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3 Books to Read Before Jetting Off to Paris


Start your vacation before you even land.

You can read many tour guide books but they will all tell you the same things:  best restaurants, museums, shopping, blah, blah, blah.  Do you want to fall into that touristy trap or have a memorable experience?

To truly see Paris for what it is, how it became to be one of the most desirable cities to visit, I recommend these books to read as you plan your trip.  They made my trips so much more.  As you are walking the streets of Paris, you will have a much greater appreciation, understanding and a connection to what makes this city tick.

"Paris at the End of the World", John Baxter

A look at the mentality of defiance of Parisians as the great war was waging at their doorsteps.  This book will give you a deeper understanding of what made the modern Parisian.

paris at the end of the world

"Paris to the Moon", Adam Gopnik

A look at life of a foreigner in Paris from a writer that beautifully captures the everyday nuances of Parisian life.  The differences, clashes and beauty.

paris to the moon, adam gopnik

"Paris the Secret History", Andrew Hussey

As "Paris to the Moon" describes modern Parisian life, this book will give you a much deeper understanding of the City throughout its history from the point of view of the Parisians.

paris the secret history, adnrew hussey

If you have additional reading to add to this list, I would love to hear from you in the comments below or drop me a line here!