I love lists. I have a list of things to achieve before my next birthday (time is running out), list of books to read, and a recent list of things that scare me that I have to try out (people who know me, know I am freaky that way).
When I read a list of the best bookshops around and saw that the best bookshop was just a hop away, I hopped away from Cologne to Maastricht.
Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and now hosts a bookshop with apparently the largest English books in the country. More importantly, the host is a 800-year old church. Now people can pay homage to books in this old Dominican church, which interestingly enough until Christmas of 2007 was a bicycle store!
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Dutch architects Merkx and Girod took on the task of refurbishing the church and bringing in bookshelves and a quaint little café (below) at the end of the church. Now, the Boekhandel Selxyz Dominicanen will remain amongst the favorite places to escape to.
The English section carries a diverse range of authors, from classics to chicklit, from crime fiction to non fiction. I sat for ages amongst the books, feeling like I was with friends and looking up at the frescoes, one could easily believe it is a divine experience. Every visit since I first stepped into the church of books has brought me profound joy, contemplation and a renewed energy to read MORE!