|Me with Martha’s daughter-in-law Rebecca|
No less than four scenes are set in the cafe Le Select in Ernest Hemingway's first novel The Sun Also Rises, published in 1926, just a year after the cafe opened.
The massive cafe and restaurant La Coupole opened on December 27th, 1927, and has been popular with writers and everyone else ever since. Josephine Baker used to parade among the tables with her pet cheetah Chiquita in a diamond leash and collar.
|A Pillar Fresco|
Local Montparnasse artists volunteered to paint frescos on the pillars in exchange for meals.
In May 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald first met Ernest Hemingway at this literary relic, the old wooden bar at the then-Dingo American Bar, now the Auberge de Venise. Hem writes about their encounter (not very kindly) in A Moveable Feast.
Right: The Closerie des Lilas, Hemingway's writing headquarters when he lived down the street from 1924 to 1926.