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Around and About Paris, Vol 1
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Aveyron, a Bridge to French Arcadia
around and about paris volume 1
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French Arcadia
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Around and About Paris


Paris the magnificent, city of romance and drama, of triumph and tragedy, of farce and grandeur, of crime aond passion.  Above all, Paris the city of contradictions, of myths and of change. Throughout the ages, Paris has exerted an endless fascination on visitors and residents, who have longed to know and understand her.

 


Never before has there been a guide for the visitor on foot that is so far reaching, so comprehensive, so detailed or so deeply researched. Around and About Paris is the perfect companion to the city, written by someone who has known Paris inside out for many decades.

Entertaining and informative, Around and About Paris will show you both the Paris that flirts and flaunts itself and the hidden Paris that lies behind windows, within courtyards, around street corners and even under the cobblestones.

Around and About Paris  will enlighten you about the past, present and future of what you see — the history, the tensions, the developments, the schemes. And it will show you the gems — the places that have universal appeal simply because of their supreme beauty.


Paris is a collection of arrondissements, each having its own history and distinctive character. Around and About Paris is published in three volumes, each covering several arrondissements, in numerical order, for ease of reference and because this accurately represents the way the city grew. Each chapter consists of an introduction that sets the scene for your explorations of the arrondissement and a section outlining where to walk and what you will learn and experience along the way. 

If you're far away, and can't follow the walks described,  you will
enjoy Around and About Paris from the comfort of your armchair — reading Around and About Paris is the next best thing for experiencing the delights and disasters of that eternal city.

 

Other Books by Thirza Vallois

 
Aveyron, A Bridge to French Arcadia

"The most beautiful landscape of the Aveyron is your perception of us, of who we are, the people of the Averyon." Jacques Godfrain, Mayor of Millau

 

"It all began in Paris with a riot of
wisteria."

This led to a chance meeting between
Thirza Vallois and Georges and Odette,
and to Vallois' love affair with the stunning
Aveyron, a mosaic of enchanting
landscapes tucked away on the southern
edge of the Massif Central
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Until recently, this was France at its most quintessentially rural, sealed off from the rest of the country by a rugged terrain, anchored firmly in its distinctive identity and traditions.

  Aveyron, A Bridge to French Arcadia  is the captivating story of a once destitute corner of France that is now singled out for its unbeatable, idyllic quality of life.


Today the Aveyron is a dynamic area of astonishing contrasts, where Norman Foster's cutting-edge Millau Viaduct cohabits with ancient Roquefort cheese, the former home of the Knights Templar hosts anti-globalisation rallies, and pilgrims hike the old road to Compostela while Japanese tourists enjoy contemporary cuisine at the 3-Michelin star Michel Bras.

Averyon, A Bridge to French Arcadia is the captivating story of a once destitute corner of France that is now singled out for its unbeatable, idyllic quality of life.  More than a travel book to a unique and beautiful area, it is also a portrait gallery of the people of the Aveyron who are building bridges to the outside world. Bridges that will take you on an exciting journey and a mystical quest across the millennia.

 

  Thirza has also written several articles about the Aveyron and other parts of France for the international press.
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The 3 Volumes of Around and About Paris


Around and About Paris
  Volume 1

From the Dawn of Time to the
Eiffel Tower: The Old Territory. 
Arrondissements 1 - 7

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   Volume 2

From the Guillotine to the Bastille
Opera: The Territory Annexed to
Paris during the French Revolution.  
Arrondissements 8 - 12 

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  Volume 3

New Horizons: Haussmann's
Annexation.
Arrondissements 13 - 20

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Romantic Paris


 
"We come to Paris as to a stage on which to enact an episode of our love life, but before we know it we get caught under her spell and find out, to our astonishment, that it is Paris herself that has got under our skin, the one love story that has no rival and that even time will never erode."

Romantic Paris is an invitation to
join in an around-the-clock and a
dream-come-true celebration of the
ultimate city of romance.
Written by Paris sophisticated expert Thirza Vallois she has the place at her fingertips and gives you the best of the best of romantic Paris. Vallois walks you to all the city's treasured spots and secret corners, and provides you with a choice of fabulous places-hotels, restaurants, cafés, shops, museums, night life-that she has carefully selected to suit couples of all ages, all budgets, and as varied a spectrum as possible.

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Romantic Paris
is the ideal guide for those who seek to enjoy Paris at its most stylish and most sensual. Interwoven with charming as well as outrageous anecdotes and stories of the city's love life throughout the ages,
Romantic Paris
makes for an exciting and entertaining read. Filled with gorgeous pictures, it also makes a perfect gift for lovers of the city, and is an invaluable companion even if you are visiting the city on your own.