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Cat from Paris {France}

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The two-story bookstore Shakespeare and Company, founded in 1951 by the American George Whitman, is one of the must-see places in Paris if you love books and cats.

Author Henry Miller called this famous bookstore “a wonderland of books.” The accumulation of books is huge - mainly literary classics, but we also found cat-themed books (such as this one). The bookstore also features a sofa, an old piano, typewriters, and... a world-famous resident cat.

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Shakespeare and Company is currently the home of Agatha, their eight cat. Agatha is a docile, female tabby, accustomed to the comings and goings of passing writers and customers.

"Agatha used to be a stray cat. She often visited the bookstore's office and eventually made it her home," the shop assistant told Traveling Cats. "When the bookstore's former cat, Kitty, passed away in 2016, Agatha took her place as Shakespeare and Company's official bookstore cat. She's now the face of many of the bookstore's leaflets and brochures."

You can often find Agatha sleeping in her cat bed tent in the piano room on the first floor. When the crowds thin out, she comes out and picks a human lap to nap on. But don't you dare reading a book at the same time, because Agatha wants the attention all to herself.

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Practical info:

Address: 37, rue de la Bûcherie, Vᵉ arrondissement, Paris.

Open seven days a week, from 10 am to 11 pm.

You can see pictures of the stunning interior of the bookstore here.

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Pictures by Sobi

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  1. so cute! I've been to this bookstore when I visited Paris but there was no cat:( that was years ago so..

  2. Agatha is absolutely stunning, and your photos are incredible. Mom wishes she'd known about her and the bookstore a couple of years ago when she was in Paris. She looked for cats everywhere and never saw even one. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

  3. Now this cat knows where it's at! What a cutie and I would love to visit this bookstore. I would love to visit Paris again so this will be on my list to see:)

  4. What an interesting place that would be to visit. And having Agatha as a tour guide would be fun.

  5. waves two ewe as well agatha...ewe R a gorgeouz tabby !! how kewl ta live ina book store ☺☺♥♥ !!

  6. I love book. I love cats. I love travel. Putting this destination on my bucket list.

  7. This is such a greta post, what a pleasure to get to know Agatha! If I make it to Paris I will have to stop and say hello to her!

  8. Agatha is beautiful and she's lucky to have found such a wonderful place to call home.

  9. Hello, the bookstore is a nice home for Agatha. She is a pretty cat. Wonderful photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  10. Love your shots of the cute kitty at this favorite bookstore of mine. What a great mascot!

  11. Thanks fur the photos of lovely Agatha! Wish I had known about this bookstore the one day I was in Paris 10 years ago. I would have gone.. .

  12. Beautiful cat!!! Love the bookstore!!

  13. I would LOVE to visit that bookstore! And that's a really beautiful cat. Thanks for linking up at the Home Matters Link Party! We hope to see you again next week:) #HomeMattersParty

  14. Aww, this is so cute! I am a proud cat person :)

  15. Agatha is beautiful! I would love to visit that bookstore, and if I ever make it to Paris it's tops on my list!

  16. Agatha and your photos of her are just stunning - what an amazing bookstore!

    Congratulations Vanessa - you are our Friend Of The Week at Friendship Friday at Create With Joy - so happy to feature you and your beautiful blog! :-)

  17. What an amazing kitty, and what a wonderful project to photograph all the cats you see as you travel. I've always loved your photographs.

  18. Cats and books - doesn't get much better than that! Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey gang

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