|Subject: Re: Paris guidebooks, walking, eating|
I'm just back from a week in Paris myself. Like you, I love a good self directed walking tour but figure I can find the obvious sites by myself. I look for a guide book that draws my attention to streets, architecture, and history I would have missed. That said, I'm a big fan of the Henry Holt Walks Series, and particularly liked Pariswalks by Alison and Sonia Landes (revised 1999). I took four of the seven and particularly enjoyed #3 Saint-Germain-des-Pres. If you are looking for something a bit quirky, try the Time Out Book of Paris Walks (1999) I loved the The Sacred and the Profane tour of Montmartre. All the Time Out Walks tours are themed and each written by a differrent author.
(As an aside, I usually photocopy the tours I plan to take and leave the books at home - more room for bringing back treats!)
Regarding dining, I used Sandra Gustafson's Great Eats Paris (2001, 9th Edition). Just about every selection was on target and the guide is broken down by arrondissement. In addition, the book contains very useful information like the hours/days of operation, how far in advance you should reserve for a table, and the names of outstanding dishes.
I hope this is helpful. Have a wonderful trip - It's Paris, how could you not!
Au Revoir, Dawn in Philadelphia