Jorge Luis Borges said it right, “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” A library is a whole universe full of magic, wonder, hope, and happiness. Books take you into a different realm and drown you in a fantasy land from which you can never recover.
As a book lover myself, I can tell the immense joy I feel when I enter a library and search through the countless aisles for the perfect adventure I'd embark on. Now, you dear readers and bibliophiles, I've got something more special for you. Let me show you the top destinations you need to visit that will definitely live up to your expectations.
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Ranked as one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world, El Ateneo Grand Splendid was a theater back in the 1920s which have been converted to a bookshop in the year 2000. Home to art and literature, the setting will surely lure you and make you feel like you've jumped into some magical dimension.
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What a better place to read a book than in bed, right? Well, Book and Bed in Tokyo will definitely swoon you with its cozy atmosphere and books. And the best part of it? Book and Bed allow you to stay up all night long to read and dream of impossible worlds and adventures. And now, in order to accommodate more people and books, Book and Bed have opened in Kyoto and Fukuoka.
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If you're among those who are curious and want to unlock every secret of the world, then the Trinity College Library is where you need to go. Delve into the antique world full of mysteries, manuscripts, and archives. Its baroque style and very The Trinity college library will definitely seduce you with its voluminous collection of books displayed in a 200 feet long corridor.
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Potter-heads behold! You will now enter into the magical world you've been earnestly dreaming about. Livraria Lello et Irmao is believed to have inspired J.K.Rowling in writing her most famous book. Ranked among the most beautiful bookshops , the architecture and setting of the bookshop have played a crucial role in shaping some aspects of the magical world of the young wizard. Its unique architecture and its crimson twisting staircase will definitely give you the Harry Potter feels.
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If you're a fan of Hamlet or Romeo & Juliet, this is the place to be. Launched in the 1920's, it was a meeting place for American writers. It's now been converted into a bookshop full of classical English books. You will get to enjoy the coziness of a small bookshop while feasting your eyes from the writings of great authors.
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If you've ever dreamt to marry The Beast and have his library, we have the solution. And you won't have to marry The Beast. Café Pushkin in Moscow is a baroque style mansion which welcomes its visitors into a world full of books and antique features that will make you travel back in time. Enjoy a steamy cup of coffee while reading a good book and enjoying the cozy atmosphere.
The world of books and libraries will never cease to amaze bibliophiles. Next time you want to go on holidays , make sure you drop by these places and satisfy your book craving while feasting your eyes and mind from the aisles full of books and ceiling decked with the most elaborate paintings. Who knows... You might be the next J.K Rowling. You simply need a little bit of inspiration (: