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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Life-long Parisian and licensed tour guide Edith de Belleville recounts her past experiences living in the City of Love with her captivating memoir, Parisian Life. In this book, de Belleville tells some memorable stories from her life interacting with people from various countries and fellow Parisians, painting a vivid portrait of what it means to be a Parisian. Despite being a licensed tour guide, de Belleville writes about how she still gets lost in Les Invalides. From sipping tea with an American photographer talking about Coco Chanel to the art of seduction, de Belleville gives a rare glimpse into the rich history, culture, and heritage unique to the city of Paris. She also briefly mentions her tea pilgrimages to India and China and explains how black tea differs from the finely refined Darjeeling tea.
Parisian Life is kind of an ode to the city of Paris. Author Edith de Belleville's love for her birthplace, which also happens to be one of the most famous cities in the world, can be felt as it flows out of the pages through her prose that breezes past without a single hitch. One of the things that impressed me most about the book was getting to know the outlook Parisians have about themselves and how they view foreigners from other countries. For example, de Belleville mentions how women from different countries feel freer in Paris than in their home countries. From what I've read and know about Paris, that statement definitely rings true. Highly recommended to readers who want a Parisian's view of the city of Paris.