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Everything (or Almost Everything) About Paris : A Petite Encyclopedia of Indispensable and Superfluous
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There are almost 200 entries in the addictive Everything (or almost everything) About Paris, a witty and sophisticated treasure trove of facts, histories, lists, records, quotations, and miscellaneous oddities that go well beyond trivia to include significant cultural enlightenment and a below-the-surface glimpse of what it means to be Parisian. Among the thousands of facts that most certainly haven’t been assembled in one place anywhere else: • The number of brothels, massage parlors and “places of pleasure” listed in a 1922 guidebook; • Famous poisonings that occurred in Paris; • Addresses of the ten vineyards within the city limits; • Ten vintage aperitifs to order in bistros; • Imaginary Parisian streets that appear in novels; • Fines charged for municipal infractions (from feeding pigeons [35E] to appearing nude in a public place [35,000 E and imprisonment]); • The history of the bikini, the cobblestones, the rooftops, and the trashcans of Paris; • Exploits staged at the Eiffel Tower from 1891 through 2010; • Innovative (unadopted) ideas proposed through the years to improve the quality of life in Paris: shut down museums and put the paintings in bars, turn churches into housing for the poor, and more. …and that’s just for starters.
Number of Pages: 206
Genre: Travel, History, Reference
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Jean-Christophe Napias
Street Date: October 4, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-31-5403
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