So, I went to Ireland last week with my family. The trip was in honor of my father’s 60th birthday, and for 5 days my husband, parents, and I drove around the country (on the left side of the road!) trying to dodge sheep and raindrops, lol. It’s a beautiful country full of history and these amazing ruins. Seriously, just driving you pass these farms and houses with this beautiful half-fallen-down castle in the backyard. How cool would it be to grow up with that to play on?
But one thing I was not expecting was the mass amount of bookstores Ireland has. Every small town, even the ones with, like, 4 buildings on their main streets had a bookstore, used or otherwise. Ireland is a country of readers! My hubby claimed it was because there is little else to do stranded in the country, lol, but I choose to think of it as a genetic trait. One I inherited along with the red hair and inability to tan .
I didn’t get any pics of the Galway stores…I assumed the city had so many because it was a larger town by Irish standards. When I got to Ennis and saw that the amount of bookstores per capita was even larger…I started snapping away. The bookish people of the world should know about this little known fact…Ireland is a book-lover’s dream country!
The Ennis Bookshop was a cute little independent bookstore…Love all the wild colors they paint their shops!
This one is apparently one of their big chain stores…I didn’t see one Barnes and Noble or any other American chain anywhere.
O’Mahony’s was stuffed to the gills with new releases.
Books Upstairs was a bookstore in Dublin…Very cute and Very Busy!
Sceal Eile was my favorite bookstore. It was all used books but I loved the Mark Twain quote on the doorway of the building and it was so warm and inviting inside…Books stacked everywhere! Too bad the family was with me, I could have gotten lost in the store for a while, lol…
Mark Twain Quote: “good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience
this is the ideal life”
Imagine an afternoon with a little fire and a cup of coffee spent in one of those chairs *sigh*
Seriously, I went picture crazy in this store…Good thing no one minded!
All of the signs were in Galic as well as English…Keeping the traditions alive
It was a perfect trip with my family. One where I didn’t read much as after touring all day we hit up some pubs for a Guinness and Irish music rather than my bed and a book, lol. But I was seriously blown away by all the bookstores and even regular stores that offered books for sale or swap. Very cool part of the culture that I didn’t know about. Now I’m off to sort through my 1,006 photos…Seriously…I have it narrowed down to about 468 at the moment but that still WAY too many for Facebook, lol. I need strength to cut a few more sheep photos from the lot…Wish me luck!