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.