This is a perfectly nice (if overpriced) bookstore but it is not the original Shakespeare & Co.
Last night at a party I met a Chinese girl who spoke very good English, as well as excellent French. She wanted to practice and we had a chat.
"Why did you decide to study in Paris?" I asked. She's in a master's-degree program.
"Because of Woody Allen," she said.
This momentarily distracted me from the conversation because I loathe Woody Allen and dislike most of his movies intensely. Maybe I'll save that for another post....
"You just think you're going to move to Paris and find romance because of those movies," she went on.
"So the first year was hard," I said sympathetically. "Paris isn't always like a Woody Allen movie."
"No," she said. "No, I would say it was more of a Social Realism movie."