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The Comfort of a Legendary Bookstore

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In the shadow of the Notre Dame, in a small storefront on a cobblestone street, is Shakespeare and Company, long a bibliophile’s dream in the center of Paris. Its exterior, a coupling of green-and-yellow paint alongside fanciful thin lettering, is a striking introduction into a world that seems ever more rooted the past. Inside, English-language books stretch further back than you would imagine from the street. Pull a title of non-fiction or fantasy from the shelves, or pick up a new read from the tables that crowd the already intimate space. News clippings line the stairs leading to the second floor—another reminder of a slowly disappearing world. Buy a book and get it stamped by the bookstore’s famed logo, or simply spend a few quiet minutes rereading lines from a familiar story.

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