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Hello my darling friends. It’s no secret I am book addict and lover of anything book related. I love to visit bookshops and libraries, hang out with millions of printed words and fellow bookworms. It seems that some of my fellow travel bloggers feel the same way so we worked together to bring you 12 of the world’s most beautiful bookshops and libraries.

 

I got addicted to reading books from a young age. Most of my friends are too so they “get me”. Reading a book is not the only aspect of my obsession though. The whole extent to this love relationship starts with a visit to a bookshop. I used to spend hours in the bookstores and many more in the libraries I used to visit. During my years in the University I also worked in the library too. So you see, I’ve fostered this love for almost 40 years now and the fire still burns!

 

Admittedly I don’t spend the same amount of time in bookstores and libraries any more, because life happens. However, I need to feed the beast from time to time and I have a couple of favorites I hang out to with my daughter since they are super kid-friendly too.

 

1. Ianos bookshop, Athens by Maro from Akamatra

The Ianos bookshop is one of my favourite places to shop books in the center of Athens. It’s a large building but that doesn’t take away from its cosiness so don’t despair. The first thing you’ll notice is the friendly and super knowledgeable stuff. These people know their books and they are friendly and smiling (and not in the fake corporate way too). I mean I would be smiling too if I was surrounded by books, wouldn’t you?

 

 

One of the things I like best about Ianos is how kid friendly it really is. There’s a special area with kids books and toys for small kids to play while their parents are book shopping and the ever present personnel is gentle and attending. My daughter loves to use her charm to get coloring papers and markers from them and draw sitting in the little wooden chairs that fill the place.

There’s also a gallery on the first floor and a very nice coffee place for you to sip and read or check your emails between meetings. The low lights and music make it the perfect hygge place to unwind and relax with your favourite author’s latest book.