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Shakespeare & Co, Bastille, Cité de la Musique

Great day…!
…began with…morning live organ music at Saint Sulpice church…sublime…
…metro to Shakespeare & Co, an incredible (and quite famous) English-lang bookstore...so cute and combined my two loves—books and music—with a piano for playing on the second floor, surrounded by old books (yes, I played it, along with two other guys!)….
…lunch at a café the bookstore, then train/bus ride to the Bastille, once the site of a prison where Jeanne Guyon was placed in solitary confinement for four years (see below about Jeanne Guyon)…
…went to an incredible music museum called Cité de la Musique; it housed musical instruments from the 16th through 20th centuries…they give you these earphones that guide you through the museum and let you actually hear the instruments being played!...
…check out the pics…

[A little note on one of France’s historical gems: Madame Jeanne Guyon (born in France, 1648), definitely on my top 5 most admired women in history, maybe number one. More people should know about her, I think. She lived in Paris for some time, and in surrounding areas. I visited one of the places she was imprisoned—the infamous Bastille—because of her writings about prayer and intimacy with God. Her writings challenged much of what the Catholic Church was teaching at the time and she suffered infinitely as a result, but was never thwarted. People came from all over to learn from her about how to develop a prayer life. She wrote biblical commentaries, instructional books on prayer (I recommend the volume Experiencing Union with God Through Inner Prayer & The Way and Results of Union with God), poetry, and lyrics (found a link to a song she wrote that was adapted as a hymn: http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/m/y/l/mylordhf.htm).]

...it all begins with a cappuccino...

...it all begins with a cappuccino...

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice - check out this organ

Eglise Saint Sulpice - check out this organ

Eglise Saint Sulpice - organ again

Eglise Saint Sulpice - organ again

Bastille

Bastille

steak and fries lunch...sweeeet

steak and fries lunch...sweeeet

Shakespeare & Co bookstore

Shakespeare & Co bookstore

Shakespeare & Co bookstore

Shakespeare & Co bookstore

Shakespeare & Co bookstore - my little nook

Shakespeare & Co bookstore - my little nook

Shakespeare & Co bookstore - DaDaaahhh gotta love it

Shakespeare & Co bookstore - DaDaaahhh gotta love it

Shakespeare & Co bookstore - piano man #1

Shakespeare & Co bookstore - piano man #1

Shakespeare & Co bookstore - piano man #2

Shakespeare & Co bookstore - piano man #2

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - piano

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - piano

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - accordions

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - accordions

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - huuuggge upright

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - huuuggge upright

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - a 1935 hammond organ! ohhh yes

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - a 1935 hammond organ! ohhh yes

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - piano

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - piano

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - beloved piano

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - beloved piano

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - 19th century pianos

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - 19th century pianos

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - check out the heads

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - check out the heads

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - harps w/ pedals

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - harps w/ pedals

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - harpsicord

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - harpsicord

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - guitar

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - guitar

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - back of a guitar

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - back of a guitar

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - harpsicord

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - harpsicord

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - gorgeous harpsicord

Highlights from Cite de Musique museum - gorgeous harpsicord

...sunset in parc de monceau (around 10pm)...

...sunset in parc de monceau (around 10pm)...

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