Author(s): William G. Scheller
An outstanding gift or souvenir, Spectacular Paris celebrates all that shines in the wonderful City of Light. Ernest Hemingway's book on Paris, A Moveable Feast, aptly titles its last chapter There Is Never Any End to Paris. Those few words sum up the unending beauty, lure, culture, and magnificence of this unique city. Paris is home to some of the world's greatest landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and the Pantheon. In an outstanding celebration and photographic portrait, Spectacular Paris brings the best of this awe-inspiring city into sharp focus. The Paris we know today is the product of more than 2,000 years of history, with echoes of many of its first century B.C.E. Roman roads and language still found today. Layers of architectural history and culture are laid upon each other, revealing magnificently decorated buildings of royal, religious, and secular purpose at every turn and corner. There is hardly anywhere to travel in Paris where you are not confronted with beauty and decor. Today, ancient, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and modern architecture meld together in a city laid out upon both banks of the River Seine and the two petite islands that lie between them.
"This oversized book offers a visual feast of the City of Light. Some 200 full-page photographs capture quintessentially Parisian images..." -"France Magazine" "If you live in Paris, this is the book to dive into after too many grey skies have caused you to overlook centuries-old buildings...It's the book to buy your parents before they visit; after reading it, they won't have to lug their guidebook...the architectural wonders of the first eight arrondissements are bathed in golden light, make the book a sore of museum in itself." -"The ParisBlog ""If ever more evidence were needed that Paris is the most beautiful city in the world, "Spectacular Paris" is it. The elegant coffee-table book captures the city's streets, squares, gardens, fountains, monuments--and its famous lights at night. The fabulous photos are preceded by a fascinating section documenting the city's history with maps, paintings, and manuscript illuminations. C'est magnifique." -"France Today"
William G. Scheller is the author or coauthor of more than twenty books. He is a contributing editor for" Islands" magazine and "Coastal Living" magazine, among many others.