
The Rhine: An Eco-Biography, 1815-2000
Author: Mark Cioc, William Cronon (Introduction)
Description: A scholarly, well-researched environmental history of the Rhine, particularly its role in European economic and national history over the last 200 years.
Wallpaper City Guide Strasbourg 2012
Author: Wallpaper City Guides
Description: This pocket guide highlights all that is stylish about the French city that hosts Europe’s parliament.