Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hemingway's Paris

We are fascinated with the Paris of the 1920s. The hey-day of literature and art. The time of James Joyce, Man Ray, Salvador Dali, and most notably the indelible Ernest Hemingway. Adam and I will have a market focusing on Hemingway in November (only three weeks after our upcoming October "Midnight in (Spooky) Paris" market - yikes!).  To prepare for our November "Moveable Feast" market, we decided to walk in the footsteps of Hemingway with the help of a new guidebook we picked up in Paris.

Our walk began at Rue Du Cardinal Lemoine with a stop specifically at the tattered blue door of #74. This is where Hemingway lived in Paris with his first wife, Hadley, from his arrival in 1921 until early 1922.

From there we walked the self-guided tour to Luxembourg Gardens where Hemingway wandered almost daily and managed to capture a few pigeons for dinner along the way.

Next, a stop at La Closerie des Lilas. This charming cafe in Montparnasse is rumored to be the very place that Hemingway wrote his novel The Sun Also Rises.

 Unfortunately (or fortunately for us) this is where our walk stopped. We ended up enjoying this lovely setting so much that we sat in the bar for a few hours eating, drinking and listening to a terrific jazz pianist. No wonder Hemingway spent so many hours here.

So, the walk will have to continue another day....

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