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Forever Paris: 25 Walks in the Footsteps of the City's Most Illustrious Figures (25 Walks)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  204 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Take a stroll through Édith Piaf's Belleville, dine at Napoléon's favorite restaurant, and explore the late-night haunts of Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, and Pablo Picasso. From the author of the best-selling City Walks: Paris deck, this lively collection of walking adventures follows in the footsteps of more than 25 of the city's iconic former residents. Throughout, ...more
Hardcover, 108 pages
Published March 21st 2012 by Chronicle Books LLC (first published March 1st 2012)
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Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎
I liked this novel way of visiting the City of Light by retracing the steps of influential people who lived and loved Paris. The book is organised in mini chapters where a short biography and picture is followed by a walking tour, guiding the reader to the famous individual favourite spots. A good selection of artists (painters, singers, writers) as well as fashion icons, politicians and historical figures. A great armchair travel book. 3 rounded up.

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Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A compact book that provides interesting info about how these 25 famous folks were enchanted & shaped by Paris. The maps & directions look very clear. Thanks to Tracie for giving this to me, so that I can walk the streets & sit in the same cafes as Hemingway, Picasso, Piaf, and others. The additional tidbits of wisdom, such as "the ultimate Monet showcase is the Musee Marmottan", are insights not found in other guides.
Emily S.
I simply MUST take a trip to Paris just to take these walks. They're all laid out in great detail in the maps, so they'd be really easy to follow. I can't wait to take every one of these walks!
Thu Hoài
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I dream of Paris, of the stone pavement and grand designs. I saw the city map during French lessons but after reading "Forever Paris", each route and cafe started to have each own meaning. Hopefully, my dream of Paris will come to fruition soon enough.
I'm deeply interested in most people featured in the books, and completely ignorant of some (Serge Gainsbourge, Auguste Rodin), but nevertheless, it is a special guide for those who want to experience Paris in a historical, sensational and impactf
Kellie Horrocks
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2018
From Napoleon to Hemingway to Chanel, you'll find a walk (or two) that'll make you feel like a Parisian.

I'll admit, my reading of this book was more of a skim, but for those people that I have the most interest in: Audrey Hepburn, Julia Child, Monet, etc... I read their 'walks' in depth. I appreciated the formatting of the book. Each person has a short biography section, a description of their common stops, and a map that connects these places - giving the impression that this might have been th
Lindsey Sparks
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love finding houses of authors and historical people when I'm traveling, and visiting the same restaurants and places they did. This book was packed with info on many of Paris's most famous residents and I pulled a ton of info from it.

One thing to note - the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts has closed since this book's publication and is mentioned a couple of times in this book.
Kelley S. Kent
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
“Paris … helped these people find their calling. They used the city as their muse, drew inspiration from its beauty, exposed its underbelly, and … were transformed and elevated by it. As a result, they went on to change the course of art, fashion, food, philosophy, politics, and beyond.” This quote encapsulates the book’s theme. Some of my favorite chapters profile the Parisian lifestyles of Julia Child, Auguste Rodin, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Sand, Victor Hugo, Claude Monet, and Henry Mati ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent, small (5" x 7") book, that is packed with great information regarding Paris, and the famous people who lived there during the 19th century. It includes Picasso, Coco Chanel, Hemingway, Honore de Balzac, Josephine Baker, Simone de Beauvoir & Jean Paul Satre, Toulouse-Lautrec, Julia Child, Emile Zola, Rodin, Moliere, Cartier-Bresson, Napoleon Bonaparte, George Sand, Yves Saint Laurent, Audrey Hepburn, Victor Hugo, Marie Antoinette, Henry Miller and Anais Nin, Monet, Matis ...more
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel
I did the Ernest Hemingway walk and loved it. The directions/map were accurate and (mostly) clear, with enough historical and anecdotal tidbits to provide some context for what you're looking at. There are so many other walks I'd love to try in the future. There's a tour in this book to interest everyone: literary (Balzac, Simone de Beauvoir & Jean-Paul Sartre, Emile Zola, Victor Hugo, Henry Miller & Anais Nin, Colette), artistic (Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin, Monet, Matisse), musica ...more
Lune Lenore Violette
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Forever Paris is unique among many books on Paris I have read; instead of giving a tourist's guide overview of the city, complete with flowery descriptions, this book delves into the lives of some extraordinary Parisians and what they loved about their city. My favorite part are the brief biographies of each person, detailing their favorite spots in the city; care to visit Ernest Hemmingway's favorite cafe? This book can tell you how to get there. Curious to see where Edith Piaf first crooned "L ...more
Aug 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I read this book before my trip to Paris, somewhat interestedly...I stayed with a friend's parents, and everyone spoke French, and had ideas on where to take me, so I didn't really need planned out walks like this. But when I got back, it was fascinating to reread it and think "I was there!" or "Huh, I didn't get there. I'll have to put that on the list for next time." I'm definitely a walker/eater sort of travelers, though, and this was a great match to that. It could have done more, but what i ...more
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
A short, light read through 25 famous Parisians, including where they lived and worked, and how to walk their favorite neighborhoods. I wish the biographical pages were more interesting -- they read a bit like an ad for Paris -- but I found the walking tours I used really added to our trip. I took pics of key pages w/my phone so I didn't have to carry the book around with us, and I added points I especially wanted to see to our city map so we could check them out if we happened to be nearby. The ...more
This is a easy, pleasant guide book to read for a trip to Paris. Of course strictly speaking we definitely have more than 25 memorable people with their footsteps over the city of light. There is no Oscar Wilde, no Albert Camus, no Baudelaire, no Modigliani.. but we DO have Hemingway, Colette, Picasso, Chanel, Gainsbourg, Piaf and many more. Such routes we make it will be more than some spots on the tourist guide booklet but we also understand the history and importance of such places in French ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A perfect little book to pack into your suitcase for a trip to Paris. The book outlines walks in the footsteps of famous Parisians such as Julia Child and Claude Monet. It gives you background of what Paris was like during their time there and then a walking tour with stops at many of the places that they went to. It will be a fun book to use when visiting Paris. Or if you can't get to Paris, its a fun book to look at and imagine being in Paris!
This tiny book packs quite the punch. Short and to the point, this book does a great job of getting you around Paris in places where your favorite historical figures would have experienced Paris. Some of the ares are already tourist points (where else did Marie Antoinette go, after all?) but others lead the reader off the beaten path and into the historical beauty of Paris that every visitor should experience.
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel
Great book published in an easy to carry size. The background allows one to absorb relevant facts before heading to the map and walks. Each starts and ends at a Metro station so these are easy to plan around as well and can take as long or as short as you wish depending on the time of day, the time of year and the surrounding distractions!
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was scholarly and well-researched. It helped the reader, step by step, to "tour" those historic locations and neighborhoods of Hemingway, Matisse, Baker, Marie Antoinette, all the rest of the 25 persons depicted. It made me feel I was traveling along on another 'virtual' visit to the City of Light.
Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Not that engaging unless you are planning a trip to Paris and are looking for suggestions for walks. All of the walks centre around former residents- Picasso, Hemingway- but I suspect that not all of them necessarily reflect that person. One would have to have a great love of one of the characters to glean value out of some of these areas.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading a Paris travel guide, from the perspective of its prominent citizens. The diversity of the select 25 is nice, though the author heavily biases towards entertainers and artists (fashionistas, writers, musicians, visual artists, etc.).
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Great read on a snowy day when everyday life has come to a halt. The travel bug bites, but everyday life will resume again soon. Still, a fun diversion back to Paris, back to youth, back to having it all still ahead.
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Can't wait to visit Paris and try out some of the walks. Nice selection of 25 Paris personalities and different neighborhoods they haunted. Easy to understand directions starting always from a metro station for easy access wherever you might be staying.
Paddy Eger
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Perfect book for exploring the homes and haunts of famous people who lived in Paris. Exact addresses provided.
Rachel Coyne
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
A good browser for an armchair traveler.
Ruth Feathers
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In my next life, I will be Parisian.
Keren Sheen
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very informative and useful little book.
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May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
Paris, yes! A glimpse into the lives of those who lived & loved it, yes, yes! A quick read that inspires me to want to time travel back to the Paris of the past.
Marti Graham
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
EXCELLENT walks and history of a lot of fascinating people! The maps are easy to read, the biographies of the famous artists, writers, musicians, actors, concise with surprising new facts.
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
Wonderful little book chock full of tidbits and maps. I can't wait for October, so I can do these walks for real!
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
want to try to do all of these walks, soon!
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