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Secret Paris (Jonglez) [Paperback]

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24 Oct 2007 Jonglez
Introduces lesser-known sightseeing attractions within Paris that are often overlooked by most tourists and residents, including an unusual image of Napoleon, the oldest place in Paris, and remains of some of the city's walls

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Jonglez (24 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2915807175
  • ISBN-13: 978-2915807172
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 18.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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My cousins went to Paris last year and found this book invaluable and recommended that we buy it before went. I now recommend it to you, to make your stay extra special. A definite must-have for exploring the city!
From Jonglez Pubishing's Website:
"A priest who blesses animals, wine-producing firemen, a tree in a church, an inverted phallus at a famous entrance, an atomic bomb shelter under the Gare de l'Est, a real Breton lighthouse near Montparnasse, unsuspected traces of former brothels, a patron saint of motorists, royal monograms hidden in the Louvre courtyard, the presentation of Christ's crown of thorns, a prehistoric merry-go-round, a sundial designed by Dalí, war-wounded palm trees, bullet holes at the ministry, biblical plants in a priest's garden, a mysterious monument to freemasonry at the Champ-de-Mars, a solid gold sphere in parliament, a Chinese temple in a parking lot, the effect of the Bièvre river on Parisian geography, a blockhouse in the Bois de Boulogne ...
For those who thought they know Paris well, the city is still teeming with unusual and secret places that are easily accessible."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really unusual and interesting side to Paris! 3 May 2011
WOW! What an interesting and novel guide! I loved it!

The book is split into each arrondissement - this can be somewhat confusing as other guide books split Paris into quarters, which don't always correspond with one arrondissement! However, there is a map at the beginning of each section which makes it easier to navigate. There is an absolute mix-bag of things to do in each section - from architecture, statues, museums, gardens and court-yards - there is something for everyone! This book really added that extra touch to our holiday, and gave us some interesting stories to talk about to family and friends, other than the usual sites!

I would highly recommend - the dodo ride and la fontaine aux lions in the jardin des plantes (Vth arrondissement), and also Musee Dupuytren (although this is all in french, definitely worth a look!) and the statue of Death just around the corner from the Musee!

My only negative comment - this does not contain any information on the key tourist places in Paris like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre-Dame, you will need another guide book if you are wanting information on these attractions.

Overall, a brilliant guide if you would like to do something different in Paris, other than the bog-standard attractions, and will certainly give you something to talk about!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden gems of Paris 8 May 2012
By Jan
This book is a real delight. It is beautifully illustrated with clear attractive photographs and it really is a great guide to the quirky, hidden and unusual places of this lovely city. The information is arranged in `arrondissement' order which makes it easy to use as you walk. I was quite pleased to realise that I had already found some of these hidden gems myself, but this book has given me plenty of challenges for my next trip and the one after.... and the one after .....! A great guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book - surprise yourself 21 Jan 2014
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This is a brilliant book from a brilliant series! It is full of quirky extras which really enhance a visit. The suggestions within are well researched and well presented. They give plenty of scope to expand a plan within the area on many levels.
My son borrowed it, he's been a tour guide in Paris for years and he really got wrapped up in it. Praise indeed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pack this for your next Paris trip. 15 July 2011
By barbaranne - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been to Paris several time in the last few years, and I've seen/done most of the well-known tourist things. And while I love going back to the wonderful museums and glorious cathedrals, I was looking for something off the beaten tourist path. This is a whole book about things in Paris off the beaten tourist path. It is very well organized by Arrondissements, with a little map at the beginning of each chapter, showing the locations of the "secret" places. There is a thematic index as well as an alphabetic index and there are lots of color photos. I would highly recomment this book to anyone who wants to heve a more in-depth experience of Paris. My only criticism is the weight of the book: it's printed on glossy paper, which will add weight to your baggage. But well worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Things to See and Do in Paris 20 Oct 2011
By Robin Dearling - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book for the Paris-o-phile, of which I am one -- and especially for those who have seen the tourist sites and are interested in the "vrai Paris". I found many things in the book that were new and interesting to me. However, no book can keep up with urban progress so there may be a few things that are no longer there when you go to see them. On balance, this is a wonderful addition to a regular guidebook, especially if this is not your first trip there.
4.0 out of 5 stars Discover the hidden secrets of Paris 1 May 2013
By Robynnn - Published on Amazon.com
While your first trip to Paris may entail visits to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre, and Arc de Triomphe - the throngs of fellow tourists can soon become overwhelming :( If you'd rather have more of an authentic visit, check out this book, Secret Paris. The author takes visitors to not-so-well-known places throughout the city while offering categorized listings for each of Paris's twenty arrondissements according to theme: architecture, art, curiosities, children, geography, history, religion, science, gardens and more. Each arrondissement chapter leads off with a full color map showing the locations of the attraction while dialog boxes offer complimentary bits of information and facts; each listing comes complete with address, contacts, costs and hours of operation. A must-read/must-take-with-you book for any admirer of Paris!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Silly waste of time 5 Feb 2012
By M. S. Fenton - Published on Amazon.com
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It's not much of a book and the content is poorly written and useless. Not written very well. Not interesting. And, I'm not sure the information is even accurate.
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