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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2002

    Paris As You┬┐ve Never Seen It!

    If you think you love Paris, you owe it to yourself to get this book. You¿ll fall in love all over again . . . and probably more deeply. Whenever I go to Paris, I find myself on either the first or second level of the Eiffel Tower and on the top of the Pompidou Center. While in those locations, I marvel at the aerial majesty of Paris and wish for a higher angle from other parts of the city of light. While yearning, I always look around wondering why there are no helicopters or small planes in sight. Above Paris explains all of that. For security reasons, overflights have been banned for decades. Due to the influence and persistence of Pierre Salinger in working with the French government, Robert Cameron was given rare permission to overfly Paris enough to create the wonderful, unique photographs in this marvelous volume. The result of this special dispensation is to create an intimate portrait of Paris that felt to me much like what a hang-glider sojourn might be like. But, the old was retained as well. In Above Paris, you will see time sequences that begin with drawings of a scene, carried forward with more formal art, ground level photographs, and finally the aerial views from today. Many of the buildings look quite different from the air. As you can imagine, cathedrals were designed to provide God with a view from above as well as a perspective for people from below. God¿s view of Notre Dame was very unexpected and delightful to me. A place I love to visit for the sculptures, the Rodin Museum, shows an entirely different character from the air . . . not unlike a country estate locked inside a city. Naturally, you will see all of the major sites as well, many of which look reasonably similar from the air as they do from the ground. But the order of Paris that we normally get from maps has a unique appeal from the air that this volume captures very well indeed. The book contains some nice surprises. It goes into the suburbs and also hits the major chateaux in the area. Two of the nice treats for me that I did not expect in the book were gorgeous Veteuil and Monet¿s lily pads in the pond at Giverny. Although I have been to Paris many times, almost half of the scenes were new to me. I added quite a few places where I would like to visit as a result. I came away wondering what other important experiences I have missed because I have not yet experienced all of the right perspectives. For example, I am told that the Taj Mahal is so large that photographs cannot convey its scale. I know that is true of the Grand Canyon, and wonder what the building is really like. Perhaps we¿ll both find out some day. Donald Mitchell, co-author of The 2,000 Percent Solution and The Irresistible Growth Enterprise

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