Asking why the City of Light is also the city of love, Downie embarks on a secular pilgrimage to the most romantic sites in Paris -- alluring parks, atmospheric cafes and inspiring vistas -- drawing on literary lights Victor Hugo, Georges Sand, Charles Baudelaire and other great Romantics to aid him in his quixotic quest.
Continuing his reputation as the ultimate Francophile, David Downie leads readers on a gourmet walking tour of Paris eateries. Eating his way through Roman butcher shops, classic "Belle Epoque" bistros, Marie Antoinette's garden and more, he shows how Paris became (and still is) the ultimate arbiter of food in the world.
David Downie's spirited book is haunted by the Gallo-Roman forebears of modern France. On ancient trails through the forests of the rugged Morvan, they continued across the celebrated wine country of Burgundy and the centuries-old Via Podiensis on the Way of Saint James.