By Jayne R. Boisvert: Out now from Open Books (Book Glow Review)
An easy-to-use guide to the ‘City of Lights,’ Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and the Americans Who Lived There includes travel tips and features a range of key attractions and free or nearly free things to do, (shopping, museums, churches, cafes, and restaurants.)
It also includes bite-sized biographies and addresses of historic buildings associated with famous Americans, from writers and politicians to musicians and artists, who spent time living la belle vie in the French capital.
To be entirely honest, I initially had some reservations about this guide. As a Canadian, I found myself wondering if it would be ‘too American’ for me to find it relevant. I’m happy to report I was wrong!
Yes, this guide is sprinkled with advice pertinent to Americans visiting Paris, but it’s not exclusive of other readers. Even the sections on famous Americans in Paris was fascinating, as they’re typically such well-known figures that they’ll have international appeal.
I loved this guide, and will make use of it on my next trip to Europe. Thanks to Jayne R. Boisvert’s guide, I finally understand what type of traveller I am; a ‘cheapo snob!’ I appreciate good quality and fine things, but I also like to save money and don’t want to splurge on everything.
Boisvert’s writing is intelligent, practical and humorous and this is an accessible, fun and highly readable guide. While the current pandemic situation may mean you’re not visiting Paris any time soon, as soon as you’re planning a trip I encourage you to make use of it.