an everyday obsession

good morning all! how’s your week shaping up? the girls and i are taking an early morning road trip and i have about minute to sit here for some quiet time and blog. between all the havoc lately it’s been hard to enjoy what’s happening.  i’m learning in my old age to not just stop to smell the flowers but really enjoy them. rearrange them, study them, photograph them. well my focus today isn’t really flowers but it’s some of the photos i found researching the book, this time on the bouquinistes of paris.

before these all ended up in the circular file i just wanted to post them. (i got most of these pics from wikipedia). when i’m in paris it never ceases to amaze me how we stroll the city like we’re the first ones there.

we look at so much of it as though it’s de rigeur but this tradition of sellig books along the seine has been going on every day since the 16th century.

with books becoming more and more rare it’s kind of comforting to know these sellers are here with precious cargo.

and that we share the same pleasures with our ancestors that we do today.

maybe in this fast changing world i just like tradition. and books are quiet volumes just waiting to be cracked open and enjoyed.

if you want to read about the history of ‘the only river in the world between two bookshelves’ check out wikipedia for a good start. ok this chariot is off! have a great day!

October 11, 2012. Books, Bouquinistes.


  1. Teresa@ Splendid Sass replied:

    Thank you for such a lovely post, Claudia. I love these images!
    Happy Thursday.


  2. Julie replied:

    I look forward to your posts. Love these old photos!


  3. Paris Rendez-vous replied:

    Oh this is a lovely post Claudia….nothing like a second-hand book from a bouquiniste….I use them a lot for my art too. Loved the old images that you’ve used….and I was just thinking today that I must do a blog soon on ‘les bouquinistes’ and my artwork that I’ve created here in Paris using bits and pieces picked up from these lovely old green cabinets along the Seine. A bientot.


  4. peggy braswell replied:

    Adore these photos. More, Please! Safe Travels.


  5. Nikon replied:

    What a beautiful collection of prints, Claudia!
    I know that Hemingway spent a lot of time browsing the used book stalls on the Seine.


  6. Rhonda replied:

    Do these images bring back the memories of walking and shopping along the Seine. Merci.


  7. Clare replied:

    Great pictures! I love that this tradition goes back so far & yet is still honoured today!

    ~ Clare x


  8. ernø replied:

    on sunday, good to visit them !


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