I have just finished this book. It is short but brilliantly written. I am now re-reading this, I bought it after a rather strained visit to the deep south of France. It answers so many of those puzzling "why do they do that?" questions, as well as giving you enough good advice to make any visit considerably smoother. I am now on the hunt for Paris A Secret History by Andrew Hussey and The Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne.