Paris has been the abode of world famous writers, musicians, painters, sculptors and many for over the centuries and this is part of the legacy of the city. This is because the fabled bars, bookshops, bistros and avenues had provided shelters for stalwarts of the creative world. The city itself is a character in some world renowned books like Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities, The Scarlet Pimpernel or in the paintings of Monet, Henri Matisse etc.
Literary Paris Walking Tours In The Shoes Of The Flaneur
The concept of Flaneur was created in the city of Paris, a modern individual who wanders the streets within the labyrinth of urban sprawl. Writers like Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Joyce have explored the city for inspiration and many of those locations can still be found. Shared below are some of those iconic locations that inspired these literary masters.
Shakespeare And Company: This is a bookshop that has got great cultural and literary significance. It was very often visited by literary luminaries like Hemingway, Fitzgerald, James Joyce because they found a second home here after flocking to Paris. The original store was opened in 1921 at 8 rue Dupuytren by Sylvia Beach, but it was closed by 1940. Again, it was reopened in 1951 by George Whiteman at 37 rue de la Bucherie and remains true to the roots of the original store that inspired stalwarts of world literature. So, this book store must be part of everyone’s Paris tours due to its historic and cultural significance.
Lex Deux Magots: The bars of Paris are an essential part of the nightlife, writers and artists found solace in drinking, escaping the depravity and debauchery of the city of dreams. Lex Deux Magots is a bar that can claim to have hosted legends like Picasso, Sarte, Camus and it was opened in 1912 in Saint-German-des-Pres. It has links to existentialist and surrealist movements in both art and literature, and no other cafes or bars can rival its heritage.
Cimetière de Montparnasse: The cemeteries of Paris are places of great cultural historical significance because they are the final resting places of artistic, musical and literary icons of the world. The Cimetière de Montparnasse holds the graves of legends like Guy de Maupasant, Susan Sontag, Charles Baudelaire and many more. So, for many students of art and literature these graves are part of their art and literature pilgrimage. Because of this, very often mourners have to handle the crowds of tourists searching for the graves of the icons resting there.
There are more iconic locations that can be made part of the Paris walking tours that have inspired artists, musicians and writers.