Writing as it was...

What traveller or aspiring travel writer has ever been to Paris and NOT stopped by George Whitman's Shakesepeare & Company, located just a stone's throw (if you have a good arm!) from the Notre Dame Cathedral?

I cannot count the amount of times I have been there over the years. The place is like a magnet, a friendly familiar place that I first visited back in the early 1980s. I always buy at least one book when I visit, and at crazy times too many to carry around the city.

This photo was taken this past spring. I was in Paris this past weekend too but I must confess that I didn't make it to the bookstore this time, but could see it in the distance from Ile de France.

Who remembers actually composing prose, letters or even grocery lists on a typewriter?

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I picked up one of these typewriters at a flea market in Berlin ... still works beautifully.

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I do see them over in the flea markets here in Belgium but was wondering if I would be able to find typewriter ribbon! I would prefer to use for it writing, although not long prose but perhaps a bit of poetry.

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For those of you who have been to Shakespeare & Company in Paris; I just found out that George Whitman died a few weeks ago. He was the owner of the bookstore and died 2 days after his 98th birthday. George was quite a character and will be missed by so many.

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I love it! - I always think of typewriters as Poet's Pianos


Shakespeare and Company

37 Rue de la Bûcherie
Paris, France
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