Hidden Gardens of Paris: A Guide to the Parks, Squares, and Woodlands of the City of LightsPaperback
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- Publisher: Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 176 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 20mm | 431g
- Publication date: 3 May 2012
- Publication City/Country: California
- ISBN 10: 0312673337
- ISBN 13: 9780312673338
- Illustrations note: 40 colour photos
- Sales rank: 68,524
In a city that's the destination of millions, it can be a challenge to find your way to its lovely, serene spaces. Away from the maddening crowds, the gardens of Paris offer the balm of flowers, tall old trees, fountains, sculptures, and the company of quiet Parisians taking the sun, relishing the peace. These places are often tucked away, off the beaten tourist track, and without a guide they're easy to miss: The Jardin de l'Atlantique, out of sight on the roof of Gare Montparnasse. The enchanting Jardin de la Vallee Suisse, invisible from the street, accessible only if you know how to find the path. The Square Boucicaut, its children's carousel hidden inside a grove of oak and maples. The "Hidden Gardens of Paris" features 40 such oases in quartiers both posh and plain, as well as dozens of others "Nearby" to the featured green space. Beautifully rendered, the book is not only a useful guide, but a tribute to the gardens as sites of passionate cultural memory.
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SUSAN CAHIL has published four travel books on Italy and Ireland. She is the editor of the bestselling Women and Fiction series and author of the novel "Earth Angels. "She spends a few months in Paris every year. MARION RANOUX, a native Parisian, is an experienced freelance photographer and translator into French of Czech literature.
"Paris may be universally known as the City of Light, but based on this exquisite book it could just as easily be called the City of Parks." --"Chicago Tribune"http: //www.chicagotribune.com/travel/sc-trav-0501-resourceful-20120501,0,2799621.story "No matter how many times you have been to Paris, never go again without Susan Cahill (are you listening, Woody?) In our many visits there since 1957 my wife Judith and I thought we had covered all the known and not-so-known delights of the city. Only in reading "The Hidden Gardens of Paris"did we realize we had missed much of what had been hiding in plain sight. In her earlier book "The Smiles of Rome"she had worked the same magic, enabling us to return to the Imperial City in the company of notable writers whose experience in their time enraptures the visitor today. We have already started packing for Paris."" --"Bill Moyers "Whether you go often to Paris or are making your first visit, this is the guide you need. Susan Cahill will accompany you through the parks of this beloved city--from famous public spaces to secret gardens: a walk through the history and lore of Paris and Parisians, all in the open air." --Shirley Abbott, author of "The Bookmaker's Daughter, Love's Apprentice," and "The Future of Love"" ""The secluded places that Susan Cahill and Marion Ranoux show us may have seemed off limits to the considerate traveller, anxious to avoid an invasion of French privacy. But this lively and informative guide gives one the confidence and the an overwhelming desire to venture into the "Jardin Catherine Laboure" and the "Jardin du Musee Rodin," or, on the other hand, to tackle the Bois du Boulogne on the next visit to Paris." -- Elizabeth Cullinan, author of "House of Gold" "As someone who likes to build a walk into her daily routine, this handy, informative little book helped me visit old neighborhood park and garden friends and meet new ones. And what's not to like about the gardens of Paris and the stories behind them?" --Mireille Guiliano, author of "French Women Don't Get Fat"