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Chronicles of Old Paris: Exploring the Historic City of Light (Chronicles)by John Baxter
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Discover one of the world’s most fascinating and beautiful cities through 30 dramatic true stories spanning the rich history of Paris. John Baxter takes readers through 2,000 years of French history with tales of the kings, queens, saints, and sinners who shaped the city. Essays explore the major historic events from the martyrdom of Saint Denis near today’s Abbesses Métro station to the epic romances of Heloise and Abelard, Josephine and Napoleon, and George Sand and Frédéric Chopin. Learn about the labyrinth of catacombs snaking under all of Paris and the artists who called the seedy Montmartre home in the 19th century. Then see it all for yourself with guided walking tours of each of Paris’s historic neighborhoods, illustrated with color photographs and period maps.
Discover one of the world's most fascinating and beautiful cities through twenty-nine dramatic true stories spanning the rich history of Paris. From the headless walk of Saint Denis to the séances of the Surrealists, experience two thousand years of history as John Baxter leads eight walking tours following in the footsteps of Marie Antoinette, Napoleon, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Ernest Hemingway, and many other innovators, artists, and expats who found inspiration in the City of Light.
About the Author
John Baxter is an Australian-born writer, journalist and filmmaker; he has called Paris home since 1989. He is the author of numerous books including the autobiographical Immoveable feast: A Paris Christmas, We'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light and the blockbuster The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris.
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