Cafe de Flore, 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain-des-Prés ~ the favourite rendezvous of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre.
Les Deux Magots, 6 Boulevard Saint-Germain-des-Prés ~ was the place to be, and not only Hemingway sat here for hours to write and to chat with the likes of Simone de Beauvoir. It’s other notable patrons include Pablo Picasso, Oscar Wilde, Andre Malraux and Antoine de Saint Exupéry.
Panthéon, ~ originally a church, the Panthéon is full of history, mainly dedicated to the French Revolution. In the Crypt you can find many of French’s great heroes from the French Revolution as well as some of France’s greatest writers including Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas.
I’m just starting to read The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. Have you read it? It’s a story about Hemingway and his wife, Hadley. With school, this book sat on a shelf waiting to be picked up.
Jessica Powell’s book Literary Paris: A Guide ~ Powell has paired legendary authors with the addresses and monuments in Paris which figured largely in their lives and writings.
Literary Paris by Jeffrey F Kraft ~ a charming book of photographs and quotes from famous authors.
Literary Cafes of Paris by Noel Riley Fitch ~ a gem of a guide to literary cafes and famous authors who frequented them.
What I wouldn’t give to live in Paris during this time, just for a short while, just like Owen Wilson’s character in Woody Allen’s nostalgic film, Midnight in Paris. Wilson’s character wistfully yearns for a distant past, specifically Paris during the 1920’s with Hemingway, Picasso and the Fitzgeralds.