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Quiet Corners Of Paris: Unexpected Hideaways, Secret Courtyards, Hidden Gardens Hardcover – 25 Oct 2007

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom; Tra edition (25 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892145502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892145505
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.7 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A compilation of the capital's loveliest squares, libraries and secret spaces in which to reflect. (Ultratravel)

About the Author

Jean-Christophe Napias lives in Paris. Author, editor, journalist, and translator, he has created with his wife a series of guides to Paris, Paris est à nous, which has more than seventy titles. He lives in the hip and lively Bastille neighborhood, and dreams of one day moving to a house with a large garden. Until then, he looks for tranquility and nature wherever he can.

Christophe Lefébure, a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris with a master’s degree in history, combines the qualities of a writer with those of a photographer. His principal subject of study is rural life, its customs, and traditions. For several years now, he has expanded his research to Paris. His first work, La France des lavoirs, received the Grand Prix Littéraire du Tourisme.


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Planning a trip to Paris? Then this is the very thing to take along. Turn a trip to (possibly) the most beautiful capital city on earth into an exquisite adventure!

I have been to Paris many times before, and thought I knew the city well. I even imagined that I knew it's quiet spots. I was wrong. Here, arranged by `arrondissement' is a brief but compelling guide to spots you might otherwise miss in the rush to `Do Paris' in a few days.

Skip lunch at a crowded restaurant once or twice during your stay, and instead buy yourself a baguette and something devilishly sweet from one of the many pastry shops (and even a bottle of wine) and head for one of these `Quiet Corners'. Or take a pre-dinner stroll around Montmartre, as described in this volume.

The book gives you just enough insight into the location, without being dry and historic. No maps are to be found within, but you're bound to have a map anyway, so no biggie there.

I have to say that the book isn't the best value `new', as it is small and not a lot of use to you outside of Paris. I bought mine `used' for a lot less than the cover price.

The other titles on Paris by the same publisher are all well worth a look. Again, best to find a `used' copy if you can.

If you simply can't make it to Paris, then this book will actually make a nice coffee table read. Imaginary trips to Paris are so much cheaper, and you won't have to put up with rude waiters.....
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This book is a real gem - exquisitely photographed and well written - places to go, mostly parks and gardens off the main tourist areas. I'm going to Paris shortly and I can't wait to explore some of these lovely gardens and courtyards. The text is informative,giving you the exact arrondissement and how to get there with the Metro. It's a small enough litte book to take along on your journey and refer to. I've given it a four star because I would have loved a coffee table version of this book! But it's meant to be small to ensure you can take it with you! Whether you're exploring Paris for the first time or not, this little book will help you find those quaint little courtyards no one else but the locals know about!
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By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 Mar. 2010
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Finding peace and tranquility can make all the difference to a city stay. Rest and relax in some of the quietest corners of Paris with the help of this superb guide. Full of lovely colour photos of quiet spots from Museum gardens to hotel gardens and so much more. This very informative book gives addresses, Metro stops and opening hours. It is arranged by arrondissement and with excellent public transport, you should be able to visit quite a few of these even on a short trip. I shall certainly take it with me whenever I visit Paris.
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Someone posts a snippy review on this site saying the Metro stations aren't mentioned here. Well, they are, but his comment about the photos is dead on. These aren't so much Quiet Corners as Post-Apocolyptic Corners, like Paris after The Bomb has dropped. They have an eerie feel, most seem utterly deserted. Yeah, I guess they're meant to show how quiet they are, but still... if you sell a shower you show someone in it (ususally a woman) enjoying the experience... none of the pics here are exactly tempting.

I only visited one suggestion, the Jardin Saint-Gilles-Grand Veneur, dubbed in the 'top three' by the writer. 'The spot has everything going for it..' Well, it doesn't say that it's a few blocks north of the Place des Vosges - that might have been helpful, along with a sketchy map of sorts. I headed up there and actually walked past the anonymous looking Jardin, thinking, wouldn't it be funny if that turned out to be the place! Then I doubled back and saw that it was! It's a small garden, about 30ft x 30ft surrounded by stone coloured tenemant blocks. There's a bit of graffiti on the gate, a bored and unsociable ginger cat skulking around and a couple of drunks talking loudly on the bench. No view or prospect whatsoever. Seriously, you'd be better off in the Place de Vosges with the sun and the fountains. It's a bit noisier but you don't feel you have to have the place to yourself to concentrate on your book.

If that was the top 3, I don't much fancy the other suggested venues!
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Like other reviewers, as a regular visitor to this wondrous city, I thought I knew it all but this excellent little reference book has taught me otherwise. I have barely scratched the surface of the parcs, jardins, squares, villas, places, cours that Paris has to offer. In some entries, it gives a description of what you are likely to find while in others a potted history or brief details of a historical event that occurred there.

Contrary to what one of the reviewers said, it also most certainly does give the metro stops along with either addresses of the locations themselves or the entrances to them. You will also probably need a good map for many of these locations despite this info as is fairly obvious, many of them are off the beaten track and are quiet mainly because they are often hidden or secluded or are relatively secret oases in well known buildings.

This will certainly be a welcome companion on my next trip (hopefully this summer) when it will be put through its paces and my ongoing discovery of the City of Light's jewels will be enhanced as a result.
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