“When anybody asks, 'What are you writing about now?' if I try to reply, the book-in-the-works sounds so idiotic to me that I think, 'Why am I trying to write that puerile junk?' So now I give up; if I could talk about it, I wouldn't have to write it."
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet


An Opportunity Missed

Sunday, February 05, 2012

You've probably heard of or seen the Paris bookshop, Shakespeare and Company, at some point in your life.  It's one of the most famous bookshops in the world, and has been featured in various movies and TV shows like Before Sunset, Julie and Julia (though it actually didn't exist yet at the time the scene in that movie takes place – oops), and Highlander (the TV show).

Look familiar?
I ran across it today in an article on Flavorwire featuring what they consider The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World.  And from the pictures I've seen, it is that.  It doesn't have wide open spaces or soaring ceilings or lavish architecture; its beauty is such as only a lover of books could appreciate – books, books, and more books from floor to ceiling, wall to wall, piled up in stacks on the floor.  It's a beautiful thing.  A Google image search for "Shakespeare and Company Paris" will show you what I mean.

So when I saw it in this article, I started to wonder if we had come anywhere near it when we visited Paris last summer.  If the answer had been that it was so far on the other end of the city that it would have been a major inconvenience to get there, it would have been somewhat of a comfort.

I Google-mapped it (lots of Googling going on today!) and found, as you will see if you click that link, that it is right across the river from Notre Dame Cathedral.  We were at the Notre Dame Cathedral.  That means we were only a short walk away from Shakespeare and Company – 5 minutes, max.  In fact, if we had looked in the right direction we would probably have seen it.

But we didn't.  So close.  And now, here on the other side of an ocean, so very far away.  (sigh)

I told the Geek about it today, and he said, "Maybe next time."  Will there be a next time?  I guess we'll see.


At 3/13/2012 3:49 PM, Anonymous HolyMama wrote:

There will be a next time. you will sit in that gorgeous tufted green chair and look up at the beautiful bookshelves all around you and sigh and be content. : )

At 3/29/2012 9:15 AM, Anonymous Lynn Schriner wrote:

I love that you are a city girl living in the country I am too. I love that you are a critter mommy, I am too. I am thankful to have found your blog. Couldn't find where to subscribe to this blog?

At 3/31/2012 10:07 AM, Blogger Geekwif wrote:

Thanks, Lynn! I don't actually have a link to subscribe. Never thought of it to be honest, and I'm not sure how to add one. But I do have an RSS feed so if you use Google Reader or some other feed reader you can just punch in my URL ( and add it to your list. Thanks for visiting!


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