** The “Memoirs of Paris Past” collection presents fiction and non-fiction – travelers' guides, journals, histories, etc. - which wholly or in part shows Paris as it was at different points in history. If you love Paris and want to virtually stroll its streets in past times, search for “Memoirs of Paris Past” to find other works in the series. **
From a trip made right after Revolutionary France – now under the “First Consul” (Napoleon, soon to be emperor) – had made peace with England and illustrated by the author himself. Not only does it provide a rich view of France as it was just at that point in its tumultuous career, but it shows an Englishman reacting to the new developments even as he gets to know the country. He explains the currency of the time for both countries, travel prices, ... He observes the return of the emigrants and the reversal of Revolutionary customs as old values restored. We get a long look at Rouen and the changes there before arriving at Paris, where Carr visits (and illustrates) the Palais Royal, describes one of the new restaurateurs” (and the lovely women there), the Pantheon, the Place du Carrousel, the public baths, a private breakfast, Frascati's, the convent which was a prison during the Revolution, and so through a host of glimpses of Paris both public and private as it returned to gaiety after the horrors of the Terror, ending his work with looks at Caen and Cherbourg.