In Paris there is no experience more enchanting than wandering along the Seine on an Autumn afternoon, stopping every now and then to rifle through the stands of a bookiniste, only to discover a treasure: a 17th century map, a book of poems by Jacques Prévert, France’s most pleasing poet of the mid-20th century.
While travellers might be intoxicated with the music of Parisian streets or awed by the ornate architecture, the city can appear cold and frustrate with its inaccessible beauty and the seeming remoteness of its people.
The best way into French culture is through its literature. Enjoy a potent moment alone in a crammed café sipping a chocolat and dip into one of the delights of French literary history.
Pike, D. (2006). Mise en Seine. In The Diplomat, November, Tokyo, Japan