Silver Travel Book Club - November 2021

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Silver Travel Book ClubEach month, we'll explore a different destination, and a lucky Silver Travel Book Club reader can win a free copy of the month's book. 

Kirker HolidaysThis month the Silver Travel Book Club – with partner Kirker Holidays – is reading An American in Paris by Siobhan Curham.

Paris, 1940: Walking through Montmartre that morning was like the eerie calm right before a storm. The roads were deserted. We carried on, arm in arm, and then finally, we saw them. Columns and columns of soldiers, spreading through the streets like a toxic grey vapour. "You must write about this", he whispered to me. "You must write about the day freedom left Paris". As Nazi troops occupy the City of Lights, American journalist Florence is determined to do everything she can to save her adopted home and the man she loves. This is a sweeping wartime story that will capture your heart and never let it go.

Paris

Kirker Holidays

Few cities in the world deliver such excitement and romance in such a compact area. Paris beguiles with its broad tree-lined boulevards, iconic monuments, chic boutiques and elegant stores, colourful markets and remarkable museums. The food is worth the journey alone, with some of the finest gastronomic restaurants, wonderful traditional brasseries and an astonishing array of mouth-watering markets. No two visits to this wonderful city need ever be the same. Kirker Holidays offer stays in some of Paris’s most iconic hotels and The Kirker Concierge can recommend and book a wide range of excursions, including city tours, visits to Versailles and Monet’s home at Giverny.

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An American in Paris

How to win a copy of 'An American in Paris' by Siobhan Curham

Paris, the most beautiful city in the world, the immortal city of light, who hasn't been?

Simply add a comment at the end of this page to tell us about a visit to Paris and what made it special.

The best entry will win a copy of the book.


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  • reenwelch
    about 2 hours ago
    My most memorable trip to Paris was relatively recent - in May 2019. My husband ad I were accompanied by our eldest son, his wife and two daughters aged 11 and 7. The little girls were very keen to take a trip on the river Seine and were fascinated by the architecture and saddened to see Notre Dame in such a sorry state. We all enjoyed sharing that experience, especially the 7 year-old because as we alighted from the boat one of her front teeth came out!
  • Ken-Baines
    about 4 hours ago
    Seeing the Notre Dame shortly after the fire - very poignant.
  • Lucylastik
    1 day ago
    My most precious memory of Paris was finally meeting my musician friend while visiting Paris, one summer.

    He had agreed to act as Tour Guide for a week and we had a full itinerary planned, but that first night that I arrived he was due to play at a party, so he called round "en route" in the afternoon to say hello and welcome, with his enormous cello under his arm!

    Well of course, I begged him to play it for me, so seated at the end of my bed in that lovely hotel room in Paris, my wonderful penpal Leandre unzipped his case and began to play my favourite piece: the Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major by Bach.

    I can't really describe the silence that fell over the hotel that balmy afternoon, as the sun beat down in the courtyard, and windows were flung open, and people stepped out to try and work out where this beautiful music was coming from.

    I can still hear it to this day.
  • CaroleAngela
    2 days ago
    My first visit as a 13-year old. Being introduced to the sights by a well-versed, experienced guide with a love of the city. Never forgetting that l'Opera is the centre of Paris. Too young to enjoy the night life. Another trip by motorbike from London at age 28. Could savour the night life then!
  • Ruth
    2 days ago
    The magical night lit buildings and atmosphere along the Seine. Wonderful restaurants and the romantic French accents.
  • SilverTravelEditor
    9 days ago
    I am so enjoying all your comments and like many of you, I have been to Paris dozens of times but still my favourite visit was when I and my 3 sisters took my mother to Paris, just for the day for lunch on Mothering Sunday. It was mainly special as we we all together and the delicious lunch and wine also helped !
  • Hardyplant
    16 days ago
    I took my son to Paris on his birthday one year because he wanted to travel on Eurostar; this was when it was still possible to travel from Ashford International station. I'd booked Seat 61 for him as Mark Smith `The Man in Seat Sixty-One` wrote that it was the best seat to have. We travelled Standard Premier so had a lovely breakfast en route to Paris and a meal with wine on the latest train we could get back to Ashford. We had a backstage tour of the Grand Rex cinema in the morning as my son is a film buff and then toured some of the usual tourist sites, cramming a lot into our day out. Let's hope that before too long Eurostar trains stop at Ashford and Ebbsfleet stations again (or at least one of them) - or I won't be travelling Eurostar again..
  • JUDE-MD
    16 days ago
    I was one of the many whose first trip to Paris was with a school party. We were on an exchange visit and went to the top of the Eiffel Tower to admire those wonderful views of the city. Since then I have been with my husband. We sailed along the Seine taking in the landscape and the historic buildings. Including of course the magnificent tower. On our excursions we visited the Arc de Triumph, Champs Elysees, and explored Notre Dame.
    I would love do it all again. Give me a holiday remote control and i would press 'Repeat'.
  • Swswen
    20 days ago
    I first went to Paris on a school trip when I was 14 and loved it. Next trip was with my husband in 1982. He was amazed at the size of the Eiffel Tower. We went up in the lift but it was crammed full of people and we got separated. I hate being in crowded places as being only 5 feet tall i feel suffocated by taller people all around me. On the way down My husband made sure I was by the window so I could see out and he stood behind me with his hands on the rail so that I wasn't crushed.I loved the atmosphere in Montmarte and the Sacre Coeur is beautiful.I'd love to make a return trip someday.
  • GypsyWanderer
    21 days ago
    Paris, my first solo trip abroad. I was fifteen and going to stay with my pen pal in a bid to improve my French conversation before taking G.C.Es. On the coach thinking
    “I’m here, France. Really here. These and French fields, French cows and sheep, French towns”. I had to pinch myself to make sure I was not dreaming, then Paris, the Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Notra Dame and the Sacre Coeur. They had all been in my dreams but now they were real. Not an American in Paris but a Yorkshire Lass in Paris for the first time but not the last.
  • Ozdevon
    21 days ago
    Going to Paris in 2000 with our young nieces. They loved the restaurants as they were fed chocolates and other treats by friendly staff.
  • Easyliving
    21 days ago
    There's so much to do and see in Paris! A simple walk along the Seine is a delight.. I've many memories of visits to Paris... once with a boyfriend (the romance was short lived), once with my husband, sister and brother in law who were visiting from Canada. This was known as 'Monsieur Baguette's walking tour' as my husband had planned our stay to perfection! It was a wonderful trip, so much packed into three days - with so many happy memories of sights, sounds and smells as sadly neither my sister nor brother in law are with us. We lost count of the number of bridges we crossed but I'm sure it wasn't 37! Two further coach trips were with parties of excited school girls from the school I taught in. The Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Sacré-Cœur and of course, The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris - all worthy of a visit. Have I seen enough of Paris.... no! There's always another sight around the corner - just walk, look and enjoy!

  • Rowsie
    22 days ago
    I love Paris, my family often goes over for a couple of days of culture and then a bit of fun at Disneyland, Paris. Last time we went I was the one leading the way up the Eiffel Tower, not sure my knees would be up to that this time!
  • you
    22 days ago
    Have visited Paris quite a few times and enjoyed the history.
    I do not feel the need to revisit now as France is soooo anti British.
  • Planetzutu
    22 days ago
    In the seventies, went to Paris to see Tom Jones. Demis Roussos was in the audience and when I dropped my camera on his toes, he wasn’t too happy!
  • MicheleR
    23 days ago
    My last trip to Paris was in 1979 as a 15 year old but I remember the mesmerising sights, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomph, Montmartre, which was a bustling area full of artists and exciting goings on! My aunty had her portrait drawn there and she still has it on her wall. I was booked to return there in April 2020 to see it with a more grown up eye after 40 years. Alas Covid-19 put paid to that; but I will return! Maybe 2022 will be my year.
  • Jeannies
    23 days ago
    Went to Paris in 1999 for our 40th wedding Anniversary.Had a marvellous time. Magic.Had an uncanny feeling I had been there in a previous love would love to visit agsin
  • Lynne_Hammond
    23 days ago
    When working in a high school, I was fortunate to be invited to accompany a 5 day cultural trip to Paris as first aider. (My first patient was a pupil who was sick on the coach before we had even left the school car park!) I had seen some of the Parisian places of interest on a previous visit with family but viewing them through the eyes of 13 year olds, some of whom hadn't been abroad before, and learning more of the landmarks' history from the teaching staff made the trip more interesting and valuable. My very favourite place was the Musee d'Orsay, an art gallery housed in a former railway station where so many of its original features including platforms, have been retained, giving it a very special atmosphere. We were due to visit Monet's garden at Giverny the following day and It was in this gallery that I saw some of his beautiful, famous watercolours, including 'Water Lilies'. Paris offers so many exciting opportunities to its visitors but, for me, going to the Musee d'Orsay was a very special, unique experience.
  • LH
    23 days ago
    We stopped off in Paris on the way back from a train trip in Europe, and it was European Open Day week-end, like our Heritage Open Days here, and we visited 3 different buildings not normally open to the public and it was very interesting to see a different side of Paris we could never have seen on our previous visits. I have not been back since Notre Dame's fire - so sad to watch that on TV as I went up in the roof there on my 1st visit abroad, as a teenager with friends.
  • Hunter
    23 days ago
    How appropriate when our freedom is being denied at present - a good read to remind people!
  • doublet
    23 days ago
    I went to Paris with a swimming team when I was young and we ended up having a mini bus race down the Champs- Elysees against a Danish team to get the last remaining places in the youth hostel. (We won!)
  • pengwen
    23 days ago
    Disneyland Paris on a coach trip,really great.In the middle of winter and so very cold-the plus side of that was that not too many people were there.
    Maybe one day we will visit the Eiffel tower.
  • Ken-Baines
    23 days ago
    Stopping in Paris on a school trip to Spain, it was my first time abroad and I found the French capital stunning!
  • Dave-SoS
    23 days ago
    My first, but not last, trip to Paris is the most memorable...we'd both lost partners and were starting again as 'retreads'...the magic of the Seine at night, the floodllit buildings, the Sacre Coeur and the frustration of being on a budget and not splurging on that perfect nativity set, the artists in the square at Montmarte, the glory of the now burnt Notre Dame...Lord knows it will be wonderful if they can breathe life back into it...and the sheer glory of walking down the Champs-Élysées in the warm autumn sun, hand in hand winding our way through the glories housed in the Louvre...now we MUST do it in April!
  • TeresaBak
    25 days ago
    Back in 1974 I was dreaming of being a June bride but my romantic fiancee had other ideas. He wanted to take me to Paris in April. We had been saving hard for the deposit on our first home so it was a choice between a washing machine and a honeymoon in Paris. Of course Paris won and I washed by hand for 6 months. We stayed in a delightful guest house just off Montmarte. The owners did not speak English so I had to rely on my school girls French. We walked down by the Seine during the day and admired the works of the artists. by night we dined on one of the glass topped Bateaux Mouches we eat lobster and were serenaded by a lady playing the harp. Next stop was The Louvre, being on a budget it was free on Sundays.Then it was onto the Sacre-Coeur what a view. Certainly the city of love.We need to do it all again perhaps for our Golden Wedding Anniversary.