The glamour of the 1920’s is what dreams are made of. We’ve seen a glimpse of this bygone era in movies and pictures and have also read about them in books. If I could go back in time the first place I would love to experience 1920’s Paris. I am obsessed with music, literature, architecture, the clothes, style and the optimism. One of my all-time favorite movies is Midnight in Paris, and I often find myself wishing I could make that my life.
Since I don’t have a time machine to take me back to the decade of my dreams, I recreated my fantasy on a recent trip to Paris. Ever since the movie was released, we have seen Gatsby themed parties popping up everywhere. Thankfully, there are enough spots in Paris that still have the glamour of 1920’s.
20 Rue Jacob
Many American expats who lived during the 20’s, hosted salons, which brought together artists and writers to debate and discuss thrilling topics. One of the most meetings was led by the legendary writer Natalie Clifford Barney. Even though her house and been rebuilt you can still take a look at the courtyard and gardens where these intellectual get together used to take place.
Stunning gardens surround the Luxembourg Palace, which now operates as the National Assembly. These gardens are filled with pretty little pathways, ponds, picturesque fountains, chairs to relax in and statues that are scattered all over. It’s been said Ernest Hemingway used to write in the gardens and take long strolls along the peaceful little pathways.
Shakespeare And Co
This is probably one of the most iconic bookshops in the world and is located right across the beautiful Notre Dame. The bookshop was originally opened in 1919 and used to be popular amongst writers such as Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and many others who aspired to be writers. To make this bookshop even more exciting is the fact that Ernest Hemingway wrote a chapter on his visit in his book A Moveable Feast. Sadly, the original bookshop closed during WW1. The current bookshop was opened in 1951. It does however, still captures the essence of the 20’s and still supports writers. It has beds where writers can sleep in for free.
2. Where To Eat
Les Deux Maggots- Café De Flore
These two cafes are famously linked to the Lost Generation (those who grew up during the WW1). They’re now located in the trendy part of Paris, back then it’s where all the artists and writers used to hang out. The famous personalities who used to dine at these cafes include Picasso, Hemingway, Andre Gide, Jean Paul Sartre and Jean Giraudoux. You can sit outside at these Parisian cafes and munch on delicious French cuisine and daydream about the rich history that has left its stamp on the walls.