This beautiful little book is another from the library and one that I am so glad I found. One of the comments on the book jacket was that this is a book you should read before going to Paris rather than after you have been. Well now I have read the book the next logical step is to go there.
I have been to the Charles de Gaulle airport but that doesn’t count as having been to Paris. Next year I hope to get to the actual Paris for a week.
Paris from the Ground Up allows readers to trace the city’s evolution in its architecture and art – from the Roman arena to the Musée d’Orsay, from the Louvre’s defensive foundations to the I.M. Pei’s transparent pyramids. Color maps, along with identifying illustrations, make the city accessible to the visitors by foot, Metro, or riverboat.
This book gives you the history of Paris in an interesting way. It gives a really good overview of the way the city has evolved from its earliest days.The descriptions of some of the more famous buildings in Paris certainly gives you the background knowledge which would be to your benefit when visiting buildings such as the Louvre or Notre Dame for example.
Those of you who have been to Paris would enjoy this book too and you may find some places in the book that you missed on your visit. That might encourage you to return for another visit!