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A Moonlight Over Paris-inspired walking tour

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With few exceptions, the places that appear in Moonlight Over Paris can still be found today, although most of them have undergone a number of transformations over the years. What follows is a brief guide to the City of Lights as experienced by Helena, Sam and their friends, and if you squint a little, and close your ears to the sounds of 21st-century life, you should be able to imagine yourself back among the Lost Generation in the early 1920s.
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6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
A devastating fire on April 15, 2019, has closed the interior of the cathedral to visitors. Plans to rebuild and reopen the structure are being made, but at present, visitors are not allowed near the site.
For a first-time visitor to Notre...
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Quai de Montebello, 75005 Paris, France
When you've finished drinking in the wonders of Notre-Dame, cross the Seine via the Pont au Double and wander west along the quai de Montebello. This is where you'll find the bouquinistes, or booksellers, whose wares run the gamut from priceless...
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37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France
Located at 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, a stone’s throw from the Seine and draped in the shadow of Notre Dame, is what should be proclaimed one of France’s national treasures: the Shakespeare and Company bookstore. This is...
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75006 Paris, France
Located in the 6th arrondissement, the Jardin du Luxembourg is the second-largest park in Paris. It is teeming with blooming flower gardens, flowing fountains, historical buildings, a few smoking teenagers, and, yes, enormous sculptures of horses....
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27 Rue de Fleurus, 75006 Paris, France
After leaving the Luxembourg Gardens, walk along the rue de Fleurus to number 27, the former home of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, and the location for their famed weekly salon from 1903 to 1938. Today it's a private building, but if you’re...
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With the opening of this salon-de-thé meets pâtisserie in August, the left bank got a lot more interesting. Graduates of Ferrandi cooking school, Charlotte Siles and Guillaume Gil sought to create a contemporary environment where gourmands of...
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105 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
To continue, retrace your steps to the boulevard Raspail, then turn right (south) until the rue du Montparnasse; veer right and continue walking south (number 25 is the fictional location of the Académie Czerny), then turn left onto the boulevard...