An Evening in Paris
Exploring the Latin Quarter

March 2012 trip to Madrid, Venice, Verona, Milan and Paris.

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Latin Quarter window food display
Latin Quarter pedestrian street - Paris, France
Rue de la Huchette in the Latin Quarter (5th Arrondissement)

Monday continued

After freshening up, we walked back downstairs and only about 50 yards to the train station where we caught the RER B suburban city train into Paris. We would have originally of had a couple of hours in the afternoon in Paris, but we now had just an evening.

We spent the evening exploring the 5th Arrondissement, also known as the Latin Quarter. I had liked what I had seen of this area on previous visits, Rather a major meal, we snacked - first on crepes from a sidewalk creperie, then, later we had fondue at the Flagrant Delice. 

Paris Creperie
Creperie on Rue de la Huchette

cheese and tuna crepe - Paris
We were a bit disappointed when the crepe had been pre made, but it still tasted good - I had cheese and tuna

We found a couple of interesting churches. One was closed, but the Église Saint-Séverin (Church of Saint-Séverin) was open. It was a little past sundown and their were few lights, but the interior of this church was gorgeous. The sound of singing from a service being conducted in a side chapel added to the wonderful atmosphere. 

Église Saint-Séverin (Church of Saint-Séverin) - Paris, France
The current Église Saint-Séverin church building was started in the 11th century, but most of it is from the 15th century.

Église Saint-Séverin church inteior
The center pillar is in the shape of a palm tree (prints of this photo are available at Finearts America)

Statue of Our Lady of the Holy Hope - Église Saint-Séverin church
 Statue of Our Lady of the Holy Hope (prints of this photo are available at Finearts America)

We went by Shakespeare and Company, an English language bookstore was opened on Paris's Left Bank in 1951. It was named for a more famous earlier bookstore which was the center of the American literary community in Paris in the 1930s and 40s. Writers and artists who spent much time there included Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, George Antheil and Man Ray.

The Australian novelist, Caroline Brothers, was giving a reading in the bookstore, and it had drawn such a large crowd that people were listening to the reading on speakers in front of the store.

Reading at Shakespeare and Company in Paris
Reading by author Caroline Brothers

Notre Dame - Paris, France
The view of Notre Dame across the street from Shakespeare and Company

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