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Be your own guide to discovering Paris!

Expert Jill Butler suggests fourteen themed days of exploration from water adventures to flea market excursions, nighttime events, bakery tastings, and more. With the author's personal recommendations and insights, you'll navigate the city like a native.

Comb the best markets for treasures old and new. Try a different wine every day. Or find hidden architectural wonders off the beaten path. This pocket-size guide, complete with charming illustrations, is the ideal companion for a unique sojourn in the City of Lights.

About the Author

Artist/Author Jill Butler first moved to France as an overworked and exhausted New York career gal in search of a change of lifestyle and the experience of a different culture. Paris seemed the ultimate challenge. With a bit of school French she plunged in, made friends, and found her Paris. Ultimately, Butler spent fourteen years living and learning all things French while working as a designer and freelance illustrator and showing her fine art collages in Parisian and Normandy galleries.

Butler has authored and illustrated two books, Paintbrush in Paris and Rendez-vous with France. The latter is a point-and-pronounce guide to traveling, shopping, and eating in France -- the perfect accompaniment to Wandering Paris.

From her studio in the Connecticut River Valley, Butler designs French-inspired tabletop products. Her collection can be viewed at www.jillbutler.com. She also teaches art and art marketing while never letting her passort rest idle.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; 1st edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762738049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762738045
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.4 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Luan Gaines HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 30, 2005
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The French have a word for instinctively following where your interests lead and Wandering Paris is written with an eye to that very independence and curiosity. Certainly, no decision should ever be undertaken until after your first cup of coffee; then, the exploration du jour should be based on weather and your energy level. Armed with a few icons throughout the pages (information, maps, metro stations and a simplified vocabulary), any willing visitor can absorb the extraordinary sights of Paris in a series of suggested one day excursions guaranteed to bring the intrepid tourist into the bustling Paris streets: water bars, swimming pools, famous landmarks, flea markets, artist's haunts and outdoor cafes, a city of surprises waiting to be discovered. Accompanied by fanciful watercolor illustrations, this small book fits easily into a carry-bag, at your fingertips whenever inspiration strikes. This guide is designed by an author/artist who loves the idiosyncratic city, life bubbling below the surface, beyond the obvious charm of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre, the secrets of the streets revealed.

This is an insider's tour, with fourteen themed adventures that include Paris nightlife, shopping the French way, patisseries, neighborhood bars, museums and more. Whether on foot, metro, bus or taxi, Paris is a city of endless adventure, appealing to the impulsive, the romantic and the curious. These suggested outings are staggered to allow for the most enjoyment, i.e., a shopping excursion may be followed by a leisurely day in the park, a journal close at hand to chronicle your thoughts.
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This book was a pleasant surprise, with the artwork alone being worth the purchase! My husband and I are planning a trip to PARIS in August, and are learning all we can that will make it enjoyable. I thought in the stack of books I already had on Paris that I had a map of the neighborhoods called "arrondissements" but couldn't find ANY until I opened Jill's "Wandering Paris" which had just arrived. I found a very colorful map of the arrondissements right in front! It got better from there. I want to swim while in Paris although my husband, who was there for a week in 2000, said there aren't any places to swim. Well, Jill points out that "Public swimming pools are abundant in Paris, and some are exceptional." She writes that you can even "Go to the beach along the Seine." ... "you'll find sand, palm trees, umbrellas, rollerblading, bikes and Pétanque plus a swimming pool..." In his defense, he was there in DECEMBER! ha! We're also learning FRENCH, and Jill provides an abundance of vocabulary words WITH a pronunciation guide for each. For the night life, we had no idea that Friday is "Friday Night Skate", "rollerblading by night on escorted journeys through the city". We can't take all of our books with us on this trip, but Jill Butler's "Wandering Paris" is going with us for sure! [We're going to buy her other book as well! Rendez-vous with France: A Point and Pronounce Guide to Traveling, Shopping, and Eating
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This charming book reminds us that a great part of the joy of Paris is found by taking time to wander. It's of great value to reorient those of us who no longer know the city as well as we did when we and it were younger.

In her illustrations, Jill translates the austere grandeur of Paris into colorful, intimate depictions of local detail, taken from the very real places she writes about.

I wish I'd read Wandering Paris before my last trip to Paris, from London, on the Eurostar, just for Sunday afternoon, just to remind myself. I'd have gone to the Sunday market, instead of taking an earlier train home.
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Wandering Paris is a travel guide and much more. It is a whimsical look at traveling in Paris. In addition to the solid information it provides, it also offers wonderful insights into the world that is Paris. And, the author provides you with a delightful, artful look at the Paris scene. Her illustrations add whimsy and color to the guide. This is not a heavy tome that drones on about the city of Paris but a light and refreshing approach to Paris from someone who wants to share her love of the city with you. A definite addition to any travel library.
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This a book like no other. I really enjoy the way this is laid out, it makes sense. I also enjoy the explanations that go along with the descriptions, it helps! I was planning to go to Paris this year but my plans changed, so know I'll have more time to read this book again and makes some plans using it, and I will most likely take it with me.
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I've been to Paris many times and even lead tours there. When I saw this book, I thought it would be a fun read but wouldn't tell me anything I already knew. I was pleased to discover that there is still a lot I don't know (thank heavens!). Jill's book inspired me and gave me some new nooks to explore next time I am in Paris. The illustrations are delightful and inspiring. I gave this book to a friend of mine whom I am taking to Paris for her first visit. I told her to flag things she wants to do and see. She's an artist and this seemed like the perfect guidebook to introduce someone to Paris's many delights.
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