Shakespeare and Company, Paris – Having Fun with the Tourists

Posted on April 20, 2013. Filed under: France, Paris, Travel | Tags: , , , , , |

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We had to visit the iconic Shakespeare and Company on the left bank when in Paris.  The original location was popular with struggling writers and artists like Hemmingway.  To this day there are little cots here and there in the claustrophobic interior which are occupied by starving artists at night, or so the story goes.

We had a bit of fun with another tourist who was sitting in an upper room reading.  I told Bill to, “Sit in the blue chair, Hemmingway’s chair, and I’ll take your picture.”  The tourist, bless his heart, jumped up and said, “Excuse me, that’s Hemmingway’s chair?!”  We could have easily continued the scam, but we laughed and I fessed up to my active imagination.  I’m sure if the roles were reversed I would have reacted exactly the same way!

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It was a fun little nook to visit, and while in the neighborhood, we checked out the Abbey as well, owned by a Canadian, who purportedly gives away free coffee with maple syrup in it which is difficult to find in Paris.  Unfortunately, on the day we visited, the person in charge was in an animated telephone conversation the whole time we were there and we weren’t offered any coffee.  Oh well, as a book lover, it is just really nice to see these tiny spaces crammed full of books, books, books!

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