I got a great birthday present recently, Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart, by Janelle McCulloch, published by Chronicle books. I can’t decide if it’s as gorgeous as it is useful or the other way around. McCulloch uses the metaphor of a millefeuille to describe the multilayered complexity of the city’s many faces as she shares what she has uncovered in the creative heart of Paris. The book is organized into sections, first by arrondissement, then by creative interest: design, style, and flavor.
About half of her recommendations were already familiar to me and half were new. Since our tastes are clearly the same 50% of the time, I have a good feeling about the new addresses. The photography, McCulloch’s own, is absolutely beautiful, as is the layout. Each page is edged with an image of a ribbon. There’s also a real ribbon attached to the spine that serves as a bookmarker. It’s written in a friendly, conversational style that makes me feel like I’m having coffee with a friend in one of the cafés she describes. It’s available for Kindle as well as in paperback. I think the Kindle version would be perfect for any visitor who wants to keep McCulloch’s treasure-trove of addresses handy while in Paris.
Today’s phrase is le cœur créatif (luh ker cray-ah-teef), the creative heart. Whether you’re visiting Paris for the first time or have the amazing good fortune to live there, you’ll find plenty to inspire you in this beautiful book.
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