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Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Hidden Gardens of Paris - Susan Cahill

I don’t normally review guidebooks, even though I do often read them more or less cover to cover, but I made an exception in this case, because this book really seemed to be written for me.    It’s all about gardens – public squares, larger gardens, or even gardens attached to houses that you would never know were there and that you could visit.    And, it turns out the author and I are on similar wave lengths, because she includes nearby sites to the gardens, which almost always includes a book store.   So I now have several more English book stores I can add to my "to visit" list.

What I also like is that even in the larger, more well known places, like the Jardin des Plantes, she features a part of that garden that you might overlook if you just followed the crowds.    I really enjoyed the book – it’s got interesting little historical tidbits, and I would have enjoyed it even if I weren’t planning a trip to Paris.

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