Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Day 2 Wrap Up

YES peeps, we're only on DAY 2.  Are you ready to gouge your eyes out yet?  Or do you want to hop on a plane with me?  Because this reminiscing is making me want to forgo my mortgage payment in exchange for one ticket back ASAP.

This bookstore is something that I had wanted to find.

And boom, we walked right past it after we were done on the islands ... SSG in the house ... or on the Seine!  Haaaaay, readers, haaaay!  

Where was I again?

Oh yeah ...

Shakespeare & Company was opened in the 1950's, but it was named after the "original" Shakespeare and Company that was owned by Sylvia Beach in the early 20th century. She was one hip chick and hung out with Hemingway, James Baldwin and James Joyce.  Hip still describes this place--it's kind of a flop house for writers and artists.  The second floor was cluttered with sleeping bags and laptops ... and one HOT Italian guy.  I almost took his picture, but he was the kind of guy that KNEW he was hot.  (And okay, the four other American girls surrounding him and SWOONING might have deterred me too.)

Tired and happy, we made our way back up to Montmartre to see the gorgeous Sacre Cour.  This church is a relative newbie--built in the late 1800's.  And where I WISH I could say I was as into it as I was Notre Dame, I think I had hit a bit of a church WALL at that point.  

No offense, lovely!  You're still BEAUTIFUL!  It's not you, SC, it's me.

The view was spectacular ...

And I loved wandering the sweet little streets after dinner--pausing for a trip into a candy store or to quickly purchase a couple of black and white pictures that will eventually go in my room ... if I ever decide to decorate my house ...

It was a busy, full day.  One that changed me forever.  The rest of our trip stretched out before us, full of possibilities.  And I couldn't wait.  

But this? 

Was very welcome on that Sunday evening.  

Snapshot of Coco:

Solitude (Billie Holiday)
Wait in Vain (Bob Marley)
Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
Sleep to Dream (Fiona Apple)
Fire & Rain (James Taylor)


Living on the Spit said...

Yes, I will hop on that plane with you!!! I will be right there. Wonderful bookstore...just lovely....Ahhhh...I am so jealous!

belladella said...

I am ready to go too. Oh, I adore bookstores like that. I could move in there. And, I think you could market Coco's playlist. I love it!

And I'm glad it's only day 2. I want more, more, more.

Lys said...

This is amazing. G'head - draw it out longer :) I'm sure you took a ton of photos. As Belladella said - More, More, More.

Big Hair Envy said...

"More, More, More. How do you like it? How do you like it?"

- Andrea True Connection

I'd get on that plane TODAY!