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Paris: The Collected Traveler    edited by Barrie Kerper order for
by Barrie Kerper
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Vintage, 2011 (2011)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

We're told that Paris: The Collected Traveler, from 'revered travel editor Barrie Kerper is unique, erudite, and inspiring.'

Most travel guides list the most important historical sites to visit and then describe how to get there with a brief history of that particular place. They will list the nearest hotels, the best restaurants and shops and leave you dangling, wanting more than the guide has space for.

Paris is like having 'your very own savvy, impossibly well-read, personal tour guide who knows the terrain.' This is a weighty paperback book, so pack your suitcase and then take out that extra pair of shoes you won't wear anyway. Maybe remove the bottle of hair spray. Then reverently place Paris in that now empty spot. Believe me, you won't regret it.

Kerper believes in immersion. By reading, observing and staying longer in a smaller area, you can experience the true essence of where you are and then be better prepared to move on to the next spot. In other words, don't try to do it all. Take the time to draw in the true feeling of Paris by becoming part of la Ville-Lumiere, the City of Light.

Paris will help you to do just that. Reading lists are suggested. As well as listings for those must restaurants, galleries and landmarks. Paris indeed 'offers an affectionate and authoritative point-of-view that will prove indispensible to visitors, both old and new, to this beloved city.'

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