It's a bookstore. I like books. But what is cool about Shakespeare & Company is their bin of used books to pore over with no one standing nearby paying attention. They have seating. You can take a used book (the new ones are inside) and just sit outside and read, like in a library. I was interested in cookbooks and French cooking and found several, including quite a classic one by Sigmund Freud's grandson.
Therein, while waiting for our table at Le Petit Chatelet next door, I learned more about good mashed potatoes than I ever knew before. Then I read some poetry and then I looked at some books in French (small selection).
Crowd is congenial, view can't be beat, history of the place (even though the historic events took place nearer to Jardin Luxembourg and not in the current location) is great (it's because it's not the original that I didn't get that Ooh La La vibe from it). But the quotes on the outside of the building, the crowd that hangs there - all very cool and I'm grateful they are there.
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