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I'll Take Paris Paperback – May 28, 2016
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About the Author
Paige Donner is the Paris Travel Expert for USA Today/ 10BEST. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, Manoa. After working and living in Los Angeles for 15 years, pursuing a career as a screenwriter and filmmaker, she returned to Paris in 2010. In addition to her travel writing, she has launched two APPs so far, Paris Food And Wine and Bordeaux Food And Wine, with more on the way. Learning about French wines has taught her an immense amount about French culture, French history, the regions of France and French people. So much so that she realizes profoundly that she has only just begun to scratch the surface on these very nuanced subjects. Above everything else in the world, she loves her dog, Idéale, a canine who wholly lives up to her name.
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The phrase has its origins in a religious context, perhaps the Catholic Church, which designated certain celebrations, such as Easter, that occurred on different days in any calendar year, as a “moveable feast.” This morphed into an unforgettable experience that stays with you no matter where you go.
If you’ve been fortunate to have “experienced” Paris, count your blessings.
The next best thing to actually going there is to read “I’ll Take Paris” by Paige Donner.
An “expat” who has lived and worked in Paris for years has written a multi-faceted novel that embraces:
a) being an expert guide to the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of this fabulous city
b) a young woman's painfully honest longing for a “soul mate”
c) a journalist’s agonizing search for truth.
Whatever your breadth of knowledge of the city, the author expands the banquette by taking you behind closed doors of celebrated chefs’ restaurants, glittering exhibits, and sampling the nectar of world-famous vineyards.
To really get to know a city one has to trudge over the cobblestones and muddy streets. If this is too daunting, accompany the author as she endlessly roams the city from corner to corner, gazing breathlessly at awesome churches, ancient edifices and urban forests dripping with dew.
You’ll meet some of the charming French folk she works with — as well as some gutter snipes she is forced to deal with.
Paris wouldn’t be Paris without some form of romance; but, like a two-edged sword, it can slice…as well as dice. The author bares her agonized emotions, causing one to cringe with empathy.
Regardless the pains, Paris remains a moveable feast — Come and enjoy.