Recently, my boyfriend and I stayed in London. This isn’t unusual for us. We live 241 miles apart so most times we get together we meet in the middle (sort of) which just happens to be our nation’s capital.
This time, we had planned to take in a show. We were going to see The Book of Mormon which is being performed in The Prince of Wales Theatre which is nicely placed in between Leicester Square and Piccadilly. We stayed at the Radisson Blu by Leicester Square (they do amazing club sandwiches – seriously, yummy).
Our hotel also happened to be ridiculously close to Charing Cross Road. Charing Cross Road happens to house the five floor Foyles bookshop which I have been desperate to go to. So boyfriend in hand and an approved potential book buying list I headed off. On the way there I had a tourist moment when I saw the theatre that The Cursed Child is playing in (at the time they were getting ready for opening night) and I took a picture. With that my cursed phone ran out of battery. My book list was on that phone.
Once in Foyles, I kind of had a mini panic attack. It was too big. There were so many books. My list was gone. In the end I rooted around my panicked mind and remembered only on title from the list. It is a book called Paris Up, Up and Away by Hélène Druvert. It was a book that I had previously seen being discussed by Jen Campbell (author of Weird Things People Say in Bookshops and The Bookshop Book) on her YouTube channel (which you should all check out – this girl seriously knows good books).
Paris Up, Up and Away by Hélène Druvert is a children’s picture book about the Eiffel Tower going on adventures throughout Paris. It is told completely in poetic form and besides being wonderfully charming it is illustrated beautifully too. What makes it even more special is that the majority of the images are laser-cut.
Paris Up, Up and Away by Hélène Druvert is a beautiful book and it is just plain adorable. It was originally published by Thames and Hudson in 2014.
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