Maybe a dull November weekday was not the best to see the “bouquinistes” in activity. A majority of the stalls were closed and few locals or tourists were around.
There was time for the “bouquinistes” to read, make some crosswords…
It has been a centuries long tradition to sell books, previously on the bridges, later on the banks of the Seine. Since the mid of the 19th century this has been done in an authorized and organized way.
There are now some close to 250 “bouquinistes” around. The measurements of each box are standard and regulated. You can today find these stalls or boxes on both sides along the Seine, more or less according to the dotted red lines. The “bouquinistes” are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
If you originally could expect to find only second hand books, gravures etc… in the stalls, there is of course now also room for more tourist attractive items.
My previous blog, PHO, was in operation for a year as from March 2007. It contains similar posts as this one, basically talking about different well known or more secrete sites in Paris. You can reach it by clicking HERE.
Si vous chercher quelqu'un à Paris qui ouvre des portes, normalement fermées, et qui sait tout sur l’histoire de Paris, vous pouvez contacter Marc Soléranski, conférencier national, historien, tel. 01 42 78 14 96. email@example.com
If you look for someone in Paris who can open doors which normally may be closed, who knows everything about the history of Paris, you can contact Marc Soléranski, lecturer and historian, phone +33 1 42 78 14 96. firstname.lastname@example.org