April in Paris (Around the World)

This month we’re visiting the beautiful City of Lights! Yes, I know that Paris is not a country, but it fits in perfectly with our calendar – what other place is synonymous with April? One of my favorite standards is “April in Paris”; the classic version is that of Count Basie and his orchestra.

The city has a celebrated history, and not only as the capital of France. For hundreds of years it has served as a cultural mecca for artists, writers, dancers, musicians, and many others. Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and the rest of the “Lost Generation” were inspired to live, love, and write in Paris. And George Gershwin and Gene Kelly showed us how to be the original  American in Paris.

Spring is a perfect time to plan a trip – even if it’s from your armchair. Check out these resources to get a feel for the city on the Seine. Remember, we’ll always have Paris!


The Alibi Club – Francine Mathews

April in Paris – Michael Wallner

Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell

Five Days in Paris – Daniell Steel

Foreign Tongue: A Novel of Life and Love in Paris – Vanina Marsot

A Garden in Paris – Stephanie Grace Whitson

The Good Thief’s Guide to Paris – Chris Ewan

The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo

The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures – Brian Selznick

Le Mariage – Diane Johnson

Murder in the Marais (#1 in series) – Cara Black

Paris Pilgrims – Clancy Carlile

Paris Trance – Geoff Dyer

Pictures at an Exhibition – Sarah Houghteling

Rowdy in Paris – Tim Sandlin

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

Three Weeks in Paris – Barbara Taylor Bradford



Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology

Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation – Charles Glass

The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970’s Paris – Alicia Drake

The Dynamite Club: How a Bombing in Fin-de-Siècle Paris Ignited the Age of Modern Terror – John M. Merriman

The Eiffel Tower – Joelle Bolloch

Eiffel’s Tower: and the World’s Fair where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count – Jill Jonnes

Frommer’s Irreverent Guide to Paris – Darwin Porter

The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism – Ross King

News of Paris: American Journalists in the City of Light Between the Wars – Ronald Weber

Paris: Biography of a City – Colin Jones

Paris: The Secret History – Andrew Hussey

Paris: Then and Now – Peter Caine

Paris to the Moon – Adam Gopnik

Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910 – Jeffrey Jackson

The Seven Ages of Paris – Alistair Horne

The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious — and Perplexing — City – David Lebovitz

A Town Like Paris: Falling in Love in the City of Light – Bryce Corbett




An American in Paris

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera

La Boheme

Before Sunset

French Kiss

Last Time I Saw Paris

Les Miserables

Moulin Rouge


The Red Balloon

The True Legend of the Eiffel Tower

2 responses to this post.

  1. […] the world” journey? Just to recap, we’ve visited Nepal, Botswana, Portugal, Paris (France),  Belize, and Burma. I’ve been having so much fun – and learning a ton […]


  2. Hi,
    Why not add to your list:
    Rendez-vous Eighteeth, by Jake Lamar
    Ghosts of Saint Michel, Jake Lamar
    Blackgammon, by Heather Neff



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