The monumental buildings of Paris reflect the passing of the centuries, from the great medieval cathedral of Notre Dame and the royal palace of the Louvre, to today’s grands projets, such as the Centre Georges Pompidou and the new Bibliothèque Nationale.
The Paris Sketchbook captures the many facets of the city in a hardcover coffee table gift of ninety-five pages printed on what seems to either be Strathmore, or fine art paper; and was first published in French as « Paris Aquarelles » by Les Editions du Pacifique, Paris 6.
For those who have ever lived in the city, the book is a collection of architectural memoire, and history — a delight only to be shared by loved ones, and families. It makes for a good reference for those visiting Paris for the first time, and also for those who have experienced her over a continental weekend.
She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and to no city ― Roman Payne
Fabric Moireau records his journeys in sketchbooks which are in itself, valuable cultural and ethnographic records. He is particularly interested in the world’s architectural heritage and in plants and gardens. Moireau is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art of Paris.
Mary Kelly is Travel Editor at the International Herald Tribune as of the book’s run, where she launched the newspaper’s popular travel section. She has lived overseas for more than fourteen years in Geneva, Nice, Ouagadougou, Cairo and Paris. Previously she directed the editorial side of ‘Egypt Today’, Egypt’s leading English-language magazine over seven years.