A guide to traveling in Paris by a debut author and self-proclaimed “citizen of the world.”
After dining with two friends who had vastly different experiences on long-anticipated trips to Paris—largely due to differing degrees of planning and preparation—Kharbichi decided to use her knowledge of her adopted hometown to create her own travel guide. Writing as “your Parisian friend,” she offers personalized experiences in the City of Light, focused around vacationers’ particular preferences. After a general overview of Paris, she dedicates chapters to culture, romance, style, and cuisine. The book concludes with crucial travel information for getting to and around the city. One of the introductory chapters offers an extremely helpful guide to the primary attractions and accommodations in each arrondissement, in numerical order, originating at the center of the city. Typical travel guide information, such as addresses, telephone numbers, hours, and fees, is interspersed with chatty prose. Topics range from libraries to cheese to libertine clubs appropriate only for consenting adults. As a result, Kharbichi offers advice on subjects generally not covered by most run-of-the-mill travel books as well as informational sections on currently popular French style and wine appreciation. Her easy, conversational prose makes this book feel like one is sitting down with a friend, discussing Paris over a glass of wine or cup of coffee. The book’s companion website includes beautiful color photographs that the book lacks, although the site’s full content is only available to registered users who have purchased the book. While this work is enjoyable enough to read from cover to cover, readers can peruse any one section without any loss of understanding, though an index would have been useful.
Insider travel information from an erudite author.