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