I spent a good bit of my adult life hanging out in bookstores, but never one as impressive as the Livaria Lello and Irmão in Porto, Portugal, shown above, which I have never visited and never expect to visit, but I’m glad to know exists.
When I was younger, I would always look for bookstores when I was in a strange city. I thought I got an idea of a city’s nature from its bookstores, and the selection of books on offer.
I no longer do much traveling, and none as a tourist, and I no longer buy books with the idea that I will read them someday in the future. Instead I’m reading the books I bought in the past with that idea in mind.
But if I were a world traveler, I would be sure to visit places mentioned in the links below.
Seven Bookstores Too Beautiful for Words by Jake Rossen for Mental Floss. (Hat tip to my expatriate e-mail pen pal Jack)
Weird and wonderful bookshops worldwide – in pictures by Marta Bausells for The Guardian.
10 independent bookstores you should visit worldwide – our readers recommend by Marta Bausells for The Guardian.
A novel oasis: Why Argentina is the bookshop capital of the world by Uki Goñi for The Guardian.