The book is the result of Mr. Robb's 14,000 bike journey and what he finds. Read how disparate the populations were in France through the 19th Century - languages, customs, Parisians had little idea.
We also want to see the heath of the Landes, where shepherds used to travel on 10 foot stilts, 75 miles a day, Picardy and Artois areas. For a history of stilt-walking: see http://www.npr.org/2011/12/07/143276985/a-birds-eye-history-of-walking-on-stilts.
And must see the Marais Poitevin, a marsh.