Vive Le France!

Welcome to Week 2 of the #BackpackEurope reading challenge. 


I’m starting week 2 in France. Bonjour!

Last week, as you know, I flew into Heathrow and started my journey in England with Wuthering Heights. Although not a book I ended up liking, I can at least now say I’ve read it. (And bonus, I can mark it off my #GARbingo board.)

And go give my friends over at The Reader’s Room some love for creating and hosting this fun literary adventure!

img_2536Yesterday, I said adieu to England and traveled* via the Brittany Ferry from Portsmouth, England to Caen, Normandy, France.

The ferry trip took about 6 hours. img_2534I had a pleasant trip relaxing on the ferry as we crossed the English Channel.

As I had a bit of time on the ferry, I read The Prophet, book 3 of the Graveyard Queen series by Amanda Stevens. Although these books don’t count for the #BackpackEurope challenge, they were a nice way to pass the time until I reached France.

And if you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend it. The first book, The Restorer, introduces us to Amelia Gray, a graveyard restorer who can see ghosts. But this is not your typically ghost story. The series is set in and around Charleston, South Carolina, and I’m enjoying it immensely.

Anyway, I digress. Back to France.


Since arriving, I’ve found the weather in Le Havre to be quite pleasant. It’s currently in the low 70s with ample sunshine. And the rest of the week looks to be just as pleasant. I couldn’t have asked for nicer weather for my exploration of Normandy!

While in Normady, I will be visiting Mont Saint-Michel, the setting of my current read, The Island of Books by Dominique Fortier and translated by Rhonda Mullins.

I’m looking forward to my time in France and seeing the sights in the Normandy region, in particular Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The history of the site dates back to the 6th and 7th centuries and the monastic celebrated its 1000th anniversary in 1966.

Where are you this week? What book(s) are you reading for your reading challenge(s)? Share your literary adventure in the comments below.

*Disclaimer: This is a virtual trip. I am not physically traveling in Europe, only visiting there through books. In fact, I’m currently sitting on the floor of my living room, wearing yoga pants and over-sized tee, binging Netflix in between books, eating marshmallows, and occasionally petting the cat when he demands attention.

Any and all mistakes about locations, travel, weather, etc., are mine because most of this is a product of my imagination with a few random trivia facts thrown in for fun.

2 thoughts on “Vive Le France!

  1. Loved this post! I am also doing this challenge. I’ve just left France (with Valentine, by George Sand) and arrived in Belgium (with a book by Amélie Nothomb which has not been translated into English…). Have a nice trip! 🙂


    1. Thanks! I plan to finish France today and then I’m heading to Spain next. 😀 but Belgium is on my list & I’m looking at an Amélie Nothomb book, but a translated one. 😉 Enjoy Belgium!


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