Monday, October 20, 2014

Les Bouquinistes de la Rive Gauche


Everyone has heard of the Bouquinistes de Paris, the booksellers who sell used and antiquarian books along the banks of the river Seine that runs through Paris. There are the bouquinistes on the left bank or the Rive Gauche and those on the right bank of the river, or the Rive Droite. The Rive Gauche is the Southern bank of the Seine.


Beside used and antiquarian books - which you can certainly find here - they also sell prints, photography, magnets and locks, since the bouquinistes on this side of the river, right across from Notre Dame, are so close to the Pont de l'Archevêché, a bridge that is loaded with love locks and a huge magnet for tourists (that might be a later post).


The photos for sale are mainly black and white photography, something that fits so well with Paris.


As you can see at this booth, there are a lot of trinkets for sale as well. After all this is a tourist area and of course the bouquinistes like to have a piece of that cake as well - who can blame them?


It's lovely and very relaxing to stroll around, browse some used books and enjoy the view of Notre Dame behind the stalls.

Teenagers love to hang out on the low wall between the stalls, with the medieval grand cathedral in the background...



16 comments:

Jeanne said...

Loved seeing your shots of these great little booths along the seine, and great shot of the young girl with Notre Dame in the background. Great shots of a place that I love!

Michelle said...

What a lovely place to spend some time.

Ginnie said...

Oh, yes, Carola. One can never, ever forget such views...and yours are spectacular. Your own teenager fits right in, I must say. I bet she loved/loves Europe. G'son Nicholas will visit us next summer. He'll be 15 then and I wonder what will impress him????

Kokopelli said...

Great shot of your daughter! And of lovely Paris!

denthe said...

It looks so interesting .... Great pictures!

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

Wow! What an amazing place and beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing them.

Felicia said...

looks like an interesting spot to visit.

sarah said...

What wonderful photos you have here! I can feel the sunlight, the charm.

Viv@within the Frame said...

wow beautiful images Paris looks good all the time but when the day is bright well...

aspiritofsimplicity said...

what a lovely place to spend an afternoon

Poppy said...

Everything looks better, more charming, quaint and delicious...in
Paris!! Lovely pics of the city of love!

Poppy

Michelle B said...

It looks like so much fun!! I love looking through booths for trinkets. I have never been to Paris, thank you for taking me today. Your images are beautiful!

Rosie Grey said...

Thanks so much for taking me to Paris on this cold and rainy day today!

Melinda said...

Oh how charming and beautiful!!! I want to BE there!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

I was right there this summer! I love wondering the booths and finding old books. you got some great shots too...

Friko said...

Paris ist immer eine Reise wert.
Your photographs are very romantic.