Greetings from Argentina, where I recently had the great pleasure of exploring one of the world’s most breathtaking bookstores, El Ateneo, in Buenos Aires. Opened in 1919 as a grand theater for live performances, it later became a movie theater, and in 2000, was converted into a bookstore. As you can see, the stage has been converted into a cafe, and if you find a book you’d like to browse through, you can make yourself at home reading in one of the theater boxes on either side.Imagine shopping for your next bedside-table book or new dictionary in a place like this.
For the record, I bought a book of Shakespeare sonnets in Spanish and English, and a book of love letters between famous folks in Spanish.
Photo by Rodrigo Junqueira