By John Baxter
“Aman with an outstanding appreciation of what makes Paris tick.” —Newsday
Fromthe writer of Immoveable ceremonial dinner and We’ll consistently Have Paris comes aguided travel of the main attractive walks during the urban of sunshine, includingthe favourite jogging routes of the various of the acclaimed artists and writerswho have referred to as Paris their domestic. Baxter highlights hidden treasures alongside theSeine, precious markets at position d’Aligre, thefavorite ambles of Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and Sylvia seashore, andmore, in a sequence of intimate vignettes that evoke the easiest components of Paris’smany charms. Baxter’s unforgettable chronicle unearths how jogging is the bestway to event romance, heritage, and pleasures off the overwhelmed path . . . notonly of los angeles Ville-Lumière, but additionally, maybe, of existence itself.
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