If you love Paris, if you love bookstores, or if you love books, then this video is for you.
With a cameo appearance in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset, Shakespeare and Company is arguably the most iconic bookshop in the French capital. The building, a 17th century ex-monastery has become a landmark in the 5th arrondissement. Apart from being a bookstore, it also serves as a haven where aspiring writers can stay for free – Allen Ginsberg and Anaïs Nin have both been guests in the past. Originally established in 1919 by an American named Sylvia Beach, fellow expatriate George Whitman took over Shakespeare and Company after Beach’s death in 1951.
Before you purchase your airline ticket to France to visit this bookstore, count the number of different typewriters that are in this video, just for fun, then click here for information about The TYPEWRITER Art and Poetry project.