Quiet Corners Of Paris: Unexpected Hideaways, Secret Courtyards, Hidden Gardens Hardcover – 25 Oct 2007
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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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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.....
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't go to any of these places - maybe I wasn't looking for quiet corners after all!!!Published 14 months ago by Hackney Girl
The trouble with this book is that Parisians don't actually like quiet. It confuses them and freaks them out. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ann O'Nymous
This was a present for my wife (an ex Paris resident) and she seemed suitably impressed.
Now we just have to visit Paris to check out the locations.What a chore!!"
A good little book that is an excellent guide for the unexpected places in Paris as well as the perfect keepsakePublished 21 months ago by Mark Luyt-Eastwood
Lovely little book. Took it to Paris and enjoyed finding some of the hidden places.Published 23 months ago by Lyn Walsh
This little book has been the backbone of two holidays in Paris now. I love it. We have found such lovely places to go- places that feel like home! Read morePublished on 14 April 2014 by Kate Green
Bought as part of a gift surprising someone with a trip to Paris. Nice as it is an unconventional travel book, with places you can truly explore rather than going around the usual... Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Having spent time in Paris and covered all the usual sights, it was wonderful to come across this book which takes you to unexpected corners of Paris that lie a stone's throw away... Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2014 by William Kennedy Campbell