Yesterday, our local guide told us about Livraria Lello, a bookshop which inspired JK Rowling; the Hogwarts staircase is apparently modelled on the one in the shop. Would you agree?
We didn’t have time then, but I was first in the door this morning, hence an empty staircase with no tourists posing all over it.
There was also a small exhibition of Joan Miro illustrated books.
There is a book conservator here and a section of very old books behind glass doors.
I wandered into a couple of new bookshops, but it was the old that appealed the most. These photos are of Manuel Santos Livraria.
What could be lovelier?
I have seen many antiquarian bookshops in Portugal which must say something wonderful about the Portuguese, I choose to believe!