I briefly met Romi Moondi at Book Buzz TO back in 2013 when her Year of the Chick series was out so I’m thrilled to welcome her to Paris Month 2015, and share with you her latest book, Vicarious Paris.
Canadian author Romi Moondi lived in Paris for six months during 2013, and for the summer of 2014. In Vicarious Paris, she shares with us all the tidbits of info from the locals she befriended during her stay. With the chapters broken out in different segments like visiting the major landmarks, navigating the lesser-traveled arrondissements to all the delicious food and wine, Moondi gives us all the insider info of her favourites.
I feel like Moondi and I are kindred spirits. I had visited Paris in April of 2012 (hence the 4th year of Paris Month in April), and experienced – and enjoyed – many of the same things that she did. While I was only there for 8 days, many of the spots my friend & I enjoyed were also mentioned in this book. That being said, there are a number of items that I have added to my list of places to check out when I return (not if. When. I will be back!).
What I love about Vicarious Paris is that it feels like your tour guide is your friend. It’s not a stiffly narrated walk through the museums and gardens, it’s a girlfriend who’s laughing and sharing real stories and experiences with you as you’re walking through these museums and gardens. Moondi’s style of writing is conversational and easily readable. While the chapters are separated into categories, I can see the possibility of a reader who just wanted a list of tips and places to be overwhelmed at the story content, although there is a summary of sorts in the appendix at the end. Vicarious Paris isn’t a tour guide book that just spews out places to see. It’s a memoir-style guide book, where you get to experience the places that Moondi is urging you to check out.