Paris: The café
"In just one week, at a café, one can learn more about the life and customs of Paris, than spending a year in an English hotel."
Donald Grant Mitchell, Fresh Gleanings, University of Michigan Library, 1847.
A literary city guide
Citimarks takes travelers on a journey to explore the soul of a city. With the help of travel notes and city stories published by famous writers, Citimarks opens a dialogue with the past to identify timeless trademarks: landscapes, customs and lifestyles which survived through the centuries and form the unique identity of a city. Contemporary creative talents –such as, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and chefs- draw their own city portraits and share their favorite 24-hour itineraries, beyond the reach of tourist maps.
“Nice appears to me like a beautiful courtesan, lying softly on the edge of her azure mirror, under the shade of her blooming orange trees, with her long hair let free in the breeze of the sea, with waves coming to wet her bare feet.”
“What was this Paris like? What a vague name! She repeated it [...] for the mere pleasure of it; it rang in her ears like a great cathedral bell; it shone before her eyes, even on labels of her pomade-pots.”