Paris books – part 2

Because you can never have too much Paris – here’s a few more books with brief descriptions about the city of lights. Like my earlier post about Paris books, this one is written for my friend, M, who is travelling to Paris soon with her family.

The flaneur

The flaneur by Edmund White – this is a non-fiction book about wandering around Paris without any particular purpose but being curious and interested in your surroundings. Lots of history.

Chic shopping Paris

Chic shopping Paris by Rebecca Perry Magniant – a pocket-size treasure with gorgeous photos and excellent information about all sorts of shops. This includes the name of the shop, the address, the arrondissement, closest metro stop, website and opening hours. There’s a handy list at the back, where the shops are divided into type – jewellery, bags, perfume, toys, shoes etc.

The angels of Paris

Angels of Paris, an architectural tour through the history of Paris by Rosemary Flannery – it is truly amazing how many angels there are in Paris – the stone ones, I mean, not the ones walking around disguised as the kindly waiter or tour guide! This book describes the many angels situated on the outsides of churches, museums, clocks and fountains. Beautiful photos.

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If I had a mas in Provence by Lizzie Mapoli – this charming, illustrated book focuses on Provence, not Paris, but still conveys that French essence so I added it to this list. A mas is a typical house in Provence – think lavender, stone walls, a large fireplace, tiled roof, definitely an armoire, fabric with printed woodcut motifs, and of course, a kitchen garden. Need I say more?

The most beautiful walk in the world

The most beautiful walk in the world by John Baxter – this is a memoir by a literary tour guide. It’s easy to read, full of literary anecdotes, food and interesting characters. It’s making me nostalgic, just flicking through it!

Happy Paris reading, M, and happy Paris dreaming for the rest of us! Anyone else reading fiction or non-fiction around their holidays?

 

 

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