Friday, June 29, 2012
As you step up from the entrance to the main sales floor of Shakespeare and Company, this is what you see. A little wisdom from Paris. Next week, even more wisdom from the City of Light.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Shakespeare & Company is the most well-known English-language bookshop in Paris. Located at 37 Rue Bûcherie in the Latin Quarter, it was opened in August 1951 by George Whitman, an American ex-patriot who found himself in Paris after World War II. It is the perfect place to while away a hour to two, or even a whole day.
Friday, June 22, 2012
In the movie, Jesse says he spent the night in the loft of Shakespeare and Company where a cat slept on his head. Here is a photo of one of the visiting author beds, tucked in safely among the books. (For even more "shot on location" information check out the Before Sunset page on www.movie-locations.com.)
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
This is where Jesse and Celine begin their long walk around Paris, on the Rue Saint-Julien le Pauvre, right around the corner from Shakespeare and Company. (That's Notre Dame you can see in the background.)
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
This is where Jesse sat, behind a table of books, giving his reading not yet aware of how he was about to be transported back to the night he had spent years writing about. (You can see in this photo how Shakespeare and Company makes use of every bit of space in the shop and fills it all with BOOKS!)
Monday, June 18, 2012
This week, the Paris of Before Sunset, the Richard Linklater film (and sequel to Before Sunrise), in which Jesse and Celine reminisce about the romantic night they spent together in Vienna nine years earlier.
This is where Celine hides out, at the Shakespeare and Company bookshop, watching Jesse give his reading, until that moment when he turns, and sees her standing there.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Fans of Before Sunset will remember this as the place where Celine and Jesse order "un café et un citron pressé" and continue their decades-long conversation. A great place to have coffee btw....it is off the beaten path (14 rue Jean Macé) and almost half the price of anything you will find near most of the tourist destinations.
More Before Sunset spots next week....
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
La Terrasse (144 rue de Clignancourt) with it's round tables, sway back wicker chairs and deep red awning looks like the quintessential Parisian café. The perfect place to take a rest after a long day of playing the tourist.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Cafe des Arts & Metiers was our "local" bistro, just down the street from our appartement in the Marais. It was a great place to sit outside and people watch or have a delicious meal inside. And it looks wicked cool at night.
Monday, June 11, 2012
This week: Les Cafés! What would a trip to Paris be without some time spent sipping espresso in some of the world's finest cafés?
Following on from last week, we start at Le Café Maure de la Mosquée, a North African café and tea room located within La Grande Mosquée de Paris. It serves wonderful traditional pastries and delicious mint tea.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Following on from the Architecture theme of last week, this week: La Grande Mosquée de Paris. Founded in 1926 as a token of gratitude to the Muslim infantry, some 100,000 of whom died fighting against the Germans in World War I, many portions of the Mosque are open to the public, including the traditional Turkish baths (hammam), gift shop (souk) and tea room (salon de thé).
Friday, June 1, 2012
Pont Saint Michel is one of many bridges (ponts) across the Seine which you cross under while riding Les Bateaux Mouches, as I was when I snapped this picture. Pont Saint Michel links Place Saint-Michel on the left bank of the river to the Île de la Cité. It was named after the nearby chapel of Saint-Michel. Click here for a positively gorgeous shot of the whole bridge.