Hello everyone! Last week I was in Paris at my father’s house. My sister and I decided to go “tourists mode” and visit Paris’ famous and beautiful places. We visited Le Louvre, Le Musée d’Orsay, Le Jardin du Luxembourg, Notre Dame de Paris and so many more. As a book addict I couldn’t resist visiting book stores; and previously I had heard about a famours bookstore called “Shakespeare and Company”. Now, with such a name I could be nothing but intrigued.
Shakespeare and Company is is an English-language bookshop in the heart of Paris. Since opening in 1951, it’s been a meeting place for anglophone writers and readers. The bookshop was founded by American George Whitman at 37 rue de la Bûcherie, Kilometer Zero, the point at which all French roads begin. When the store first opened, it was called Le Mistral. George changed it to the present name in April 1964—on the four-hundredth anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth—in honor of a bookseller he admired, Sylvia Beach, who’d founded the original Shakespeare and Company in 1919. (This is all from their official website, see more here.)
I created this bookstore like a man would write a novel, building each room like a chapter, and I like people to open the door the way they open a book, a book that leads into a magic world in their imaginations. —George Whitman
I thought it was a very peculiar bookstore full of charm, authenticity and history. Every nationalities are found there and you cannot help but fall in love with the store. I believe heaven is a library and it would kind of look like this one (except it would be filled with my favorite books.)
Here are some pictures I clandestinely took:
And I purchased Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland By Lewis Carroll.
Hope you enjoyed! Have a nice day, Karla.