Paris --. Our apartment on Rue Vavin is right in heart of Hemingway’s Paris described in the middle portions of A Movable Feast (which covered the time Hemingway lived at 113 Rue Notre Dame des Champs). Gertrude Stein’s 27 Rue de Fleurus studio is one block over, and I walk by it almost daily to buy mandarins. The Jardin du Luxembourg and my pétanque courts are a mere 40 meters away.
Hemingway’s lean prose is offset by his expansion of time and distance. In that expansion lies literary detail and significance, but in purely physical terms Hemingway’s walks are far shorter, the hills slighter in grade, than they read in A Movable Feast or The Sun Also Rises.
I often take morning coffee at Le Select, and we frequent the other “principal cafés,” The Dome, Le Rotund, and Le Coupole. All are still operating near the tortuous intersections of the Boulevard Montparnasse, with the Boulevard Raspail and Rue Vavin. All are just a two minute walk from our apartment on Rue Vavin. The Dingo bar around the The Dome on the Rue Delambre is gone, but another bar is open in the same spot and retains the same wooden bar where Hemingway first met Fitzgerald. (more)