Whether you're planning a trip to France (lucky you) or just dreaming of one, these books will help.
Hidden Gardens of Paris: A Guide to the Parks, Squares, and Woodlands of the City of Light (St. Martin's Griffin) by Susan Cahill, photos by Marion Ranoux, is an enticing tour of 40 of the city's ravishingly beautiful green spaces, both well-known and off the beaten path.
Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France (Bloomsbury) by Vivian Swift is an irresistible armchair journey around the country, packed with funny anecdotes, useful tips and charming watercolors.
Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) (Sourcebooks) by Amy Thomas is a memoir by a New Yorker who got her dream job in Paris and discovered that her heart — and her appetites — left her torn between two great cities.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor