Getting Ready - Movies and Books
#If you want to have a really good taste of what Paris is like watch a great movie called 'Midnight In Paris' directed by Woody Allen. It's beautifully made and shows Paris past and present. Every time I watch it I want to go back to Paris.
Deb, New Richmond, Canada
#My favorite movies to watch before you leave for Paris, are Funny Face, Charade, La Vie en Rose, and An American in Paris. My favorite books are: The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Sarah's Key, and A Moveable Feast.
Rose, San Francisco, USA
#It's a must to visit the interesting bookshop (especially for Americans) called Shakespeare and Company. There is also a book called 'Shakespeare and Company' written by Sylvia Beach who was the founder of this bookshop in 1919. Address: 37, rue de la Bucherie
Jutta, Willstatt, Germany
#The Abbey Bookshop in Paris's Latin Quarter has for the last twenty years become a cultural epicenter for Canadians, Anglophones and Anglophiles from all corners of the world.
EDITOR'S NOTE: For a listing of other Paris bookstores worth visiting click here
#When arriving, go to a newspaper kiosk and buy Pariscope. It's in French but you will be able to figure it out. It's inexpensive, maybe one dollar, and has sections devoted to concerts, museums, galleries, movies, metro stops for each event, times, etc. Within each section, it is organized by date. It will tell you if the movies are subtitled or offered in English. It's where I find the concerts, almost always classical music, which are held in old churches. Pariscope comes out every Wednesday. Absolutely the greatest resource.
Barbara, Walnut Creek, USA