Book trees … help yourself to a book …

Book trees have come to Paris. But what is a book trees? It is a tree trunk in which a ‘shelf’ or ‘shelves’ have been carved and where books are left for passersby to help themselves to a book – or books. The idea originated in the USA. You can find such book trees in […]

A b ook tree in the park of Chateaubriand’s house (c c Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Book trees have come to Paris.

But what is a book trees?

It is a tree trunk in which a ‘shelf’ or ‘shelves’ have been carved and where books are left for passersby to help themselves to a book – or books.

The idea originated in the USA.

You can find such book trees in parks all around Paris. There are even book trees along the streets of towns and villages around Paris.

The book tree above is in the park of Chateaubriand’s house in the town of Chatenay-Malabry.

hdhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois-Ren%C3%A9_de_Chateaubriand

You can read about Chateaubriand on the above link, but I will briefly enlighted you by saying he was a writer, politician and diplomat, born in 1768 and who died in 1848.   

His house is worth a visit: the park is beautiful and huge, and of course you could come away with a book – or two …

You get to Chatenay-Malabry which is 10.8 kms (6.7 miles) from Paris by taking the fast suburban train the RERB2. You go to the end of the line which is the station Robinson in the town of Robinson: it is a train ride which will take you about 25 minutes. (Note there are no toilets on an RER train!)

Robinson station lies on the border between the towns of Sceaux and Châtenay-Malabry so that on exiting the station you will be on a square, one road leading from it being in Sceaux and the other road being in Châtenay-Malabry.

Outside the station you need to take Bus No 194 and the bus stop is right beside the station.

The stop for Chateaubriand’s house is Marc Sangnier.

Descending the bus you walk along Rue Eugène Sinet which is to your right and after about four or five minutes a Rue Chateaubriand will lead from the left. The house is at No 87 Rue Chateaubriand.

After your visit you return to where you had descended from Bus 194 and you can either return to the Robinson Station to take the RERB2 train back to Paris or you can remain on the bus as it goes all the way to Paris’ Porte d’Orleans.

A second book tree in the park of Chateaubriand’s house (cc Marilyn Z Tomlins)

This is the book I helped myself to when I visited the house (for the umpteenth time) on  Saturday March 9 this year (2019). 

This book had been left in a book tree in the park of Chateaubrind’s house in Chatenay-Malabry (cc Marilyn Z Tomlins)

Chateaubriand’s house is open for visits from beginning March to end October.

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

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