Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I'm happy to announce that my Paris edition has just been published! As with my editions on Istanbul and Tuscany and Umbria, this volume includes an A to Z Paris Miscellany, as well as a plethora of noteworthy quotations; interviews with Alexander Lobrano, Ina Garten, Suzy Gershman, Patricia Wells, and Kermit Lynch; Parisian (and other) favorites shared by Judith Jones, Mark Greenside, Mireille Guiliano, Steven Barclay, Barbara Fairchild, and Molly Wizenberg; and essays and articles by Rosamond Bernier, Catharine Reynolds, Sanche de Gramont, Thirza Vallois, Herb Gold, Andre Aciman, Naomi Barry, Peter Hellman, Susan Hermann Loomis, David Downie, John Russell, Stacy Schiff, and a number of other writers who know Paris well.

Though I'll be continuing to add lots more posts on Istanbul and Tuscany and Umbria, I'll be focusing on a lot of Paris-related updates as well. If you're traveling to Paris this summer or fall, you have a lot to look forward to; but even if you're planning a trip further out, I am envious, and will be traveling with you vicariously!

I'll close by sharing three inspiring quotes from the Introduction page in my book:

"A breath of Paris preserves the soul." -- Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"Those who have experienced Paris have the advantage over those who haven't. We are the ones who have glimpsed a little bit of heaven, down here on earth."

-- Deirdre Kelly, Paris Times Eight

"Paris is truly an ocean. Plumb its depths, knowing you will never touch bottom. Run its length, describe it. Whatever care you take in exploring or detailing, however many and determined the navigators of this sea, there always will be virgin territory, unknown grottoes, flowers, pearls, monsters, something amazing, overlooked by literary divers."

-- Honore de Balzac, Le Pere Goriot

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