About the Book
I’m Tom Reeves, president of Discover Paris! (www.discoverparis.net) and author of Paris Insights – An Anthology. I’m pleased that you have decided to purchase this collection of informative newsletters that explores fascinating aspects of history, culture, and contemporary life in the City of Light. The French capital possesses an air of mystery that cannot be readily defined. Yet this mystery is precisely what I set out to explore in this book. I have every confidence that you will love Paris Insights – An Anthology.
Paris Insights – An Anthology is at once witty, original, absorbing and a swift read. It offers precisely the kind of insider's view of the French capital – and the people who live there – that first or even second time visitors pine for. It offers the tips and historical details that can help them transform a Paris stay from a mundane tourist excursion into an extraordinary experience. The essays give fresh perspectives on Notre-Dame, Les Champs-Elysées and other Paris classics. At the same time, they offer up-to-date information about the hipper, newer cafes and other venues and trends taking hold in this ever-changing European urban stronghold. And for those who just want to know where to get the best hot chocolate, coffee and croissant in the city, it's got lots of answers, too. Forget the standard guidebooks. This is a Paris Traveler's must-read. – Gary Lee, travel writer I've always embraced the notion that if something is in a brochure, I don't want to know about it. If it's in a regular guide book, it's usually more promotional than informational. But this book is the antidote to typical tourism hyperbole. It literally points you in the right directions – telling you who to see, when to see them, and what to ask for. It's a true insider’s guide to one of my most favorite cities in the world, written by someone who has lived the special experiences you'll never find in a guide book. – Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor, NBC News
Tom Reeves has been a confirmed Francophile since he first traveled to France in 1975 to learn the language, see the country, and pursue studies in French literature and civilization. A native of northern California and long time resident of Oakland, he moved to Paris permanently in 1992.