Thrust into the unlikely role of professional "literary walking tour" guide, an expat writer provides the most irresistibly witty and revealing tour of Paris in years.
In this enchanting memoir, acclaimed author and long- time Paris resident John Baxter remembers his yearlong experience of giving "literary walking tours" through the city. Baxter sets off with unsuspecting tourists in tow on the trail of Paris's legendary artists and writers of the past. Along the way, he tells the history of Paris through a brilliant cast of characters: the favorite cafés of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Joyce; Pablo Picasso's underground Montmartre haunts; the bustling boulevards of the late-nineteenth-century flâneurs; the secluded "Little Luxembourg" gardens beloved by Gertrude Stein; the alleys where revolutionaries plotted; and finally Baxter's own favorite walk near his home in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Any Paris lover would enjoy this book. Will help us on our next trip!Published 11 days ago by Sarah
Love the book would like to meet the author, book like brand new.Published 1 month ago by sherri ellis
Bought this as a Christmas gift for a friend who has traveled to France multiple times. It was a hit!Published 1 month ago by tpatlanta
This was my first introduction to John Baxter and his personal Paris. It's a great place to start learning about Paris from someone who tells stories better than the rest of us. Read morePublished 2 months ago by stephanvegoe
What a fascinating book. An absolute must for lovers of Paris. There is so much to discover in this fascinating city as highlighted by JB. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by Henri
Enjoyed this book. I purchased it to read before we went to Paris. I'm glad I did. It is entertaining and also educational and I think reading it helped me understand... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bonnie
Take a trip with John Baxter as he celebrates his beloved Paris. As one who has visited Paris, I can agree that it is first and foremost a walking city (though do try the Metro). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robert G. Leroe