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I came across Nichole and Evan's work on Etsy (through their sites, Paris In Colour and Obvious State) and just love their work. Intelligent, humourous, insightful and, most wonderfully human. Dipping into The Paris Journal is like sharing a conversation with a friend while you walk around Paris....and the photographs pick up the things you do when in a strange place on holiday - and are so beautifully composed. It's obvious a lot of care, thought and hard work has gone into this and I'm so glad it's (finally!) available on Kindle!
If you have always dreamed of going to Paris, buy this book. If you have been to Paris and want to be reminded of what it's like to wander through the mythical morning streets marvelling that you're actually there, buy this book. If you want a holiday in your seat (on your commute, at your desk, on a weekend), buy this book! It's a truly lovely thing to have in your life.
(PS: I don't know the writers, I have simply come across their work and am a huge fan of it.)
This was a two page review but I decided to focus on the essence of this book. It's best read if you have already visited Paris. After reading it I said " Yeah ! It was like that. " After your first visit to Paris, when asked what it was like, did you finish your answer with " ...the next time I go..."? Reading this short lyrical book may prompt you to get up and out earlier to appreciate the sun's progress along the roofs and facades of Paris. Or you might linger longer at an outside table and imagine the lives of the people around you. You will do more than just see. You will watch. You will be prepared for " the next time".
A witty and unique book-part travel, part humor, and a whole lot of fiction. Each of these components add up to a really delightful read! We join an anonymous woman on her day through Paris as a voyeur to her voyeurism. The traveler creates a story for those she observes on a realistic and detailed walk through Paris. One could recreate her journey. The pictures are beautiful and add a richness to a story that can stand alone. I read it in one sitting but I frequently pick up and turn to favorite sections.
Funny. Beautiful. Captivating. The Paris Journal is unlike anything I've ever read. This isn't a story for the person looking for the usual Paris. Or a broad tale of stereotypes and expected locales. Instead, this book takes the reader on a day-long journey that explores hidden gems within a section of the city often forgotten by tourists (Notre Dame excepting) seen through the eyes of an intelligent, soulful and humorous American. She eats, drinks, and creates imaginary lives for the locales around her. I couldn't stop reading from beginning to end. And more than anything, the poetic language and gorgeous, scene-setting photographs made me want to leap on the first plane to Paris to follow her journey step to step. I can't wait for the next installment to see where the next installment will take her.
The Journal is a great way to savor Paris without the hassle and expense of actually going there. if you have been to Paris, it will awaken your memories and the sights, sounds, and smells of The City. Bon voyage!
I couldn't put down this down! The combination of gorgeous photos and vignettes work together brilliantly to create a seamless narrative arc over the course of a day in Paris. I highly recommend it for any lover of Paris or travel, or just anyone looking for a beautiful and fun afternoon or evening read.