For those of us not familiar with the ins and outs of Paris, this book will take you on one small adventure at a time, making sure you don’t miss the little things. It’s a small pocket-size book, but what it offers within its pages is invaluable.
The book is in two parts. The first being maps or walks around the city; there are twenty-five in total. Most consist of five places you will visit all within the same area. The only thing required are good shoes and the desire to spend a leisurely day walking the neighborhood. Each map is based on a person and where they visited on their own adventure in Paris. As you travel to each destination you can read a small anecdote about the place you’re visiting. It could be a burial site, a secret rendezvous or the author might suggest coming back in the evening to have a drink and watch a show. Each place has its own story to tell.
The second part of this book is a small essay on each person that a walk is based on. I found this to be fascinating and full of information. The author takes you through the lives of Picasso, Julia Child, Ernest Hemingway and of course Marie Antoinette and so many others. The book is chock-full of small gems about the people that have traveled through Paris. Not too many travel books can keep my attention from the front cover to the back, but this one has just the right amount of research, personal opinion and direction.
If you find yourself in Paris and are not sure where to go or what to do, this book will be a wonderful guide in helping you discover places not always on the beaten path. You’ll discover where Monet painted, Coco Chanel’s apartment, and so many other spots unique to Paris. The city will come alive and at least for a day you will walk in the same footprints as those before you.
Forever Paris, Christina Henry de Tessan, Chronicle Books