Secret Paris

Secret ParisA priest who blesses animals, winemaking firefighters, a tree in a church, an inverted phallus at a well-known entrance, an atomic bomb shelter under Gare de l’Est, a real Breton lighthouse near Montparnasse, unsuspected traces of former brothels, a patron saint of motorists, royal monograms hidden in the Louvre courtyard, the presentation of Christ’s crown of thorns, a prehistoric merry-go-round, a sundial designed by Dalí, war-wounded palm trees, bullet holes at the ministry, religious plants in a priest’s garden, a mysterious monument to Freemasonry at the Champ-de-Mars, a solid gold sphere in parliament, a Chinese temple in a parking lot, the effect of the Bièvre river on Parisian geography, a blockhouse in the Bois de
Boulogne …

For those who thought they knew Paris well, the city is still teeming with unusual and secret places that are easily accessible.

384 pages – ISBN: 978-2-36195-184-9  – 18,90€ / £14,99 / $19,95

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Secret Prague

Prague

A totally overlooked Art Nouveau masterpiece, secrets of the castle alchemists, the message in the hidden palindrome on Charles Bridge, the Kabbalistic mysteries of the Jewish ghetto, a thief’s shrivelled forearm hanging in a church, a statue revealing its intestines, the largest wind tunnel in the Czech Republic, a fragment of the Great Pyramid of Cheops in a pet cemetery, a clock that runs backwards, a house/museum painted blue to meet the needs of the partially blind musician owner …

Unmissable for lovers of architecture, from Baroque to Art Nouveau via Cubism, and the European capital of alchemy and esotericism in the 17th century, Prague offers a myriad of little-known marvels.

Martin Stejskal, historian, philosopher, artist and internationally recognised specialist on the city where he has spent his life, opens the doors to one of the most secret and captivating capitals in the world.

An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Prague well, or who would like to discover the hidden face of the city.

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Secret Provence

A statue of a pregnant Virgin Mary, an astronomical observatory in a former nuclear missile silo, a hotel room in a tree or a gypsy caravan, primitive Provençal artists, the mark of Christ’s knee, a fountain that flows with wine, a caiman dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a church in a theatre, an erotic mediaeval bas relief, a countess who returned to life, a Provençal Villa Médicis, a false volcano at La Roquebrussane, a “sheep bridge” at Arles, a rain-making saint, an alchemist’s garden, a magic palindrome at Oppède…

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Secret Rio

Secret Rio

Visit an extraordinary hill where the “little angels” are buried; discover remarkable forgotten Art Deco buildings; see a plane taking off at really close range, leftovers from the 1908 and 1922 Universal Expositions, a beautiful private palace open to visitors once a month, modernist ceramics hidden on the 15th-floor terrace of a former government building, a remarkable secret staircase; experience little-known walks and views of the city; find an Amazonian talisman at Copacabana, vestiges of the Carioca river, a rare statue of the great-grandmother of Jesus, a taxi nightclub, a work of art in a favela, a disused airship hangar …

Far from the crowds and the usual beach and carnival clichés, Rio de Janeiro has countless treasures it reveals only to residents and travelers who wander off the beaten track.

An indispensable guide for all those who thought they were familiar with Rio or would like to discover the other face of the city.

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Secret Rome

RomeVisit palaces closed to the public, admire exceptional works of art away from the tourist circuit, listen to a concert in a magnificent hidden oratory, have your dog or car blessed, observe the miraculous liquefaction of the blood of Saint Pantaleon, puzzle over a rare catoptric meridian or a wonderful anamorphic fresco, discover the remarkable motorised Rubens, enter into the secrets of the Vatican, rediscover a lost Bernini masterpiece, say a prayer before an image of the Holy Face of Jesus like that deposited on the moon in 1969, organise a dinner for two in a private palace, protect your throat from the rigours of winter.

Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Rome is still a reserve of well-concealed treasures that only reveal themselves to those who know how to wander off the beaten track, whether residents or visitors.

An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Rome well, or who would like to discover the hidden face of the city.

400 pages – ISBN: 978-2-36195-200-6 – 18,90 € / 13,99£ / 19,95 USD

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Secret Tokyo

TokyoA building that acts as a giant firewall, a secret city centre canyon, a statue that cures warts, ultra-modern designer toilets, an extraordinary tree that helps you quit smoking, an electronic sunflower, a spectacular modern temple hidden in the heart of Shinjuku, a street that gives Tokyo taxi drivers nightmares, a massive building that looks like a warship, forgotten rivers …

Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Tokyo swings between modernity and tradition, preservation of its heritage, sophisticated aestheticism and eccentricity, offering countless off-beat experiences. The Japanese capital is home to any number of well-hidden treasures that are revealed only to residents and travellers who find their way off the beaten track.

An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Tokyo well or would like to discover the other face of the city.

304 pages – ISBN: 978-2-36195-115-3 – 17,90 € / 13,99 £ / $19,95

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Secret Tuscany

The oak tree where Pinocchio hanged himself, a fifteenth-century stained glass window with an image of Mussolini, a forgotten statue by Leonardo da Vinci, a luxury hotel that is now a public lavatory, a 17th-century milk distributor, a wine-drinking frog, a unique astronomical phenomenon, a staircase in Siena bearing St. Catherine’s teeth marks, a whale in Lucca, an authentic phial of Christ’s blood, a faith that moves rocks, diamonds within marble, the location of the amphora from the Marriage Feast of Cana, an extraordinary anatomical theatre in Pistoia, Fata Morgana’s spring of eternal youth, an unusual stroll along a marble quarry monorail…
Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Tuscany still reserves any number of hidden treasures for those who know how to wander off the beaten track.
This is a guide that is indispensable for those who think they know Tuscany… or those who want to discover another side to the region.

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Secret Venice

SECRET VENICE Cover ENG 2018Discover the secrets of St. Mark’s Basilica without any tourist, decipher the capitals of the palace of the Doges, take the only underground canal in Venice, look out for of the alchemical sculpture of the winged horse, open your eyes to traces of the Teriaca, this miracle drink that was long made in Venice, tear up the paintings of the Scuola di San Rocco according to the principles of the Hebrew Kabbalah or the construction of San Francesco della Vigna according to those of the musical Kabbalah, visit an underground graveyard, push the doors of palaces and monasteries to walk in unsuspected gardens, admire the extraordinary forgotten library of the Venice seminary, sleep in a sublime room hidden in a palace, go shopping at the women’s prison market of the Giudecca, play petanque in the heart of the city, make a retreat in a wonderful monastery of the lagoon…

432 pages – ISBN: 978-2-36195-226-6 – $21,95 – €18,95 – £14,99

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Secret Vienna

SECRET VIENNA A magnificent private palace that can be visited by reservation, a crocodile mummy in a private library, a chocolate house, an alchemical ceiling in Schönbrunn, one of the most beautiful pharmacies in the world, an exceptional Art Nouveau church , the tomb of a fish that would have converted to Judaism, a jazz museum in public toilets, a public dump that can be visited like a museum, the oldest organ in Vienna hidden behind a painting, an empress dressed as a nun, the mystery of the symbol 05, a masculine sex discreetly sculpted on the cathedral of Vienna, a surprising private museum of billiards, an incredible bouquet where each flower actually consists of several butterfly wings, a source of water that allows to see the lotto figures for a minute, an extraordinary underground annex of the Mauthausen camp where the world’s first jet was built, a «love hôtel»  historic of great charm … 

An indispensable guide for those who thought of knowing Vienna or for those who wish to discover the other face of the city.

Michaela Lindinger, museum curator, author. Studied media sciences and communication, political science, Egyptology, prehistory and archaeology at the University of Vienna. Assistant curator of Wien Museum since 1995, curator since 2004. Exhibitions and publications on various biographical and social themes, portraits, fashion, death and memory.

480 pages – ISBN : 978-2-36195-172-6  – 19,95 € / $21,95 / £14,99

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Secret Washington D.c.

WASHINGTON COVER ENG 2018A Darth Vader grotesque on a church, a giant chair, the longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere, a faithful replica of the Holy Land for those who can’t make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem, ingenious fencing forged from War of 1812 musket barrels, a yet uncracked cryptographic sculpture, the world’s oldest continuously operating airport, the only state embassy in the nation …

Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Washington, DC is a reserve of well-concealed treasures only revealed to those who know how to wander off the beaten track, whether residents or visitors.

An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew the city well, or who would like to discover its hidden face.

Born at the University Hospital named for old George himself, Sharon Pendana left Washington after high school to pursue her fashion dreams in New York City where she unearthed sartorial treasures and created narratives through wardrobe for print, television and film. She launched The Trove to profile some of the fascinating creatives she encountered along the way. Returning to DC to care for her ailing mother, she set about to rediscover her hometown, uncovering hidden gems and sharing their back stories, just as she always has.

Pages: 320 – ISBN: 978-2-36195-219-8 – Price:19,95$ – 19,95€ – 14,99£

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