It’s not like your average guide book with details you can find anywhere on line for free – this book is written by someone who has walked its streets for many, many hours. Duncan JD Smith is a Paris expert and in this book he has concentrated on the off the beaten track side of the city. The quirky, the strange, the surprising and the downright odd are all here and it makes for utterly riveting reading.
Only in Paris
If you long to find the secret courtyards and gardens of the city – then this is the book for you. Love to know about the parts most tourists miss but shouldn’t – this is a checklist of the fabulous surprises the city holds.
If you want to know about the history and unusual facets of Paris – I’m sure you’ll be engrossed as I was when reading this book.
I’ve visited Paris many times and know it well but I was amazed by some of the facts and figures, histories and anecdotes in the book. If you thought it was just about the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe – think again. It doesn’t mean we don’t love those wonderful icons of Paris, it means there’s more to love than you thought!
Paris is a captivating place, not just for its über famous monuments and streets but for its secrets, mysteries and incredible history and if you want to be in the know, Duncan will share with you the knowledge he’s built up over years and years of research.
I can’t recommend this book enough and I’m not going to spoil the surprise by telling you what’s in it but I will reveal – I had no idea before I read this book that one of the most important collections of Monet paintings may be found in the Musee Marmottan private museum located in a former ducal hunting lodge on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne at 2 rue Louis-Boilly…
If you’re not inspired already to visit Paris, beware – this book will do that!
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Read Duncan JD Smith’s The Magic of Montparnasse in the Autumn 2016 edition of The Good Life France Magazine