REVIEW: The Architecture Lover’s Guide to Paris (2021)

A Book by Ruby Boukabou

I don’t normally review travel books like this on here, but when given the opportunity, I figured it would be an interesting “change of pace” for what I normally read. Having been to Paris, albeit twenty years ago, I was interested in reading this as the architecture of the place was simply astounding. Being able to see all of the “touristy stuff” like The Notre Dame Cathedral, The Eiffel Tower, and The Louvre was incredible and is one of my favorite memories of my youth. I can’t say I was a big fan of some other aspects of the city, but that’s a tale for another day. Let’s just say, a lot of the stereotypes of Paris and quite true.

“Unlock the secrets of Paris’s charm with this handy visual guidebook. Learn the history of the city’s most famous landmarks, grasp their fascinating details and discover dozens of lesser known architectural gems. Whether you are a Paris regular or visiting for the first time, this guide will help you understand how the city acquired its unique and beautiful design palette and recommend ways to experience it more fully with self-guided walking tours and suggestions of some of the best hotels, restaurants, cafes, churches, parks and more. You’ll also discover ancient Roman baths, seventeenth century mansions, Art Deco theaters, contemporary cultural complexes and find out where to kick back, cocktail or mock-tail in hand, with a panoramic view over the capital. Written by Ruby Boukabou, author of The Art Lover’s Guide to Paris, and part-time Parisian, this book is the perfect companion for anybody intrigued by Paris’s seductive magic.”

At first glance, this appears to be a standard travel guide, but what sets it apart from all the others that line bookstore shelves, is the emphasis on architecture. this book provides things such as lists of different architectural elements, from lampposts to columns, and where to find them as well as the history of why they’re there. This book also contains your standard lists of various hotels, cafes and restaurants as well as contact info, as well as a travel guide, with a three day itinerary the author has written up in order to see significant architectural sites. I loved the large colorful photographs of various places, it makes me wish I didn’t get stuck with a cheap 35mm camera all those years ago. I’m sure The Global Covid-19 Pandemic puts this book somewhat at odds, but it still stands. It’s not like most of the historic landmarks are going anywhere anytime soon!

For more information on this book, click HERE

NOTE: I received a free preliminary, and likely unedited copy of this book from Netgalley for the purposes of providing an honest, unbiased review of the material. Thank you to all involved.

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