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.
Ruso and Tilla, now newlyweds, have moved back to Britannia, where Ruso's old friend and colleague, Valens, has promised to help him find work. Of course, it isn't the kind of work he'd had in mind--he's tasked to find a missing tax man named Julius Asper. The fourth in the series set in second century Roman Britain.