It is not long now until I embark on a long and exciting adventure throughout Europe, working, playing and travelling for four and a half months through London, Paris, Edinburgh, and lots of amazing places in Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey. There is less than 6 weeks to go! Of course, now that my departure is nigh, I have had to have a quick look at some of the beautiful and amazing bookshops I will simply have to visit while I am over there. And I am so excited about some of them that I have had to share them with you.
Barter Books, Northumberland, England
Built in an old train station, this bookshop is truly enchanting, and also the site of the rediscovery of the now iconic phrase ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’. See the story of it here:
Words on Water, London, England
The only second hand bookshop barge in the UK
The Abbey Bookshop, Paris, France
While many people think of Shakespeare & Co as the most beautiful bookshop in Paris (and it certainly has charm and quaintness, and I surely will be visiting it as well), The Abbey Bookshop is a lesser known, just as charming Canadian bookshop just a stroll away.
Les Bouquinistes, Paris, France
Stretched along the Seine, these little bookshops and bric-a-brac sellers have been in trade for centuries, with the term ‘bouquinists’ appearing in the dictionary in 1789.
Corso Como Bookshop, Milan, Italy
Bookabar Bookshop, Rome, Italy
And one I wish I could visit, but won’t get to:
Libreria Alta Acqua, Venice, Italy
There is a sign as you walk in inscribed with ‘Welcome to the most beautiful bookshop in the world’. Oh well, I guess I will have to visit Italy again just to see it.