In just two weeks, I will be going on my first trip to Paris. The City of Lights is so prevalent throughout literature it has always been high on my list of places I hope to visit. Its long history is so rich and its contribution to the arts so strong. Here are a few of my favorite movies and books to inspire travel to Paris.
- The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland- One of my best friends is a high school English teacher. For the first few years I knew her, I swore she was a history teacher because of how she wove the two subjects together. She recommended this book and I absolutely adore it! It is a trilogy, so it can last a while! The books are written in diary form and tells the epic story of Josephine Bonaparte who will eventually become empress of France when she marries Napoleon. It will immerse you into not only the life and history of the period in Paris, but also the French conquered Caribbean Martinique.
- The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure- Although books set in WWII can be very sad, ultimately this is an uplifting story of the good in some humans set in Nazi occupied Paris. It is a reminder of how much history Paris has experienced from its beginnings being settled by the Romans.
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens- A must-read classic set in the time of the French Revolution.
- Amelie– A very quirky movie set in the neighborhood of Montamarte subtitled in English.
- An American in Paris– This musical won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1951.
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