Paris, Paris

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  • Copyright: 2011-04-05
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
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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

Photographsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
By Way of Introductionp. 1
Paris Places
It's the Water: The Seinep. 7
A Day in the Park: The Luxembourg Gardensp. 17
A Lively City of the Dead: Père-Lachaise Cemeteryp. 25
François's Follies: Building Afresh in a Museum Cityp. 34
Island in the Seine: Île Saint-Louisp. 46
Montsouris and Buttes-Chaumont: The Art of the Fauxp. 55
Going Undergroundp. 63
Place des Vosgesp. 73
Belly Ache: Les Halles Redux (Again)p. 83
Hit the Road Jacquesp. 97
Paris People
Coco Chanelp. 111
Les Bouquinistesp. 120
Midnight, Montmartre, and Modiglianip. 129
The Boat People of the Seinep. 139
Meeting Moreaup. 148
The Perils of Pompidoup. 156
Keepers of the Craft: Paris Artisansp. 165
Dear Dead Vincent van Goghp. 176
Beaumarchais's Maraisp. 187
Madame X's Seduction Schoolp. 195
Paris Phenomena
In the Springp. 205
La Ville Lumière: Paris, City of Lightp. 212
Of Cobbles, Bikes, and Bobosp. 221
Philosophy au Laitp. 230
Sidewalk Sundae: What Makes Paris Parisp. 236
Vie de Chien: A Dog's Lifep. 245
Why the Marais Changed Its Spotsp. 256
Night Walkingp. 267
Grave Situationsp. 275
The Janus City, or, Why the Year 1900 Lives Onp. 283
Life's a Cafép. 295
Acknowledgmentsp. 305
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