A Moveable Paris

“You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.”
― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

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My copy of A Moveable Feast, 1964 Edition

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway is one of my favorite books. He lives in the era of the Lost Generation in one of the most exuberant cities in the world. After reading the book, you will imagine yourself  living in the era, interacting with Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Picasso and Gertrude Stein.

Sadly that era is gone, but you can still read about it and go back through time if you ever find yourself in Paris. Take a Hemingway walking tour, or explore it yourself. These are some of the places mentioned in the book. And if it doesn’t convince you, watch Midnight in Paris.

Jardin du Luxembourg

6th arrondissement of Paris, 75006 Paris, France

Stroll along the gardens and feel like a writer looking for inspiration just like Hemingway did. Hemingway would often take refuge in the gardens when he was struggling for money.

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Shakespeare & Company

37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France

Once the only english-launguage book store in the left bank, Hemingway would go there to borrow books from Sylvia Beach. She would allow him to borrow books and pay at his convenience. If you ask for it, when you buy a book they will stamp it for you.

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Hemingway’s Apartment

74 rue Cardinal-Lemoine

Visit the famous Paris apartment where Hemingway lived with his first wife Hadley.

Place de la Contrescarpe

Located on the 5th Arrondissement

Gertrude Stein’s Apartment

27 rue de Fleurs

Gertrude Stein, an art collector and a mentor of writers and artists at the time. Legends walked through the doors of her apartment.

Les Deux Magots

6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France

Sit in this famous cafe and do some people watching, or discuss intellectual ideas like they would back in the 20s.

Cafe de Flore

172 bd Saint-Germain 75006 Paris, France

Bring a pen and notebook, or read a good book while you sit at one of the must-see stops in the Hemingway tour. If you stay there long enough you might be lucky to spot a current day celebrity.

I find the era of  The Lost Generation to be one of the greatest for writers and artists. If you find it just as inspiring as I do, head to Paris and find a way to step back in time.

“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

-Mayra

 

 

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