Paris Discovered: Explorations in the City of Light

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Uncovering the Paris that charmed Thomas Jefferson in the 18th century and George Gershwin in the 20th, this guide?written by an historian and based on personal exploration, old maps, and documents?offers 50 walking destinations, many unfamiliar even to Parisians. Several excursions evoke the spirit of an age past by exploring the haunts of Heloise and Abelard, Frederic Chopin, the Impressionist painters, and the American expatriates of the 1920s. Images of the French Revolution are conjured by the neighborhoods ...

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Uncovering the Paris that charmed Thomas Jefferson in the 18th century and George Gershwin in the 20th, this guide—written by an historian and based on personal exploration, old maps, and documents—offers 50 walking destinations, many unfamiliar even to Parisians. Several excursions evoke the spirit of an age past by exploring the haunts of Heloise and Abelard, Frederic Chopin, the Impressionist painters, and the American expatriates of the 1920s. Images of the French Revolution are conjured by the neighborhoods of Les Miserables and the mystery of the lost dauphin. Other tours of the very earliest houses and churches—along with waterworks, medieval walls, and an underground river—provide a fascinating view into a thousand years of infrastructure. Recommendations are also included for the best ice cream in Paris or the hottest new spot for shopping at Viaduc des Arts.

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"A time machine through Paris generations to tell the story of the city in a fresh new way."  —Mark Eversman, editor, Paris Notes

"The collection of Paris lore is sure to surprise and intrigue."  —France Today

France Today
The collection of Paris lore is sure to surprise and intrigue.
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This collection of essays is based on articles that McAuliffe wrote for the monthly publication Paris Notes over a five-year span. It is basically a series of short walking tours in Paris, but oh, the places she goes. There is no arrondissement that McAuliffe will not explore in her adopted city, and she brings to light forgotten shrines, hidden gardens, an abandoned tower, and a river long buried under Paris's streets and avenues. Along the way, she introduces both well-known Parisian residents, such as Abelard and H loise, Victor Hugo, Sarah Bernhardt, and Frederic Chopin, and lesser-known historical characters like Robert of Beaumont, bad boy of the early second millennium, and St. Denis, the headless saint. Visitors to Paris may wish to follow literally in McAuliffe's footsteps and experience history brought to life, but armchair travelers and Parisophiles will similarly be captivated by her descriptions of distinctive Parisian locales and their equally unique denizens. Recommended for public libraries.-Rita Simmons, Sterling Heights P.L., MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780871272874
  • Publisher: Elysian Editions
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary McAuliffe is the author of historical fiction and articles for history journals. She has traveled extensively in France and is a regular contributor to Paris Notes. She lives in New York City.

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