Books & Music
Whether you are planning a trip to Paris, an armchair traveller or simply a Francophile, like me …
reading books about Paris and listening to French music is a great way to immerse yourself into the city of love and light.
I have more books on Paris than you could dare to imagine.
A self confessed research junkie, is what I call myself. I am always on the look out for something new to discover, a good restaurant to eat in, a quirky museum to explore or some new angle to photograph for my next trip to Paris.
Whether it be searching the internet for shows and exhibitions, following fellow bloggers or reading travel guides from front to back, chances are, if it has been written I have read it.
When it comes to deciding which books come with me to Paris and which ones are left behind is always an agonising exercise.
Road testing is the only true way to know how good a book is and how accurate and up to date they are.
Amongst my bulging collection, I have a few favourites that I trust and rely upon, which are dog-eared and loved.
I will review these in an effort to help you to decide which books may be worthy to travel with you.
If you know of a good book or some great French music, please let me know, it’s great to share your knowledge and tips with others.
- Paris ArrondissementsThis handy pocket sized map book and essential tool, will ensure you don't get lost in Paris and is well worth the investment
- Chronicles of Old Paris by John BaxterThis wonderful book, is bursting with information and history and a must read for anyone visiting Paris or interested in a short history of the city.
- Ben L’Oncle SoulHe is cool, he is smooth and he is funky. He is the uncle of soul, well that is how his name translates.
- Bibliothèque Sainte-GenevièveA remarkable and historic reading room with its spectacular ceiling, books lining the vast long walls and rows of green reading lamps.
- Bibliothèque RichelieuMillions of books line the walls of this historic library under monumental ceilings and finally, it is open to the public.
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