Curiosities of Paris: An idiosyncratic guide to overlooked delights… hidden in plain sight

Little Bookroom. May 2017. 240p. tr. from French by Simon Beaver. photos. maps. index. ISBN 9781681371108. pap. $22.95. TRAV
Lesbros's (Paris Quiz) delightful guide to Paris won't help you find the best hotel or where to eat, but it will entertain and educate nearly every step you might take in the City of Light. There are three walking tours, each with a map and walking directions. The rest of the book is a collection of fun and interesting factoids on a variety of topics. Do you ride horses? Enjoy shady trees? Are you interested in fascinating architecture or funky signs? Always on the lookout for bullet holes in buildings? There's a chapter for you! Each topical section is full of information and photos related to nontraditional sites in Paris, from a Sphinx to a singular metro sign. Some 800 photographs accompany the descriptions and there is also an excellent index by arrondissement and street name so you can find sites by location rather than topic.
VERDICT A fun, informative, and entertaining way to explore Paris, especially for those who enjoy their travels off the beaten path.

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