☆ Saint-Germain-des-Prés ☆
The area is bound by the Seine, the Luxembourg gardens, the boulevard Saint-Michel and rue des Saints-Pères..
Its name comes from the church, the first stones of which date from 557, and the oldest still visible remains from around the year 1000: an islet of eternity surrounded by the waves of flighty fashion!!
From the 1920s, the frenzied literary and art cliques gravitated towards the cafés of Saint-Germain..
During the Liberation, existentialism took off, led by Camus and Sartre, while basement jazz shook the foundations with Sidney Bechet on the clarinet and the writer Boris Vian on the trumpet..
This era is legendary but Saint-Germain remains an oasis of ancient streets full of wonderful places for art, books and the latest must-have little items..
The Café de Flore, the Deux-Magots and the Brasserie Lipp make up the golden triangle of the boulevard and place Saint-Germain and were once the ‘headquarters’ of Sartre and Beauvoir, Éluard and Breton, Fargue and Faulkner, as well as an antechamber for politics and a second ‘office’ for publishers..
What’s more, all three are listed as historical monuments..