Shakespeare and Co., Paris

Despite seeing Notre Dame, the Panthéon and the Conciergerie today, and unexpectedly falling in love with stone, spiral staircases, there was another highlight I thought you’d appreciate: visiting one of the world’s most famous and truly delightful bookstores, Shakespeare and Company. The shelves are crammed with old and new books, the staff (I heard only Australian and American English) climb on actual wooden ladders to get to high places, and upstairs is a library and that famous bed. There were no photos allowed up there.

Above: G perusing the film books.

Okay, here’s one chimera (not a gargoyle) from the Notre Dame, because they are incredible:

And it was great seeing the Notre Dame right after paying our respects to Victor Hugo. Did you know much of the restoration in the 19th Century took place because he called attention to it?

At S&C I bought Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, and a great illustrated bag.

8 thoughts on “Shakespeare and Co., Paris

  1. I loved this bookshop so much. I also loved watching George wander around the shop and seeing his daughter — who had only recently taken over — taking it over in a really strong way.

  2. Shakespeare and Co is my absolute favourite. my first novel is there upstairs, not to buy but just to be there. next time I’m in Paris I’ll bring her my next book, too. I just love knowing my work is there. It’s such an amazing place!

  3. Angela, if you get the chance, can I recommend to you a really lovely new YA romance novel, Anna and the French Kiss. It’s set in Paris and there’s a pivotal scene in Shakespeare and Co. Better than any second-rate Hollywood romcom!

  4. So excited. Leave next week for 4 months in Europe. London, Windermere, Newcastle, Paris, Rome, Naples, Venice, Copenhagen and much of Denmark. I wandered Paris, lost, for weeks, as a young man back in the mid-90s and cannot wait to return. We have an apartment in the Latin Quarter. 🙂

  5. Darcy – wow. That’s going to be amazing. I went to Venice and Copenhagen on the last trip a few years ago. Venice is magical. Rome will have to be next time. Glad you’re coming back to Paris – you’ll love it, and let yourself get a little lost again 😉

  6. Such lovely pics, Ange. Shakespeare and co. looks amazing and so do you! How cool is that dress? It says something that a boy born to a dressmaker has not once commented on his Mum’s handiwork (which by the way is first-class), but has noted the perfect matching of navy and red, and the tactile nature of the buttons in said ensemble. But I’m rambling. You and Shakespeare and co = perfect match : )

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