New PDF release: Paris: city guide

By Steve Fallon

Lonely Planet ParisDiscover which iconic landmark, nicknamed 'the steel asparagus,' used to be nearly torn down - and whyAssemble a gourmand picnic of bread, cheese and fruit on the open-air Marche BastilleUnwind as Parisians do with a walk or a nap on the Jardin du LuxembourgSample North Africa tajine and reflect on Moorish structure on the Mosquee de ParisIn This GuideTwo authors, over six hundred hours of in-city learn, forty-one specified maps, 5 strolling toursFull-color highlights of the easiest neighborhoods, museums and culinary feastsWine and food-pairing suggestions from one of many world's so much celebrated sommeliersContent up-to-date day-by-day - stopover at lonelyplanet.com for up to date experiences, updates and vacationer insights

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It was in part to avenge these losses that Louis XVI sided with the colonists in the American War of Independence (1775–83). But the Seven Years’ War cost France a fortune and, more disastrously for the monarchy, it helped to disseminate at home the radical democratic ideas that were thrust upon the world stage by the American Revolution. Return to beginning of chapter COME THE REVOLUTION By the late 1780s, the indecisive Louis XVI and his dominating Vienna-born queen, Marie-Antoinette, known to her subjects disparagingly as l’Autrichienne (the Austrian), had managed to alienate virtually every segment of society – from the enlightened bourgeoisie to the conservatives – and the king became increasingly isolated as unrest and dissatisfaction reached boiling point.

Nicola has worked on numerous other Lonely Planet titles including France, Provence & the Côte d’Azur and The Loire. Nicola wrote the Sports & Activities, Excursions and Transport chapters. She also cowrote the Neighbourhoods, Shopping, Eating, Drinking and Nightlife & the Arts chapters. PHOTOGRAPHER Will Salter In the last 12 years, Will has worked on assignment in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific region as well as Antarctica. He has produced a body of award-winning work that includes evocative images of travel, portraits and sport.

The Great Migrations, beginning around the middle of the 3rd century AD with raids by the Franks and then by the Alemanii from the east, left the settlement on the south bank scorched and pillaged, and its inhabitants fled to the Île de la Cité, which was subsequently fortified with stone walls. Christianity (as well as Mithraism; see opposite) had been introduced early in the previous century, and the first church, probably made of wood, was built on the western part of the island. Return to beginning of chapter INVASIONS & DYNASTIES The Romans occupied what would become known as Paris (after its first settlers) from AD 212 to the late 5th century.

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