Édouard Manet’s masterful painting of a concert in the Tuileries garden is great for a game of “Who’s Who?” of Parisian elite. Many of these people have been identified, including the artist himself, who is on the far left side. See it in person in “Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting.” 

“Music in the Tuileries Gardens,” 1862, by Édouard Manet (The National Gallery, London: Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917)


The Abbey Bookshop, 29 Rue de la Parcheminerie, 75005 Paris

This is one of my all-time favorite places here : i can literally spend hours in this bookshop, for the exquisite pleasure and magic of getting inspired  by new authors & topics. 
It’s a very good alternative to Shakespeare and co, when there’s too many tourists or people. 

And there’s a little secret for you : at the door, you can find a woodbox full of country maps.. isn’t it amazing ?