Cindy: Lynn and I love travel, and especially love visiting libraries and bookstores when we do. We thought it would be fitting to close out Booklist‘s dual spotlights on romance and travel with our LOVE for TRAVELING, showing you some of the books we found in Europe this summer and fall. It is especially fitting that I start the post during Banned Books Week with photos from Libreria Fahrenheit 451, which I stumbled upon in Rome. It was located in the Campo de’ Fiori square, a place with a history of executions that now hosts many demonstrations along with throngs of tourists and a lively market.
The bookstore carried almost exclusively adult titles, heavy on politics and revolution, and I overheard a lively argument (or maybe it was just a discussion) between the shopkeeper and a customer, the only other people in the small shop with me. I so wished I knew more Italian! It was June and I did spot one familiar teen book on their shelves: Paper Towns, by John Green.
The train station in Rome had a three-story glass bookstore (one floor was belowground) and I had plenty of time to browse while waiting for our train. Here are some familiar children’s and teen book “faces” from that stop, including some sacrilegious “Potter Stinks” buttons:
Lynn is due home this week from a trip to Germany and France and recently sent these photos from her trip. First up is a photo of the ancient library in Heidelberg:
At the post office in Ribeauville, France, she found a European version of a Little Free Library:
And in Colmar (also France), she browsed a large bookstore with many familiar youth books:
And here are a few photos from the end of my trip in Zagreb, Croatia. If you have a bookstore, library, or book story related to travel, please share it in the comments!