Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Novel Lady in Venice

Wow!  Look at all of those books!

This is EXACTLY what I would do if I planned a trip to Italy (along with eating a lot of pasta and downing several bottles of great Italian wine).  A stop in Libreria Acqua Alta (also known as High Water Bookstore) is a must for book lovers if you are ever in Venice.

So what do you do if you own a bookstore in a city where the roads are made of water?  You would store the books in bathtubs and boats!  And that is exactly what you will find at High Water Bookstore.

OMG!  Just look at all those books!  
Books stacked on top of more books.  
They even have stairs made out of books!  
This is like Book-Lover's-Heaven!

A dear friend of mine, Barbara Swango of Tavernier, Florida, recently traveled to Italy with her husband and daughter Becca who just graduated from college.  I was so excited when she told me she was going to try to stop in at High Water Bookstore!  Jokingly, I asked her to hold up a sign for The Novel Lady and take a picture.  And she did it!!  I just love these pictures!

So if anyone else finds an unusual or fantastic bookstore, hold up a sign saying "The Novel Lady", just like Becca did, and I will post it here on this blog!

From the Atlas Obscura website:

"The self-proclaimed “most beautiful bookstore in the world” is composed of a number of over-stuffed rooms stacked wall-to-wall with books, magazines, maps and other ephemera. Due to Venice’s constant flooding however, these picturesque piles are all placed inside bathtubs, waterproof bins, and in one room a full-size gondola. The name itself even means “Library of High Water.” When the local waterways do rise to fill the well-known store, it can rise inches off the floor, which would destroy any other collection. The store’s whimsically cramped atmosphere is even reflected in their “fire escape” which is simply a door leading directly out into a canal. To really complete the look, the store has become home to more than one stray cat which are also able to escape the rising tides by hanging out atop the stacks."  


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