A look at the first and last entry Paris in Stride tells you right away this is not some rehashed greatest-hits kind of guidebook. Structured around eclectic leisurely strolls, the book begins with an observation of the “canopied roof and gabled exits” of the former factory that is now the Gare d’Austerlitz train station in the 13th arrondissement—not something you expect on a must-see list—and ends with the museum showcasing the work of 19th century Gustave Moreau, in his former family home inthe 9th with a “stunning spiral staircase”—another spot that I have, so far, failed to really appreciate. So I was excited to delve into the 168 pages between those two unlikely destinations. And I was richly rewarded.
The paragraphs about each point of interest—a historical greenhouse in the botanical garden, a pottery boutique resembling a country house, a micro-taqueria—are concise, detailed and free of cheesiness. Author Sarah Moroz certainly knows her art, architecture and history. But the book is not all about obscurity; there’s a hearty helping of hipster hangouts (The Compoir Generale curiosity shop; Point Ephemere bar and music venue). And the old must-sees are not overlooked, although you will most likely learn something new about them. The book is beautifully illustrated with more than 150 watercolors (by Jessie Kanelos Weiner).
Such a rich trove in a book small enough to carry with you through the city leaves only one negative feeling in you: If you consider yourself an expert on insider Paris, this book will prove you wrong!
The book, published by Rizzoli, appears in early April.
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