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Paris Summer Activities with Kids

Magazine Vivre Paris Kids special edition

With all the activities available for kids and teenagers in Paris this summer, I don’t know if the parents are going to have time for a romantic Paris dinner at the newly opened Ritz … Well, yes, you can with a babysitter service. What follows is a list of suggestions for finding some activities this summer. It would take a book or at least a magazine to list everything.

Paris Fashion – Read a Book

Two euro book of short stories by Guy de Maupassant

Want to read a French book? Don’t want to spend a fortune if the exchange rate goes bad? Buy a two euro book. All Parisians read a book. Ride the Paris metro and look at what people are holding in their hands: A book…. “Boule de Suif” is a book of short stories by Guy de Maupassant that began my two euro addiction. I skipped looking up the adjectives because I understood the gist of the stories. Each of the stories is about a woman….

Book review: PJ Adams-Intoxicating Southern France

Cover of PJ Adams' latest book "Intoxicating Southern France".

Passing through some of the villages in Southern France and stopping along the way, JP Adams is your chauffeur. Get intoxicated. You won’t have a hangover, but you will feel a good buzz while reading PJ Adams’ latest personalized travelogue, “Intoxicating Southern France”. Each chapter is broken down into seven sections: History & Landscape, People & Lifestyle, Food, Shopping, Wine, Navigating the Area, Culture & Art. Having visited these regions, I like her personal touch, information and anecdotes

Book Review: An Hour from Paris

Within the first five pages I was swept into a desire to quickly read the entire book grab my camera, my Navigo, a bottle of water and head out. The personal update acknowledgements that first meet the reader introduce me to the author, Annabel Simms. Her manner of explaining her method and the updates gives me the impression that what I am about to read in the book will be from her heart.

Buying Books For, About and In Paris

Antique books in a shop window along a street in Paris

If you want a free guidebook when you arrive in Paris, visit the Paris Tourist Office for guidebooks or download and read them before you arrive. If you decide to buy a guidebook when you arrive, Paris has English language bookstores and guidebooks available at some kiosks, English and French book stores and second-hand stores. “Relay” is a kiosk found in the train stations, airports and in the metros. FNAC is a French bookstores where you might find English language guidebooks. W.H.Smith and Galignani are the largest English language Paris bookstores.

Book Review: “Intoxicating Paris, Uncorking the Parisian Within”

Partial book cover "Intoxicating Paris" by PJ Adams with Metro, Hotel de Ville plaza and Notre-Dame in the background

There is always something useful and something to learn in a guide book. PJ Adams’ recent book, “Intoxicating Paris, Uncorking the Parisian Within”, is a combination of helpful hints all rolled into one. It is a personal insight, lightweight travel guide with suggestions, partial psychological and psychotherapeutic guide to American and French cultural differences, and a marketing tool for other authors. I was able to identify myself in some parts and appreciated the parts on the cultural differences. “Intoxicating Paris” is a good start for a first-time visitor.

Book Review: Paris to the Pyrenées, A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James

Paris to the Pyrenees book on my library shelf with Paris, Paris Journey to the City of Lights in the background by David Downie

David Downie’s latest entertaining memoir, “Paris to the Pyrenées, a skeptic pilgrim walks the way of Saint James” is a series of vignettes. The book is multipurpose whose words constantly upturned my lips into a smile or a smirk. They are the stories of his walk across France. It is also a guidebook along a segment of a trail steeped in history. It is a memoir of a skeptic pilgrim’s path to self-help along the Route of Saint James. When your body is falling apart, why not have a personal quest to possess France by walking across it! ….