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Checking out Paris with Carla Hayden

Checking out Paris with Carla Hayden

Few people can recognize the yearning to escape better than Carla Hayden, chief executive officer of the Enoch Pratt Library. As a librarian, she has spent many years helping her curious clientele explore new realms and journey to wondrous places through books.

So when Hayden decides that it's time to turn the page or open a new chapter in her life, it is no wonder she favors a destination famed like no other for its joie de vivre — Paris. We caught up with her to chat about her Parisian adventures and her favorite hidden treasures.

What makes Paris so special for you?

My mom took me in my early 20s, telling me, "You need to experience...