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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom; Tra edition (October 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892145502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892145505
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“To discover lesser-known quarters of the City of Light, consult Quiet Corners of Paris... This illustrated handbook takes you to often-overlooked parts of the city: its hidden villas, winding lanes, cobblestone courtyards and Renaissance fountains.” –Frank Wagner, Copley News Service

"Yes, noisy, bustling Paris has its quiet corners, and this attractive book describes them in loving detail. Most of the places mentioned here are out of doors and open to the public. The places range from museum courtyards and royal gardens to 15th Century cloisters and tiny passageways to the back streets and lanes of the various neighborhoods. Some famous sites are here (Luxembourg Gardens) but so are unknown treasures such as the Irish Cultural Center, housed in a townhouse used by the Irish Catholic collegiate community since 1775, or Paris' lesser-known islands. And few places are as quiet as the city's evocative cemeteries." -The Chicago Tribune

"Many tour books promise to deliver “secrets” and never do. This one does. Many times...More than 80 suggestions. All very high on my list of “musts” the next time I find myself in Paris with a good book, a fresh cigar, a few hours to kill--and no desire to be anywhere near the Mona Lisa." -Headbutler

"This small new York publisher is producing some of the most innovative, beautiful and rewarding guidebooks on the market." –Minneapolis Star Tribune

"The Little Bookroom...wants travelers to slow down. They've carved themselves a niche in the over-crowded travel book industry by thinking small with titles that define the character of a city." –The Pittsburgh Tribune

"For pocket-sized, covetable books, turn to The Little Bookroom." –Vogue [UK]

About the Author

Jean-Christophe Napias lives in Paris with his wife and two sons. 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 of Paris, 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’études 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, it’s 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.

David Downie is the author of Cooking the Roman Way, Irreverent Guide to Amsterdam, and Enchanted Liguria. His travel, food and arts features have appeared in over fifty magazines and newspapers worldwide, including Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Gastronomica, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Town & Country Travel.

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Customer Reviews

It's packed with beautiful pictures.
D. Evon
Have your Fodor or similar guide by all means, but tuck this little gem of a book in your bag alongside it!
Robert L. Mazzola
A very interesting small book that details some of the hidden places in Paris.
Robin Dearling

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272 of 277 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
For many travelers, Paris is Parisland. Here's the Eiffel Tower. Let's take a boat ride along the Seine. Ah, the Champs Elysees. Five museums on the list --- let's whip through them. And, late at night, we've got to find that nightclub where the girls kick up their ...heels.

Others --- that's my brood and me --- go to Paris for the quiet. We sit in cafes for hours. We settle on park benches. We take long walks on nearly empty streets. It's still Parisland, just another kind: an open-air library, a set for dreaming, an urban pillow for outdoor naps.

It's hard to imagine that a book called "Quiet Corners of Paris" would be a shocker, but this sometime Parisian was shocked --- and thrilled --- by what's in these pages. Many tour books promise to deliver "secrets" and never do. This one does. Many times.

Its secret: It does not stick to the four or five arrondissements where tourists congregate. Instead, it draws on the entire city --- and thus challenges you to leave your literal "comfort zone" and get out to neighborhoods where real Parisians can be found. And more: really quiet zones: villas, gardens, courtyards, fountains and passages.

The book is ordered by arrondissement, which means you start with the familiar. In the 1st arrondissement, we find the courtyard of the Louvre (check!), the Galerie Vero-Dodat (gotcha!), the garden of the Palais-Royal (good times!) and the Place Dauphine (been to almost every restaurant there!). But no sooner have we hit the 3rd arrondissement than the unknown intrudes: the Saint-Gilles-Grand-Veneur garden, Karsten Greve's art gallery, the Billettes Cloister. Oh, the time I could have frittered away in those beautiful settings.

I was charmed by the garden of a daycare center in the 4th. Busy and noisy?
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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful By D. Evon on December 17, 2007
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I will keep my review uncomplicated, like this book. There is a lot of information packed into this little book. Instead of focusing on the usual tourist sights, the author points out some of the beautiful, quaint parks, gardens and museums. The book also shows other out of the way places that the usual travel books don't. With the exception of 1 site (Musee Eugene Delacroix), all the sights shown are free to the public. If you are going to visit Paris, this is a great little guide book when searching for different places to see. If you want to go to Paris some day, this is a great book to dream by. It's packed with beautiful pictures. I just loved it!
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A. Conley on February 23, 2008
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This is a sweet little book. I wish I'd had it when I lived in Paris. It reveals many wonderful quiet spots, places for picnics and contemplation, and peace in that busy city. As a tourist to Paris, you probably won't value it as much--you'll want to be out in the busy, soaking it all up. But for anyone who lives in Paris, or is going to spend a long time there, I'd recommend it. And for those of us who just like to read about Paris, in between visits, it's a great book, well written and warm.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By B. Morgan on January 11, 2008
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I've been to Paris countless times and never knew about many of the hidden corners and little parks that are featured in this book. I can't wait to return to explore them. I loved this little book.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By aj on November 29, 2007
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This book is a little "Treasure". It is the perfect size to take with you and enjoy with your monring or afternoon coffee! If you try hard enough you might even transport back to your favorite "hidden spot" in Paris. I was first taken by the book because of the cover photo...I took that exact photo on a recent trip to Paris!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By V. Jones on March 28, 2008
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I bought this book based on previous reviews. It is a wonderful little book with lovely photographs. I plan to use it to plan my next trip to Paris. The fact that all of the places mentioned are free to the public , is an added plus for travelers.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By d_claude_bear on June 30, 2008
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A friend gave us this book before we left for a month's visit to Paris. We had been there, done that three times before, so we welcomed a guide to the kinds of places we had overlooked on previous visits. This book accomplished that. We visited more than half of the places and enjoyed almost all of them immensely.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Robin Dearling on January 6, 2008
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A very interesting small book that details some of the hidden places in Paris. A joy for those who have "Paris on the Brain".
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