Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Europe Adventure: Day Eighteen, part two- Shakespeare and Company and Batobus

After leaving Notre Dame Cathedral we walked across the river to go to the bookshop I have wanted to visit for as long as I can remember. 
We stopped at a couple of shops along the way but didn't buy anything. 
Then we stopped in this little park to look around and just take in all the beauty!
 Those buildings had the shops on the ground floor. 

Looking back over toward Notre Dame...

Then we made it over to Shakespeare and Company. 
It was so surreal and exciting to see it in person!
It wasn't open yet so we took a few pictures...

Then we went to the cafe just next door for some breakfast. 

We got some drinks and crepes. 

While we ate it was fun to just watch people going by. 
There were at least two brides and grooms that came by to take pictures right outside by the bookshop. We really enjoyed our time. 
Then the book shop was open!

We walked in and began to browse. I was so happy. 
There were books everywhere, filling every corner. 
It was so cool to see the stacks of books and the quotes on the walls. 
We spent a lot of time browsing every shelf and stack and upstairs where writers can write with a wonderful view. 
You aren't supposed to take pictures in the shop but since it said that was for the privacy of other customers I stole a shot upstairs where there wasn't anybody else of this typewriter by the window. 
Beautiful view.

We each bought some books. 
I loved that we were able to get each book that we bought stamped with their special stamp. 
Our books came in these bags...

I bought four books. I planned on buying a copy of The Hunchback of Notre Dame but I couldn't find one. I ended up getting Mrs. Dalloway, Surprised by Joy, Farmer Giles of Ham, and Dear Peter, miniature letters of Beatrix Potter. 

I also bought a tote bag and a postcard showing the shop and one of the quotes painted inside. 

After we left the shop we walked down to the bank of the Seine to buy our Batobus tickets and catch a ride to the Louvre. 
While we waited for the batobus we got to look at our beloved Cathedral as this stop was right next to it. Of course I had to take a few more pictures of it.

There's the batobus!

It was a really fun way to get around the city but also very slow. So I wouldn't recommend it if you are in a hurry but for us, it was a great way to travel and be able to see the city along the river. 

I was really surprised by the amount of graffiti in Paris. 

Next up: The Louvre


The Kings said...

So enjoyed our breakfast of Crepes and then visiting the Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore! Boating on the Seine was also a lot of fun!

cheryl said...

Me too!