Hemingway returned to Paris at the end of 1921 with his first wife, Hadley. The couple originally planned to visit Rome, but the American writer Sherwood Anderson convinced them to go to Paris instead - primarily because of the low cost of living. Sherwood also gave Hemingway a letter for Sylvia Beach, the owner of the "Shakespeare and Company" bookstore and rental library. Though Hemingway didn't have enough money to join the library, Beach told him he could borrow as many books as he wished. "No one that I ever know was nicer to me", recalled Hemingway years later.
"Shakespeare and Company" was the gathering place for many writers and artists at the time - James Joyce, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Madox Ford among others.
The original store, opened by Beach in 1919, was located at 8 rue Dupuytren. In 1922, the store was moved to a larger location at 12 rue de l’Odéon. This location was closed in 1940 during the German occupation of the city. The store at 37 rue de la Bûcherie was opened in 1951 by George Whitman and originally named “Le Mistral.” In 1964, he changed the name as a tribute to Beach’s bookstore. Much like the original “Shakespeare and Company,” it became a meeting place for prominent literary figures such as Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Henry Miller, and Anaïs Nin. Today, the bookstore serves as a regular bookstore and a reading library, specializing in English-language literature. The shop has been featured in prominent films such as “Before Sunset” and “Midnight in Paris”.
MBK is a huge shopping mall with seven stories filled with huge varieties of merchandise varying in different quality.
Most of its stories look like a huge street market put inside a mall.
My wife dyed her hair there and was very pleased with the price and the service.
We bought some shirts from one of the shirt stands. They turned out like a waste of money and they lost their form and color after the laundry. I was told there are places where you can find amazing clothing. I guess I didn't know where to look, so use your senses.
We also went to visit Siam center which is just across the street. The atmosphere there was totally different (more luxurious) but so are the prices so we didn't buy anything
Located just across from Aung San Rd you'll find the Bogyoke San Market, which is formerly known as Scott market. In the market you'll find thousands of shops, and you can also try out all sorts of traditional Burmese dishes in the local restaurants and food carts.
I stopped at a local tea shop in one of the internal streets and had a good meal while sitting on a small kids chair...
In the local shops you'll find a lot of handicrafts, gems, jewelry, bags, fabrics and a lot of souvenirs to bring back home.