Peter Wik

Peter Wik has been traveling the world since childhood. He has visited over 60 countries and some of them up to a hundred times. Peter is the owner of Relasian Travel & Event based in Stockholm, Sweden but constantly on the road. Peter is a foodie and loves to try new food around the world. Here he shares his favorite gems from places high and low around the world to make you go local yet being global. Peter lives in Stockholm and Paris.

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Shakespeare and Company - My favorite English bookstore in Paris

Ever since i lived in Paris as a young man and read " A Moveable Feast" By Hemingway I have enjoyed to visit the bookstore Shakespeare and Company. I his book I learned about this store that was opened in 1919 by Sylvia Beach. Back then this was the hangout of writers as Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, F. Gertrud Stein,  Scott Fitzgerald,  and James Joyce among many others. During the German Occupation it was closed and never opened again until Mr George Whitman opened again 1951 at 37 RUE DE LA BÛCHERIE where it is still located by the river Seine in the Latin Quarter. Here many young people come to work and stay as well. There are beds spread out over the 3 floors, the first floor is the bookstore and the second floor houses the collection that you can read on the premises.
As the store is opened until late in the evening 23.00 this is a great place to find a good book before you go home or back to your hotel. The bookstore was also featured in the film "Midnight in Paris" by Woody Allen.
Hope that you will enjoy it as much as I do!