Debbie and I are on the Left Bank not far from the Luxembourg Gardens, the exciting Rue de Buci and Rue de Seine, as well as the classic St. Germain literary bistros Café de Flore, Deux Margots, and Brasserie Lipp, and Sylvia Beach’s original Shakespeare & Co. at 12 Rue l’Odeon. Paris comprises 20 districts or arrondissments, each with its own color and flavor. Six are on the left bank of the river Seine (5,6,7,13,14,15). We spend most of our time in Paris in the sixth and seventh arrondissments with less time spent in the fifth, first, second, eighth and sixteenth). After our stay on the Left bank, we are going to relocate to the Hotel le Bristol in the eighth. If you saw Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (an absolute must) you saw Hotel le Bristol in the opening scenes where Gil Pender meets his fiancée’s hardline Republican parents. Here are some neat books Debbie and I have spent time with in preparing for Paris; Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation, Authentic Bistros of Paris, Quiet Corners of Paris and Paris, an Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart.
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