Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Walking in Hemingway's Footsteps

I mentioned that I would do a few posts on Ernest Hemingway's 1920s Paris. Some of the landmarks of his time in the city are gone, but if you want to follow in his footsteps in the 21st century, there is one well-worn path that still exists.

Hemingway and his first wife Hadley lived in an apartment above a sawmill on Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs from 1924 to 1926. The apartment and the sawmill are gone, but its courtyard remains, as do the blocks it was paved with. Here Hemingway, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Dos Passos once walked:

Hemingway Paving Stones

To let the man himself describe the remainder of the path, a quote from A Moveable Feast:
It was a lovely evening and I had worked hard all day and left the flat over the sawmill and walked out through the courtyard with the stacked lumber, closed the door, crossed the street and went into the back door of the bakery that fronted on the Boulevard Montparnasse and out through the good bread smells of the ovens and the shop to the street. The lights were on in the bakery and outside it was the end of the day...

Hemingway Boulangerie Back Door

Hemingway Boulangerie

In our tracing of Hemingway's path, my wife and I elected not to pass immediately through the bakery, but instead paused inside to pick up and sample a tasty pain au chocolat.



At 7:20 PM, Blogger Picks By Pat said...

How's that book coming along?

I would think this will put the juice back in your creative juices.

Perhaps August Riordan could stumble across a crime in Paris? Even fictional detectives need a vacation now & then, oui?

At 11:23 PM, Blogger David said...

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