European Diary: Suite 503, Hotel Relais St.-Jacques, rue de l’Abbé de l’Epée; 8:11 p.m., Friday; June 25, 2004; Paris, France

Today we walked down through St.-Germain des Pres and over the Seine to the Jewish Museum in the Marais, the Picasso Museum, Place des Vosges, Pont Sully, up rue Cardinal Lemoine to the Place Contrescarpe. I thought the Place Contrescarpe sounded familiar, so I stopped at a bookshop just off the square. I had tried to find Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast” at Shakespeare and Company but couldn’t and simply would not ask. Here I found it and opened up to the first page.

“Then there was the bad weather. It would come in one day when the fall was over. We would have to shut the windows in the night against the rain and the cold wind would strip the leaves from the trees in the Place Contrescarpe.”

We walked down the rue Mouffetard, the market street, buying vegetables and fruits, got some Chinese take-out and a picked up a pastry from a shop in the rue Descartes before returning to St.-Jacques to eat.

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