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text 2017-09-04 01:46
Family Fun

So we had family night on Friday and decided on Movie Tavern.  For anyone who's unsure what that is, it's basically a movie theater where you can order dinner, dessert, snacks, drinks to your seat throughout the movie.  It's fab! 


So we went to see the Hitman's Bodyguard--which was not at all what I expected--but was a great movie.  We got there early to stroll around and check out the shops and of course  we ended up at a book shop.  I have no will power.  I ended up with a book and got one for my daughter (partly because I want to read it too, lol!)


I just love indie bookstores!


Oddly enough I saw a physical copy of a book that's been on my 'maybe' list for the first time ever.


Then I found a new book for my 'maybe' list because the cover called out to the 80s kid in me.


And of course I didn't leave without making a purchase!  


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url 2017-04-23 22:02
15 Bookstores That Every Reading Addict Should Know About

Bookstores have always had the status of a sort of intellectual Mecca.

What people often forget about them though, is that they can also be incredibly cool places to visit.


The world is littered with bookstores that deserve a place on any travel checklist, whether you’re an avid reader or not.


Shakespeare and Company

Source: www.thewritersacademy.co.uk/blog/best-bookstores
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review 2017-02-10 03:49
Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores
Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers - Garrison Keillor,Bob Eckstein

The author and illustrator, inspired by an assignment for The New Yorker, chose 75 independent bookstores from around the world and painted a watercolour of each storefront.  Superimposed on these illustrations are quotes or stories about each shop, told by the owner, an employee, or a customer.  Some have a definite 'wow' factor, some are sweet, some are funny.  At the back of the book are a collection of stories that didn't fit into the book but couldn't be left out.


All of them reaffirm my desire to own a bookshop someday. 



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text 2016-10-12 22:30
Paris Bookshops - Part Deux

Okay, I'm the first to admit that Pays de Poche may technically not be a bookstore ... more of a artisan gift shop, but I'm including it here anyway because as we were strolling along Rue Galande a "book" in the window caught my eye and begged me to go in and browse a little bit.


What a treasure this little shop turned out to be.  Filled with whimsical figures that looked hand carved, beautiful jewellery (of which I had forbidden myself to buy on this trip because I'm far too attracted to bright, shiny things), stained glass and unique gift items of every description.  I wanted to take more pics but was politely asked not to take pics inside the store.  I could certainly understand the request because their inventory was so unique.  I'm sure many of the items were "one of a kind" finds.  Alas, if the proprietor had realized how "uncrafty" I am and that I wasn't trying to steal ideas he might have given me the go ahead.



The book that caught my eye in the window?  It looked like a grimoire that might start speaking to me at any moment.  Truthfully, although the inside pages were blank, I'm not too sure what it might be used for besides a conversation piece.  I was quite enamored but with an 89 Euro price tag it seemed a bit much to pick up on a whim.



These two were inside the store and I snapped the pic before I was asked not to take pictures.



Note of interest:  When I asked Google to translate "Pays de Poche" it gave me "Pocket Countries" ... a little disappointing so I am convinced that somehow it means something much more whimsical.


An honorable mention goes to this little store.  Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the store's name and have no idea where it was located in our many walks but the display window caught my attention - as it should.  The books were held up in, what seemed to me, quite a charming, old fashioned way ... thumbtacks with string holding the books in place.



After I snapped the pic and started to walk away I turned back only to notice the proprietress changing the display in the second window.  There she stood with the display window open to the street, her bag of books sitting on the sidewalk as she changed out the selections on offer.  I found it charmingly old school.


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text 2016-10-11 20:44
I'm back ... with a post from Paris

Well, once again I'm saying it's been a long time since I posted anything.  No excuses ... I just lost my book review mojo.  I guess I needed a break.


Then life took over - my office closed - which meant it had to be packed up and although in many ways it was my choice to become unemployed I needed a little time to lick my wounds.  But - I have a plan I'm going to put into effect and I was looking forward to the vacation planned and booked before the proverbial sh** hit the fan.  Come on - let's face it, is there a better place than Paris to lick your wounds and get life back on track?  I think not!


I hadn't had a proper holiday in many years and my daughters and I have been planning to go to Paris for a long time.  This year all the stars aligned and we took the trip.  What a trip it was!  We laughed, we cried, we ate and drank too much but very well.  And we walked ... and walked ... and walked.  I don't think there was a part of Paris we left unexplored.  I was quite proud that my old bones were able to keep up with my two beautiful and VERY fit daughters.  My only regret was not taking along my FitBit ... then again it could have been just as well ... the poor thing might have melted in my pocket, we walked so much.  It was wonderful.  We did two organized walking tours (Shout-out to Sandemans New Europe Tours - highly recommended!!) and then we wandered but never aimlessly thanks to my youngest daughter's directional prowess (thanks Nicole - my favorite vacation organizer).  We took a couple of random turns every once in a while which led to marvelous unplanned discoveries such as the Bastille Market.  There a very handsome young man shucked oysters for us then served us wine in the empty oyster shells because (according to him) "in France, when we eat - we drink!"  Who was I to argue with local customs?


The point of all this?  During our wanderings we passed so many great little book shops tucked away into the corners of St. Germaine, the Latin Quarter and along the side streets we explored.  Of course a blog post started to form in my head (exciting for me since I hadn't posted anything in so long) and I started snapping pictures.

A few of the shops deserve an individual mention because they were so interesting.  San Francisco Books Co. is one of those shops.  Tucked into the middle Rue Monsieur Le Prince, the outside of the bookstore is painted bright red, somewhat reminiscent of San Francisco trolley cars.  How could we resist going in?  Asking the owner the price of various unique items we found it was quite apparent that he was not a native Parisian.  He kindly explained that he was born in the Midwestern U.S. and then lived in San Francisco for about 25 years before relocating to Paris and opening his bookshop.  The store is charming with black and white tile floors and, literally, wall to wall, floor to ceiling bookshelves absolutely crammed with books.  There were so many treasures it was difficult to decide where to look first.  I could have left the store with a bag full of books but had to remain mindful of the fact that anything purchased had to be hauled along on the second leg of our trip (London) and then back home to Canada.  Sadly, I purchased nary a book but my oldest daughter found a book on graffiti art and a few vintage postcards that proved too hard to resist buying as a gifts for a friends.  San Francisco Book Co. is definitely worthy of a travel shout-out and a visit if you find yourself wandering the Left Bank in Paris.


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