A world of book stores

editores lello irmao porto photographs

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.

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2 Responses to “A world of book stores”

  1. saltofportugal Says:

    Great post about Lello!


  2. lyndeeology Says:

    This is certainly for the book lovers 😀


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