Monday, October 22, 2007

Of Books and Bateaux Mouches

This morning, Nathan left us to start his new life in the
South of France. Meanwhile, Lynn, Leslie and I walked down
to the Seine and took a Bateaux Mouches. These are large,
open river boats that are a great way to see the city...from
the vantage point of the river.

After dodging begging people asking us if we spoke English,
(Later this was solved by stating "No Habla Ingles) we checked
out Notre Dame. Way too many visitors to be cozy but fun to
look at nonetheless.

When Lynn and I travel, we regularly seek out local bookstores,
and it was fun to check out one of Paris' larger chains, Gilbert
Jeune. I bought a new Michelin Paris street Atlas and checked out
their extensive travel section.

The largest and most popular English-language bookstore in Paris
is Shakespeare and Company, located in the Latin Quarter. It's a
great ex-pat hangout for English speakers and Parisian Anglophiles,
and has been for many years. It's courted famous customers like
Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein,
and James Joyce.

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