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6 Novel Bookstores Across Europe


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Contact: Melanie Gravdal


LITTLETON, Colorado – March 16, 2016 – For lovers of literature, all bookstores are interesting, but some are more unique than others. From Paris to Venice and Barcelona to Madrid, Monograms Local Hosts® are providing travelers their bookstore picks featuring everything from the coolest décor to the most interesting narratives.

Shakespeare and Company
Originally owned by American bookseller Sylvia Beach, this bookstore was immortalized in Hemingway’s memoir, “A Moveable Feast.” Beach officially closed her store more than five decades ago, but blessed another bookstore (formerly called Le Mistral) to use the Shakespeare and Company name.

La Belle Hortense
Somewhere between a wine cellar and a bookstore, La Belle Hortense is an ideal escape from Paris crowds. A very popular address among students and philosophers, this bookstore invites guests to order a drink at the counter, grab a book and relax in a backroom.

La Central
Located in the center of Madrid, this is not your typical bookstore. It’s a labyrinth feature fun opportunities to engage in art, culture and music over coffee and tea (while browsing for fun, quirky book titles).

Librería Bardón
Resembling something out of a movie, this 60-year-old bookstore is a book-lovers’ palace, feature wall-to-wall books. It is a must-visit for collectors of ancient and rare books.

Librería Anticuaria Farré
Step back in time when you enter this one room shop that resembles a Victorian study. With books lining the walls, floor-to-ceiling, there’s a wonderful array of beautiful books ranging from first editions to century-old monographs.

Libreria Acqua Alta
This little independent bookshop, found in a Venetian alley, could be one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world. With stacks of books on every surface – amidst a full-size gondola – book-lovers can find old and new books alike, in many different languages. For a real treat, guests should check out a staircase made of … you guessed it, books.

In a place where everything is foreign, Monograms promises to make European destinations both manageable and fun. When travelers choose to travel through Europe – with Monograms, they stay in the heart of the action thanks to a choice of hand-selected hotels; they get the VIP treatment by skipping lines at must-see sights and they arrive stress-free, thanks to transportation to and around their destination.

In addition, Monograms provides travelers their own, on-site Local Host® who helps them personalize their experience: A one-of-a-kind, featured component of every Monograms vacation.

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