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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (May 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061998540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061998546
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 18.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“One of the smartest nonfiction titles for summer reading ... Baxter tracks both the city’s history and the many celebrated figures who have savored the art of walking in one of the world’s most beautiful capitals.” (Christian Science Monitor)

“A lovely book ... Full of unexpected pleasures ...Parisians claim that walking walking around Paris is an art form in itself, and Baxter proves them right. (Chicago Tribune)

“A man with a great appreciation of what makes Paris tick.” (Newsday)

“We are the beneficiaries of John Baxter’s considerable, vivid love for the expatriate life in Paris. ... The Most Beautiful Walk in the World is as close as a reader can get to the feel of a languid spring walk along Baron Haussmann’s boulevards.” (Los Angeles Times)

“Anyone who loves Paris and loves to walk will feel this book was written just for them. ... Charming.” (USA Today)

“A splendid memoir ... Reading The Most Beautiful Walk in the World is the next best thing to a Paris vacation.” (Boston Globe)

“Fabulous . . . the perfect companion for anyone inspired to hop over to France after seeing Midnight in Paris” (

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Thrust into the unlikely role of professional "literary walking tour" guide, an expat writer provides the most irresistibly witty and revealing tour of Paris in years.

In this enchanting memoir, acclaimed author and long- time Paris resident John Baxter remembers his yearlong experience of giving "literary walking tours" through the city. Baxter sets off with unsuspecting tourists in tow on the trail of Paris's legendary artists and writers of the past. Along the way, he tells the history of Paris through a brilliant cast of characters: the favorite cafés of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Joyce; Pablo Picasso's underground Montmartre haunts; the bustling boulevards of the late-nineteenth-century flâneurs; the secluded "Little Luxembourg" gardens beloved by Gertrude Stein; the alleys where revolutionaries plotted; and finally Baxter's own favorite walk near his home in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alanna Hendren on March 6 2012
Format: Paperback
This book about Paris is like a tour through the city's most charming places that a tourist could easily miss. The author obviously loves his subject and is very knowlegable about Paris, both above and below ground. He takes the reader on a journey through some of the most romantic of the city's literary and debaucherous moments while also poking through antique shops and making fun of visitors. A great, relaxing, pleasurable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coyoteblue on June 6 2012
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I was hoping this book would describe a number of walks in Paris that would help me plan for a great trip this summer. Unfortunately, there's little in the book that describes actually taking specific walks in Paris. Up to about page 90, there are only about 2 pages describing a walk in Paris, and even that is very limited to sitting in a beautiful spot in the Luxembourg gardens. I've only read to about page 140 because even though there is more about specific walks in the second hundred pages, there's very little for me to use for my own visit. I wasn't looking for a travel guide, but I was expecting specific information about where it's nice to walk in Paris. This book is entertaining if you want to read about walking in general, but a major disappointment as a description of where one should go for a walk in Paris.
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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 17 2014
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So you want to see Paris in a week, a tour guide taking you by the hand and leading you into all those famous haunts of Paris. Well, I can't guarantee that a week will suffice but I can, based on this informative little book, assure you that John Baxter, chef extraordinaire from Australia, is the man for the task. Paris is the city to walk around and soak up history, culture, and ambiance as many people over the years, including myself, can attest to. What makes Baxter's version of a walk through the City of Lights so unique is that he liberally shares with his clients pertinent knowledge that can turn an ordinary walk into a unforgettable experience that transport one into the realms of a different times and space. His secret is that he knows not only those famous hotels, taverns, cafes and bistros but has a repertoire of stories and talking points to go with them. A stroll across various arrondisements from both the left and right banks will invariably bring the walker in touch with the famous water holes of footloose writers like Hemingway, Stein, and Fitzgerald, the dives and dens of flaneurs like Joyce and Callaghan and the weird haunts of Picasso in the back streets of the Montmarte environs. Baxter's work succeeded in bringing the city alive for me in such a way as to imagine myself actually there in all its majesty, antiquity and memories. To live in Paris is an opportunity to know that, wherever you turn, history is there to meet you, whether it be at the Place de Concorde, the Bastille monument, the shadowy back streets of Marais, or Champs Elysee.Read more ›
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