Hidden Gardens of Paris by Susan Cahill

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Susan Cahill has succeeded in bringing us to delightful, peaceful havens in a different, somewhat unconventional style as compared to the usual travel guides of lists and itineraries.
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For the seasoned Parisian traveller or the novice looking to get off the beaten track Cahill provides a roadmap to parts of the city most visitors will never see


In a city that is the destination of millions of travelers every year, it can be difficult to find your way to its lovely, serene spaces. Away from the madding crowds, the gardens of Paris offer the balm of flowers, tall old trees, fountains, ponds, sculptures, with quiet Parisians reading Le Monde, taking the sun, relishing the peace.

These places are often tucked away, off the beaten tourist track, and without a guide they're easy to miss: The Jardin de l'Atlantique, out of sight on the roof of Gare Montparnasse. The enchanting Jardin de la Vallée Suisse, invisible from the street, accessible only if you know how to find the path. The Square Boucicaut, its children's carousel hidden inside a grove of oak and maples. Square Batignolles, the shade of the old chestnut trees an inspiration to the painter édouard Manet and poet Paul Verlaine.



Hidden Gardens of Paris features 40 such oases in quartiers both posh and plain, as well as dozens of others "Nearby" to the featured green space. It is arranged according to the geographic sections of the city—Île de la Cité, Left Bank, Right Bank, Western Paris, Eastern Paris—a lively and informative guide that focuses on each place as a site of passionate cultural memory.

 

About Susan Cahill

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SUSAN CAHIL has published four travel books on Italy and Ireland. She is the editor of the bestselling Women and Fiction series and author of the novel Earth Angels. She spends a few months in Paris every year. MARION RANOUX, a native Parisian, is an experienced freelance photographer and translator into French of Czech literature.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin. 240 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, History, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Donald Pile, Ray Williams on Apr 30 2012

This is a book that you will read again and again. Another big plus is that the photographs gives one wonderful ideas creating their own backyards.

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Reviewed by James Trotta on Apr 28 2012

Susan Cahill has succeeded in bringing us to delightful, peaceful havens in a different, somewhat unconventional style as compared to the usual travel guides of lists and itineraries.

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