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#x1C;Beautifully written and refreshingly original& makes us see [Paris] in a different light.#x1D; -- San Francisco Chronicle Book Review 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-Elys#xE9;es to the old Montmartre haunts of the doomed painter Modigliani, the tombs of P#xE8;re-Lachaise cemetery, the luxuriant alleys of the Luxembourg Gardens and the aristocratic #xCE;le 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#x19;s favorite city. #x1C;I loved his collection of essays and anyone who#x19;s visited Paris in the past, or plans to visit in the future, will be equally charmed as well.#x1D; -David Lebovitz, author of The Sweet Life in Paris #x1C;[A] quirky, personal, independent view of the city, its history and its people#x1D;-Mavis Gallant #x1C;Gives fresh poetic insight into the city& a voyage into #x18;the bends and recesses, the jagged edges, the secret interiors#x19; [of Paris].#x1D;- Departures
Table of Contents
|By Way of Introduction||p. 1|
|It's the Water: The Seine||p. 7|
|A Day in the Park: The Luxembourg Gardens||p. 17|
|A Lively City of the Dead: Père-Lachaise Cemetery||p. 25|
|François's Follies: Building Afresh in a Museum City||p. 34|
|Island in the Seine: Île Saint-Louis||p. 46|
|Montsouris and Buttes-Chaumont: The Art of the Faux||p. 55|
|Going Underground||p. 63|
|Place des Vosges||p. 73|
|Belly Ache: Les Halles Redux (Again)||p. 83|
|Hit the Road Jacques||p. 97|
|Coco Chanel||p. 111|
|Les Bouquinistes||p. 120|
|Midnight, Montmartre, and Modigliani||p. 129|
|The Boat People of the Seine||p. 139|
|Meeting Moreau||p. 148|
|The Perils of Pompidou||p. 156|
|Keepers of the Craft: Paris Artisans||p. 165|
|Dear Dead Vincent van Gogh||p. 176|
|Beaumarchais's Marais||p. 187|
|Madame X's Seduction School||p. 195|
|In the Spring||p. 205|
|La Ville Lumière: Paris, City of Light||p. 212|
|Of Cobbles, Bikes, and Bobos||p. 221|
|Philosophy au Lait||p. 230|
|Sidewalk Sundae: What Makes Paris Paris||p. 236|
|Vie de Chien: A Dog's Life||p. 245|
|Why the Marais Changed Its Spots||p. 256|
|Night Walking||p. 267|
|Grave Situations||p. 275|
|The Janus City, or, Why the Year 1900 Lives On||p. 283|
|Life's a Café||p. 295|
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