Quiet Corners of Paris: Unexpected Hideaways, Secret Courtyards, Hidden Gardens

Quiet Corners of Paris: Unexpected Hideaways, Secret Courtyards, Hidden Gardens

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Jean-christophe Napais, Photographs by Christophe Lefebure

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  • Publisher: Little Bookroom,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 160mm x 18mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 25 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1892145502
  • ISBN 13: 9781892145505
  • Edition statement: Translation
  • Illustrations note: Colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 12,913

Product description

More than eighty of the loveliest, most tranquil, and sometimes hidden places in Paris are celebrated in this charming guidebook "Quiet Corners of Paris" is a beautifully illustrated peek into eighty-one often overlooked, always beautiful, locales: hidden villas, winding lanes, little-known 19th-century passages, serene gardens, and cobblestone courtyards. Some of the places have breathtaking views, others are filled with historic and architectural details, from stone archways, garden follies, boxwood mazes, ornamental statuary, stained glass, and Renaissance fountains. Follow a stone path under a trellis of blossoms or wander through a gate to discoverE

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Author information

Jean-Christophe Napias lives in Paris with his wife and two sons. Author, editor, journalist, and translator, he has created with his wife a series of guides to Paris," Paris est a Nous, " which has more than seventy titles. He lives in the hip and lively Bastille neighborhood of Paris, and dreams of one day moving to a house with a large garden. Until then, he looks for tranquility and nature wherever he can. Christophe Lefebure, a graduate of the "Institut d'etudes politiques de Paris" with a master's degree in history, combines the qualities of a writer with those of a photographer. His principal subject of study is rural life, it's customs and traditions. For several years now, he has expanded his research to Paris. His first work, "La France des lavoirs" received the "Grand Prix Litteraire du Tourisme." David Downie is the author of "Cooking the Roman Way, "Irreverent Guide to Amsterdam, and Enchanted Liguria. His travel, food and arts features have appeared in over fifty magazines and newspapers worldwide, including "Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Gastronomica, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, "and" Town & Country Travel."

Customer reviews

By Possum 19 Dec 2013 5

This is a small attractive book delightfully illustrated with colour photographs and written with particularly attractive fonts. It's almost a coffee table book except for it's size.

The book is set out well and details several attractive locations in each of 20 Arrondissements of Paris which are not necessarily tourist attractions. Instead they are less visited and much quieter and often more attractive. You will not find tourist busses outside them and this adds to the charm of each of the places.

The addresses and nearest metros are clearly stated but maps are not provided. When visiting you should take a map with you or research the exact locations on an internet map site before your set out.

This book would be ideal to take on an extended stay in Paris and details no less than 60 pretty or interesting locations not usually marked on the tourist maps.

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"Many tour books promise to deliver "secrets" and never do. This one does. Many times...More than 80 suggestions. All very high on my list of "musts" the next time I find myself in Paris with a good book, a fresh cigar, a few hours to kill--and no desire to be anywhere near the Mona Lisa." --Headbutler "This small new York publisher is producing some of the most innovative, beautiful and rewarding guidebooks on the market." -Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Little Bookroom...wants travelers to slow down. They've carved themselves a niche in the over-crowded travel book industry by thinking small with titles that define the character of a city." -The Pittsburgh Tribune "For pocket-sized, covetable books, turn to The Little Bookroom." -Vogue [UK]