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From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
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From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
Locke, Tembi
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It was love at first sight when actress Tembi met professional chef, Saro, on a street in Florence. There was just one problem: Saro’s traditional Sicilian family did not approve of his marrying a black American woman. However, the couple, heartbroken but undeterred, forged on. They built a happy life in Los Angeles, with fulfilling careers, deep friendships, and the love of their lives: a baby girl they adopted at birth. Eventually, they reconciled with Saro’s family just as he faced a formidable cancer that would consume all their dreams.From Scratch chronicles three summers Tembi spends in Sicily with her daughter, Zoela, as she begins to piece together a life without her husband in his tiny hometown hamlet of farmers. Where once Tembi was estranged from Saro’s family, now she finds solace and nourishment—literally and spiritually—at her mother-in-law’s table. In the Sicilian countryside, she discovers the healing gifts of simple fresh food, the embrace of a close knit community, and timeless traditions and wisdom that light a path forward. All along the way she reflects on her and Saro’s romance—an incredible love story that leaps off the pages.


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Under the Tuscan Sun (20th-Anniversary Edition)
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Under the Tuscan Sun (20th-Anniversary Edition)
Mayes, Frances
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Twenty years ago, Frances Mayes - wildly published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer - introduced readers to a wondrous new world when she bought and restored an abandoned villa called Bramasole in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. Under the Tuscan Sun inspired generations to embark on their own journeys - whether flying to a foreign country in search of themselves, savoring one of the book's dozens of delicious seasonal recipes, or simply being transported by Mayes's signature evocative, sensory language.Now, with a new afterword from the Bard of Tuscany herself, the twentieth-anniversary edition of Under the Tuscan sun brings us up to date with the book's most beloved characters.


Paris in Bloom
Lane, Georgianna
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From elegant floral boutiques to lively flower markets to expansive public gardens, flowers are an essential part of the lush sensory bouquet that is Parisian life. With beautiful photography, Paris in Bloom transports you on a stunning floral tour of the city, pairing gorgeous floral images with iconic architecture and botanical motifs.


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Find Momo Across Europe: Another Hide-and-Seek Photography Book
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Find Momo Across Europe: Another Hide-and-Seek Photography Book
Knapp, Andrew
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Momo is a border collie who loves to hide. And you can play hide-and-seek with him as he travels across Europe with his best friend, Andrew. Join them on their stops in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, the UK, and more. No passport required!


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The Bonjour Effect: The Secret Codes of French Conversation Revealed
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The Bonjour Effect: The Secret Codes of French Conversation Revealed
Barlow, Julie
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Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow spent a decade traveling back and forth to Paris as well as living there. Yet one important lesson never seemed to sink in: how to communicate comfortably with the French, even when you speak their language. In The Bonjour Effect Jean-Benoît and Julie chronicle the lessons they learned after they returned to France to live, for a year, with their twin daughters. They offer up all the lessons they learned and explain, in a book as fizzy as a bottle of the finest French champagne, the most important aspect of all: the French don't communicate, they converse. To understand and speak French well, one must understand that French conversation runs on a set of rules that go to the heart of French culture. Why do the French like talking about "the decline of France"? Why does broaching a subject like money end all discussion? Why do the French become so aroused debating the merits and qualities of their own language? Through encounters with school principals, city hall civil servants, gas company employees, old friends and business acquaintances, Julie and Jean-Benoît explain why, culturally and historically, conversation with the French is not about communicating or being nice. It's about being interesting. After reading The Bonjour Effect, even readers with a modicum of French language ability will be able to hold their own the next time they step into a bistro on the Left Bank.


Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey
America's Test Kitchen
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The experts at America's Test Kitchen and National Geographic bring Italy's magnificent cuisine, culture, and landscapes--and 100 authentic regional recipes--right to your kitchen.Featuring 100 innovative, kitchen-tested recipes, 300 gorgeous color photographs, and 30 maps, this illustrated guide takes you on a captivating journey through the rich history of Italian cuisine, region by region. Rich excerpts feature the origins of celebrated cheeses, the nuances of different wine growing regions, the best farmer's markets in Venice, and more. Intriguing prose illuminates key ingredients, from olive oil and how it's made to the various pasta shapes of Northern Italy. In every region, the food experts at America's Test Kitchen bring it all home, with foolproof recipes for standout dishes as well as hidden gems: Piedmontese braised beef in lustrous red wine sauce, crispy-custardy chickpea flour farinata pancakes from Genoa (achieved without the specialty pan and wood-burning oven), and hand-formed rustic malloreddus pasta of Sardinia that is a breeze to make.


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Iberia
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Iberia
Michener, James A.
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Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. Michener, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came to love as his own. Iberia is Michener's enduring nonfiction tribute to his cherished second home. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, he not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards, he also shares the intimate, often hidden country he came to know, where the congeniality of living souls is thrust against the dark weight of history. Wild, contradictory, passionately beautiful, this is Spain as experienced by a master writer.


A Course Called Scotland: Searching the Home of Golf for the Secret to Its Game
Coyne, Tom
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For much of his adult life, bestselling author Tom Coyne has been chasing a golf ball around the globe. When he was in college, studying abroad in London, he entered the lottery for a prized tee time in Scotland, grabbing his clubs and jumping the train to St. Andrews as his friends partied in Amsterdam; later, he golfed the entirety of Ireland’s coastline, chased pros through the mini-tours, and attended grueling Qualifying Schools in Australia, Canada, and Latin America. Yet, as he watched the greats compete, he felt something was missing. Then one day a friend suggested he attempt to play every links course in Scotland, and qualify for the greatest championship in golf.The result is A Course Called Scotland, a hilarious golf and travel adventure throughout the birthplace of the sport and home to some of the oldest and most beloved courses in the world, including St. Andrews, Turnberry, Dornoch, Prestwick, Troon, and Carnoustie. With his signature blend of storytelling, humor, history, and insight, Coyne weaves together his journey to more than 100 legendary links courses in Scotland with compelling threads of golf history and witty insights into the contemporary home of golf. As he journeys Scotland in search of the game’s secrets, he discovers new and old friends, rediscovers the peace and power of the sport, and, most importantly, reaffirms the ultimate connection between the game and the soul. It is a rollicking love letter to Scotland and golf as no one has attempted it before.


Paris (Cereal City Guide)
Abrams
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Cereal City Guide: Paris is a portrait of the French capital that offers a finely curated edit on what to see and do for discerning travelers and locals alike, created by the leading independent travel and style magazine Cereal.From the lively cafes to the boutiques that channel the inimitable Parisian savoir faire, these are the finds that capture the spirit of the city while reflecting Cereal's values in both quality and aesthetic sensibility. Meticulously researched, illustrated with original photography, and accented with essays by notable locals, Cereal City Guide: Paris is a design-focused look at an iconic city, offering a distinctive selection of some of the best museums, galleries, hotels, restaurants, and shops.


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Monsieur Mediocre: One American Learns the High Art of Being Everyday French
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Monsieur Mediocre: One American Learns the High Art of Being Everyday French
von Sothen, John
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Americans love to love Paris. We buy books about how the French parent, why French women don't get fat, and how to be Parisian wherever you are. While our work hours increase every year, we think longingly of the six weeks of vacation the French enjoy, imagining them at the seaside in stripes with plates of fruits de mer.John von Sothen fell in love with Paris through the stories his mother told of her year spent there as a student. And then, after falling for and marrying a French waitress he met in New York, von Sothen moved to Paris. But fifteen years in, he's finally ready to admit his mother's Paris is mostly a fantasy. In this hilarious and delightful collection of essays, von Sothen walks us through real life in Paris--not only myth-busting our Parisian daydreams but also revealing the inimitable and too often invisible pleasures of family life abroad.Relentlessly funny and full of incisive observations, Monsieur Mediocre is ultimately a love letter to France--to its absurdities, its history, its ideals--but it's a very French love letter: frank, smoky, unsentimental. It is a clear-eyed ode to a beautiful, complex, contradictory country from someone who both eagerly and grudgingly calls it home.


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Ze French Do It Better: A Lifestyle Guide
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Ze French Do It Better: A Lifestyle Guide
de Saint-Pierre, Valerie
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Eternally slim, natural beauties, with well-behaved children and perfect soufflés--how do the French do it? Steal all their tricks (without becoming a snob!) with this humorous lifestyle guide.In all areas--from fashion to cuisine to the art of seduction--the French reign supreme in their ability to enjoy life to the fullest. So why do we love to hate the French, yet still covet their singular joie de vivre?A duo of saavy authors breaks it down for readers by dividing the French populace into relatable "tribes"--each of which offer keys to a life well-lead. To demystify the French enigma, each chapter opens with a short quiz to help readers determine their level of kinship with that particular tribe: Classic Frog, AristoChic, Vintage Bourgeois, Modern Bourgeois, Intellectual, Feel-Good Bohemian, or Foodie. With tongue-in-cheek humor, the authors divulge the enviable Gallic secrets so that readers can integrate elements of an iconic French wardrobe, infallible recipes, life-enhancing rituals, cult products, and personal style tips into their daily routine. Offering insight with verve and wit, this book is replete with facts and practical tips for assimilating the best of what France has to offer.The volume is completed by a guide to the best addresses in France and online for quintessentially French inspiration.


Sicilian Splendors: Discovering the Secret Places That Speak to the Heart
Keahey, John
(Hardcover)

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From Palermo to Castiglione di Sicilia to Alimena, Sicily holds great secrets from the past and unspoken promises. Tradition, in the form of festivals, the written word, photographs, and song, reverberates through village walls. Now, slowly shaking itself free of the Mafia, Sicily is opening itself up to visitors in ways it never has before.Sicilian Splendors explores the history, politics, food, Mafia, and people which John Keahey encounters throughout his travels during his return to Sicily. Through conversing with natives and immersing himself in culture, Keahey illustrates a brand new Sicily no one has ever talked about before. Villagers, eager to welcome tourism and impart awareness of their cultural background, greet Keahey for meals and drink and walk him through their winding streets. They share stories of well-known writers, such as Maria Messina, who have found inspiration in Sicily’s villages. Keahey’s never-ending curiosity as a traveler shines light on Sicily’s mythical mysteries and portrays the island not only through his eyes but also through Sicily’s heart.This picturesque travel memoir navigates Sicily today and seeks to understand Sicily’s past. In lyrical prose and vivid dialect, Keahey paints images of the island’s villages, people, and culture with careful strokes and a meticulously even hand.Keahey not only serves as a guide through the marvel of Sicily’s identity, but he also looks deeply into Sicily’s soul.


The Streets of Paris: A Guide to the City of Light Following in the Footsteps of Famous Parisians Throughout History
Cahill, Susan
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From the author of Hidden Gardens of Paris, The Streets of Paris is Susan Cahill's wonderfully unique guide to present-day Paris following in the footsteps of famous Parisians through the last 800 years.


Travels Through the French Riviera: An Artist's Guide to the Storied Coastline, from Menton to Saint-Tropez
Johnson, Virginia
(Hardcover)

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Saturated with the limpid colors of sea and sun, the dazzling greens of verdant gardens, and the rose and ochre of sunbaked villas and joyous with paisleys and blue-striped sailor’s shirts and the riotous look of a patisserie window filled with confections, Travels Through the French Riviera is a gift book of visual wonder, the souvenir every Francophile will want. But it is also a quirky yet singularly useful travel guide, whether showing how to order coffee like a local, plan a beach day at Menton, or hike the Cap Ferrat peninsula or where to taste the best ice cream in Antibes (at Amarena—try the mint).


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Saint-Germain-des-Pres: Paris's Rebel Quarter (Great Parisian Nieghborhoods)
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Saint-Germain-des-Pres: Paris's Rebel Quarter (Great Parisian Nieghborhoods)
Baxter, John
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Occupying less than a square mile along Paris's Left Bank, Saint-Germain-des-Pres, originally an independent village centered around the medieval abbey that lends the quarter its name, has for centuries been home to rebels of all stripes. Within its boundaries, the French Revolution was plotted, the guillotine invented, and in 1968 students revolted and clashed with police. Philosopher Descartes is buried here (sans skull), while Sartre, Camus, and de Beauvoir birthed existentialism around the tables of the legendary Cafe de Flore. Saint-Germain sheltered and inspired such artistic rebels as Picasso, Rimbaud, Hemingway, and scores of jazz musicians. Today, the neighborhood, with its cobblestone streets, iconic cafes, and unique shopping destinations, is one of Paris's premier tourist attractions. And yet it retains its rebel soul - if you know where to look.In this first book in his "Great Parisian Neighborhoods" series, Baxter, an expat who has called Saint-Germain home for more than two decades, guides readers on an off-the-beaten-path journey through the quarter's history, landmarks, and delights.


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Irish History & Heritage Book (The Everything)
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Irish History & Heritage Book (The Everything)
Blackwell, Amy Hackney
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Few places on earth match Ireland's romantic attraction and historical legacy. Every year, millions of visitors flock to the ancient sites and burgeoning cities of this enchanted island to immerse themselves in its rich literary, musical, and political heritage.The Everything Irish History & Heritage Book introduces readers to the people, places, and events that have shaped the past and given rise to the unique culture of the Irish people. From the Iron Age to the economic renaissance, this comprehensive account familiarizes readers with Ireland's history and acquaints them with the climate, food, language, and sports that make it truly unique.Features exhaustive coverage of:• Celtic mythology and ancient folklore• The Irish literary tradition--from The Book of Kells to Ulysses• The potato famine and the Great Hunger• The Irish in America and the immigration experience• The Troubles and the road to peace• Religion and family lifePacked with historical information and cultural insights, The Everything Irish History & Heritage Book is a must-read for anyone interested in the magic and mystery of the Emerald Isle.


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Portugal (National Geographic Traveler, 3rd Edition)
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Portugal (National Geographic Traveler, 3rd Edition)
Dunlop, Fiona
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This newly revised edition of National Geographic's authoritative Portugal guide brings the visitor attractions, museums, hotels, restaurants, and beach resorts of this dynamic country right up to the moment. It also includes two timely new additions: The first celebrates the national soccer team's coronation as European Champions in 2016 and examines the long history of the sport in Portugal; the second covers the new CR7 Museum, dedicated to soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo, a native of Madeira. Travel information tips for Lisbon, Porto, the Algarve, and excursions into the country are all updated, and new visitor activities have been added. Walks in Lisbon's Almama and Porto's Ribeira districts, and drives around the fortified villages of the Serra da Marofa, complete with maps and reservation information, are also included, along with informative features on Portuguese cuisine, Portuguese wine, fado music, Sintra's English eccentrics, and Madeira's vegetation.


A Paris All Your Own
Brown, Eleanor (Edt)
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A collection of all-new Paris-themed essays written by some of the biggest names in women’s fiction, including Paula McLain, Therese Anne Fowler, Maggie Shipstead, and Lauren Willig - edited by Eleanor Brown, the New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters and The Light of Paris.


London Letters: Featuring 26 Pull-Out Maps of Popular London Neighbourhoods
Rock Point
(Boxed Set)

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This isn't your typical A-to-Z guide to the bustling city!Filled with eye-catching artwork by illustrator Lucylovesthis, London Letters is an interactive guide to twenty-six districts of London, organized by neighborhood - from Angel to ZSL London Zoo. Newcomers to the city will discover Britain's hidden gems by following Lucy's unique maps and recommendations of what to do in each area, while lifelong Londoners will enjoy seeing their capital from a different and artistic point of view.Each card will help you discover fantastic details about each neighborhood, including:• Amazing historical, artistic and quirky landmarks• Delicious places to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner• Charming places to meet for coffee or enjoy a cocktail• A fun bucket list of things to do


Pasta, Pane, Vino: Deep Travels Through Italy's Food Culture (Roads & Kingdoms Presents)
Goulding, Matt
(Hardcover)

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This is not a cookbook. This is something more: a travelogue, a patient investigation of Italy’s cuisine, a loving profile of the everyday heroes who bring Italy to the table. Pasta, Pane, Vino is the latest edition of the genre-bending Roads & Kingdoms style pioneered under Anthony Bourdain’s imprint in Rice, Noodle, Fish ( 2016 Travel Book of the Year, Society of American Travel Writers ) and Grape, Olive, Pig ( 2017 IACP Award, Literary Food Writing). Town by town, bite by bite, author Matt Goulding brings Italy to life through intimate portraits of its food culture and the people pushing it in new directions: Three globe-trotting brothers who became the mozzarella kings of Puglia; the pizza police of Naples and the innovative pies that stay one step ahead of the rules; the Barolo Boys who turned the hilly Piedmont into one of the world’s great wine regions.Goulding’s writing has never been better, in complete harmony with the book's innovative design and the more than 200 lush color photographs that introduce the chefs, shepherds, fisherman, farmers, grandmas, and guardians who power this country’s extraordinary culinary traditions. From the pasta temples of Rome to the multicultural markets of Sicily to the family-run, fish-driven trattorias of Lake Como, Pasta, Pane, Vino captures the breathtaking diversity of Italian regional food culture.


Cereal City Guide: London
Abrams
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From the leading independent travel and style magazine Cereal comes Cereal City Guide: London: a portrait of the English capital offering a finely curated edit on what to see and do for discerning travelers and locals alike.Rich Stapleton and Rosa Park, Cereal’s founders, travel extensively for the magazine and were inspired to create a series of city guides that highlighted their favorite places to visit. Now, after building a loyal readership that counts on their unique, considered advice, they are relaunching the books with a fresh design and new content.Rather than a comprehensive directory of all there is to see and do, these Cereal City Guides offer instead an edit of points of interest and venues that reflect Cereal’s values, in both quality and aesthetic sensibility. Rich and Rosa have personally visited hundreds of venues in London, distilling their preferred locales down to their firm favorites. From the intimate local shops to the eclectic galleries that evoke London’s dual sense of history and modernity, these are the finds that will offer a more personal take on the city.


The Amalfi Coast: Naples & Southern Italy (National Geographic Traveler, 3rd Edition)
Jepson, Tim
(Paperback)

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Readers go on a drive along the Amalfi Coast; a boat trip to Capri and the islands; a walk through old Naples; and visit the Trulli houses of Puglia with author Tim Jepson, a renowned expert on Italian travel. Opening chapters give readers practical advice on planning your trip and explains the city and its surrounds in the context of its rich history and culture, its arts, and, of course, its cuisine. Subsequent chapters take readers to the gorgeous and historic Amalfi Coast and its islands and through the storied city of Naples, followed by visits to Vesuvius, Puglia, Calabria and Basilicata, and Sicily and Sardinia. Contemporary editorial features and experiential sidebars highlight every aspect of life in the south of Italy, and offer a wide range of activities for the traveler to seek out: Take a walk through old Naples; explore underground Naples; learn more about pizzas and pizzerias; take a Romanesque Puglia drive; journey through the Sila Mountains; and learn the truth about the Mafia in Sicily.


A Course Called Scotland: Searching the Home of Golf for the Secret to Its Game
Coyne, Tom
(Hardcover)

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For much of his adult life, bestselling author Tom Coyne has been chasing a golf ball around the globe. When he was in college, studying abroad in London, he entered the lottery for a prized tee time in Scotland, grabbing his clubs and jumping the train to St. Andrews as his friends partied in Amsterdam; later, he golfed the entirety of Ireland’s coastline, chased pros through the mini-tours, and attended grueling Qualifying Schools in Australia, Canada, and Latin America. Yet, as he watched the greats compete, he felt something was missing. Then one day a friend suggested he attempt to play every links course in Scotland, and qualify for the greatest championship in golf.The result is A Course Called Scotland, a hilarious golf and travel adventure throughout the birthplace of the sport and home to some of the oldest and most beloved courses in the world, including St. Andrews, Turnberry, Dornoch, Prestwick, Troon, and Carnoustie. With his signature blend of storytelling, humor, history, and insight, Coyne weaves together his journey to more than 100 legendary links courses in Scotland with compelling threads of golf history and witty insights into the contemporary home of golf. As he journeys Scotland in search of the game’s secrets, he discovers new and old friends, rediscovers the peace and power of the sport, and, most importantly, reaffirms the ultimate connection between the game and the soul. It is a rollicking love letter to Scotland and golf as no one has attempted it before.


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Paris in Stride: An Insider's Walking Guide
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Paris in Stride: An Insider's Walking Guide
Moroz, Sarah
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A local’s treasure map to the sites where Parisians know to go to be oh-so-Parisian.Finally, the “must-do, must-visit, must-see” travel list given to you by the Parisian friend you’ve been longing to have. Charmingly illustrated throughout, this practical guide will transport readers to the delightful sites and discoveries of Paris. Vibrant watercolors illustrate destinations including architectural marvels, gardens, historical highlights, cultural hubs, markets, food and wine favorites, and lots of little “je ne sais quoi’s” that make Paris so magical. Cultural musings, accessible histories, anecdotes, and informative details accompany the illustrations throughout, making this volume truly as practical as it is beautiful.The book features seven specially curated daylong walking tours. Winsome watercolor maps of the “promenades” with colorful icons of suggested sites guide readers through the romantic, winding Parisian streets, passing cafés, historical sights, small galleries, outdoor markets, and the kind of authentic and timeless places that one hopes to find when imagining the city. The careful artistry, insider’s musings, and approachable readability—both visually and texturally—in this book will delight and inspire tourists and armchair travelers alike.


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