Chronicles of Old Paris: Exploring the Historic City of Light

Chronicles of Old Paris: Exploring the Historic City of Light

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Discover one of the world s most fascinating and beautiful cities through 30 dramatic true stories spanning the rich history of Paris. John Baxter takes readers through 2,000 years of French history with tales of the kings, queens, saints, and sinners who shaped the city. Essays explore the major historic events from the martyrdom of Saint Denis near today s Abbesses Metro station to the epic romances of Heloise and Abelard, Josephine and Napoleon, and George Sand and Frederic Chopin. Learn about the labyrinth of catacombs snaking under all of Paris and the artists who called the seedy Montmartre home in the 19th century. Then see it all for yourself with guided walking tours of each of Paris s historic neighborhoods, illustrated with color photographs and period maps."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 287 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 18.54mm | 403.7g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • col. Illustrations, maps
  • 0984633421
  • 9780984633425
  • 78,837

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This lovely, gorgeous and intelligent book examines the Paris of old and not so old, with its many fascinating figures and tales. Included in the short but insightful chapters are Marie Antoinette, whom author John Baxter calls misunderstood; the famous Paris Commune; the man behind the Eiffel Tower; Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Maurice Utrillo and other painters of the bohemian community of Montmartre; Paris and the Beat Generation; and the new wave films of Godard and Truffaut. Also here are Marcel Proust, Coco Chanel, Ernest Hemingway and Josephine Baker.Baxter describes detailed walking tours of the area surrounding the Paris Opera and the adjacent grand boulevards of Paris. He also includes the seedy but always fascinating Pigalle neighborhood and its Moulin Rouge dance hall, which is, Baxter notes, an expensive cabaret/restaurant and still features the can-can. There are the charming if touristy Montmartre; the crowded Latin Quarter and Notre Dame; the Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighborhood, once the haunt of jazz musicians, philosophers such as Jean-Paul Sartre and members of the Lost Generation; the Luxembourg Gardens; artsy Montparnasse; and the Eiffel Tower.In addition to its fascinating details, the book is lavishly illustrated.--Chicago Tribune
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About John Baxter

John Baxter is an Australian writer, journalist, and filmmaker. He is the author of" The Golden Moments of Paris, "" Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas, " "The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris," and "We ll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light.""
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