Following a too-brief trip years ago, I became slightly obsessed with Paris. But I can’t be alone, since the world is full of wonderful books, articles, and podcasts on the culture, fashion, and art in the City of Light.
While I’d love to revisit the boulevards for my birthday this week, for now I’m consoling myself with some lovely books. Join me on a virtual vacation with this week’s column.
On Your Kindle
Forever Paris: 25 Walks in the Footsteps of Chanel, Hemingway, Picasso, and More , by Christina Henry de Tessan
As a birthday present to myself, I’ve ordered Christina Henry de Tessan’s Forever Paris , a walking guide to the city’s famous haunts. Tracing luminaries as diverse as Napoleon and Audrey Hepburn, Henry de Tessan helps visitors discover interesting locations. Hop on the Metro and visit Picasso’s old studio or the restored Bateau Lavoir , or eat at Au Lapin Agile , the artist’s favorite cafe in Montmartre, for example.
On Your Smartphone
“French Fashion Tips,” Girls Guide to Paris
Girls Guide to Paris is a great blog for aspiring travelers—and fashionistas! Pick up a few handy style tips with this article. And don’t miss the recent feature on an exhibit about turn-of-the-century photographer Eugène Atget , either: Atget captures the social and cultural transformations within the city from 1898 to 1927.
On a Podcast
Want to listen to news from Paris? Tune into Radio France Internationale (RFI) for English-language news on politics, culture, and other top stories. RFI has recently covered stories on a Parisian local currency called “la pêche,” the new Café des Chats, a feline-friendly spot in the Marias, and the popularity of British style “fish ’n’ chips” in the French capital.
This small and portable guide is a traveler’s delight. With the assistance of photographer Marion Ranoux, Cahill describes some of the secret treasures of the city. These beautiful parks and squares are a respite from busy museums and cafes during the spring and summer. As a bonus, Cahill also lists nearby restaurants and other attractions. If you decide to turn your armchair travels into real journeys , take this useful book with you.