We never pass by L’Ecume des Pages, next to the Flore on Saint Germain, without stopping in. Sometimes we buy books. Today we bought notebooks. But the reason we always, always go inside the store is because it smells like books. Not like dust or mold. But books. Paper and binding and poetry and prose. We don’t know of any other place where the aroma of literature comes across so clearly, and where the memories it evokes are so vivid.

We never pass by L’Ecume des Pages, next to the Flore on Saint Germain, without stopping in. Sometimes we buy books. Today we bought notebooks. But the reason we always, always go inside the store is because it smells like books. Not like dust or mold. But books. Paper and binding and poetry and prose. We don’t know of any other place where the aroma of literature comes across so clearly, and where the memories it evokes are so vivid.

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    I absolutely agree! One of my favorite libraries is the city…
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    The neighborhood has been taken over by luxury brands — Armani, Ralph Lauren, Vuitton, etc. — but L’Ecume des Pages and...
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