Paris: Timeless Places

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It's the City of Light, the capital of romance, the cultural center of the Western world: that's beautiful Paris, a metropolis of intellect, sensuality, and historical legacy. Every one of the more than 100 magnificent images in this homage captures Paris's irresistible vitality and loveliness; the flowing, lyrical text provides a dynamic view of an equally vibrant city. Step onto the Pont Alexandre III, one of the ornate bridges over the Seine, built in 1896 and restored to its original, glittering splendor. Take a walk through the Place des Vosges, one of the most charming squares in Europe. See the soaring white Byzantine domes of the Sacré Coeur, visible from almost anywhere in the city. The fountains, the pictures painted on walls, the lit-up buildings, the beckoning cafés: it's an unforgettable visual tour.

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These two new volumes in the "Timeless Places" series (which also includes guides on Tuscany and Provence) can only be highly praised for their sparkling photographs and reasonable price. Paris is a city of remarkable architecture, great art, enticing foods, and lush parks. Each of the many areas that make up the city has a distinctive character: Montmartre has picturesque streets and cafes that draw artists and seekers of nightlife, while the elegant Ile St. Louis offers a quiet oasis in the middle of the Seine. Almost every photograph in the guide makes use of the unique quality of light that has attracted so many great artists to Paris. Although many of the shots are of the traditional tourist attractionsDthe Louvre, M tro signs, the Left Bank, and Sacr CoeurDmany others are street scenes, balconies, and shops, and all show an original eye, although the work of several different photographers is used. The photographs of Venice are equally unique and play up both the role of water and the predominance of color in a city whose architecture harks back to the time of its supremacy on the seas. Both guides offer enticing views of these wonderful cities and are therefore highly recommended for all public libraries.DLinda M. Kaufmann, Massachusetts Coll. of Liberal Arts Lib., North Adams
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