THIS CONTEST IS LONG GONE. Great Big Travel Literature Giveaway nearing end. See bottom of post for today’s prize. And it is time to hint at the Final Grand Prize, to be given away next Friday, January 29–it is a stylish way to carry all those travel books.
France on Friday
A Piano in need of repair.
Book: The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier by Thad Carhart
This small book introduces Paris and Parisians through Thad Carhart’s fascination with pianos. Early on, he says in a Q and A in the back of the paperback edition I read, that he had learned, “it’s almost impossible to gain access to the private, nontouristy side of things without a personal introduction, and here was a whole world I virtually stumbled into. ” Continue reading