Whether true or not, the French have always been good at convincing the rest of the world that they have just a bit more culture than the rest of us. During the early 20th century, Paris was the in place where you could find the likes of Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco. For a peek into life then check out Woody Allen's film, Midnight in Paris, from 2011.
Interestingly, the literary festival in Paris is actually the brainchild of an American. Here are the rest of the details. Anyone up for some travel overseas?