Thrust into the unlikely role of professional "literary walking tour" guide, an expat writer provides the most irresistibly witty and revealing tour of Paris in years.
In this enchanting memoir, acclaimed author and long- time Paris resident John Baxter remembers his yearlong experience of giving "literary walking tours" through the city. Baxter sets off with unsuspecting tourists in tow on the trail of Paris's legendary artists and writers of the past. Along the way, he tells the history of Paris through a brilliant cast of characters: the favorite cafes of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Joyce; Pablo Picasso's underground Montmartre haunts; the bustling boulevards of the late-nineteenth-century flaneurs; the secluded "Little Luxembourg" gardens beloved by Gertrude Stein; the alleys where revolutionaries plotted; and finally Baxter's own favorite walk near his home in Saint-Germain-des-Pres.
"We are the beneficiaries of John Baxter's considerable, vivid love for the expatriate life in Paris. ... "The Most Beautiful Walk in the World" is as close as a reader can get to the feel of a languid spring walk along Baron Haussmann's boulevards."--Los Angeles Times
Note: this book is not intended as a travel or walking guide!!!
Reading this book is like conversing with the author. He is humorous and well-informed. The book is both a personal memoir and a guide to Paris. Anyone who is interested in literature and writers will find it interesting. He writes of Hemmingway and company and the French revolution. Warm and engaging, Baxter shares his Paris, with its culinary delights and hidden gems. Open-air food markets, chocolate, foie gras, and unforgettable stories. Anyone who loved "Midnight in Paris," anyone who has visited Paris or wants to visit Paris should enjoy it.
an entertaining and light read ideal for the plane on the way to a stop in Paris! I was staying in St Germain des Pres so it was extremely helpful. The historical information gave an added richness to my wanderings. It is well written and would be equally enjoyable for armchair travel!
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