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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Doing & Learning
City Walks: Paris

City Walks: Paris

Fall 2004 Doing & Learning
Ages: All Ages
Author: Christina Henry de Tessan
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 0-8118-3843-9
Hardcover Price: $14.95
There are times in life when nothing will do but a sweet crêpe served fresh from a vendor’s wagon on the edge of the Luxembourg Gardens. Anything else is a just thin pancake eaten on the run. If that image has evoked a cascade of memories, or it simply reminds you that the children in your life have been clamoring for a trip abroad, you will want to add City Walks: Paris to your collection of travel guides. It is as billed: 50 Adventures on Foot. Chronicle Books has created a deck of cards, each with a Paris attraction or neighborhood (arrondissement) briefly, cogently described on one side, with a simple and elegant map on the other—the recommended walking route clearly marked. Shuffle them in the morning in your hotel and deal yourself two or three adventures a day. The just isn’t a so-so walk in the bunch for a host of reasons, not the least of which is that Paris is the perfect city to explore a pied.

These self-guided tours hit the expected high notes . . . Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sainte Chapelle, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre . . . but they also impart insider scoop on where to settle in for peerless people watching, where you’ll find a sublime macaroon to satisfy your child’s sweet tooth, and how to get to one of the best toy shops in the city. Take a card, any card, and Paris is at your feet in every sense of the phrase.

Erich Parker, APR   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Erich Parker has sung with opera companies and in recital programs around the world and regularly performs under the aegis of The Smithsonian Institution. In addition, he is a frequent guest speaker at schools and student organizations.

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