Fodors Ebook Paris Fodors Travel Publications Inc.

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Fodors Ebook Paris  by  Fodors Travel Publications Inc.

Fodors Ebook Paris by Fodors Travel Publications Inc.
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It is midnight at the neighborhood brasserie. Waiters swathed in starchy white glance discreetly at their watches as a family -- mother, son, and wife -- sip the last of a bottle of Chiroubles and scrape up the remains of their steak tartare onMoreIt is midnight at the neighborhood brasserie.

Waiters swathed in starchy white glance discreetly at their watches as a family -- mother, son, and wife -- sip the last of a bottle of Chiroubles and scrape up the remains of their steak tartare on silverware dexterously poised with arched wrists.

They are all wearing scarves: The mothers is a classic silk tastefully folded at the throat- the wifes is Indian gauze and glitters- the sons is wool and hangs like a prayer shawl over his black turtleneck.

Finished, they stir their coffee without looking. They smoke: the mother, Gitanes- the son, Marlboros- the wife rolls her own from a silver case. Alone, they act out their personal theater, uncontrived and unobserved, their Doisneauesque tableau reflected only in the etched-glass mirrors around them, enhanced by the sobriety of their dress and the pallor of their gallic skin.Whoever first said that God found Paris too perfect, so he invented the Parisians, had it wrong.

This extraordinary maquette of a city, with its landscape of mansards and chimneys, its low-slung bridges and vast boulevards, is nothing but a rough-sketched stage set that drinks its color from the lifeblood of those infamous Parisians whom everyone claims to hate, but whom everyone loves to emulate. Mythologized for their arrogance, charm, and savoir faire -- as well as their disdain for the foreigners they find genetically incapable of sharing these characteristics -- the Parisians continue to mesmerize.

For the generations of American and English voyeurs who have ventured curiously, enviously into countless mirrored brasseries, downed numerous bottles of fumbled at nautical knots in newly bought scarves, evensuffered squashed berets and unfiltered Gauloises, the Parisian remains imitable -- and infinitely fascinating.Fodors eBooks bring you the best travel information in an exciting new way. The coverage is selective and includes choices for all budgets -- t



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