Beyond the Eiffel Tower...
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It's not easy breathing new life into the guidebook genre, but Marsha Moore has nailed it. In her light, conversational style she's shown me a Paris altogether different from the one I thought I knew. This book is far from the usual dictionary list of 'must see' tourist sights ; it's a book of ideas, and shows a side of Paris the other guide books miss entirely. It's also a book full of old favourites such as the reclining chairs around the fountains in the Tuileries (p93), alongside gems I knew nothing about such as Castel Beranger (p43). If you've been to Paris before and what to see more of the 'real' Paris, or you just want to escape the tourist hordes, this is the guidebook for you. I'll be taking mine with me the next time I go - I only wish that was tomorrow.
Received the book within five days and have read it cover to cover twice. Highlighted everything I want to do. That would take extending our travels however! But my list is certainly looking different than it was a few days ago. I'm sure this trip to Paris will be so distinct from my previous visits because of you. I will be back to you upon my return and report. Thanks so much for all your research. I will certainly recommend your books to anyone I know traveling to London and Paris.
-- Marcy Eisenberg, USA
After reading Moore's 24 Hours - Paris, I want to hop on a plane today and go check out some of the treasures she's discovered for us ... flea markets, gardens, dance clubs, shopping, films, and food food food! I want to see and do it all... a wonderful read.
-- India Drummond, Scotland.
What a fun, intriguing book! I've been to Paris only once. However, I shall return. Soon. I'll have 24 Hours Paris with me.
-- Rosemary Henley
Whether you are passing through, staying awhile or starting a new life, there are some books about Paris that are a must and this is one of them. You may have been before, you have searched online as what to do, you have asked friends, STOP. This book offers the alternatives to the regular "things to do in ......" Yes, it still offers the best places to eat, drink and see but it also offers a quirkier side to this amazing city. This book will take you that little bit further under the skin of this great city. 24 hours is never enough in Paris, but if that's all you have, then what a 24hrs you will have. Already in the bag for the next visit. A great book for every type of visitor.
-- Mr MJ Blades, New York
Paris is, unfortunately, a city I seem to end up in while 'just passing through'. Be it on the way to the Disney resort, or stranded there while waiting for a connecting flight to India. On both occasions, we just 'did the sights' I wish I had this book back then. Pocket sized (essential!) and easy to flip through and set out in sections relating to the time of day, you simply turn to the hour you're in and voila, instant suggestions for places to visit and eat. Most of them are quirky, interesting and different, there are plenty of places to visit for the whole family during the day-light hours along with more unusual haunts for the more adventurous (sewers and sex shops anyone?). In short this book allows you to get the most out of a city at any hour of the day, perfect if you're passing through or spending a long weekend. Looking forwards to seeing what city Marsha tackles next!
-- Fenschwing, UK
Once again, Marsha Moore has delivered a spectacular and unique guide book - this time it's Paris that gets the 24 hours treatment. All the usual tourist traps are included, but the book also goes beyond these and offers a fresh glimpse into la Ville-Lumière. With interesting suggestions about what to do and where to eat around-the-clock, all relevant information is handily included (opening times, price, website details) with each entry. It doesn't matter whether you're a first-time visitor to Paris or a seasoned one, this book is definitely worth buying for some eye-opening new ways to explore Paris. Brilliant.
Old Bordello: 122 Rue de Provence, 75008. Métro: Havre-Caumartin
The First Paris Project: www.philanthropique.asso.fr
Au Pied de Cochon: www.pieddecochon.com
Julien Aurouze and Co: www.aurouze.fr
Le Select: 99 Boulevard du Montparnasse.
the museum showcases past and present erotic objects from around the world. Learn about the brothels of the nineteenth century, peer into doll-house peep-shows and see a porn film from the early 1900s. With exhibitions changing every three months, you can be sure your interest will stay, well, aroused.
Musée de l’Érotisme de Paris: www.musee-erotisme.com
Which city do you like more -- London or Paris -- and why?
(Note: nation bashing does not count as a reason!)
We'll give away one copy of 24 Hours Paris and one copy of 24 Hours London to the two best (or most interesting) answers.The contest is open until launch day -- May 12, 2010 -- and the winners will be posted on that day. Also on launch day, there will be a 24 Hour Tweetathon on Twitter, where every hour from 12 a.m. on May 12th until 11 p.m. that same day, top tips will be posted from the book. Follow along here.
Take a load off and join the party one more time before calling it a night.
Métro: Palais Royal–Musée du Louvre: entrance on Place Colette.
Bar Hemingway: www.ritzparis.com
Studio Galande: www.studiogalande.fr
Although it’s somewhat tamer now, it still retains its alternative feeling with trendy haircuts custom-designed for the young clientele who flock through the doors. Open until late, you can get your new ‘do then head straight to a club without losing much party time.
Space Hair: www.space-hair.com
allowed! – and get ready for anything. Make sure to book well in advance: the theatre is extremely popular with Parisians.
Le Théâtre du Soleil: www.theatre-du-soleil.fr
Footing Touristique: www.getinshape.fr
Gustave Sennelier, who opened the shop in 1887, was fascinated by the chemistry of colours. In collaboration with painters – including Cezanne – Sennelier developed 100 shades of colour, ground by hand in an intensive process. In 1949 the shop even designed a product just for Picasso: an oil pastel that wouldn’t smudge. Today, the shop is still run by the Sennelier family and although the production of paints has been modernised, the history of its famous past customers still lingers in the air.
When I first travelled to Paris as an 18-year-old, just having the Eiffel Tower in my sights was enough to keep me content. I was only interested in fulfilling my Parisian fantasies by shopping on the Champs-Elysées, cruising the Seine and climbing the stairs to the Sacré-Coeur. Over time and through multiple visits, though, I began to crave more. I wanted to get to know the real Paris, the one I suspected existed underneath the gilded exterior but wasn't able to access from the beaten paths. It was time to lift the lid off the City of Light and see what lay beneath.
What I found was a Paris buzzing with quirky sights and a multitude of wonderful things to explore—at any hour of the day. From outdoor art to midnight cinema and everything in between, if you're willing to stray away from the usual sights the city doesn't disappoint.
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and Van Gogh (Le Moulin de la Galette). Used to grind flour, the mill relied on two windmills for power: the Radet and Blute-fin. Over the years, the building has been used as a dance hall and a television studio before being sold into private hands. The spirit of the Moulin lives on, though, at the new Moulin de la Galette, now a restaurant and topped with the original Radet windmill, moved from its original location in 1924.
Moulin du Radet: www.lemoulindelagalette.eu
Rise high in the sky – 150 metres high, to be exact – with the Air de Paris Balloon. The hot-air balloon has been in residence in André Citroën Park since 1999, ferrying over half a million brave souls to dizzying heights. The balloon provides more than a fix for thrill seekers, though: since 2008, it has also been used to indicate air quality, turning green for good air and orange through red for poor. See Paris from above and get clued-in to what you’re breathing.
Ballon Air de Paris: www.ballondeparis.com
Monge was constructed, the arena was restored thanks to the support of the artistic community of the time, including Victor Hugo. Now, you can take advantage of modern-day technology as you browse for your favourite Romans. And if you tire of your laptop, why not take to the arena for a game of boules?
Square des Arènes de Lutèce: 47 Rue Monge, 75005. Métro: Place Monge,
Cardinal Lemoine, Jussieu.