Wandering “home” in the dark

Paris is definitely a city to walk and we chalked up 8 miles of walking for the day (and night)!

After the cooking class, we first wandered through the Marais district.

As dusk set in, wandered over to the Notre Dame area, on the Left Bank.

and then, just across to street, to Shakespeare and Company. There have been two independent English bookstores with this name on the Left Bank. The first Shakespeare and Company, opened in 1919 by Sylvia Beach, was a lending library and a bookstore. A great deal of time was spent here by The Lost Generation writers and artists, like Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce and Hemingway, who mentioned many of these and the store in his book, A Moveable Feast. The original shop was closed by the Germans and never re-opened. The second Shakespeare and Company opened, just across from Notre Dame, in 1951.

We crossed back to Notre Dame and the right bank of the Seine, and followed it down to the Louvre.

This palais and the Louvre’s pyramid were lovely bathed in the yellow glow of the lights.

From the Louvre, we proceeded down Rue du Rivoli to Place Vendôme, to admire the great oval square, the Vendôme Column, the fashionable and high end shops and hotels to include the luxury Hôtel Ritz Paris. It always amazes me how safe it is to walk the streets of Paris at night, and this square, is so lit up that it hardly seems night.

Finally, we arrived at our metro stop, Charles-de-Gaulle – Étoile, close to the Arc de Triomphe and headed home.

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