Friday, October 7, 2011

La Fenêtre Ouverte


If you can squeeze yourself through the throngs at Shakespeare & Company, and wind your way upstairs, you will discover some wonderful finds!  I will admit it took me three trips here to finally discover the back stairs.

23 comments:

Bienvenue chez French Girl in Seattle... said...

My first thought was: "Virginia got totally ripped off when she rented that apartment!-- lots of books but vue merdique!" --- ;-) i am relieved. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Malyss said...

Hey, the Sylvia Beach shop!!I lOVE this place so much! the kind of shop that sounds like paradise to me. Drive me there and forget me..:o)

Shell Sherree said...

Looks very atmospheric, V! {Also looks like the designated plant-waterer has forgotten where the back stairs are!}

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My favorite way to enter anything..through the back door where you can SEE the extraordinary!!!!!

BONNE JOURNÉE MON AMIE! Anita

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Heaven!! Love this shot for so many reasons Virginia. Bonne semaine!

Paris Paul said...

Ah, one of my favorite bookstores in Paris. You've done a great job of capturing the organized cacophony that is Shakespeare & Co!

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

Hi Virginia,

Love this photograph & the bookstore.... one of my favs in Paris too!
Thanks for stopping by my blog & leaving such nice comments. I have enjoyed checking out you'r lovely website. Beautiful photos! I love the ones of Birmingham! ...& I always enjoy seeing what you will share here from Paris!

Thanks!
Sally

Daryl said...

We had a Shakespeare & Co on the UWS a mere block away from where I live when it closed it was very very sad .. I always wondered if it was owned by the same people...

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Great shot of this elusive room... and, it even has an escape.

Starman said...

I've never seen a throng at Shakespeare & Company, and I've been there many times.

mytwocentsworth said...

Throngs or no, when I get to Paris I'm definitely going to Shakespeare & Company. My faves are stores where the books are piled on the floor or any which way, and you just get in there and dig in!

Allax said...

I got there and there was a line-up out the door - again - so never been inside. Damned tourists!

Guillaume said...

I really love this pic.

Alexa said...

Boy, does this ever bring back memories of time spent here in the Sixties! And it looks like it hasn't been touched since then. :~}

Julie said...

OOO ... I have never dared to go upstairs ... I feel rude going in there, as I know I will not buy but only look ...

Marias Teater said...

Misterious place. What a picture!

Janey and Co. said...

It does look a bit like a still life. I like it too.
I on the other hand am worried that it could start to rain...and they would forget the window is open :O

M said...

Must, must, must go there and climb the stairs! Love all the details in this photo --- it's like a scavanger hunt! Bon weekend cherie.

Olga said...

I love your photo! There are strong graphic elements that make this photo successful. And books, of course :)
I come from French Girl in Seattle blog :)

Aesthetic Alterations said...

I've had friends who've worked and stayed at the bookshop (like a hostel). It really is just a cool place with all these odd, old twists and turns.

James said...

Ah the scent of old books and amazing history. You captured it beautifully.

Petrea Burchard said...

I love this.

Witness said...

so quaint:)