Paris, Paris: Journey Into the City of Light

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Swapping his native San Francisco for the City of Light, travel writer David Downie arrived in Paris in 1986 on a one-way ticket, his head full of romantic notions. Curiosity and the legs of a cross-country runner propelled him daily from an unheated, seventh-floor walk-up garret near the Champs-Élysées to the old Montmartre haunts of the doomed painter Modigliani, the tombs of Père-Lachaise cemetery, the luxuriant alleys of the Luxembourg Gardens, and the aristocratic Île ...

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Swapping his native San Francisco for the City of Light, travel writer David Downie arrived in Paris in 1986 on a one-way ticket, his head full of romantic notions. Curiosity and the legs of a cross-country runner propelled him daily from an unheated, seventh-floor walk-up garret near the Champs-Élysées to the old Montmartre haunts of the doomed painter Modigliani, the tombs of Père-Lachaise cemetery, the luxuriant alleys of the Luxembourg Gardens, and the aristocratic Île Saint-Louis midstream in the Seine.

Downie wound up living in the chic Marais district, married to the Paris-born American photographer Alison Harris, an equally incurable walker and chronicler. Ten books and a quarter-century later, he still spends several hours every day rambling through Paris and writing about the city he loves. An irreverent, witty romp featuring thirty-one short prose sketches of people, places, and daily life, Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light ranges from the glamorous to the least-known corners and characters of the world's favorite city.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781482928495
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

An American journalist based in Paris since 1986, David Downie has written about European culture, food and travel for magazines and newspapers worldwide. He was a Paris correspondent for Salon.com, Departures, Appellation, and Art & Antiques, and has contributed to epicurious.com, concierge.com and many other websites. Currently he is a European correspondent for Gadling.com, the popular literary travel site.
The author of a dozen works of nonfiction and fiction, Downie’s writing has also appeared in many anthologies, among them The Collected Traveler Paris, Southwest France and Central Italy; Salon.com’s Wanderlust; Travelers’ Tales: Adventures in Wine Country; By The Seat of My Pants; and A Moveable Feast. Please visit David Downie’s website www.davidddownie.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    David Downie shows us that Paris is more than its monuments and

    David Downie shows us that Paris is more than its monuments and museums in “Paris, paris Journey into the City of Light”. Each chapter is a story unto itself about something quirky about Paris or a little known fact about its people or places or a different perspective on the subject. Some examples are the chapters on Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, the Boat People of the Seine, and the physical, philosophical, artistic, social and political aspects of what makes Paris the city of Light. He helped me to think about and look at Paris in a different way when I visited it. I recommend reading the book.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    Every frequent visitor to Paris is by definition a fan, but it w

    Every frequent visitor to Paris is by definition a fan, but it will be hard to find a bigger fan than David Downie, whose "Paris, Paris" does a beautiful job of pointing even the knowledgeable visitor to unsuspected nooks and crannies, both around the city and in its past. Someone besides me must recognize this, because the book has just been reprinted for the umpteenth time. Long may it wave.

    From the fact-filled chapter on the Luxembourg Gardens near the front to the atmospheric essay titled "Night Walking" in the back, "Paris, Paris" is a treasury of little-known facts and fresh descriptions of well-known corners. Downie is obviously very fond of the Île Saint-Louis, and he has little use for many of the public works we owe to the Pompidou administration. As someone who once ate a pigeon after midnight at the old Halles, before it was evicted to Rungis, I thought he got it just about right.

    Downie's writing is elegant and graceful. Alison Harris enriches the book enormously with more than two dozen black-and-white photos.

    I haven't read a book that expanded my knowledge of the city so much since last year's "Parisians, an Adventure History of Paris," by Graham Robb. Now I'm going to go back through some of my favorite chapters and mark them for next year's visit.

    Highly recommended.

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    Paris, Paris is a portal into the city. It's hard not to be tran

    Paris, Paris is a portal into the city. It's hard not to be transported to the City of Light in Downie's collection of essays, so vivid is his writing and depictions of the city. Paris seems to come alive, from the underground to the river to the cobblestones. This book is a tour guide and you're right there with the author as he walks through Paris sharing details of the city now and from many years ago, capturing the history, the quirks, the nuances in chapters on cafes and cemeteries, dogs and people, lovers and locals. A rich, swirling journey into a city so many love.

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