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More than eighty of the loveliest, most tranquil, and sometimes hidden places in Paris are celebrated in this charming guidebook. Quiet Corners of Paris is a beautifully illustrated peek into eighty-one often overlooked, always beautiful, locales: hidden villas, winding lanes, little-known 19th-century passages, serene gardens, and cobblestone courtyards. Some of the places have breathtaking views, others are filled with historic and architectural details, from stone archways, garden follies, boxwood mazes, ornamental statuary, stained glass, and Renaissance fountains. Follow a stone path under a trellis of blossoms or wander through a gate to discover...

Sometimes it seems there isn't a centimeter in Paris that hasn't been discovered, described, and recommended. Yet even frequent visitors who know the city well can often get the feeling that the "real" city somehow remains elusive.

In the pages of Quiet Corners of Paris, first published in France, the author has found more than eighty settings that provide a rare entrée into Paris at her most subtle and delicate. Most wouldn't be considered "destinations", and certainly not tourist attractions. There are winding lanes that lead nowhere in particular, but that are exquisitely lovely in themselves (one called allée des Brouillards, "fog alley"); rue Georges-Perec, one of the city's smallest streets, is a mere staircase without a single numbered address. There's a square in the fifteenth arrondissement where pétanque players gather in a "sublimely relaxing provincial atmosphere with an almost Mediterranean feelight down to the sweet scent of pastis."

Not all of the places that Jean-Christophe Napias recommends are obscure, but many have been overlooked despite being in the best-known neighborhoods of Paris.

This hardcover book measures 6 3/10 inches by 6 inches. Published October 23, 2007.

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Publishing behemoth Random House is the largest English language publisher in the world, with books of all kinds including the best in fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature. Random House first made international news by successfully defending in court the U.S. publication of James Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses, setting a major legal precedent for freedom of speech. Beginning in the 1930s, the company moved into publishing for children, and over the years has become a leader in the field. Random House entered reference publishing in 1947 with the highly successful American College Dictionary, which was followed in 1966 by the equally successful unabridged Random House Dictionary of the English Language. It continues to publish numerous reference works, including the Random House Webster's College Dictionary.