10 June 2011

For our book loving family and friends

This is a bookshop everyone who loves books should visit if they can.

In 1951 the American owner, George Whitman, started this unique place and only retired recently in his 90's. His daughter has taken over the running of the store, but apparently George still attends the Sunday tea parties.

There was a poetry reading scheduled for later in the day in this courtyard.

   Whitman calls the shop " a socialist utopia masquerading as a book store ".

                                      Wendy in the window.

        The children's section is upstairs - unfortunately it was closed for repairs the day we called by ...

       Every nook and cranny is filled with books - it's amazing, chaotic and fabulous !

        For some reason this reading chair had a black bra tossed over the arm !

George Whitman has a saying that is the philosophy of the store
"Be not inhospitable to strangers
Lest they be angels in disguise"

There are 13 beds upstairs that are offered to young writers. It is estimated that over 40,000 people have stayed here over the years.

Another very special place in Paris ...

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