There was a time when I used to comment on this (link). I also liked the old, romantic catalogs.
All of that is gone.
I went to Shakespeare and Co. back then and met the owner, George Whitman. His baby girl was running around the store. As I've said before, he invited me to stay in one of the upstair rooms, but I had other plans.
Now Sylvia, his daughter, runs the shop. I will go and hope to see her there.
I had also noted all the mountain shops in Paris. I remember visiting them. I'm pretty sure I won't bother this time around.
I'm making lists of galleries and museums and the best flea markets. I want to buy things and bring them home.
I delivered a paper there at a famous conference once. That was back when I used to be somebody.