Shakespeare and Company is every book lovers’ dream come true, but the shop doesn’t just sell books. It was opened in 1951 by George Whitman, an eccentric American, who wanted to create a literary hub in the centre of the city. He welcomed any writers who needed somewhere to stay while in Paris. Whitman dubbed the writers “Tumbleweeds” and allowed them to sleep on one of several beds hidden in and among the bookshelves. His daughter, Sylvia, is now keeping up the tradition.