18 April 2014

In Good Company at Shakespeare and Co.

Shakespeare and Company, Paris
Shakespeare and Company, Paris
Shakespeare and Company, Paris
Shakespeare and Company, Paris
Shakespeare and Company, Paris
Shakespeare and Company, Paris
Shakespeare and Company, Paris

It's an institution this storied bookstore on the Left Bank that I finally had a chance to visit... just across the street from Notre Dame, Shakespeare and Company is not only a trove of new and used English language literature, but also an intimate reading space and temporary home to aspiring writers (in exchange for a few hours of work). Once inside, it feels you've intruded onto someone's cramped but much loved labyrinth of a library,... and you want nothing but to sit back and stay the day reading.

Originally named Le Mistral by the founder, the late American expatriate George Whitman, it was renamed Shakespeare and Company as a tribute to the original bookstore with the same utopian spirit established by Sylvia Beach in 1910, the one beloved by writers of the Lost Generation, including Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Weaving your way through the tiny rooms of wall-to-wall books, you can hear the whispers of all the souls that have passed through the space.

Shakespeare and Company has become an obligatory place to visit in Paris, one I'll be returning to often to appease my reading list. When visiting, do come right when it opens though... I took these photos a few minutes after, and as soon as I stepped back outside (after buying a used Gilead by Marilynne Robinson and Ernest Hemingway ON Paris), a large tour group had already begun to crowd the entrance.


Address: 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 (5th arrondisement)
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am - 11pm, Sun 11am-11pm


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13 April 2014

Morning Light


The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours.
No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, 
during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. 
And the fact that it practically always doesn’t, matters not a jot. 
The possibility is always there.

- Monica Baldwin

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09 April 2014

My Little Accordion...


Quite inspired by the accordion playing busker at the Abbesses metro stop in Montmartremy older son gave it a whirl...


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05 April 2014

Springtime in Paris...

Paris in the Spring
Paris in the Spring
Paris in the Spring
Paris in the Spring
Paris in the Spring
Paris in the Spring

Walking through Paris I find myself looking up more than usual...
As spring settles in, the city slowly composes her ode to color and light.

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30 March 2014

Rue Mouffetard - Let's Dance


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24 March 2014

Paris Respire: Sunday on the Quai

Paris Seine River
Paris Seine River
Paris Seine River
Paris Seine River
Paris Seine River
Paris Seine River

The other weekend, we participated in Paris' car-free initiative by taking the boys out on their scooters (trottinettes) and watching them glide along the riverbanks of the Seine. Called "Paris Respire" (Paris Breathes), this project was introduced in 2007 as a way to limit the city's traffic and air pollution in specific areas, like sections along the Seine and Canal Saint-Martin - and really a lovely way to experience Paris sans traffic.

Under golden sunlight, alongside bikers, pedestrians and roller-bladers, this particular day felt like one collective restorative breath of fresh air...


* Paris Respire: Sundays and public holidays between 9am-5pm, all year round

18 March 2014

Sunshine + Flora at Jardin des Plantes

Paris Jardin des Plantes
Paris Jardin des Plantes
Paris Jardin des Plantes
Paris Jardin des Plantes
Paris Jardin des Plantes
Paris Jardin des Plantes
Paris Jardin des Plantes

It was one of those mornings when, after dropping my son off at school, I couldn't resist taking a small detour to Jardin des Plantes to watch the late winter sunlight flood the flora and skip along the double rows of plane trees.

Jardin des Plantes, an idyllic quiet space in Paris' 5th arrondissement, is France's main botanical garden created in 1626 by Louis XIII's physician as the royal medicinal herb garden (and opened to the public in 1640). It also houses La Ménagerie (a lovely small zoo that had my younger son riveted - we'll share these photos on another post), tropical greenhouses and magnificent museums. We plan on exploring and sharing more of this enchanting garden in the coming days...


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