Excerpt from Through the French Provinces Years ago, when I went as a mere boy to study in France, the country and its picturesque towns and villages took a strong hold upon me. Since then, despite repeated sojourns and years of travel, the French provinces seem ever to unfold new riches and to prove an inexhaustible mine of interest. With the possible exception of Italy, I kw of country whose little towns so well repay investigation, and yet, until recent years of automobiling, how little have they been visited by the tourist! If the succeeding pages serve to open new vistas to the careful traveller - to the lover of the picturesque or the student of architecture - and bring to his tice some hitherto unkwn comers of an altogether fascinating country, the purpose of this book will have been fulfilled. The writer wishes to thank the friends in France who have contributed so much to the pleasure of these journeys and made so many of their most agreeable features possible. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.