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Tower of Light

Tower of Light

David McCullough’s new book The Great Journey is about Americans living in Paris throughout the 19th century. This is fascinating history disguised as literary guidebook about the many talented Americans who choose to use Paris as the seat of their personal exploration and growth- much like people in this day use New York City.

The history of the times includes everything from the civil war in America to the building of the Eiffel Tower for the World’s Exposition in 1889. McCullough connects painters studying at the Louvre to medical students training and innovations in transportation with the influences of war and peace. All in all, a fascinating view of the influence of a place on a people.

Who wouldn’t love to have enough time and money for an extended stay in Paris? Here are three of my favorite recommendations from my last trip to Paris:

Take a long walk through the 18th arrondissement, Montmartre, beginning at the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré Cœur on the summit through the surrounding district on the Right Bank.

Visit Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres in the medieval town of Chartres about 50 miles from Paris by train.

Attend a concert at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris on the eastern part of the Ile de la Cité.

What are your Paris favorites?

Steve's Interpetation

Steve's Interpetation

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  1. Kathryn Larsen says:

    Loved it…not enough room for all my favorites…but I do have a favortie street..Rue Daguerre; 14th arrondissement!!!! KL

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