• Paris to the Pyrenees book on my library shelf with Paris, Paris Journey to the City of Lights in the background by David Downie
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    Book Review: Paris to the Pyrenées, A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James

    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! ….

  • Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light David Downie
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    Book review: “Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light”

    Follow the journey of footsteps in the vignettes of David Downie’s Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light. They are perfect bedtime stories or café reading. In this updated edition of David’s travel book, his stories reveal his personal wit and tongue in cheek humor. This adds charm and brings out a smile as you read about his own Paris history and reflections in each vignette. After finishing this wonderful book, Paris, Paris I began the process of re-reading all of my little green post-it notes. With these notes tacked all over the book, I am ready to visit and re-visit parts of Paris off the wide Haussmannian boulevards. Wander with David…