As a journalist and correspondent abroad, Ernest Hemingway travelled and lived throughout his life in a number of cities around the world. One of them is Paris, the city in which American writer lived in the 1920s, a time of poverty but also of happiness. It is during his stay in the French capital that he writes his work ‘A Moveable Feast', where he describes all those little pleasures that made him fall in love little by little with the city of light.
We encourage you to discover Paris through this work by Hemingway. With our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation high-speed trains, you'll reach the French capital in a blink of an eye.
‘A Moveable Feast’ is a compilation of memoirs, a book that reviews the adventures of a young correspondent on a continent ravaged by the First World War. Published in 1926, it inspired Woody Allen's film Midnight in Paris almost a century later.
With the book as our guide, we will make a tour in Paris and visit some of the main corners that impressed Ernest Hemingway.
1. The Latin Quarter
One of the best known neighbourhoods in the past and today
The tour starts in the Latin Quarter, where Ernest Hemingway settled in Paris with his wife, specifically at 74 Rue de Cardinal Lemoine. Its streets became the writer's day-to-day life, as well as its cafés, especially the Café de Flore.
2. The Lipp brasserie
The Lipp brasserie, located on Boulevard Saint-Germain, was one of the American journalist's favourite establishments. Ernest Hemingway often ordered the star dish, the house's special sauerkraut. The good news is that this specialty is still on the menu.
3. Shakespeare & Company Bookstore
An obligatory visit for every reading lover
This bookstore is one of the most mythical in Paris today. At that time, it was located at 12 Rue d’Odeon, and it was run by the American publisher Sylvia Beach. Hemingway used to get lost between its shelves and it was here that he met the poet Ezra Pound.
4. The terrace La Closerie des Lilas
La Closerie des Lilas is one of those cafés with a history of Paris. It was a meeting point for the writers of the time and, in fact, Hemingway used to meet his friend and writer Scott Fitzgerald there.
5. Musée du Luxembourg
A beautiful place that contains historical treasures
The Musée du Luxembourg was, without a doubt, Hemingway's favourite place. The journalist used to walk through its gardens and let himself be seduced by the greatness of the museum's works. It should be noted that the Musée du Luxembourg was the first in the country to open to the public (in 1750).
6. Hôtel Ritz Paris
Following Ernest Hemingway's book, we can't leave the Ritz Hotel behind. The writer was one of its most famous guests, so even one of the hotel's bars is called “Bar Hemingway”.
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