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Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company

It might be difficult to let the magic of Shakespeare & Company truly sink in given the abominable number of tourists crowding the tiny space these days, but the place is still definitely worth a visit. "Be Not Inhospitable to Strangers Lest They Be Angels in Disguise," seen above the reading room entrance are words the store lives by, along with its founding motto: "Give what you can; take what you need." Throughout its 70-year existence, the shop has accommodated young writers and artists in exchange for helping out, and an estimated 30,000 people have reportedly slept on the beds tucked between its bookshelves since its opening in 1951, but one doesn't have to spend the night to enjoy the welcoming public reading room. In 2016, the shop published its own history with contributions from the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Jim Morrison and Ethan Hawke.
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Area Surrounding Place Vendôme

Area Surrounding Place Vendôme

Right off Rivoli is the beautiful Place Vendôme, where jet-setters and millionaires buy their jewellery. This is ”the” area for renowned Haute Couture and luxury goods. From here you can enjoy a walk down to Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and Avenue Montaigne where the superb boutiques display their goods out of baroque windows. Women will particularly like Colette, one of the most interesting shopping experiences anywhere, an eclectic collection of fresh-off-the-runway design, fashion, gadgets and music. Men can try Charvet, the oldest and best known boutique in Paris selling top quality ties and shirts.
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