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The World's
First Guide to
The Left Bank

As Featured on RTE Radio 1

Liveline with Joe Duffy

"Superb! Beautifully produced. 120 different places on the Left Bank. A really lovely book."

   

As Featured on 

ParisUpdate

"A delight to be dipped into at random or read from cover to cover when you need to be steeped in Left Bank lore to feed your dreams of Paris or just to learn new things about the city you love or live in."

Best Of
The Left Bank & Right Bank

“A Flaneur's Guide is a wonderful book, open it at random, read, let your imagination soar and soon you will be in Paris.” 

Norman B. and Philippa C.,

Toronto, Canada

This 250 Page Bumper Edition includes the best features from A Flaneur’s Guide to The Left Bank & A Flaneur’s Guide to The Right Bank.

A New Guide to
The Right Bank
of Paris

1st Edition

Now Available

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RTE, ParisUpdate &
Bonjour Paris

A Flaneur's Guide to the Right Bank Paris covering all the delectable eats, sights, attractions, walks and hidden nooks and crannies along the famous Passages and "Axe Historique" of the one and only Rive Droite! 

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A Flaneur's Guide to Dublin's Fair City

A modern guide to the streets, sounds and stories of Dublin, A Flaneur’s Guide introduces you to the People, Places and Pastimes of this Gaelic, Viking, Norman and now Global melting pot of myth, music and minds, evolving in front of your eyes.

 

Home to mythmakers, musicians and martyrs, distillers, drinkers and  dramatists, discover Dublin's winding streets, Northside and Southside.

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A Flaneur's Guide to Paris The Left Bank

2nd Edition Now Available - 2023

 

Home to Poets, Artists, Composers, Singers, Designers, Architects, Monks and Maidens, Philosophers and Poseurs. From Antiquity to the Middle Ages and onto Post-Modernity, stroll through the streets of the Latin Quarter and the Boulevard Saint-Germain, visit the Luxembourg Gardens, Place Saint-Sulpice and other major attractions, discover museums large and small, cafés and brasseries, temples and tombs, all in the hands of our veteran flaneur, richardb, with plenty of inside tips and things to do in the mythical Left Bank before, during and after your stay.

A Flaneur's Guide to Paris The Right Bank

1st Edition Released November 2022

 

A Flaneur’s Guide to The Right Bank of Paris explores the People, Places and Pastimes of this Axe Historique, from the Bastille to the Louvre, from the Tuileries and the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, from a night at the Opéra to a quiet prayer at the Madeleine.

 

Discover a goldmine of addresses with bars, cafés and restuarants or off-the-beaten-path romantic walks as you weave your way around Les Passages, the rue de Rivoli, Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the Parc Monceau and La Villette.

Retrace the footsteps of Barbara, Baron Haussmann, Coco Chanel, Charles de Gaulle, Colette, Frédéric Chopin, Jeanne d’Arc, Marcel Proust, Marlene Dietrich and more.

 

Have tea at Verlet, see a movie at Le Grand Rex, sip a cocktail at Harry’s Bar, murmur memento mori at Père Lachaise and sonder down the Champs-Elysées. Breakfast at Angelinas, lunch at Le Valois, dine at Le Train Bleu, bargain-hunt at Les Puces and send bon baisers from La Rive Droite.

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flaneur [fla-noeur] noun:

a person who strolls around in a seemingly meaningless way; a connoisseur of the street, an informed observer, a lounger, a loafer, a lover of city life in all its infinite variety.

A Flaneur
Features

Arranged alphabetically from A to Z, A Flaneur's Guide lets you wander at will through the streets, parks, museums, monuments, bars, cafés and restaurants of these legendary cities. With anecdotes and off the beaten path instructions, this collection of vignettes with original photographs is aimed to accompany visitors of all ages and experience.

See our Blog entries for recent samples added to the Guide.

Dublin
Paris
The Left Bank 
Paris
The Right Bank 
People
Learn about Arthur Guinness, Brendan Behan, Countess Markievicz, John Jameson, James Joyce, Maud Gonne, Samuel Beckett, Sinéad O'Connor, Bob Geldof, Jonathan Swift, Imelda May, Seán O'Casey, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and the rest...

Places
Visit the Phoenix Park, the GPO, Baggot Street, Saint Stephen's Green, the National Gallery, Dún Laoghaire, Trinity College, the Hugh Lane, Temple Bar, George's Street Arcade, Casino Marino, SoCoDu, Glasnevin Cemetery, the Winding Stair, Iveagh Gardens, the Royal Hibernian Academy, the RDS and more...

Pastimes
Go to Bewleys, the Dawson Lounge, Smyth's, the Palace, visit a snug; dine at Matt the Thresher's, La Cave; stroll around the IFSC, visit Hill 16, see a show at The Abbey Theatre or the Gate Theatre, walk the custom-made Independence Trail, go to a traditional music session at O'Donoghue's and have the craic, ar muin na mhuice...
People
Learn about Picasso, Léo Ferré, Jacques Derrida, Yves Saint Laurent, Catherine Deneuve, Jim Morrison, Rodrigo, Descartes, Hemingway, James Joyce, Eileen Gray, Sainte Geneviève, Baudelaire, Delacroix, Marie Curie, Apollinaire, Louis Braille, Agnès Varda, Oscar Wilde et autres...

Places
Visit the Musée D'Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Place Saint Sulpice, Boulevard Saint Germain, Rue du Bac, Place Dauphine, Académie Française, École Militaire, Institut du Monde Arabe, Bibliothèque Nationale, Jardin des Plantes, Hôtel Lutetia, Monnaie de Paris,  Luxembourg Gardens, Arènes de Lutèce, Paname et encore...

Pastimes
Go to Balzar, La Palette,  Chez René, Le Petit Lutetia, the PMU, Action Cinemas, FIP, Montparnasse, Luxembourg Gardens, the British Council, Collège des Irlandais, American University, Bouillons, Rodin Museum, the Latin Quarter, Paradis Latin, Pont des Arts, Gallimard, rue de la Huchette et plus si affinité...
People
Hang out with Balzac, Barbara, Chopin, Coco Chanel, Baron Haussmann, Charles de Gaulle, Colette, Marcel Proust, Jeanne d'Arc, Marlene Dietrich, Johnny Hallyday, Jacquemart-André, Dalida, the Bougliones, Nijinsky, La Môme Piaf, Victor Hugo and more...

Places
Discover the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Bourse de Commerce, the Hôtel de la Marine, the Louvre, the Marais, Oberkampf, Parc Monceau, Châtelet, the Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the rue de Rivoli, the Canal Saint-Martin, La Villette, the Arc du Triomphe, the Passage Brady, the Champs Elysées, the Place des Victoires, the Palais Royal et pleins d'autres...

Pastimes
Take tea at Verlet, or a cocktail in Harry's Bar at sank roo doe noo, sing at Le Boeuf sur le Toit, mix perfumes at Fragonard, dine Chez Paul or at Le Train Bleu, shop a little at the BHV or La Samaritaine, or just wander through the many Galeries and  Passages de la Rive Droite...

Whether it is your first time visiting these cities and you are looking for insider advice, or whether you are a seasoned visitor and want to go under the hood, A Flaneur's Guide will bring you to places you may never have seen and reveal fascinating local stories of times past and present. For those who want a little bit more, opt for the Flaneur's Club choice and go one step beyond on your next visit with a personalised itinerary designed for your stay to be used in conjunction with the Guide. 

Reviews
A Flaneur's Guide to Paris

“Superb! Beautifully produced.
120 different places on the Left Bank. A really lovely book”.