A Paris Guide St. Germain

France, Paris Guide (B): A Paris Guide St. Germain

The times have changed and while Francois Villon has long vanished from the dark riverbanks, J.P Sartreno longer keeps office hours in the local cafés, Alberto Giacometti and Samuel Beckett no longer stroll the Boulevard St. Germain and black American Jazz masters no longer haunt the late night dives, St. Germain is still blessed by a youthful energy, interesting streets and the atmosphere that accompanies a living university district. Yes, the gritty feel of it's original streets and crowded bars has long since given in to a wave of tourist-inspired gift shops, fake Greek eateries run by North Africans, pseudo-Irish, pseudo-Salsa, pseudo-everything bars--- but one has to fight the temptation to grow bitter. Certain traditional Parisians refuse to associate with the neighborhood in the same way they avert their gaze when passing the glass pyramids of the Louvre. Tradition has been damaged, but traditions are constantly being renewed (we hope), and oxymoronic as that may sound, it is the only way countries built on complex and much-scrutinized histories assert themselves as modern players. The area is not limited to students, bars and tourists. As a center for bookstores, design shops, museums, churches, high-end art galleries, boutique hotels, historic cafés and restaurants, it is virtually impossible to be disappointed. To paraphrase Samuel Johnson with a twist--- if you are bored in St. Germain, you are bored with life. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: A Paris Guide St. Germain
Guide Location: France » Paris
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Café Les Deux Magots   Café de Flore   Boulevard St. Germain   Café Bonaparte   Ecole des Beaux Arts   rue de Seine   rue Callot   rue Buci   Taschen   rue St. Andre des Arts   rue de l'Ancienne Comédie   Café Le Procope   St. Sulpice church   rue des Cannettes   Birdland Jazz Bar   L'Enfance de Lard   Chez Henri   Chez Georges   Delacroix museum   Institut du Monde Arabe   L’Épicerie Breizh Café   Hotel Recamier   Odeon Saint Germain   Hotel Madison   Hotel de Buci   Hotel La Villa Saint Germain   Grand Hotel des Balcons   Hotel St. Paul  
Author: Matt Barrett
Read it on author's website: http://www.aparisguide.com/stgermain/index.html

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