Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pretty little park in Paris.....

Just across La Seine from Notre Dame Cathederal is this delightful
little Park "Square Rene Viviane" perfect for whiling away
a few hours . To your right their are lots of bouquinistes
spread out along the river ~ with an electic mix of old books
paintings & touristy bric-a-brac.
To your left it's only a few steps to that magical little book-shop
"Shakespeare & Co" stocked from floor to ceiling
with Books! Books! and more Books!

If you make a purchase from this store they stamp it with their official store stamp,
which says " Kilometre Zero Paris "
a reference to the point in front of nearby Notre Dame - from which all distances
in Paris are measured.

~ Beaucoup de Bouquinistes ~

this lovely painting by Edouard Cortes depicts the bouquinistes
in the early 1900's
He was known as "the parisian poet of painting"
because of his beautiful Parisian city-scapes.
I hope you like it!
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Jacob said...

I've been to Paris once...on our 50th Anniversary (Paree at Notre Dame was one of the highlights of our trip. And the booksellers. We missed this little park; and that's a shame.

Love those paintings!

I want to go back to Paris!

TK said...

I think that park is super super cute!! TK xx

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dear Dianne,
I just love how you know all that 'stuff' - how the distance is measured in Paris!!!!!!!!

Square Rene Viviane is a beautiful resting place amid the to-ing and fro-ing I agree.
I still haven't visited Shakespeare & Co, but my daughter does each time she's up in Paris - bookaholic like her Mama!!

I agree the Bouquinists are one of the treasures of Paris and I always take time to meander through them.
Every time I visit your blog I come away feeling so good!!!
Thank you

Toyin O. said...

I love Paris, thanks for sharing.

J Bar said...

Marvellous post.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Dianne,

Lovely post and yes, I agree with Shane that you have so much information about Paris. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos, such a beautiful park and I love the painting.

Happy Thursday

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Postcard perfect! It seems that everything in Paris is this pretty.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

There are so many lovely little places around Paris. I have only ever been on a short visit, I would love to have more time there to really explore. Diane

Rosalie said...

Lovely park. I stayed near here but must have overlooked it. Such a shame. I loved Shakespeare and Co. and wish I'd bought a book there. Leaves something for next time doesn't it.

Cezar and Léia said...

Adorable post Dianne!
You did a lovely composition in your first picture!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Dianne,
This is a lovely square and usually not many people to share it with. The British tea room directly across is delicious too. Thank you for coming by to visit, perhaps we'll bump into each other one day in our favorite city.
Bon journée,

Marie Arden said...

Right next to Shakespeare and Co books is a good restaurant. I thought it would not be good (so many tourists) but it was and many French eating there also. We sat outside and looked at Notre Dame-perfect evening. I adore Paris also.
Marie Arden Pink

The Oregano Tower said...

Hi Dianne, How are you? Thankyou for the lovely comment on my page x

I spent my honeymoon in Paris and your blog today has taken me back there...thankyou. I needed a bit of escapism today...I'm freezing and stuck at home because the car won't start! Have a good day, Sarah x

La Table De Nana said...

Je vous remercie.. de nous parler de ce petit parc:)Un jour..

I had heard of the bookstore:) Thank you!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Finding this little park on past trips is always like finding a little treasure. Never knew that I could get my book stamped there!!


Georgianna said...

I believe I've been to this little park, so many years ago, but will of course visit again, hopefully next year. Thank you for the reminder, dear Dianne, and the lovely painting! xo – g

Shell Sherree said...

I look forward to bringing home a book stamped with Kilometre Zero Paris. Lovely scenes, Dianne.

Anonymous said...

Oh,, isnt this the most beautiful painting...I love it...yes, pure poetry!
And the cutest(buesiest) littel park, a lot to see and watch!
Merci pour cette petite balade à Paris!

lioneagle said...

Hi -

I have a friend, Teresa, who was orphaned in Vietnam and adopted by an American military man and his wife. As an adult, Teresa lived in France for 15 years and is there now on a three week visit.

I will share your blog info with her. She may be delighted to view your French photos.

Thank you for sharing.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

A wonderful little parc... and they have so many of these over Paris .. just right for a little escape :-)

Delana said...

Beautiful. You're getting me all worked up for Paris. It looks like I might have a 2 1/2 week dogsitting job up there in November. A one bedroom in the 7th. WITH a dog. Keep up the photos. They're beautiful as always.


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