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you can't be in Paris this summer sit back and enjoy John Baxter's
delightful ramblings about the city he loves and knows. He guides us
through the streets of Paris lovingly describing where artistes and
writers lived and their favorite watering holes. Baxter also takes us
down the lesser known historic streets, but also fascinating parts of
the city. Paris is a city designed for walkers and his comparison to
Los Angeles is poignant. After you've read this little gem of a book
put it on the bedside table in your guest room and let your friends and
family fall asleep dreaming about Paris.
Jane D. — From The Most Beautiful Walk In the World
“Splendid... Reading The Most Beautiful Walk in the World is the next best thing to a Paris vacation.” –Boston Globe
“Anyone who loves Paris and loves to walk will feel this book was written just for them.” –USA Today
In this enchanting national bestseller, acclaimed author and long-time expat Paris resident John Baxter draws on his experience guiding "literary walking tours" through the city to proved a delightful walker's guide to France's capital. 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 cafés of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Joyce; Pablo Picasso's underground Montmartre haunts; the bustling boulevards of the late-nineteenth-century flâneurs; 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-Prés.
John Baxter has lived in Paris for more than twenty years. He is the author of four acclaimed memoirs about his life in France: The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France; The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris; Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas; and We'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light. Baxter, who gives literary walking tours through Paris, is also a film critic and biographer whose subjects have included the directors Fellini, Kubrick, Woody Allen, and most recently, Josef von Sternberg. Born in Australia, he lives with his wife and daughter in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood, in the same building Sylvia Beach called home.