Saturday, June 19, 2010

Off to Europe


We're off to Europe tomorrow and I'm being very good because I'm only taking three books. Actually only two count because the third is a guide book to eating out in Paris. We're going to the Netherlands with a side trip to Paris in between. I'm so looking forward to Paris as its been years since I've been. This time we're staying at a flat that's walking distance from Shakespeare and Company . I'll have no excuses now not to finally visit the legendary book shop. I hope I take enough pictures to be able to blog about my trip. By the way, Book Bath  and  Thyme for Tea  are both hosting Paris in July, a month devoted to reading French literature or books set in the city of lights. Do check out their blogs for more information.


Here's the list of books that I'll be taking with me:

Looking for Alaska by John Green - I've been hearing a lot about this young adult author lately so I think this one will be perfect for the thirteen hour flight to Amsterdam. 

Real World by Natsuo Kirino - I'm reading this as part of  Dolce Bellezza's Japanese Literature Challenge. The last time I read a Kirino novel (Out),  I abandoned it when I got to the gruesome parts. I hope this isn't as grisly.

Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris by Clotilde Dusoulier -  I love Clotilde's blog, Chocolate and Zucchini and her book of the same name. This one covers wonderful little eateries and markets all over Paris and the book is divided by arrondissements so it's the perfect food guide. Looking forward to having my own edible adventures....

Do you have any Parisian recommendations for me? I'd love to hear of restaurants, cafes, bookshops, cute shops and other things. Just leave a comment below.

19 comments:

  1. Have a wonderful time! The Sainte Chapelle is gorgeous (huge stained glass windows in a tiny chapel) and the Pere Lachaise Cemetery has a lot of famous dead people and is really nice especially on a rainy day, those were two of my favourite things when I was there. And enjoy Shakespeare & Co!

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  2. Have a wonderful time! I have never been to Paris so I shall hang on your every word when you return!

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  3. Have a wonderful trip! I've only recently found Shakespeare & Co on the web and put them on my list to visit one day, so I hope you include some news or photo's on your visit there too. So gald you'll be part of Paris in July with us :)

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  4. Aaah! I'm so jealous! I'm desperate to go back to Paris, and Holland is lovely too. I've never read any Kirino but I love Japanese lit so I really ought to get round to it - it sounds like my kind of thing.

    Enjoy your trip!

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  5. Can I tell you how jealous I am :)

    I had high hopes of studying at Oxford this summer and making a visit to Paris (and Shakespeare and Company and the Musee d'Orsay were tops on the list of sights to see).

    I hope you have an absolutely fabulous time and take more than enough pictures to blog for several weeks.

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  6. Have a fantastic time in Paris! Enjoy the famed bookshop and all those yummy eats! Cheers!

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  7. Have a wonderful trip to Europe! Shakespeare & Co. is a beautiful bookshop.

    I have read some John Green recently and look forward to your thoughts on Looking for Alaska (although I think you will read it quickly on flight... too late now to tell you that now). At least you have an Angela Carter novel waiting for you in Amsterdam :)

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  8. You will certainly run out of reading material so I suggest when you are in Shakespeare & Co. that you buy a copy of Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin. A masterpiece of American Litertaure but set partly in Paris.

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  9. Have fun on your trip--I am super jealous! I have Looking for Alaska but the only book by that author that I have read so far is Paper Towns.

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  10. Oh, have a wonderful time! The fewer books you bring on a vacation, the more you can buy to bring back with you! That would be my rule except that I can never resist bringing at least five books with me, and usually closer to ten.

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  11. Hope you have a wonderful time in Holland and Paris! Am jealous of you :) Looking forward to seeing your pictures. Maybe you can try reading 'Time was soft there' by Jeremy Mercer (it is a memoir set in Shakespeare and company) and 'France : A traveler's literary companion' (edited by William Rodarmor and Anna Livia), while you are there :)

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  12. How wonderful to arrive and have all these lovely comments waiting for me!
    I'm jotting down all the Parisian sites I must visit and the books I must buy. Thanks to all of you and I hope I'll have time enough to blog soon but it's not that easy when you're on holiday.

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  13. Have a wonderful holiday! :D

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  14. Happy holiday! I would love to see Shakespeare and Co...

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  15. I found out about your blog through the comment you left on the list of Filipino book bloggers made by Honey of Coffee Spoons. And I'm so glad I did!

    I hope you get to like 'Looking for Alaska' as much as I and the next guy did. It's a kicker.

    And hope you're still having a great holiday. :)

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  16. I do hope that you are enjoying/have enjoyed Shakespeare & co!

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  17. I too am looking forward to hearing about your trip!

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