The best way to discover Paris is a simple walk. When you walk you feel like everything around looks like Postcards from Paris !
French capital is divided into twenty districts. It’s like twenty different cities in one. I’ve been writing a lot of scripts walking the trail of writers, the kitchen, the history, the monuments, and even the perfume in Paris. Everything started because I wanted to see Paris in my own way.
Intellectual Latin Quarter
From it’s 19th-century Belle Époque–style buildings to antiques and art galleries, famous people-watching cafés, mysterious churches and streets with students of Sorbonne, Luxembourg Gardens and literary climate this part of the city is my favorite one.The time when I lived here was the most pleasant time of Paris for me.
Walking here you can feel history written on the walls of the buildings, in the secret corners of the streets and doorways . Can feel source of artistic inspiration. As Picasso, Woody Allen, Hemingway or Cyrano de Bergerac – Famous walkers after this district.
Usually I start walk from the church Saint Germain des Prés. It’s the oldest church in Paris founded by the Merovingian king Childebert I in the 6th century !
In front of the church there is a legendary Café Les Deux Magots.
In June 1935 Picasso sat here with his friend Paul Eluard. He notices, seated at a nearby table, a beautiful young brunette with intense eyes.
He was fascinated by the serious face of the young woman. She engages him in a strange game. In his hands she plants a small pointed knife into the wood of the table. Sometimes she misses her shot and a drop of blood comes from beading embroidered roses on her black gloves. Picasso asked Eluard to present them.,,Dora Maar,,, introduced herself the girl. They leave Deux Magots together. On the sidewalk Picasso asked Dora to offer him his gloves in memory of their encounter.
This was the beginning of a very turbulent relationship that will last eight years.
Just across the street, was a bookshop called La Hune – the epicentre of the intellectual Saint-Germain. Karl Lagerfeld was a regular customer there. He has an incredible collection of art books. He buys several copies of the same book in order to cut the pictures out. I’m writting about because strolling after the Latin Quarter you can easy meet famous people.
For example Lenny Kravitz passing in front of the house Serge Gainsbourg, author the most sexiest song of all time Je t’aime… Moi non plus.
(5 Rue de Verneuil).The walls of this house are covered with graffiti. Inside, everything is as it was. The walls are still black, the piano, the paintings, even shoes of Serge Gainsbourg are still there.Not far from there, is The Seine street with several interesting addresses.
One of them is the mythical hotel La Louisiane (60 Rue de Seine) who has seen the greatest artists as Pablo Picasso, John Coltrane or Henry Miller.This is a very modest hotel but Quentin Tarantino shut himself up here for three weeks to write the screenplay for Pulp Fiction.
Going forward you pass by a large blue door (57 RUE DE SEINE).It was the entrance to Rock n’ Roll Circus, the famous Parisian nightclub.
At night of July 2 1971, Jim Morrison showed up at here.After ordering a bottle of vodka at the bar, he went into the toilettes to buy heroine. A few minutes later he was discovered unconscious in a toilette cubicle. No far away there is the Cour du Commerce, one of Paris hidden passages and my best hot chocolate spot in Paris.
Usually after a mug of chocolate I pass through a charming square called Place de Fürstemberg with the charming museum – home Eugène Delacroix.
Than I crosse the Saint Germain Boulevard and arrive to the Saint-Sulpice church famous thanks too The Da Vinci Code and a great organ.
Usually when I’m in the square in front of the church, I look at one apartment window to see if Catherine Denevue doesn’t smoke her cigarette on the balcony because she is living there. Than I ends my walk in the Luxembourg gardens.