Paris belongs to its piétons – the pedestrians
That’s not to say that the book is all sunshine and roses about the city — Baxter describes a few incidents typical of life probably anywhere, but for me, since they take place in PARIS, they seem so much more bearable.
Although not really a travel guide, for those interested in visiting Paris for the first or fortieth time is full of information disguised as narratives that would only enhance the experience; my copy is covered in Post-It flags and highlighted throughout so that WHEN I can plan my next trip I will have new resources available to me. Even for the armchair traveller, though, this book is simply a wonderful escape into one of the world’s great cities.
I also recommend another John Baxter memoir set in Paris: Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas; an account of his attempt to prepare a traditional French Christmas meal for his French in-laws. A wonderful holiday read.