Literary Places in Paris

By CINDY LIU WANG
MSc. Marketing, Management, Communications (Paris Campus)

“Si vous avez la chance d’avoir vécu à Paris comme un jeune homme,alors partout où vous allez dans le reste de votre vie,il reste avec vous,car Paris est une fête.”

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

–Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

We, TBS Paris campus students, are lucky enough to study and live in this romantic and charming city. Since the 2 weeks elective courses is approaching next month, and some of you may come to Paris to study, I’d like to share with you some places to go in one lazy afternoon’s stroll, so that you can get a feel of Paris literary life.

No.1 Café de Flore

Location: 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris

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The Café de Flore is one of the oldest coffeehouses in Paris. Located in the 6th arrondissement, it is celebrated for its famous clientele.

Lots of eminent writers had spent their time there to discuss and to write. It is interesting to sit in the same place where the famous writers had ever sat, drink the same type of coffee that they had drunk and imagine how they created the masterpiece. If you are lucky enough, you can see the live show of the staff playing instrument, which can take you travel to the old age!

 

 

 

No.2 Jardin du Luxemburg

Location: 2 rue Auguste Comte 75006 PARIS

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“Le Jardin du Luxembourg”, or the Luxembourg Garden, located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, covers 23 hectares and is known for its lawns, tree-lined promenades, flowerbeds, the model sailboats on its circular basin, and for the picturesque Medici Fountain, built in 1620.

When Hemingway was struggling for money, he often took refuge amid the landscaped parterres of the Jardin du Luxembourg–It is not only a magnificent park but also a sculpture museum. Sitting in a bench, reading a book under the sunshine, strolling through the grove, and admiring the delicate sculpture are one of the most luxurious things to do in Paris!

By the way, as you may know, 6th arrondissement is the most literary areas in Paris, surrounded where are located famous universities , for example: l’université de Sorbonne, and École Normale Supérieure, lots of bookstores are opened nearby, the most famous one is “Shakespeare’s Bookstore”, which is near “Notre Dame de Paris”. Promenading in this area , people are easily unconsciously affected by this rich cultural atmosphere, I hope you will enjoy this literary area!

No.3 Jardin des Tuileries

Location : 113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

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The Tuileries Garden is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. it was the place where Parisians celebrated, met, promenaded, and relaxed.

The Tuileries Garden is a good place to take a rest and there are lots of popular tourist attractions around it. Orangerie Museum is inside this garden, where is a paradise for “impressionism” fans. Ten minutes walk across the bridge, you can reach to Musée d’Orsay (1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris), the second floor of which is a splendid restaurant, you can enjoy a meal or a afternoon café in a palace-like environment with a very reasonable and adorable price! Words cannot express how wonderful my customer experience in there, wanna know? Going with your friends together after you have visited the museum , and don’t forget to take some pictures for souvenir there!

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PS : Below is a map of The Tuileries Garden, red cycles indicated the popular tourist attractions around.

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At the end, I want to say Paris is a place where you can always find something new and exciting, even a small shop ,may had hundreds years’ history! Paris is a place where deserves you to discover it day by day using heart. Above are just my 3 beloved areas of Paris , I hope my suggestions can be of help for you to enjoy a lazy and literary afternoon in Paris!

 

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