Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris, John Baxter

Every day, heading down rue de l'Odeon toward Cafe Danton on the corner of boulevard Saint-Germain or toward the market on rue Buci, I pass them. The walkers. 

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World is another great book about Paris. John Baxter, author of various other books about Paris, talks about not only his own experiences in various places in Paris, but also those of famous people before him who have stopped there. This book was similar to The Flaneur, actually mentioning it once, and of course touching on the subject of the flaneur, the walker. But it focused on the sixth arrondissement of Paris, the neighborhood where Baxter lives and where he likes to walk the most. This was actually pretty great, because when I went to Paris two summers ago, my family and I stayed in the sixth arrondissement, so I knew some of the places he was referring to. And also, the sixth arrondissement sounds the most interesting. It has the Luxembourg Gardens, a beautiful park, it's right across the Seine from the Louvre, and it has a market as well. The Most Beautiful Walk in the World also has a very elegant cover.

Read The Most Beautiful Walk in the World:
  • if you like books about Paris
  • if you like walking
  • if you like history
285 pages.
Very Good! I would recommend this book!

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