While the simple app on your smart phone is very quick and SO tech forward, there’s nothing like the printed version! Open the book, turn the pages, see the photos and read the stories… Here are my top three at the moment.
If you love history and your mode of transport is the Metro, then this is a great way to tick both of those off the list. The book follows Lorant Deutsch, an historian and lifelong Francophile as he uses the 21-stops on the Paris underground to unveil events from French history – a super fun, awesome way to spend time in the beautiful city while brushing up on your history. Metronome by Lorant Deutsch
Food, clothing, live animals (yes really!) – too many markets and so little time? Get yourself the Markets of Paris Second Edition mini-guide written and compiled by Dixon Long and Marjorie R. Williams. This little black book of markets takes you through the entire market scene in the city, including organic produce, artisanal vendors and antiques. It also includes virtual markets as well as the famous market streets such as rue Cler, rue Montorgueil and rue d’Aligre amongst others – this book will help you choose your favorites. Markets of Paris Second Edition by Dixon Long and Marjorie R. Williams
Another gem of a book is one that takes you on adventures and excursions outside of Paris. An hour from Paris by Annabel Simms makes you want to tear yourself away from the Eiffel Tower as much as you can. A comprehensive guide of chateau’s to visit, paths to walk and towns and villages to browse with an insider’s view on the best cafe’s, bistro’s and short cuts to take to avoid the crowds. An hour from Paris by Annabel Simms