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I spent a week in Paris a couple of years back, and it is one tempting city. My favourite places were not necessarily the major tourists haunts. Though the Eiffel Tower, the bridges over the Seine, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe were gorgeous, these are some of my favourite places in Paris.
Shakespeare and Co – a bookshop where young artists can apply to live for a year to learn their craft. Small hideaway cubby holes within the musty bookshop are the bedrooms, holes in the wall big enough to fit a person a chair and a laptop are office space. And the books, the books are lined up, stacked up, hidden behind one another and snuck into every spare nook and cranny that isn’t occupied by a cat.
Le Procope – the world’s first official café. Here in the 1600s the owners brought caffeine from the
Hotel Biron - the home of the Rodin museum. Here you can get up close and personal with all of Rodin’s major works. The Gates of Hell, the Kiss, Cathedral. And The Thinker. He sits out in the middle of a paved garden. Just sits there. Thinking. Close enough to touch. Rough bronze and masterful creativity beneath your fingers.
And from one small room on the top floor of Hotel D’Albe you can sit on a tiny cramped window ledge, look out over the rooftops of the most beautiful apartment buildings to see the top spires of the Notre Dame.
I still remember the relief I felt at having simply made it to the hotel, finding that the hotel was habitable and was in such a prime position, then opening the window and finding that view. It was so unexpected and beautiful that I cried. I actually cried.
Are you tempted?
Ally’s current North American release isWANTED: OUTBACK WIFE.
She has great plans to visit Paris again soon which means she should be hard at work writing rather than thinking about it so much!