Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Anna Returns To Paris

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is one of my very favorite books, so when I found out I was going to be headed to Paris for a few weeks, I was really excited to re-read the book and maybe take it out with me to some of the special places featured in the story.

What I didn't realize until I was deep into my re-read was that I was staying in Anna's exact neighborhood! That first movie theater she goes to? Around the corner. The Monoprix she shops at? That was my Monoprix. Everything Anna and St. Clair did was right within walking distance of where I was staying. (Well, almost everything...I didn't end up going to the Pere Lachaise cemetery because I just didn't feel like getting on the Metro this day.)

So on one of my (rare) free days, I decided to take my well-loved copy of Anna for a little walking tour.

(Just a warning, there will be some Anna and the French Kiss spoilers in this post. If you haven't read Anna yet...what the heck is your problem? Turn off the internet, go read it, and then come back.)

First stop on the Anna walking tour was Le Champo, the first movie theater Anna and the gang go to.

It was tough to squeeze in and take a picture because lots of people were coming up to the sign to see what was playing and when. I guess it's a popular little spot for films!
There was a movie playing around town called Lola...I was so sad it wasn't playing at this theater, that would have been an epic photo.

Our next stop was the amazing English language bookstore Shakespeare and Company. I love this place, and I made several trips here over the course of my visit.

Can you see Anna in the front there? 

Then, of course, I had to bring her inside so she could hang out with a book of Pablo Neruda poetry

We moseyed on over to St. Etienne-du-Mont church, where the dreamy Etienne St. Clair got his name. Fun fact: This is also the church where Owen Wilson is sitting on the steps in Midnight in Paris.

Right in front of St. Etienne-du-Mont is the gorgeous Pantheon. One of my favorite scenes in Anna is when she comes back from Christmas break and sees St. Clair on the steps of the Pantheon and that's when he turns from St. Clair into Etienne. Love it. 

My absolute favorite spot in Paris was Jardin du Luxembourg, aka Luxembourg Gardens. I had the pleasure of walking through this beautiful park every day to and from my classes, and it happens to be the setting for Anna and St. Clair's big make out scene. Yeah...I wanted to make out with someone there, too. *sigh*

That scene starts off here...although there was no one sailing little boats there the day I took the picture.

Then it moves over to the grass. There are very few spots you can actually sit on the grass here, although Anna did mention they were sitting on grass illegally. And the cherry blossoms weren't in bloom when I was there, so I wasn't sure *exactly* where they were sitting. But there were throngs of people making out on the grass you can sit on, so it wasn't too much of a stretch to imagine that Anna and Etienne were amongst their ranks. 

Finally we stopped by Notre Dame, home of a few important moments in Anna, including the awesome climax. (But, no, I did not climb to the top.) 

Of course, we had to stop by Pont Zero and make a wish...
And I wished that someday I could write a book that people will love as much as I love this one. 


  1. What a cute post. Next stop, San Francisco? (That's a little less of a haul for you anyway, right?) :)

  2. this is probably the cutest post ive seen in a long, long time. YOU ARE ADORABLE.<3

  3. Amazing! You and Anna had so much fun! :D

  4. Yeah so...I'm one of the ones who has to turn off the internet and come back *cringe* So many good books to be read!! I will get to it someday, I promise!

  5. I love Anna & the French Kiss! So cool to see it from your view in France :)

  6. Isn't it so nice that every time I want to go back to Paris I can just open up Anna.

  7. Oh, I love it! That's one of my favorite books, and it's so fun you got to see where it took place!! :D Such a blast to meet you this past weekend, too!

  8. I love this! Thanks for sharing. it seriously makes me wish the book had been out when I was in college and visited Paris. Guess that's just an excuse to go back. :)

  9. :) .... That's what I did throughout this post.

  10. I still haven't read it, but I will! I loved your photos.

  11. Makes me want to reread ANNA again! *Swoon* Fun post :)

  12. <3

    I'm so happy you got to do this! When you were tweeting about all your Parisian stops, I picked up ANNA and am re-reading it now.

    I'm swooning over Etienne even harder than I was when I first read the book. *sigh*

  13. Awesome. This is just awesome!

  14. Best post ever! I love this book so much and that's awesome that you got to experience Anna's Paris. :)

  15. This post makes me SO HAPPY! I've never been to Paris (*sad face*), so it was thrilling to see all of Anna's spots up close and personal. And you look fantastic, by the way!

  16. Ahhh, I LOVE this post! I smiled the entire time I was reading. Paris, Anna... perfection. :) It looks like you had an amazing trip.

  17. I can see why this was nominated for post of the year.

  18. Very cool and creative. I love it! Its just awesome.

  19. Anna And The French Kiss is probably one of the best contemporary novels I've ever read. Stephanie Perkins writes a believable romance with completely believable characters to create a novel that was so unbelievably good that I didn't put it down once.

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  20. This book made me smile so much and it’s definitely on my list of books I’d re-read. I most definitely would recommend it if you are looking for a semi- light romance YA read.

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