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Paris: The Collected Traveler: An Inspired Anthology and Travel Resource Paperback – September 26, 2000
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Written and assembled in a totally engaging style (I defy you to put this book down once you've read two pages) and chock-full of all the good stuff you could ever want, plus more, this is THE ESSENTIAL travel book to get you primed for your trip to the City of Light. BUY and READ this book before you buy any other travel books, because there's a lot of good advice here about what you may or may not need or want for your trip (e.g., specialty books on the food of Paris, travel photography, etc.).
If you are planning a trip to Paris, this is the first place to start...if you're still dreaming about it, buy this book and let your dreams unfold. The compilation of writing assembled here is incredible: funny, helpful, informative, provocative and evocative. You'll be thinking about things you would not have imagined before travelling and essentially adopting a travel philosophy.
Let me emphasize that this is not a "travel writing" book. Instead, it takes travel writings and utilizes them to their fullest, by making them a practical part of your pre-trip education.Read more ›
This guide takes the unusual route of researching previously published articles and stories, colating them into themes, citing references and listing bibliographies. The editor of the guide, Barrie Kerper, is a keen researcher and for the small price of the guide, you can benefit from her efforts. For instance, besides the usual notations of the famous Michilin starred restaraunts of Paris, there are articles here about the best places to buy bread in the neighborhoods, or the best ice cream. The point is, traveling does not have to be about draining your bank account, but about living like the locals, even if only vicariously.
I am a notorious and obsessive planner; before going on a long-anticipated trip, I start doing my research. I plan site-seeing routes, shopping trips, where to dine, and where to people watch; but what I cannot plan is what the destination will be like, what my response will be to all the scenes around me. The Collected Traveler gives me more insight into the reality of Paris than any I have ever read. And true to form, I am starting to obsess over all the new things I have learned. One thing I know for certain is that this book will travel with me when I go to Paris.
The one shortcoming I found -- and the reason I've held my rating down to four stars -- is that the book has only a very vague table of contents, and no index. If you want to read about Pere LaChaise Cemetery, for instance, yes, there's an essay in there, but very little help on how to find it in 600 or so pages. The browsing is fine, but if you're looking for something specific, it can be frustrating.
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Loaded with up to date information, tips, and interesting anecdotes.Published 3 months ago by Sally Rathbun
Quite well researched but a bit out of date. Especially with statements from some women authors about how safe they feel in Paris. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jon J McMahon
I have owned this book for more than a decade, but hadn't really gone through it until recently in preparation for a trip to Paris. Read morePublished 14 months ago by AJ
This book is a selection of essays, musings, articles and rambling impressions of Paris.... from serious history to descriptions of storefront vignettes and daily cultural... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Patty Rinaldi
I love this book. It offers extremely detailed reports on all manner of things about Paris, over a period of years. Read morePublished 19 months ago by bluebouviergirl
It is all here. The paperback is quite hefty -- if you want to take it to Paris with you, get the kindle version. Read morePublished on June 10, 2014 by CSquare
This is a collection of contemplative essays about Paris by non-French i.e. Anglophone historians, writers, chefs, and other people who have spent considerable time living there,... Read morePublished on May 11, 2014 by Beatrice Izzey