After my college career officially ends with (hopefully) a PhD, I want to take a backpacking trip to Europe and explore the wonders and charms of all the exciting bookstores that continent has to offer.
That’s right, I said it, bookstores. And when I say backpack, I mean this:
Because I’m going to buy way too many books to carry on my back.
My bucket-list of European bookstores starts with Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France, not just because of the name, or the fact that I love wine and cheese, but, well, because this:
My next stop in Europe would be Maastricht, Holland. While Holland is known for having beautiful cities on the water, the place I’d want to go is Selexyz, a bookstore that mixes beautiful architectural arches and ceilings with modern sleek bookshelves.
After my stop in Holland, Amsterdam, Netherlands would be next on my list. No, not for the red light district (although, I hear it’s hilarious) or for the legal pot cafes, but rather for the Mendo bookstore.
With a quick hop, skip and a jump after Amsterdam, my next stop would be in Brussels, Belgium at the Cook & Book to check out their floating book decor.
And, of course, no trip through Europe would be complete without visiting Rome, Italy, or the bookstore in Rome, Italy called Bookàbar Bookshop:
or taking a boat ride over to England to check out the Daunt Books Marylebone in London:
And while I’m boating around Europe now, I might as well go over to Porto in Portugal to check out the Livraria Lello. This is where I would end my trip, not just because I love this bookstore so much I want to put in an application to work there, but because Spanish and Portuguese food is some of my favorite food in the world (plus they have good wine).
So after I finish planning my road trip across the Americas to hit some interesting bookstores, I’ll have to map out a definite route and somehow learn some seamanship for my future European bookstore extravaganza.
– Amanda Riggle