Just on the other side of Notre Dame along the Seine, is my favorite Secret Paris Hideout... the Shakespeare Book Company.
Here you can find rare books and new authors... sure! But what really matters is... this place is pure inspiration.
Up the staircase in the back, grab a book and drift away.
Gertrude Stein, Anais Nin, Dorothy Parker, Henry Miller... they knew the place too.
I grabbed a copy of Hemingway's Moveable Feast and settled in to a big velvet chair.
Signed my name as people are want to do.
Winked at Whitman.
And charged Notre Dame with a lanced spear riding a stolen bicycle.
Find this place. Keep it to yourself.